MTV’s online dating show ‘Catfish’ is always filled with the best television has to offer. The LGBT episodes seemed to spark the most views, but the regular episodes fared just as well. But Anthony and Framel’s episode definitely became a huge viral moment this year.
View the Anthony/Framel ‘Catfish’ episode here.
9. Witches Of East End
The Lifetime Network took a huge risk by jumping on the #supernaturalshow bandwagon, but ‘Witches Of East End’ proved to be the successful for the network. Based on novels by Melissa de la Cruz, the show’s first season touched on witchy subjects in ways that no other show (‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’, ‘The Secret Circle’, ‘True Blood’) has done before. Julia Ormond’s role as Joanna Beauchamp is sure to earn her award recognition next year.
8. Orange Is The New Black
‘Orange Is The New Black’ became a breakout series after premiering for free in its entirety exclusively on Netflix. Both Taylor Schilling and Kate Mulgrew’s roles as prison inmates were stellar, and director Jenji Kohan’s latest directorial venture doesn’t fail on any fronts. The show’s offbeat prison comedy became an easy hit, forcing Netflix to extend the show for a second season in 2014.
7. The Walking Dead
Life on ‘The Walking Dead’ sure isn’t certain, which is why the Governor’s death during the mid-season finale was so shocking. With a villain as powerful and merciless as he was, Michonne’s act of killing the Governor finally made the prison camp inmates safe. But with ‘The Walking Dead’, there’s always another evil lurking. The suspense that builds with each ‘Dead’ episode this year has definitely kept me intrigued.
6. Once Upon A Time
The fairytale-centric ‘Once Upon A Time’ reached a pinnacle with its third season by introducing Neverland. With my favorite dysfunctional family nearly powerless up against an immortal Peter Pan, the group resorts to “opening Pandora’s Box” (literally) to defeat this season’s big bad. The connection between Rumpelstiltskin and Peter Pan pushed season three ratings into the top spot, but sadly fans have to wait until March for new episodes.
5. Iyanla, Fix My Life
Iyanla Vanzant’s self-help show ‘Fix My Life’ has become more popular for its real-life aspects than many other shows for their scripted drama (see ‘Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta). The show’s second season featured many A- and B-list celebrities, but it was the real-life couples that needed the most work.
After Darryl Stephens’ success on ‘Noah’s Arc’, he received the lead role on the Downtown Los Angeles gay drama ‘DTLA’. The show’s first season featured AzMarie Livingston (‘America’s Next Top Model’), Luenell (‘It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’), and Tiffany ‘New York’ Patterson (‘I Love New York’) and rounded out a strong LGBT cast. There’s no word yet on a second season, but hopefully more people will learn about this hidden gem soon with the first season now available for Netflix streaming.
‘Dexter: The Final Season’ left me completely devastated, despite mixed reviews about the show’s final moments. For eight years, the writers of ‘Dexter’ have created some of the most consistent, stirring moments in premium television. Losing this show while lesser dramas such as ‘Scandal’ and ‘True Blood’ remain on the air makes me wonder exactly why the show was cancelled in the first place.
2. Project Runway
The twelfth season of ‘Project Runway’ was a clear “dom”-ination, with Philly’s own Dom Streater taking home the top prize. Although she only won two of the season’s thirteen challenges, she was in the top three a record breaking five times, proving her skill was worthy enough for Nina Garcia and Zac Posen. I knew Dom would win from day one, which is why I’m excited to see what else she’ll do in the near future.
1. American Horror Story: Coven
FX’s hit show ‘American Horror Story’ struck gold with their third season, especially because of guest roles by Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates, and Gabourey Sidibe. The anthology-themed show featured the show’s main characters (Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, and Emma Roberts) embattled in a witch vs. voodoo fight that hasn’t been going very well. Unlike most shows centered around witches, the realistic elements intertwined in the third season storyline is what makes the show so enjoyable.