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SNL Skits of the Season

By The Top 13 on May 17, 2010

This past Saturday night, NBC's Saturday Night Live wrapped up its 35th season. The finale, which was hosted by Alec Baldwin for a record-tying 15th time, was better than... more

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Ineffectual Anti-Drug PSAs

By The Top 13 on May 10, 2010

Anti-drug public service announcements first routinely hit the airwaves in the 1970s. They exploded in popularity during the Reagan administration, when First Lady Nancy... more

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Worst TV Bosses

By Joe for The Top 13 on May 04, 2010

Almost everyone has dealt with a boss that nearly drove him or her over the edge. It might be because the boss is a micromanager or incompetent or off-color or, worse,... more

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HBO Dramatic Series

By The Top 13 on April 28, 2010

With the recent premieres of Treme, the latest show from virtuoso creator David Simon, and The Pacific, an epic follow-up to Band of Brothers, HBO has again debuted both an... more

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Music Video Directors Who Jumped to the Big Screen

By The Top 13 on April 26, 2010

While MTV is widely credited with revolutionizing the music industry, another byproduct of the network's launch was the creation of a new medium in which aspiring directors... more

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South Park Episodes

By A.J. for The Top 13 on April 14, 2010

After more than thirteen years of profanity-laced, boundary-pushing content, South Park (which we ranked as the fourth-best Sitcom of the 2000s) will air its 200th... more

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Worst One-Episode TV Shows

By The Top 13 on April 05, 2010

In the annals of TV history, there are a select group of shows that were deemed so terrible that they were canceled either immediately after their first episode, before... more

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Game Show Hosts

By The Top 13 on March 01, 2010

Later this week, one of our favorite game show hosts, Wink Martindale (who barely missed this list for his work on Tic-Tac-Dough and a number of other shows), returns with... more

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Simpsons Guest Stars

By The Top 13 on February 23, 2010

The Simpsons celebrated its 20th anniversary on the air this season. Think about that - there are people that can legally drive, smoke, and, in some countries, drink, that... more

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Classic Commercials

By The Top 13 on February 16, 2010

As we watched the Super Bowl earlier this month, we didn't see a single commercial that really resonated. And that got us thinking about the best commercials, whether they... more

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Videos from MTV's First Day

By The Top 13 on February 08, 2010

MTV debuted on a select few cable systems on August 1, 1981 with a limited roster of videos to choose from. Indeed, of the 62 videos that aired on that first day, five were... more

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Lost Mysteries

By A.J. for The Top 13 on February 01, 2010

After five seasons of following the survivors of the Oceanic Flight 815 plane crash and those they've encountered on the Island and elsewhere, we're ready for some answers.... more

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Conan O'Brien Moments

By Carson for The Top 13 on January 26, 2010

With Conan O'Brien's tenure as host of The Tonight Show now history and at least seven months until Conan returns with a new show, we started to think about what we're... more

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Second City Alumni

By A.J. for The Top 13 on January 25, 2010

Late this past year, the legendary Second City comedy troupe celebrated its 50th anniversary in Chicago. After fifty years of laughing the heads off of thousands of... more

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Sitcoms of the Decade | Reader List

January 06, 2010

Today, we take a look at the best sitcoms of the 2000s as chosen by you, our readers. For the most part, this list contains many of the same classic comedies that we... more

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Sitcoms of the Decade

By The Top 13 on December 14, 2009

As we near the end of the decade, The Top 13 is taking a look back at the best sitcoms of the 2000s. We're defining "sitcom" broadly here - any 30-minute TV show with... more

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Steven Seagal Movies

By The Top 13 on December 02, 2009

Tonight, we meet Steven Seagal the reality star, when A&E premieres Steven Seagal Lawman, which follows the former action star in his current job as a deputy sheriff with... more

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Oprah Moments

By The Top 13 on November 20, 2009

With the news late yesterday that Oprah will announce the end of The Oprah Winfrey Show during today's episode, The Top 13 counts down the most notable moments during the... more

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Saturday Night Live Digital Shorts

By The Top 13 on November 16, 2009

In the midst of one of the worst Saturday Night Live seasons in recent memory, The Top 13 figured it was a good time to take a look at what has made SNL must see television... more

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