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 Jessica's list, which begins with Parenthood at #5.

5. Parenthood
Few TV programs get better with age, but NBC’s Parenthood has proved growing older can sometimes lead to tighter writing. Over the last several years, we’ve seen the Braverman clan struggle and triumph, oftentimes in stressful and life-altering ways. Forever bordering along melodrama, for years Parenthood asked audiences to invest in babies and weddings, new businesses and relationships. And then 2013 happened, and the ante was upped quite a bit.

2013 was the year of Kristina Braverman (Monica Potter), a mother and political campaign manager, found herself faced with breast cancer. Potter’s emotional range through the end of last season and the beginning of the fall season has been a joy to watch, leading to her very first Golden Globe nomination. Kristina's always been a mother, first, and to see her struggle with cancer and then find the fortitude to run for Mayor of Berkeley has been an interesting journey to watch, supplemented by plotlines including stress between Crosby and Adam due to a brand new business, Sarah ruining healthy relationships and watching from the sidelines as her daughter does much the same, stress between Julia and Joel, and much, much more. It's hard to define all of the things that Parenthood brings to the table, but this year, it's been an emotional story that has tugged us at our cores.

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