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, it’s actually just as good or better, as well.

That quality starts with acting. Lead Jonny Lee Miller’s 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 he’s not exactly relatable. Lucy Liu’s Joan Watson is the opposite. She’s 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 we’re given a chance to understand exactly how the final conclusions are reached. The mind of Holmes isn’t the easiest to portray. It can often lead writers to turn the man into some all-knowing superbeing, but in this effort, he’s simply the world’s most brilliant detective. Sometimes he’s even initially wrong, by the end, he always delivers the solution and a reminder of why he’s so compelling to watch.

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