AFI names Top 10 TV shows of 2013: 'Game of Thrones,' 'Breaking Bad' and more
The American Film Institute has named their Top 10 TV shows of 2013 - and cable/Netflix dramas emerged as the big winners.
AMC's "Breaking Bad" and "Mad Men," HBO's "Game of Thrones," FX's "The Americans," Netflix's "House of Cards" and "Orange Is the New Black" and Showtime's "Masters of Sex" took up seven of the top ten slots on this year's list, while only two network shows -- ABC's "Scandal" and CBS' "The Good Wife" -- made the cut. On the comedy end, the sole entry (unless you count "Orange Is the New Black") is HBO's Julia Louis-Dreyfus critically-acclaimed political laffer "Veep" - a significant drop from last year for the genre, when "Modern Family," "Girls" and "Louie" all made the AFI's Top 10.
Only 3 of the 10 entries -- "Breaking Bad," "Game of Thrones" and "Mad Men" -- were repeats from the organization's 2012 list.
(Check out AFI's Top 10 films list here.)
AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE'S TOP 10 TV PROGRAMS OF 2013
“Game of Thrones”
“The Good Wife”
“House of Cards”
“Masters of Sex”
“Orange Is the New Black”
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
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