So far the 2012-2013 season in television has proven to be a great one. With highly viewed shows in every category including drama, comedy, and reality. A lot of old fan favorites are still topping the ratings as well as a few new series, and we here at Newscom would like to take a look at some of most popular TV shows starting out 2013.
We have comprised a list of the top 15 popular television shows on air. This list of the best TV shows is in no particular order, though we did pull the list from a couple different sites listing their top 10 TV shows – like TV Guide and Nielsen.
However, we did put Big Bang Theory on top since with their amazing cast of John Galecki, Jim Parsons, and Kaley Cuoco have done so amazing well over the past six seasons. But all of these popular series deserve kudos for making it on the list.
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So be sure to check out these images and more we have at Newscom of the best television shows.
1. Big Bang Theory Read the paragraph above again if you’re confused about why this is here.
2. How I Met Your Mother is in it’s eighth season and despite previous belief that it would be their last, in the past month news has broke that the show – starring Jason Segal, Josh Radnor, Alyson Hannigan, Cobie Smulders and Neil Patrick Harris – will be back for it’s ninth and final season. Hopefully we will know who the mother is!
3. 30 Rock is a show that is actually in its final season. The series will call it quits after seven seasons. I mean, Liz Lemon has finally found love in a somewhat normal relationship. Time to end on a high note.
4. The Walking Dead In a society obsessed with zombies, AMC’s The Walking Dead is doing well for obvious reasons. It’s already been renewed for a fourth season.
5. Game of Thrones It’s not often that the fantasy genre does so well on the small screen, but the HBO series Game of Thrones has become wildly popular and has won several awards.
6. Breaking Bad is another award winning series. It’s also on its last legs, but the series ending has been dragged out, much to pleasure of fans, by splitting the the season into two 8 episode parts. The first eight wrapped up in September and the final episodes will premiere this summer.
7. Castle With an estimated 10.76 million viewers tuning in to watch the pilot of Castle, there was probably plenty of room for the show to lose such high ratings. But with the steamy chemistry between Castle and Beckett (and season 5 FINALLY bringing them together) the show has been able to maintain it’s numbers well into its fifth season.
8. Downton Abbey recently premiered in the US to 7.9 million people, quadruple the number PBS usually averages for a primetime show. And the show is not just an American favorite, it has become one of the most widely watched television series in the world.
9. Homeland On SNL in a spoof of Mayor Bloomberg’s Hurricane Sandy Address, Fred Armisen makes a statement to the Hispanic people of New York that “in the coming days the white people of New York will be irritable and moody” because of the things they will be going without during the power outage and this includes Homeland, because “white people love Homeland” and “missing Homeland is the worst thing that ever happened to them.” Seriously though, it would be hard to miss an episode.
10. The Bachelor The hair pulling, hot tubbing, and roses are back on ABC. The first episode of The Bachelor has appeared with it’s newest man, Sean Lowe. The former contestant from a previous Bachelorette season is back to find love – true love … or at least somebody he’ll propose to at the end of the show and then split from when they get back to the real world.
11. Person of Interest is in it’s second season, and is going strong. Proving that criminal drama always has a place on television.
12. The Good Wife In it’s fourth season, The Good Wife is proving that legal drama will also always have it’s place on television. What can we say? When you’ve got a formula that works, might as well keep it going.
13. Parks and Recreation is filmed in a mockumentary style and has been a hit with viewers. Plus, when you have a star studded cast of actors like Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Nick Offerman, Adam Scott and Aziz Ansari, you can’t possibly go wrong.
14. Elementary is a modern-day retelling of Sherlock Holmes, one of the most widely retold and readapted stories in the world. How can you make a TV show about it new? Try making the beautiful Lucy Liu take on the role of Watson and you’ve at least got a twist we haven’t seen before. CBS keeps ordering more episodes, so that must be a good sign.
15. The Voice And if you thought singing shows outside of American Idol could not do well, then The Voice as certainly proved you wrong. It will be entering its fourth season this year but losing judges Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera for Usher and Shakira.
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