Best TV Episodes of 2013

by martymcflyjb | created - 11 Dec 2013 | updated - 30 Mar 2016 | Public

The 50 greatest individual television episodes of 2013, in order.

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1. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
Episode: Ozymandias (2013)

TV-14 | 48 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Walt goes on the run. Jesse is taken hostage. Marie convinces Skyler to tell Walter, Jr. the truth.

Director: Rian Johnson | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris

Votes: 105,848

2. Game of Thrones (2011–2019)
Episode: The Rains of Castamere (2013)

TV-MA | 51 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Robb and Catelyn arrive at the Twins for the wedding. Jon is put to the test to see where his loyalties truly lie. Bran's group decides to split up. Daenerys plans an invasion of Yunkai.

Director: David Nutter | Stars: Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Richard Madden, Iain Glen

Votes: 84,489

3. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
Episode: Felina (2013)

TV-14 | 55 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Walter White makes one last attempt to secure his family's future, while also visiting some old enemies, during his final return to Albuquerque.

Director: Vince Gilligan | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris

Votes: 76,843

4. Fringe (2008–2013)
Episode: An Enemy of Fate (2013)

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

As the Observers close in, Walter and September desperately work to complete the plan, but one obstacle after another hinders their progress.

Director: J.H. Wyman | Stars: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole, John Noble

Votes: 2,736

5. 30 Rock (2006–2013)
Episode: Game Over (2013)

TV-14 | 21 min | Comedy

Jack launches a plot to take over as Kabletown CEO with the help of Devon Banks, Liz gets more bad news from the adoption agency, and the lead actress in Tracy's Harriet Tubman biopic turns out to be the female version of Tracy himself.

Director: Ken Whittingham | Stars: Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski, Jack McBrayer

Votes: 446

6. Game of Thrones (2011–2019)
Episode: And Now His Watch Is Ended (2013)

TV-MA | 53 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Jaime mopes over his lost hand. Cersei is growing uncomfortable with the Tyrells. The Night's Watch is growing impatient with Craster. Daenerys buys the Unsullied.

Director: Alex Graves | Stars: Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke

Votes: 30,058

7. Mad Men (2007–2015)
Episode: In Care Of (2013)

TV-14 | 48 min | Drama

With his personal and professional life crumbling around him, Don positions himself for a change of scenery. Meanwhile, Pete's life is falling apart as well, thanks to the meddling of Bob Benson.

Director: Matthew Weiner | Stars: Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones

Votes: 1,669

8. The Newsroom (2012–2014)
Episode: Red Team III (2013)

TV-MA | 58 min | Drama

In the aftermath of ACN's Operation Genoa report, the staff who put it together face some serious blowback, not just when the government responds but also when the sources' credibility comes into question.

Director: Anthony Hemingway | Stars: Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill

Votes: 1,288

9. Arrested Development (2003– )
Episode: A New Attitude (2013)

TV-14 | 37 min | Comedy

Gob accepts a job from his brother, but is distracted by a scheme of his own.

Directors: Mitchell Hurwitz, Troy Miller | Stars: Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, Michael Cera

Votes: 1,201

10. Hannibal (2013–2015)
Episode: Savoureux (2013)

TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Following his strange trip to Minnesota, Graham is taken into custody by Crawford for the probable murder of Abigail Hobbs. They find her severed ear in his kitchen sink and her blood under... See full summary »

Director: David Slade | Stars: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Hettienne Park

Votes: 4,379

11. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
Episode: Confessions (2013)

TV-14 | 48 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Walt makes his next move against Hank, putting Hank in a tough position. Hank confronts Jesse and attempts to turn him against Walt, and Jesse decides it's time to move on. Meanwhile, Todd has taken over the business.

Director: Michael Slovis | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris

Votes: 19,534

12. Fringe (2008–2013)
Episode: The Boy Must Live (2013)

TV-14 | 42 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Young Observer's origin is revealed. And his existence and an additional time travel are necessary to change the history of Observers' invasion.

Director: Paul Holahan | Stars: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole, John Noble

Votes: 1,271

13. Downton Abbey (2010–2015)
Episode: Episode #3.5 (2012)

TV-14 | 50 min | Drama, Romance

The Crawleys excitedly await as the new addition to the family is soon to come. Meanwhile, Anna attempts to uncover evidence for Bates's innocence. But then, when tragedy strikes, will things ever be the same again?

Director: Jeremy Webb | Stars: Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Brown Findlay, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter

Votes: 1,257

14. Revenge (2011–2015)
Episode: Truth: Part 2 (2013)

TV-PG | 44 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A heartbreaking death forces Emily to evaluate her quest for revenge.

Director: J. Miller Tobin | Stars: Madeleine Stowe, Emily VanCamp, Gabriel Mann, Henry Czerny

Votes: 934

15. The Americans (2013–2018)
Episode: Trust Me (2013)

TV-MA | 50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A mole hunt within the KGB causes suspicion amongst allies and shatters trust within the Jennings' marriage. Meanwhile, Stan's plan to keep his mole safe puts her at even greater risk of discovery.

Director: Daniel Sackheim | Stars: Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Maximiliano Hernández, Holly Taylor

Votes: 1,500

16. Mad Men (2007–2015)
Episode: A Tale of Two Cities (2013)

TV-14 | 48 min | Drama

Cutler and Chaough prepare to make radical changes to the firm while Sterling and Draper are visiting a client in Los Angeles. Joan's decision to go after a new account on her own leaves Pete furious and frustrated.

Director: John Slattery | Stars: Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones

Votes: 1,236

17. 30 Rock (2006–2013)
Episode: Hogcock!/Last Lunch (2013)

TV-14 | 42 min | Comedy

Liz is dealing with being a stay-at-home mom while Jack tries to find true happiness. Kenneth and Tracy are both adjusting to Kenneth's new position as President of NBC.

Director: Beth McCarthy-Miller | Stars: Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski, Jack McBrayer

Votes: 711

18. Bates Motel (2013–2017)
Episode: First You Dream, Then You Die (2013)

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Six months after the death of her husband, Norma Bates and her youngest son Norman relocate to White Pine Bay, Oregon where she has bought a small motel in a foreclosure sale. The place is ... See full summary »

Director: Tucker Gates | Stars: Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot, Olivia Cooke

Votes: 2,775

19. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
Episode: Blood Money (2013)

TV-14 | 48 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Walt is out of the meth business and trying to move on with his life. Jesse tries to get rid of his money. Hank now knows that Walt is the famous Heisenberg.

Director: Bryan Cranston | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris

Votes: 18,219

20. Arrested Development (2003– )
Episode: Colony Collapse (2013)

TV-14 | 36 min | Comedy

Gob finds a new group of friends after his relationship falls apart and his family abandons him.

Directors: Mitchell Hurwitz, Troy Miller | Stars: Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, Michael Cera

Votes: 1,288

21. The Killing (2011–2014)
Episode: Try (2013)

TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

With his secrets unveiled, Pastor Mike takes Linden prisoner and they drive around the city. Linden manages to keep her radio on and the police are able to locate them. Linden believes him ... See full summary »

Director: Lodge Kerrigan | Stars: Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Elias Koteas, Hugh Dillon

Votes: 721

22. Homeland (2011– )
Episode: Big Man in Tehran (2013)

TV-MA | 54 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Brody's loyalty to the mission wavers when he meets a ghost from his past. As Lockhart's confirmation looms, Saul stares into the precipice between success and failure.

Director: Daniel Minahan | Stars: Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, Rupert Friend, Morena Baccarin

Votes: 3,246

23. Downton Abbey (2010–2015)
Episode: Episode #3.8 (2012)

TV-14 | 67 min | Drama, Romance

Change arrives in a big way for several key characters at Downton Abbey. A yearly cricket match with the village sees old scores settled and new plots are hatched.

Director: David Evans | Stars: Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle

Votes: 1,060

24. Mad Men (2007–2015)
Episode: For Immediate Release (2013)

TV-14 | 47 min | Drama

As the firm prepares to go public, Don and Pete's actions cause them to lose two huge clients. However, Roger uses a new connection to put them in position to gain their biggest client ever.

Director: Jennifer Getzinger | Stars: Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones

Votes: 1,562

25. Smash (2012–2013)
Episode: The Song (2013)

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Musical

Eileen has to decide if she will sell Nick down the river at the deposition into the illegal funding of "Bombshell". The fact that Nick has gone into hiding may make her decision easier. ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Morris | Stars: Debra Messing, Jack Davenport, Katharine McPhee, Christian Borle

Votes: 104

26. New Girl (2011–2018)
Episode: Virgins (2013)

TV-14 | 20 min | Comedy

Each of the friends tell their story about how they lost their virginity.

Director: Alec Berg | Stars: Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield, Lamorne Morris

Votes: 1,018

27. House of Cards (2013–2018)
Episode: Chapter 11 (2013)

TV-MA | 55 min | Drama

Following the collapse of Russo's campaign, Francis launches a risky ploy to join the Walker administration.

Director: Carl Franklin | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Kate Mara, Corey Stoll

Votes: 4,486

28. Orange Is the New Black (2013–2019)
Episode: Tall Men with Feelings (2013)

TV-MA | 59 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Grief looms over the prison as the inmates mourn a recent suicide. Dayanara, Nicky, and Red plot to end Mendez's career by tricking him into revealing his indiscretions. Larry gives a radio... See full summary »

Director: Constantine Makris | Stars: Taylor Schilling, Laura Prepon, Michael Harney, Michelle Hurst

Votes: 2,276

29. Hannibal (2013–2015)
Episode: Apéritif (2013)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

The head of the FBI Behavioral Science unit, Jack Crawford, calls on profiler Will Graham to assist them catch a serial killer. The killer has now kidnapped eight women, all similar in ... See full summary »

Director: David Slade | Stars: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Hettienne Park

Votes: 5,508

30. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005– )
Episode: The Gang Tries Desperately to Win an Award (2013)

TV-MA | 21 min | Comedy

The gang attempts to win the award for Philidelphia's Best Bar.

Director: Richie Keen | Stars: Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney, Kaitlin Olson

Votes: 2,254

31. Revenge (2011–2015)
Episode: Sacrifice (2013)

TV-PG | 44 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Graysons put on a bold showing at their annual Labor Day party; the seas prove to be deadly as Amanda and Jack sail off to their honeymoon.

Director: Stefan Schwartz | Stars: Madeleine Stowe, Emily VanCamp, Gabriel Mann, Henry Czerny

Votes: 704

32. American Horror Story (2011– )
Episode: Madness Ends (2013)

TV-MA | 46 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

Johnny sets out to complete his father's work. Lana leads the charge to finally shut down Briarcliff.

Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon | Stars: Zachary Quinto, Joseph Fiennes, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters

Votes: 3,952

33. Girls (2012–2017)
Episode: I Get Ideas (2013)

TV-MA | 29 min | Comedy, Drama

Hannah gets unsolicited musical attention from heartbroken Adam and displeasing opinions on her writing from Sandy. Elijah questions his sexuality; Marnie makes a career compromise when her... See full summary »

Director: Lena Dunham | Stars: Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet

Votes: 534

34. The Killing (2011–2014)
Episode: Reckoning (2013)

TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Kallie's mother Danette Lutz is still looking for her and returns home to find Joe Mills waiting for her. He beats her and is long gone by the time the police arrive. The police do get a ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Elias Koteas, Hugh Dillon

Votes: 837

35. Supernatural (2005– )
Episode: Sacrifice (2013)

TV-14 | 42 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Sam and Dean capture Crowley to finish the trials and close the gates of Hell. Castiel and Metatron continue the trials to close the gates of Heaven. Sam is left with a huge decision.

Director: Philip Sgriccia | Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Mark Sheppard

Votes: 3,902

36. Game of Thrones (2011–2019)
Episode: Dark Wings, Dark Words (2013)

TV-MA | 56 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Bran and company meet Jojen and Meera Reed. Arya, Gendry, and Hot Pie meet the Brotherhood. Jaime travels through the wilderness with Brienne. Sansa confesses her true feelings about Joffery to Margaery.

Director: Daniel Minahan | Stars: Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Kit Harington

Votes: 21,787

37. The Office (2005–2013)
Episode: A.A.R.M. (2013)

TV-PG | 43 min | Comedy

Dwight prepares for a marriage proposal and hires an assistant for his assistant, Andy auditions for a singing program, Darryl tries to leave his job without a fuss, and Pam has second thoughts about Jim staying in Scranton.

Director: David Rogers | Stars: Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Ed Helms

Votes: 3,035

38. Arrow (2012– )
Episode: Salvation (2013)

TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

After a major fire, Oliver decides it's time to eliminate real estate developer and slumlord John Nicol, another person on his father's list. He's beaten to the punch when another vigilante... See full summary »

Director: Nick Copus | Stars: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Colin Donnell, David Ramsey

Votes: 3,677

39. Mad Men (2007–2015)
Episode: To Have and to Hold (2013)

TV-14 | 48 min | Drama

Don works in secret on a Heinz ketchup campaign while Megan gets a love scene on the set of her soap opera. Meanwhile, Harry makes his power play while Joan has more trouble with the secretaries.

Director: Michael Uppendahl | Stars: Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones

Votes: 1,302

40. Downton Abbey (2010–2015)
Episode: Episode #3.7 (2012)

TV-14 | 48 min | Drama, Romance

A vindictive Ms. O'Brien hatches a damaging plot. Edith makes a major decision. Matthew devises a major plan for changing things, and Tom's brother pays a visit.

Director: David Evans | Stars: Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle

Votes: 985

41. Arrested Development (2003– )
Episode: It Gets Better (2013)

TV-14 | 34 min | Comedy

George-Michael whilst trying to reconnect with his father, finds himself overwhelmed by the responsibility of running his business, Fakeblock.

Directors: Mitchell Hurwitz, Troy Miller | Stars: Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, Michael Cera

Votes: 1,076

42. Top of the Lake (2013– )
Episode: A Rainbow Above Us (2013)

Unrated | 59 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Robin who is becoming obsessed with missing Tui's case is forced to unearth her painful past, while in the background, there is an outburst of violence in Paradise and an incident of suppressed aggression that will bear unforeseen results.

Director: Jane Campion | Stars: Elisabeth Moss, David Wenham, Mirrah Foulkes, Peter Mullan

Votes: 603

43. The Killing (2011–2014)
Episode: Six Minutes (2013)

TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

It's now 12 hours to Ray Seward's execution and Linden is still trying to get a stay of execution for him. Seward identifies his wife's ring from among the trophies found in Joe Mills' ... See full summary »

Director: Nicole Kassell | Stars: Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Elias Koteas, Hugh Dillon

Votes: 1,251

44. The Americans (2013–2018)
Episode: The Clock (2013)

TV-MA | 48 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

When Philip and Elizabeth are given an urgent task to plant a bug in Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger's office, they risk exposure when an unwilling maid of the Weinberger home refuses to cooperate.

Director: Adam Arkin | Stars: Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Maximiliano Hernández, Holly Taylor

Votes: 1,749

45. Orange Is the New Black (2013–2019)
Episode: WAC Pack (2013)

TV-MA | 56 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

The inmates must campaign amongst their races for a coveted spot as a prisoners' representative. Piper steers clear of the bizarre political process but might not have a choice but to get ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Trim | Stars: Taylor Schilling, Laura Prepon, Michael Harney, Michelle Hurst

Votes: 2,361

46. Hannibal (2013–2015)
Episode: Buffet Froid (2013)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Beth LeBeau is found murdered, having drowned in her own blood as a result of her face being cut into a Glasgow smile. Graham's mental state continues to sharply decline; he loses hours at ... See full summary »

Director: John Dahl | Stars: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Hettienne Park

Votes: 3,816

47. Sleepy Hollow (2013–2017)
Episode: The Sin Eater (2013)

TV-14 | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

After a rare day out, allowing Crane and Abbie to relax and bond more personally while contemplating democratization trough baseball, he is abducted while returning home. The sisters make ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Olin | Stars: Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, Orlando Jones, Katia Winter

Votes: 922

48. Mob City (2013)
Episode: A Guy Walks Into a Bar (2013)

TV-14 | 49 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Hecky Nash bribes LAPD officer Joe Teague to protect him in a blackmail exchange with the LA mob.

Director: Frank Darabont | Stars: Jon Bernthal, Milo Ventimiglia, Neal McDonough, Alexa Davalos

Votes: 391

49. Arrow (2012– )
Episode: Sacrifice (2013)

TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Adventure, Crime