Top 5 TV Shows Of 2013: Mack's List

By Mack Rawden 2 years ago discussion comments
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2013 has been a great year for television, so narrowing down our list of favorites was no easy task. As TV Blend has numerous writers with varying tastes in TV shows, we decided to go solo this year in sharing our Top 5 lists of the best series of 2013. This is Mack's list, which begins with an underrated procedural at #5.

5. Elementary
Elementary has always and perhaps will always live in the shadow of Sherlock, but beyond the shared main character and the crime solving element, CBS offering is fundamentally different from its peer. More importantly, in some ways, its actually just as good or better, as well.

That quality starts with acting. Lead Jonny Lee Millers Sherlock is an addict, once upon a time for drugs now simply for excitement and stimulation. His hands sometimes shake. His opinions are always delivered with more confidence than his face would indicate, and his rare moments of honesty are surprisingly touching. Here, he feels like a real person we could be lucky enough to run across at some point during our lives, though hes not exactly relatable. Lucy Lius Joan Watson is the opposite. Shes brilliant, as well, but her brilliance is far more understandable. She processes things much like the audience would, and this combination makes solving the weekly mysteries fun.

In addition to the acting, Elementary typically offers very crisp and sharp writing. The weekly cases are the right level of complicated yet still solveable, and were given a chance to understand exactly how the final conclusions are reached. The mind of Holmes isnt the easiest to portray. It can often lead writers to turn the man into some all-knowing superbeing, but in this effort, hes simply the worlds most brilliant detective. Sometimes hes even initially wrong, by the end, he always delivers the solution and a reminder of why hes so compelling to watch.
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