I keep meeting fewer and fewer people who use that dreadfully snooty line, “Oh, I don’t really watch TV.”
Yes, my perception on these matters is skewed.
I also feel like we get fewer and fewer comments on the site lamenting that there’s nothing on TV but “reality crap.”
Again, my perception may be skewed.
Our definitions of “great TV” may differ, but I think there was more “very good TV” airing in 2013 than ever before and that there were more types of very good TV airing than ever before and they’re airing in more places.
My Top 10 list includes an animated series, a documentary, a zombie show, a fantasy series, three or four things that are kinda comedies, period shows and contemporary. They’re shows from cable, network, PBS and an online platform.
Seven of the shows in my Top 10 were no-brainers for me. Another was a no-brainer on quality, but its brevity and format left me briefly contemplating its place. And two of the shows on my list could have been replaced by six or seven other shows and I’d have felt *almost* exactly the same satisfaction.
So that means that when I do my Second 10 in a couple weeks, I think that’s a list of very good shows as well and some of them really hurt to exclude from this list. And if that list only includes 10-ish shows (I usually allow some cheating once I get out of the Top 10), I’ll probably feel bad about another six or seven shows that I left out.
That’s how this goes.
Check out my Top 10 in video form above. It’ll be in list form on Tuesday morning as part of HitFix’s Now-Annual TV Critics Poll.