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Top TV shows of 2013

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We isolate the 11 programs that stood out form the rest in 2013Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) -- Even after all these years, TV in 2013 continued to surprise us.What a fine surprise was "The Returned," a French-language zombie series aired by Sundance Channel. And Tatiana Maslany was startling in BBC America's eerie series "Orphan Black," in which she played nearly a dozen varied clones of her main character.It was a year that shocked "Glee" fans with the death of cast favorite Cory Monteith, whose passing was marked in a surprisingly sappy memorial episode of the Fox series that, in the words of one character, aimed to avoid making "a self-serving spectacle of our own sadness" -- then went on to do just that.It was a year that saw once hard-hitting "60 Minutes" go soft, and worse, get sloppy, with a story on last year's attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, based on a professed witness whose account soon came unraveled. The story's collapse led to CBS ordering "60 Minutes" correspondent Lara Logan and her producer to take a leave of absence, and left the newsmagazine's glorious reputation besmirched.In February, ABC's Robin Roberts returned to the "Good Morning America" anchor desk amid unseemly ceremony after her courageous but much-exploited battle with cancer.Syfy's silly horror spoof "Sharknado" triggered a Twitter phenomenon last summer. AMC's "The Walking Dead" continued to defy all expectations, averaging 13 million viewers this fall as the highest-rated scripted series in cable TV history. And "The Bible" miniseries on the History channel demonstrated anew there's a TV audience for the Good Book. Surprise!No surprise: It's difficult, perhaps even a fool's mission, to isolate the Top 10 (well, actually 11) programs from the rest that aired during 2013. But, in the order of their airdates, here's trying ... Bing: More about 'The Sound of Music: Live!' | Watch clips and moreWant more TV? Find MSN TV on Facebook and Twitter.(NBC)
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