Favorites Of The Year 2013: Television

2013 is, for me, the best year in television I remember in recent years. The TV renaissance, of course, started a few years ago when HBO Originals and AMC shows started influencing pop cultures and playing with the networks in ratings and popularity. But I didn’t feel it until 2012 when, all of a sudden, I simply had no day without TV shows. Both television from the US and the UK gave me more quality stories and performances than many films released this year.

I had a hard time compiling the list because it took me a while to decide on which stuff to put in the list, seeing as there are so many of them I watched this year, including old series that have gone off air (but continue to live on home video, like Spooks). A few people might be surprised to know that I watched close to 40 titles of TV series (though not all of them complete).

Favorite TV Shows In 2013

Note: I pick TV shows based on what I see this year and all the ones I put in the favorite are the ones I followed week-by-week. The TV shows I put on the list may include the second half of last season (for fall 2012-2013 shows) or only the first half of the new season (fall 2013-2014 shows).

1. Broadchurch


By far, this is the absolute best TV series I followed in 2013. Here’s why. David Tennant might be the one who’s going to the US for the remake, but Olivia Colman is the most interesting actress playing the most interesting female character on any TV show. And she killed it in the last episode. Absolutely flawless. I have no complaints. If you haven’t watched this show, please do so ASAP. You won’t regret it.

2. Sleepy Hollow


I don’t know where to begin to tell you why I love this show. Perhaps because all of the characters are great. Maybe because it’s been a long, long time that there’s a supernatural show on TV that excites me. Not to mention the series has a very filmic quality to its production, particularly the cinematography and storytelling… and naturally I have a huge crush on Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie. Sleepy Hollow is magically irresistible.

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Your Favorite Tale From Brothers Grimm

This month I’m writing an article for Total Film Indonesia about the legacy of Brothers Grimm’s fairy tales. There have been so many adaptations of the tales in cinema and television, as well as other media, and I’m going to cover the relevant ones to our entertainment today. They will, naturally, include the TV series Grimm on NBC and Once Upon A Time on ABC, among other things.

But now I am quite curious as to which Brothers Grimm fairy tale is nearest and dearest to everyone’s heart. There are so many of them and it’s probably impossible right now to choose every single one of them. But surely, among the popular ones, we have our own favorites.

Choose the one Brothers Grimm fairy tale that you like best below and comment with the reasons why you love it most.

If you don’t see your favorite Grimm tale there, or you wish to add another tale that you like to your favorites, please do not hesitate to comment.

See also: a complete list of Brothers Grimm’s fairy tales from Wikipedia.

Poll results will hopefully be able to be included in my article… and may the best fairy tale win!