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SF Signal Readers’ Choice: What was Your Favorite SF/F/H Television Show of 2013?

The end of the year is often a time of reflection and, more importantly, list making!

Help us compile a list of the best genre television shows of the year by telling us which science fiction, fantasy and/or horror shows were your favorites. These do not have to necessarily be shows that were originally aired this year — we are more interested in the best shows that you consumed for the first time in 2013.

Sound off in the comments!

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30 Comments on SF Signal Readers’ Choice: What was Your Favorite SF/F/H Television Show of 2013?

  1. Melanie Goldmund // December 30, 2013 at 2:05 am //

    Hmmm, which is my favourite, Sleepy Hollow or Almost Human? It would have to be a tie, I think, as they are both great. Then comes Arrow, which I only discovered early this year. And close behind is Blake’s 7. I knew that the excellent production company of Big Finish was producing new audio adventures, and I wanted to catch up so that I could listen. I started watching the original series in January and have since become a firm fan of Avon, Vila, Cally and the others. Even if the production values of the tv series were a bit, um, low, the adventures from Big Finish more than make up for it.

  2. Game of Thrones, hands down. Walking Dead slowed down considerably, but the midseason finale was good (a return to the comics). I want to like an SF show, but havent found anything that resonates with me.

  3. Game of Thrones continue to awe.

    Defiance was a surprise like for me despite feeling I may have missed something because I didn’t feel like laying out money for the associated video game.

    Sleepy Hollow could have gone so wrong, but didn’t.

    The new show Almost Human would have to top my list. The characters and storyline are engaging and plenty of unknown back story to make it a good long running series.

  4. David Greybeard // December 30, 2013 at 8:14 am //

    As for the new series on TV I like THE WITCHES OF EAST END and DRACULA the best.

    Was VIKINGS from 2013? I loved that show.


    Not sure about ALMOST HUMAN. Watching it but I’m not decided yet. I’m enjoying SLEEPY HOLLOW, but needs to improve to rise above the-monster-of-the-week syndrome, which has been used to death ever since THE NIGHT STALKER in the 70s.

    AGENTS OF SHIELD has been painfully dull and a bitter disappointment.

  5. Steve Oerkfitz // December 30, 2013 at 8:33 am //

    Game of Thrones-Fantasy

    Nothing else impresses me very much.

  6. Supernatural is always my top show and, in its 9th season, it’s fresher than ever. American Horror Story: Coven is mind blowing and Witches of East End is surprisingly solid. I’m just now catching up on Orphan Black on BBC America and it’s starting to draw me in.

  7. Jeff Patterson // December 30, 2013 at 8:50 am //

    Dropped GoT this year, oddly enough at just about the same point I dropped the books. And with that my live-action TV genre viewing dropped to zero.

    I did like the SF scenario wraparounds James Woods did on Futurescape, unfortunately the approach of the topics was so narrow usually it really did not address the issues at hand.

    My wife’s been enjoying the steampunk Dracula.

  8. Jeff Patterson // December 30, 2013 at 8:54 am //

    Forgot: The last ten episodes of Young Justice were in 2013. That show should be taught in screenwriting classes.

  9. Doctor Who Season 7 would probably top that list. It had some big flaws and included some disappointments for me, including choices with Amy and Rory that made me nearly hate the characters in the end instead of being sad to see them go. But overall I thought it was great fun with some truly memorable episodes, my favorite being Asylum of the Daleks. Will be sad to see Smith go, but I’m looking forward to seeing how the addition of a new Doctor will affect the storytelling.

    Am really enjoying Almost Human, partially because I like Karl Urban and partially because I’m a sucker for robot stories and the SF aesthetic of this imagined future.

    More fantasy related I really enjoyed the six episode Series 1 of Moone Boy, which is a story about a twelve year old boy with a much older imaginary friend, played by Chris O’Dowd of The IT Crowd fame. It is a sweet and funny show. You can catch it on Hulu Plus.

  10. Pat Forsythe // December 30, 2013 at 9:19 am //

    The Walking Dead is the one I make sure I’m sitting in front of the TV to watch every week, along with Face-Off and Grimm.
    Am enjoying Almost Human, also.
    I did enjoy Defiance and also love Arrow.

  11. Best British: DOCTOR WHO

    Best Stealth: PERSON OF INTEREST (It’s about a sentient computer, but don’t tell your SF-hating friends..)

    Long-time Favorite: SUPERNATURAL

    Newish series: GRIMM, ARROW


    Best “Reality” shows: GHOST MINE which has managed to turn a haunted gold mine into a fascinating two-year series because of clever scripting and a bunch of charming miners. DEAD FILES: Ghosts who need therapists or exorcists. What’s not to love?

    SLEEPY HOLLOW and ALMOST HUMAN came out of the gate strong, too.

  13. I really like Almost Human. It has some pretty huge plot holes at times, but it’s a fun show to watch. Karl Urban as Karl Urban who doesn’t like artificial beings. It feels much like Dredd meets I, Robot meets set in a futuristic Deus Ex-esque city.

    Anime -I just started watching last night a show called Chihayafuru, which is about a high school girl who loves the Japanese game Karuta. It’s very interesting because there is a lot of character development, and you learn a lot about the history and meaning of the 100 poems used in the game. Also I really like it because the main character doesn’t care who you are or what kind of person you are as long as you like to play Karuta. It’s not sci-fi but I’m glad to have stumbled across this series.

    Non sci-fi would be Mind of a Chef. I am a huge fan of Chef David Chang, and it was great to see into his brain for a bit. A bit science-y too in his pursuits which is also awesome.

  14. Futurama was the most sf show on tv, as far as I’m concerned.

  15. I was greatly surprised that Almost Human didn’t suck, so it gets the nod on that basis. The SF elements are actually working better than the cop show elements at this point…

  16. New TV:

    1) Almost Human
    2) Agents of Shield
    3) Orphan Black

    Returning TV:

    1) Doctor Who
    2) Arrow
    3) Grimm


    1) Attack on Titan
    2) Sword Art Online
    3) Arpeggio of Blue Steel

    Just the top 3 in each category or the list would get way out of control very quickly; Misfits, Sleepy Hollow, Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet, and so many more scream out to be added. I also avoided live action shows that were not in English, such as The Gu Family Book, no matter how much I enjoyed them. I narrowed it down further by avoiding the near-SF, like Sherlock or Person of Interest.

  17. Orphan Black, Downton Abbey, Sherlock and Doctor Who.

    What? Downton Abbey and Sherlock aren’t SF? Nonsense.

  18. Oh good. I was wondering if consuming it in 2013 counted. I’m going to have to go for Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis. This is a new watch for me, and I’m up to season 8 and season 1 respectively. (Trying to watch them in airdate order.)

    Oh, I finished these awhile ago, but still 2013. Eureka and Warehouse 13. Warehouse 13 is way more gender-balanced than I expected!

    Best new show is definitely Sleepy Hollow.

    I’m going to have to give a shout-out to Amazon Prime Instant Video here. Lots of good sf/f stuff.

    • I almost thought.. I forgot Doctor Who! But, actually, no. Hoping we can move past the horrible souffle girl arc in 2014.

      And aiii! Wait! Did I forget Sherlock was airing today?! Okay, going now. I have things to watch. πŸ™‚

  19. I miss Fringe.

    Supernatural continues to be awesome in its ninth season. I really enjoy Arrow. Sleepy Hollow has been good. Game of Thrones is great.

    Lost Girl is a fun show. I am catching up with Grimm, Almost Human and Being Human.

    Agents of Shield has been a huge disappointment, but I am sticking with it.

  20. Alphas, Arrow, Haven, Sarah Jane Adventures & Doctor Who.

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