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TheNerdyBomb’s 2013 Top Ten TV Shows


Posted December 4, 2013 by

Top Ten TV Shows of 2013

Attack on Titan

No one said they were going to be TV shows with live actors… Attack on Titan is an anime being broadcast on sites like CrunchyRoll. It is by far one of this year’s most popular animes (and mangas). If you’re an anime fan and you haven’t seen it, I highly recomend it. The premise is that giant man-eating humanoids have taken over the world and the small, protected group of surviving humans must fight to save their town, and themselves. As you can see from the video, it is in Japanese, so if you’re not a fan of subtitles, you’ll have to look elsewhere. -Brittany DeSalvo


Breaking Bad

What can I say that hasn’t already been hyperbolized to the heavens about Breaking Bad? This year brought to a close the story of Walter White, family man turned meth kingpin, and it did something few shows have ever done. It got it right. This was a fitting finale to what is, without a doubt, one of the greatest tv shows of all time. If you haven’t seen it yet, you owe it to yourself to watch it. If you’re still suffering from PBBD (Post Breaking Bad Depression), then give some of the other shows on this list a try. Or just rewatch the series again. -Jeremy Dawson

Doctor Who

The second half of the seventh season started off slow with “The Bells of St. John” but picked up steam as it progressed. During this year we saw Matt Smith’s Doctor on alien worlds, in haunted houses in the 70s and then finally at his own grave before seeing him meet himself and then they met himself for a wonderful 50th anniversary special. The excellent “Night of the Doctor” stole the show with the unexpected return of Paul McGann to the titular role. This year will be bittersweet though, as Matt Smith is bowing out of the role to be replaced by Peter Capaldi. -Nathan Gifford

Game of Thrones

Season 3 of Game of Thrones covers the first half of the 3rd (and my favorite) book in the series and sees our favorite characters cast into new and perilous situations. Jon Snow tries to blend in the the giants and wildlings beyond the wall. Dany stole the show as the mother of dragons dealt with the slavers at Yunkai. Jamie, now a lefty, travels the countryside with Brienne to reach Kings Landing. While it failed to deliver on a singular epic battle like last year’s Blackwater, the pacing clipped along and the finale left watchers desperate for more and with a very simple message: Things are never as simple as they appear, and noone is safe. -Jeremy Dawson

Legend of Korra 

Book 2 of Avatar: The Legend of Korra showed us the connection between the Avatar and the spirit world. We saw the formation of the first Benders and we discovered why the Avatar can learn to wield all four elements. The season finale is epic and paves the way for Book 3: Change. With all the high points in the season, we had to put it in our top ten. -Mac Bissey

Orange is the New Black

Loosely based on Piper Kerman’s memoir of the same title, this Netflix show manages to show off all the expected Caged Heat clichés in and still feature well-developed, relatable characters. A breakout performance by Taylor Schilling as the protagonist, Piper Chapman, is strongly supported by those of Jason Biggs as Piper’s fiancé; Laura Prepon, Natasha Lyonne and Kate Mulgrew as her fellow prisoners; and many others. It’s difficult to talk about this series without addressing the delivery method, but, in many ways, Netflix is the perfect medium for Orange, a show that greatly rewards binge-watching but can also be enjoyed one or two episodes at the time. If future offerings on the streaming service are of this quality, the way we experience television may be in for huge changes in the not-too-distant future. -Jason Dooley

Orphan Black

For fear of spoiling the thrill of watching the first few episodes unfold, I’ll keep it simple: with Fringe off the air, it is hands-down (and by far) the best sci-fi show currently on TV. Tatiana Maslany deserves every acting award possible in what has to be one of the most complex roles ever created. -Kevin Hall

Parks and Recreation

Some might question the inclusion of this show on a top 10 list, especially on a ‘nerdy’ top 10 list. Those that do have either not seen the show in the last few years or have never seen the show at all. This show is not just funny, but it is also refreshingly positive. There are fewer television characters that are as positive as Chris Traeger (Rob Lowe) or as driven as Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler.)  Parks and Rec also has the most realistic portrayal of a nerd on television.  Adam Scott plays Ben Wyatt, Leslie’s husband who is not only an accountant and a huge nerd but he is also a functioning member of society. -Nathan Gifford

Phineas and Ferb

At first, this show seems like a strange show to be in the top 10 unless you have seen the show. Phineas and Ferb is consistently one of the funniest shows on television. It is also consistently nerd friendly. The show not only makes nerdy things cool (science-fiction movies, comic book conventions, special effects, etc) it also makes being smart cool. As a bonus, the music is pretty good also… -Nathan Gifford

The Walking Dead

In a genre as exhausted and played-out as its’ protagonists, the zombie apocalypse has been given a refreshing facelift on the small screen. The Walking Dead has truly breathed new life into the genre of horror, combining fantastic special effects, powerful dialogue, and talented actors into a brilliant concoction of thrill and horror. So what if a mysterious, airborne virus infects us all and causes a complete economic and societal collapse? As long as I have Daryl and some turkey jerky I’ll be fine! Say what you will about the differences between the show and the graphic novels—as a stand-alone show, this has got to be one of the best. -Tiffany Palumbo

Runners Up:

Nathan Gifford- Almost Human

Kevin Hall- Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Hannibal, and Archer

Brittany DeSalvo- The Vampire Diaries and The Originals





    No Boardwalk Empire? The Bridge? Fringe? Eastbound and Down? At least Hannibal got a vote. Was this supposed to be nerd-specific shows?


      My personal list would probably include the following:
      Breaking Bad
      Eastbound and Down
      Parks and Recreation
      Mad Men
      Orphan Black
      Fringe (even though only three episodes aired in 2013, they were three solid episodes)
      Orange is the New Black

      My 10th spot would be split between Archer, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and very funny return to form from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. I’m sure I’m forgetting a few, too.


    What is that C by my comment?


    I could never get in to Doctor Who although everyone seems to go crazy for it. I’m definately going to check out Attack on Titan though I’m always looking for a new anime show to get hooked on


    How is “The Blacklist” not on the Top Ten? James Spader is a delight in his role of the good bad guy. And “The Goldberg’s”?

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