The "Nobody Asked For It But Here It Is" Best of 2013 List

It's almost 2014 and I'm feeling self-indulgent (typical). I like pop culture, I like lists, I like recommending things, and I like pretending my opinions are more valuable than anyone else's. So here is a list of my favorite pop culturey things from 2013. Maybe soon they will be your favorite things, too!

 

Walt's sad 2013's almost over. Poor guy.

Walt's sad 2013's almost over. Poor guy.

Favorite Movies of 2013

  • 12 Years a Slave
  • Tie: Frances Ha and Inside Llewyn Davis (the "you'll never make it as an artist" double feature)
  • Stories We Tell
  • Her
  • Computer Chess

 

Non-2013 Movies Watched in 2013

  • Mulholland Drive
  • A Separation
  • Certified Copy
  • King Lear (RSC/Ian McKellen version)
  • Passing Strange

 

2013 TV Dramas

  • Breaking Bad
  • Mad Men (yeah i said it)
  • Rectify
  • Orange Is the New Black
  • Tie: Broadchurch and Les Revenants (the "non-American season-long mystery set near a body of water" double feature)

Runners up in no order: Top of the Lake (the other season-long mystery set near a body of water -- h/t Alan Sepinwall), Orphan Black, The Americans

By the way, The Americans had the best opening theme of the year:

Plus that episode where they played "Games Without Frontiers" was awesome

Les Revenants had the second-best opening of the year (Mogwai!):

The whole Mogwai album is pretty sweet, actually.

 

2013 TV, Comedy Edition

  • 30 Rock if its last few episodes in January count
  • Colbert
  • Adventure Time
  • Moone Boy (the whole thing's free on Hulu. watch iiiiiit)
  • Parks & Rec

Runners up: Please Like Me, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Sunny, Childrens Hospital

 

Best TV Episodes

  • Mad Men, "The Crash"
  • Breaking Bad, "Ozymandias" (and every other episode)
  • Adventure Time, "Simon & Marcy"
  • 30 Rock, "A Goon's Deed In A Weary World"
  • Broadchurch, "Episode Five"

Runners up: Richard II (The Hollow Crown), "Coming And Going" (Childrens Hospital), the Game of Thrones episode you're thinking about right now, the Futurama finale

 

Non-2013 TV Watched in 2013

  • Twin Peaks (those crappy episodes never happened)
  • The Sopranos
  • Fringe
  • Slings & Arrows
  • Peep Show

 

I'm leaving off books because, meh, too difficult. You can listen to my Favorite Music of 2013 (unordered) on this Spotify playlist. Now go forth and pop culture.