10. The Tomorrow People (CW):
A remake of the 1970s British sci-fi series (which was previously remade in the 1990s), The Tomorrow People centers on a group of young adults who represent the next stage in human evolution; each one possesses special powers, such as teleportation and telepathy, and they are caught in a battle between good and evil forces. Robbie Amell, Peyton List, and Mark Pellegrino are among the stars, while Greg Berlanti (Arrow) and Phil Klemmer (Chuck) produce.
9. Arrow (CW):
Spoiled billionaire playboy Oliver Queen is missing and presumed dead when his yacht is lost at sea. He returns five years later a changed man, determined to clean up the city as a hooded vigilante armed with a bow. Season 2 got even more stuff going on "Flash" is in it. And Oliver is totally different person.
8. Sleepy Hollow (FX):
Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) wakes up 200+ years in the future and meets Sleepy Hollow police Lieutenant Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie). Together they aim to stop the headless horseman, who is the fourth horsemen of the Apocalypse.
7. The Walking Dead (AMC):
Crushing deaths, the rise and fall of the Governor, the continuing efforts of a disparate group of survivors to form a new community and deal with the realities of their post-apocalyptic world, all unfolds via great storytelling and rich character development. You can't please everyone, as evidenced by the zombie fans who think there's too much soap opera happening in the walker-filled world, while there's an equally vocal group of drama fans who think the show hits those genre notes too heavily. We say "TWD" perfectly juggles all those aspects, while making us care deeply for the Ricks and Carls, the Carols and Daryls, the Hershels and Michonnes, and even making a villain like the Governor more human with a pair of backstory episodes in Season 4 that were among the series' best.
6. The Original
A spin-off from The CW's hit series The Vampire Diaries, this New Orleans-set supernatural drama will focus on the vampire siblings of Klaus (Joseph Morgan), Elijah (Daniel Gillies), and Rebekah (Claire Holt). Total bada$$ better than Vampire Diaries, no stupid love triangle.
5. Mad Men (AMC):
No, Megan wasn't murdered by the Manson Family, but Season 6 still brought plenty of change to the Sterling Cooper crew. The firm merged with rivals Cutler Gleason and Chaough, and landed a game-changing account in Chevy; Peggy suffered through two brutal breakups (one involving a trip to the ER); and Don finally let his mask of invincibility slip during a confessional pitch to Hershey's… and got rewarded with an involuntary leave of absence. TV's best character study only got deeper and more resonant.
4. Game of Thrones (HBO):
In Season 1, "Game" turned convention on its head by killing off the main character. How do you top that in Season 3? By killing most of the rest of his family in the middle of their righteous quest for vengeance, of course. The Red Wedding may have been the biggest water-cooler moment since "Who shot J.R.?" in 1980 and makes a strong case for the return of event TV.
3. Scandal (ABC):
There are more plots in one episode of "Scandal" than some shows have in an entire season: murders, lies, conspiracies, rape, assassinations, poisoning, affairs, secret children, blackmail — it's like every old pulp noir magazine cover happening at the same time. It would be over-the-top nonsense if it weren't grounded by Kerry Washington, who may be the most magnetic personality on TV now.
2. House of Cards (Netflix):
The Capitol Hill-set morality tale was cynically delicious from beginning to nail-biting end, thanks to the year's best cast of characters, led by Kevin Spacey as Machiavellian Congressman Frank Underwood (a role for which he deserved to win a mantel full of Emmys) and his frozen accomplice/wife, Claire, played to perfection by Robin Wright. And with Season 2 set to debut on Feb. 14, 2014, we know how we'll be spending our Valentine's Day: rooting for ruthless Frank to weasel his way into the vice presidency as we binge-watch all 13 episodes in one sitting. Now that's true love.
1. Breaking Bad (AMC):
It seemed impossible that the final eight episodes of "Breaking Bad" could live up to the expectations of viewers and critics for the AMC drama. Instead, those last episodes exceeded just how brilliant we already thought the show could be, keeping us sitting on the edge of our seats, relishing every sliver of comeuppance that befell Walter White, and yet, to the very end, also continuing to root for the murderous, hubris-filled teacher-turned-meth kingpin. That series creator Vince Gilligan and his actors, writers, and crew also injected the show with big doses of humor, heartbreak, and postcard-worthy shots of Albuquerque helped seal the show's status as a classic. Now, though, we're haunted by this question: Will another TV drama, can another TV drama, ever be as good as "Breaking Bad"?
Tell us what you think? What's your favorite?