8 Shows You Should Have Watched in 2013, but Didn't

Anthony Bourdain, RuPaul make the list

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 28, 2013 9:16 AM CST

(Newser) – Rather than another "best of 2013" list, Grantland puts together a list of this year's "overlooked and/or underappreciated" television—shows you should have watched, but probably didn't. Click through the gallery for a sampling, or check out the complete list here.

"Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown." Of this year's 16 episodes, "all ... were worthwhile, and some were extraordinary," writes Andy Greenwald. It's also one of "the best-looking things on television" thanks...   (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
"RuPaul's Drag Race." It just may be "the best competition show left standing," writes Emily Yoshida. "The secret of its flawlessly bronze-airbrushed legs may just be its infectious positivity: 'RuPaul's...   (Photo by Vince Bucci/Invision/AP)
HBO's "Getting On" is an "almost-sitcom about the frazzled, bickering staff of a Long Beach geriatric ward full of dying people," writes Alex Pappademas. Doesn't sound great on paper, but "this black-humored...   (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
"Billy on the Street." Writes Mark Lisanti, "Genius is a word we tend to throw around carelessly, but it would not feel at all misapplied if we were to say that Billy Eichner is a genius at harassing...   (AP Photo/Fuse, Kareem Black)
"The Goldbergs." It's "basically 'The Wonder Years' set in the 1980s, only it’s not set during a specific year in the ’80s," writes Steven Hyden. And more than that, "it is of the ’80s, in the sense that...   (AP Photo/ABC, Eric McCandless)
"Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell." It got canceled, so Zach Dionne will miss "that progressive, intersectional cocktail of real talk about race, gender, and sexuality, those outrageous/educational man-on-the-street...   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
"Brooklyn Nine-Nine." For Dan Fierman, "there was no greater show, no funnier sitcom, nothing that better and more sweetly utilized the angry undertones and nutso edges of New York City than 'Night Court'"...   (AP Photo/Fox)
"Four Courses With JB Smoove." In this "delightful" show, writes Hua Hsu, "in the back room of some Italian restaurant, Smoove breaks bread with a revolving, Four Brothers–like cast of athletes, comedians,...   (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
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