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 Alicia’s list, which begins with Mad Men at number five.

5. Mad Men
What a divisive and explosive season Don Draper had, eh? The penultimate season of the AMC series found Don in a bad way on all fronts of his life: his marriage, his drinking, his job, and his relationship with his daughter. And through each moment of this season, I was transfixed. Mood, imagery, and music joined forces to cause a sharp, ambitious, effective season of deeply moving television.

After a long stretch between seasons five and six, the passage of time only helped to amplify the complexities of Don, Peggy, Joan, Roger, and Sally. Especially Sally. Oh little Sally Draper had quite a year — eye-opening and jarring. Her experiences throughout the season laid out the very real ramifications for Don’s actions that he’s been too self-absorbed to consider. And now that his whole world is falling down around him, how he handles it will make or break everything in the series’ upcoming final season. Brooding, moody, and melancholic, Mad Men really delivered.

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