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Robert Lloyd’s best TV shows of 2013

‘The Returned’
Supernatural French import joins the uncanny and the quotidian, prizes mystery over explanation.

MORE: Read the review (Jean Claude Lother / Sundance Channel)
‘Inside Amy Schumer’
Year’s most daring, dangerous, political, serious, human comedy. Also funny. (Matt Peyton / Comedy Central)
‘Drunk History’
Speakers under the influence get vernacular with the past; miming actors create ironic tension.

MORE: Read the review (Comedy Central)
‘Top of the Lake’
Jane Campion directs Elisabeth Moss in New Zealand highland mystery. Unsettling, gorgeous.

MORE: Q&A with actress Holly Hunter (Parisa Taghizadeh / Sundance Channel)
‘Moone Boy,’ ‘Family Tree’
Chris O’Dowd x 2. 1st: a memory piece, from himself; 2nd, by Chris Guest, a piece on memory.

MORE: Read ‘Moone Boy’ review | Read ‘Family Tree’ review (Hulu / HBO)
‘MasterChef Junior’
Little kids give hope for the future with brilliant cooking. Moving! And Gordon Ramsay behaves himself. (Greg Gayne / Fox)
‘The Hollow Crown’
Three kings (Richard II/Henry IV/Henry V) in four plays. Shakespeare is the man for the tragical-historical.

MORE: Read the review (Joss Barratt / PBS)
‘Incredible Crew’
Smart teen sketch show (canceled) offered media critique, parodies, pranks, weirdness, chops. (Darren Michaels / Nickelodeon)
‘Only the Young’
Distressed SoCal Christian skate punks in a documentary teenage “Jules and Jim.” No lessons, just love.

MORE: Read the review (Jason Tippet and Elizabeth Mims / PBS)
‘Please Like Me,’ ‘The Fosters’
Family, friends, identity. Australian mumblecore/American YA. Couldn’t choose!

MORE: Read ‘The Fosters’ review (Pivot / ABC)