There were many fantastic shows that met their end, either through cancellation or completion, this past year in 2013. There will be a large hole that will need to be filled in the TV line-up for this upcoming year, 2014. So as we prepare ourselves for 2014’s line-up, here are the 5 best shows that ended sometime in 2013, according to Dr. Morbid himself. And unlike the shows on this list, while this may be the last post of the year, we will be back next year.
Honorable Mention: Attack of the Show (2005-2013)
Personally, Attack of the Show is the show that I will miss the most from this list. So then why is it listed as my Honorable Mention? It technically isn’t a regular TV show, but was in fact the only real news show for geeks and gamers. I watched this show consistently for 4 years without missing an episode, so when I heard that it was ending it depressed me. The main reason why I loved this show was because of the awesome hosts and contributors, which included Kevin Pereira, Olivia Munn, Candice Bailey, Sara Jean Underwood, Chris Hardwick and Chris Gore among several others. Shame on you G4 for canceling such a fantastic show! AOTS may be gone, but it shall never be forgotten.
5. Southland (2009-2013)
I consider this show, which follows police officers in Los Angeles, to be the second best cable cop show next to The Shield. For the second time during Southland‘s run, the show has been canceled, only this time it looks to be permanent. This disappoints me but at least Michael Cudlitz’s character, Officer John Cooper, got a conclusive resolution at the end of last season. Southland was gritty, harsh and unrelenting… so it will be good to now have Brooklyn Nine-Nine to off-set this show putting me through its harsh version of reality.
4. Burn Notice (2007-2013)
Bruce Fuckin’ Campbell as Sam Axe… enough said.
3. Fringe (2008-2013)
I love The X-Files, so obviously I loved this show which is basically J.J. Abrams’ version of it. Instead of Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, we got Olivia Dunham and Peter Bishop. This is in no way a bad thing however, because of the perfect blend between sci-fi and horror, along with characters you care about. Unlike J.J. Abrams other show, Lost, this one made complete sense as long as you were watching from the very beginning. Fringe might have started off better than the way that it eventually ended, but this show was nothing short of brilliant throughout its 100-episode run.
2. Dexter (2006-20013)
A successful show that focuses on a serial killer that finds the audience actually rooting for him to kill and get away with it… how did this happen? Well, the brilliant writing and the amazing lead performance from Michael C. Hall who portrays the character of Dexter Morgan, a character that is full of depth and complexity, certainly helped. What starts out as a show primarily only about one character becomes even more complex as the seasons move on, when Dexter’s sister played by Jennifer Carpenter (who ironically is now his ex-wife), starts to discover who Dexter really is. The ending was kind of a downer, but there was no chance that the way Dexter had led his life wasn’t going to eventually catch up with him. If you haven’t watched the show yet, this is a definite must-see, especially since Dexter was the main reason why I had Showtime over HBO. Plus John Lithgow as the Trinity Killer… pure genius.
1. Breaking Bad (2008-2013)
I will quote That Other Raimi Brother because he summed it up perfectly in his article, The End Of Breaking Bad: The Story Of Us, Walt & Jesse; “In the end, Breaking Bad will go down as one of the greatest television series in the history of the medium. It’s a show that improved by leaps and bounds throughout the course of its run and never really hit a distinctive rough patch. Quite the opposite of many other shows that go out on a low-note, Breaking Bad went out on a high-note and under the control of the man who brought it to our television screens some five years ago. Vince Gilligan has created a work of art that will no doubt far outlive him. I am eternally grateful not just to Gilligan, but to the entire cast and crew, to AMC for embracing a deeply ambitious television concept, and to my fellow fans who made the ride through the magical land of Albuquerque, New Mexico an extremely fun one.” Basically, Breaking Bad is like The Godfather, a near-perfect classic that is a prime example of what the medium can offer.
So there you have it, Dr. Morbid’s Top 5 TV Shows That Ended In 2013. We here at Morbidly Amusing would like to wish everyone a Bloody New Years! What shows are you looking forward to in 2014? Let us know down below in the comments section. And please return to our website next year for all your horrific news, reviews and top lists!