Top Ten Thursday: Top Ten TV Shows of 2013

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By all accounts, we are in the midst of a golden age in television.  In past years we have done a top 5 list for best television shows, when we could have easily done a top ten list.  This year, we are doing a top ten list when we could have easily done a top 20 list.  Just look at some of the shows that didn’t make the cut like Brooklyn Nine Nine, New Girl, Justified, Parks and Rec, Black Mirror, and Suits.  All quality television.  There is simply too much good TV; it is impossible to watch it all.  With all that being said, we did our best to give a well balanced list of the best TV shows of 2013.  Let us know what we missed, and as always enjoy the list.

10.  Veep

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Veep built on an uneven first season with a superb second season, proving ensemble comedy, rather than a single-star vehicle, is the way to go, Veep further developed its deep roster of characters.  Among others, it is great to see Matt Walsh finally get a chance to shine as a go to supporting character.
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Weak List Wednesday: Top 5 Television Programs of 2012

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2012 was a great year in television.  Unfortunately, that means the shows we are used to being great stayed great for the most part, without much new blood being thrown into the mix.  In fact, only one new show cracked our eight selections below (the top 5 plus each of our “just missed”).  New shows like The Newsroom on HBO, and NBC’s big-budget post-apocalyptic program Revolution were summarily awful (not that I expected too much out of Revolution, but come on, JJ Abrams has to have another hit in him at some point).  ABC’s Last Resort showed quite a bit of promise, with an intriguing premise and solid cast, but no one cared enough to tune in, so it already got the axe.  And the new sitcoms, my god the new sitcoms.  They were all awful.  So, back to the established shows to scratch our TV itch.  Enjoy, and as always, let us know what we missed, forgot, or even if you agree.

5.  Parks & Recreation

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Leslie Knope & Co. just keep the train rolling during the fourth and fifth seasons, after really hitting hitting its stride during season three.  The ensemble cast, anchored by Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman, Aziz Ansari, Chris Pratt, Aubrey Plaza, Adam Scott, and Rob Lowe has now been a cohesive unit for three seasons, making every interplay between the characters all the funnier.  Hopefully, people keep watching at a high enough level to keep this rare network gem on the air.
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The 2012 Emmy’s: Listen to Us Rip on Another Award Show

To be honest, I was thinking about writing about the new Mumford & Sons album, Babel, for today.  After the first few songs, I wasn’t in the mood to listen to any more manufactured build-and-release folk music anymore.  They are not all bad, but I’m not sure if I fairly review it in my current mood.

So instead, I’m gonna go ahead and talk about the 2012 Emmy Awards a little bit.  I really feel right now is the golden age of television.  Networks keep on rolling out high-concept programming, particularly on the drama side of things, that I can’t even imagine airing twenty years ago.  HBO started the charge with their 2000’s holy triumvirate of The Sopranos, The Wire, and Six Feet Under.  But now, everyone from FX to AMC, and even a few of the major four networks, are releasing interesting (if not always successful) programming.

So without further ado, here is what the 2012 Emmy Awards got right and epically wrong.
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Top Ten Thursday: Brilliant Babes of Song (Our Favorite Female Singer-Songwriters)

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There is nothing that turns me on more than a hot female musician, and in turn, there is nothing better than writing an entire article dedicated to these women of music. This list is partially in honor to the brilliant new efforts put forth by Fiona Apple, as well as inspiration from recently seeing acts such as Feist and St. Vincent, and topped off by the new Cat Power track that served as an announcement for her forthcoming album that will be released later in the year. This was one of our toughest lists we have compiled yet, and we all felt very strongly about the artists chosen. Unfortunately acts like St. Vincent, and Karen O were not able to be taken into consideration due to the fact that a majority of there compositions are collaborative efforts. Nonetheless, we feel very strongly that the ladies listed below are worthy of the praise they have received, and in some cases, worthy of more.
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LxListening: Femme Fatale

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For my first write-up for our LxListening features, I was trying to think of an overarching theme for much of the music I have listened to as of lately. Then, bouncing through my recent played albums, that I had been listening almost exclusively to female lead bands, both old and new. Being a blog run by three dudes, we thought it would be good to pump some feminine flavor into the blog once and a while. So here you are.
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