Every year a new crop of shows pop up, while the old crop strives to keep the audience’s attention. Some shows fall from grace, transforming from fan favorites to overrated dreck. Other shows maintain or succeed the quality that viewers have come to expect from their favorite programs. This year many returning shows had their best season ever, while new programs wowed new audiences. The shows on this list are the best 2013 had to offer.

1. The Good Wife

Alicia Florrick spent four seasons living up to the show’s title, acting like a sweet, mild-mannered lawyer who helps her clients, with her soft re-assuring voice. However, in the latest season the good wife became the badass wife. She finally quit the firm that took advantage of her for four years, stopped working under the boss that saw her more as Saint Alicia than a real person, started her own law firm, and began standing up for herself. The dynamic between the newly formed Florrick/Agos and Lockhart/Gardner law firms is more fun than the show has been for years. The performances of Josh Charles and Julianna Margulies are above and beyond anything currently on television.