15 More TV Episodes We Loved This Year
Alicia (Julianna Margulies, right) and Cary's plans to depart Lockhart/Gardner are suddenly exposed, leading to mass firings and a desperate battle between the two firms to retain clients, on THE GOOD WIFE, Sunday, Oct 27 (9:00-10:01 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Also pictured: Josh Charles as Will Gardner, left Photo: David M. Russell
We already named our top 20 TV shows for 2013, but even that doesn't begin to cover all the TV we loved this year. Some series that didn't make the final cut delivered some pretty stellar episodes, too.
Here, we're focusing on the shows that didn't make our top 20 (so no "Breaking Bad" or "Game of Thrones" here), and picking out 15 must-watch episodes from this calendar year that also helped make all that time we spent on the couch worthwhile.
1. "The Good Wife," "Hitting the Fan"
The very apt title of the episode only begins to describe what an intense hour of television this was. Alicia and Cary’s plan to leave Lockhart/Gardner and take top clients with them was exposed, and led to explosive confrontations with Will and Diane. Then it was full-on war as the senior partners worked furiously to cut the new firm down. “Hitting the Fan” was a thrill ride from start to finish, and changed the course of “The Good Wife” forever. — Kelly Woo
2. “Justified," "Decoy”
One of the still-underappreciated drama’s best episodes ever, “Decoy” pitted Raylan and the marshals against Boyd and the Detroit mob, who desperately wanted to get their hands on Drew Thompson, who Raylan and company were transporting to jail. The unexpected hero of the adventure: Harlan constable Bob Sweeney (Patton Oswalt), who craftily dealt with one of the mob henchmen and came up with the idea to get Drew safely out of town. We will forever be bummed that Oswalt did not win an Emmy for the role, though Bob did earn Raylan’s respect as “a tough son of a b----.” — Kimberly Potts