<p>What, you didn't think &quot;Breaking Bad&quot;&nbsp;was going to be on my top 10 list?</p>

What, you didn't think "Breaking Bad" was going to be on my top 10 list?

TV Top 10 for 2013: 'Breaking Bad,' 'Boardwalk Empire' & more

In a year of great depth and breadth for drama, these were the cream of the crop

2013 was The Year of Too Much Good TV. "Breaking Bad" ended in spectacular fashion. "The Good Wife" found another level. "Game of Thrones" and "Boardwalk Empire" made various tweaks to already successful formulas. Netflix started premiering original series. Sundance did, too. Suddenly, there were so many great shows in so many places — and even more very good shows — that it became impossible for even a professional TV watcher to keep up.

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<p>Dana Delany and Marg Helgenberger in &quot;China Beach.&quot;</p>

Dana Delany and Marg Helgenberger in "China Beach."

Credit: ABC

Review: Reflections of 'China Beach' on DVD

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The 25-year-old Vietnam War series holds up well in the golden age of drama

December is Top 10 season for TV critics, as we look back on the past year to figure out the best (and sometimes) worst shows we saw. 2013 was an extraordinarily deep year in television, one where I could have easily cooked up 3 or 4 different lists without having a dud among them. Yet as I whittled my list (which you'll see next week) down to 10, I had to keep fighting the temptation to find a very high ranking for a 25-year-old TV show: "China Beach," the Vietnam War drama which finally arrived on DVD earlier this year.

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<p>Lizzy Caplan as Virginia Johnson in &quot;Masters of Sex.&quot;</p>

Lizzy Caplan as Virginia Johnson in "Masters of Sex."

Credit: Showtime

Review: 'Masters of Sex' - 'Phallic Victories'

Bill struggles in Virginia's absence, while Dr. DePaul thrives in her presence

A review of tonight's "Masters of Sex" coming up just as soon as I tell you how many pap smears can be administered for $7...

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<p>Mandy Patinkin and F. Murray Abraham in &quot;Homeland.&quot;</p>

Mandy Patinkin and F. Murray Abraham in "Homeland."

Credit: Showtime

Review: 'Homeland' - 'Big Man in Tehran'

Brody's mission takes an unexpected turn

A quick review of tonight's "Homeland" coming up just as soon as I ask if that's a head scarf you're wearing...

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<p>On &quot;Treme,&quot;&nbsp;Albert (Clarke Peters)&nbsp;takes Davina (Edwina Findley)&nbsp;on a tour of his childhood stomping grounds.</p>

On "Treme," Albert (Clarke Peters) takes Davina (Edwina Findley) on a tour of his childhood stomping grounds.

Credit: HBO

Review: 'Treme' - 'This City'

Janette, Antoine, Albert and others get a lot of bad news in a George Pelecanos special

A review of tonight's "Tremé" coming up just as soon as I wonder where that $300 has gotten to...

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<p>Mark Strong in &quot;Low Winter Sun.&quot;</p>

Mark Strong in "Low Winter Sun."

Credit: AMC

AMC cancels 'Low Winter Sun'

Detroit cop drama had low ratings, weak reviews

Surprising absolutely no one, AMC has canceled "Low Winter Sun," the Detroit-set cop drama that was ignored by viewers and dismissed by critics during its run this fall.

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<p>Skylar Astin and Briga Heelan in &quot;Ground Floor.&quot;</p>

Skylar Astin and Briga Heelan in "Ground Floor."

Credit: TBS

Review: 'Ground Floor' - 'The Gift'

Brody's birthday present to Jenny has unintended consequences

When I wrote my advance review of TBS' "Ground Floor," I said that the show got better with each episode I saw. Tonight's installment was the last, and best, of those. It made me laugh consistently, whether from physical comedy like Brody's reaction to the slightly less-awesome wine, or from running gags like Mansfield having special powers.

I'm curious how those of you who have stuck with the show are feeling about it at this point. There was some understandable resistance to the studio audience laughter; did anyone tough it out and learn to accept it, or are the only people left those who already have a fondness for multi-cam comedy? Do you like the work being done with the characters? Or is everyone just marking time until "Cougar Town" is back next month?

Have at it.

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<p>Laura Prepon and Taylor Schilling in &quot;Orange Is the New Black,&quot;&nbsp;which got 3 WGA&nbsp;nominations.</p>

Laura Prepon and Taylor Schilling in "Orange Is the New Black," which got 3 WGA nominations.

Credit: Netflix

'Breaking Bad,' Netflix hit it big with WGA nominations

By submitting 'Orange Is the New Black' as a comedy, Netflix got 5 nominations

This was, as I've written about several times — and will be writing a lot more in the coming weeks as we publish various Best of 2013 lists — an insanely good, and deep, year for scripted television. "Breaking Bad" went out with an amazing final season. Netflix entered the original scripted series game. So did Sundance, and History, and others. There's so much good TV right now that any kind of Top 10 list, or set of awards nominations — like today's announcement of the Writers Guild of America TV nominees for 2013 — will inevitably omit an awful lot of great material, and will lean on the specific preferences of the individuals or groups making the picks. I'm going to be curious to see the results for our second annual HitFix TV Critics Poll (here's last year's), which will be published later this month, and I'm also interested to see how the Golden Globes and the various Hollywood guilds like the WGA (all of whom attach their TV awards to their movie ones) pick and choose among all the possibilities.

I've got the full WGA list at the bottom of this post, but let's start with some specific observations:

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<p>On &quot;Arrow,&quot;&nbsp;Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and Barry Allen (Grant Gustin)&nbsp;meet.</p>

On "Arrow," Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) meet.

Credit: CW

Talkback: 'Arrow' - 'The Scientist'

What did everybody think of the introduction of Grant Gustin as Barry Allen?

Yesterday morning, I posted some thoughts on "Arrow," which has really turned into a solid superhero show, and which has been such a success for the CW that it's being used to try to launch another DC hero show. We got the first taste of that tonight with the introduction of Grant Gustin as (very) young police scientist Barry Allen, whom you nerds might know as the Flash. Ordinarily, I'd be all Get Off My Lawn about Barry being played by such a CW-appropriate actor — especially since the most famous version of Green Arrow himself is a middle-aged guy who does not have Stephen Amell's physique — but I liked Gustin, and the writers' take on the character, just as I've come to like Amell as a studlier Oliver Queen.

While I've been enjoying "Arrow," it's not the kind of show I'd have enough to say about weekly, but this seems a good opportunity to check in with the audience to see how you felt about what was designed as a big episode (albeit only the beginning of this particular arc), about the continuation of last week's cliffhanger, etc. What did everybody else think of "The Scientist"?

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 213: 'Arrow,' 'Kirstie' & more

Dan and Alan also discuss 'Person of Interest' and Kalinda's love life

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Happy Wednesday, boys and girls! Time for a new Firewall & Iceberg podcast, including some more discussion of "Arrow" after my column yesterday, a review of TV Land's retro sitcom "Kirstie" and a bunch of listener mail question, including an expansion of "The Walking Dead" discussion from yesterday's video show.

Next week is incredibly slow, premiere-wise, so we're hoping for lots of good questions to firewalliceberg@hitfix.com.

The rundown:

"Arrow" (00:00:45 - 00:17:55)
"Kirstie" (00:18:00 - 00:24:50)
Listener Mail - "Person of Interest" (00:25:10 - 00:31:00)
Listener Mail - ABC's scheduling of "Mixology" (00:31:00 - 00:39:45)
Listener Mail - Kalinda on "Good Wife" (00:39:50 - 00:45:10)
Listener Mail - "The Walking Dead" finale (00:46:00 - 00:59:30)

As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. Or you can always follow our RSS Feed, download the MP3 file or stream it on Dan's blog.

There's also now a complete archive of all the podcasts to date.

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