SideReel's Best and Worst Episodes of 2013

Why stop at best and worst series of 2013? After all, even the best series can have truly awful episodes — and even a mediocre time-waster can blow you away on occasion. When asked for their favorite episodes, the SideReel editors didn't hesitate to name two standouts from the back half of Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones' "The Rains of Castamere" and a showstopper of an episode of The Colbert Report, but it's in the lists of least favorite episodes that the real fun begins. In fact, one editor made a point of writing the following disclaimer: "These are episodes that I view as weak episodes of otherwise good shows. I'd watch any of these episodes 100 times over before ever subjecting myself to a second episode of Shahs of Sunset." So no, these aren't the worst of the worst (that would just have to be endless entries culled from shows on E! and TLC), but the worst of what's generally worth watching. Whether you agree or agree to disagree, let us know what you think of our choices in the comments.

Leah E. Friedman, Managing Editor

Best

  1. Mad Men S6E6: For Immediate Release
  2. Utopia S1E1: Episode 1
  3. Orange is the New Black S1E10: Bora Bora Bora
  4. Arrested Development S4E7: Colony Collapse
  5. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia S9E3: The Gang Tries Desperately to Win an Award

Worst

  1. Community S4E3: Conventions of Space and Time
  2. Fringe S5E3: The Recordist
  3. Under the Dome S1E2: The Fire
  4. America's Next Top Model S20E5: The Girl Who Went Around in Circles
  5. Doctor Who S7E7: The Bells of St. John

Alex Gambardella, Editor

Best

  1. Breaking Bad S5E14: Ozymandias
  2. Mad Men S6E13: In Care Of
  3. Veep S2E4: The Vic Allen Dinner
  4. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia S9E6: The Gang Saves the Day
  5. Game of Thrones S3E9: The Rains of Castamere

Worst

  1. Glee S5E7: Puppet Master
  2. Dexter S8E12: Remember the Monsters?
  3. True Blood S6E8: Dead Meat
  4. The Newsroom S2E2: The Genoa Tip
  5. Girls S2E9: On All Fours

Morgaine Breimayer, Editor

Best

  1. Breaking Bad S5E13: To'hajiilee
  2. Arrested Development S4E11: A New Attitude
  3. The Colbert Report S9E96: Daft Punk
  4. Bones S8E12: The Corpse on the Canopy
  5. How I Met Your Mother S8E24: Something New

Worst

  1. The Office S9E17: The Farm
  2. Go On S1E17: Ring and a Miss
  3. Psych S7E7: Deez Nups
  4. The Office S9E18: Promos
  5. Community S4E11: Basic Human Anatomy

Rachel Levy, Editor

Best

  1. House of Cards S1E1: Chapter One
  2. Breaking Bad S5E14: Ozymandias
  3. Scandal S3E2: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
  4. Game of Thrones S3E9: The Rains of Castamere
  5. Orange is the New Black S1E3: Lesbian Request Denied

Worst

  1. New Girl S3E4: The Captain
  2. How I Met Your Mother S9E7: No Questions Asked
  3. Modern Family S5E4: Farm Strong
  4. Glee S5E7: Puppet Master
  5. Revenge S2E19: Identity

Zaz Harris, Editor

Best

  1. Game of Thrones S3E9: The Rains of Castamere
  2. Nashville S1E21: I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive
  3. Archer S4E1: Fugue and Riffs
  4. The Colbert Report S9E96: Daft Punk
  5. Elementary S1E24: Heroine

Worst

  1. Drop Dead Diva S5E9: Trust Me
  2. Sleepy Hollow S1E6: The Sin Eater
  3. The League S5E4: Rafi and Dirty Randy
  4. Grey's Anatomy S9E24: Perfect Storm
  5. The Following S1E15: The Final Chapter

Laura DeWald, Editor

Best

  1. Breaking Bad S5E16: Felina
  2. Orange is the New Black S1E13: Can't Fix Crazy
  3. Skins S7E1: Fire, Part 1
  4. The Walking Dead S4E8: Too Far Gone
  5. Luther S3E4: Episode 4

Worst

  1. Dexter S8E12: Remember the Monsters?
  2. The Office S9E12: Customer Loyalty
  3. The Secret Life of the American Teenager S5E24: Thank You and Goodbye
  4. American Horror Story S2E13: Madness Ends
  5. Peep Show S8E6: Quantocking II

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