Film and TV

The 10 Best TV Shows of 2013

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Top of the Lake Sundance Channel This stunning Sundance Channel show features Elisabeth Moss as Robin Griffin, a detective working to find a missing and pregnant 12-year-old. The drama's rich and dense plot reveals a corrupt community full of predators, hippies, and plenty of suspects. Griffin hopes to exorcise her New Zealand hometown's demons -- and a few of her own, too.

House of Cards Netflix Kevin Spacey stars as the cutthroat Frank Underwood, a South Carolinian senator who seeks revenge on his enemies after he's passed over for the position of Secretary of State. As Underwood mows down and/or maneuvers anyone standing in his way, we get a look at political machinations that half-make us want to watch C-SPAN.

Kroll Show Comedy Central Comedian Nick Kroll's stand-up comedy consists of rolling through original obnoxious characters. For us, his style's much more suited to a sketch show, and Kroll Show doesn't disappoint. Bolstered pop culture-inspired characters like Jersey meathead Bobby Bottleservice (one of Kroll's stand-up standbys), reality star Armand of The House, a pet plastic surgeon, and dynamic douche duo Rich Dicks, Kroll's spot-on mocking of reality TV and portrayal of terrible humans makes for one of Comedy Central's best shows.

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Becky Bartkowski is an award-winning journalist and the arts and music editor at New Times, where she writes about art, fashion, and pop culture.
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