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SideReel's Best and Worst TV of 2013

In putting together our year end lists, the SideReel Editors noticed that while there was general agreement on the top shows of 2013 (Breaking Bad and Orange is the New Black were pretty standard, though we admit to being surprised that Game of Thrones only made one person's top 5, especially considering the entire office is obsessed with it), our worst shows of 2013 lists were quite diverse. A bunch of us chose a new series that was a major disappointment (Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), some picked oh-god-please-put-this-out-of-its-misery-if-you-haven't-already legacy series (How I Met Your Mother; The Office), and, well, a few downright horrible shows to which we subjected ourselves surfaced as well (Dads; Dance Moms; Shahs of Sunset).

But 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

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Rachel Levy, Editor

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Zaz Harris, Editor

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Laura DeWald, Editor

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Joshua Cook, Anime Editor

Worst Anime Shows

  • Aku no Hana
  • Danganronpa
  • My Mental Choices are Completely Interfering with my School romantic Comedy
  • Dog x Scissors
  • Log Horizon