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 to glorious, eye-popping HD. If you think of it as a food show, it's probably the best ever produced in the...
"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 Drag Race' takes all the cattiness and vanity we're used to seeing on every show from 'The Bachelor' to 'Top...
"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 ensemble piece about cranky but well-meaning individuals struggling to overcome a heartless, broken institution and their own pettiness...
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 people on the street.
"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 it is precisely the sort of predictable, chintzy, just-watchable-enough sitcom comfort food...
"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 segments, the interviews with everyone from Neil deGrasse Tyson to Sarah Silverman to Orange Is the New Black’s Laverne Cox.
"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' ... until Brooklyn Nine-Nine came along. The co-creators have finally crafted a second sitcom that mines the darker...
"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, Black Thought from the Roots, the guy with the hats on '30 Rock.' They order their food...
"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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