TVLine's 2013 in Review, Part 3: Best Couples, Break-Ups, Sex Scenes and More! Plus: The Most Annoying Character and Best Murder!
Best Couple (Non-Romantic)
Jaime and Brienne, Game of Thrones
When selfish Ser Jaime jumped in to save the maiden fair from the bear, we knew this was a duo with staying power.
(Runner-up: Cyrus and Olivia, Scandal)
Best Couple (Romantic)
Danny and Mindy, The Mindy Project
You only mock, tease and choreograph Aaliyah songs for the one you love, right?
(Runner-up: Ava and Boyd, Justified)
Best Couple (in Our Dreams, Anyway)
Felicity and Oliver, Arrow
The chemistry between the vigilante and the computer whiz is as undeniable as Oliver’s abs. It’s gotta be endgame, doesn’t it?
(Runner-Up: Ichabod and Abbie, Sleepy Hollow)
Most Heartbreaking Break-up
George and Dallas, Suburgatory
The mismatched pair was a delight to watch, but sadly, they couldn’t make their two pieces — or their feuding teenage daughters — fit together.
Most Overdue Break-up
Rayna and Teddy, Nashville
Tell us again why their divorce couldn’t have happened last season?
Sweetest Romantic Pursuit
Tyler and Eileen, Enlightened
What started as an espionage mission for Mike White’s lovelorn I.T. drone turned into true love when the loyal administrative assistant of Abaddon’s CEO saw in him a sweetness and sex appeal that he’d long since forgotten he possessed.
(Runner-up: Eli and Natalie, The Good Wife)
Ickiest Romantic Pursuit
Tierra, The Bachelor
The crying! The seething! The endless hypochondria! What began with a crazy-confident girl going after her Prince Charming ended with a deranged shrew screeching, “I can’t control my eyebrow!”
Best Female Bonding
Virginia and Lillian, Masters of Sex
Virginia drums up interest in her new boss’ project, Lillian confesses that she’s dying. Throw in an ‘NSync singalong, and it’s basically Crossroads.
(Runner-Up: The titular ladies of Devious Maids)
Best Female Feuding
Juliette and Layla, Nashville
We love Juliette, but it’s kinda fun to see her on the receiving end of the bratty sass she used to toss Rayna’s way.
(Runner-up: Fiona and Marie, American Horror Story: Coven)
Will and Dr. Lecter, Hannibal
The twisted partnership was a captivating mixture of concern and manipulation. It’s all fun and games till someone ends up on a dinner plate, right?
(Runner-up: Bobby and Andy, Cougar Town)
Steamiest Sex Scene
Rachel and Mike, Suits
It’s lucky the file room didn’t burn to the ground when these two hooked up against its shelves.
Ickiest Sex Scene
Don Draper caught by Sally, Mad Men
What’s more horrifying: Don’s flapping shirttail or his daughter’s look of revulsion upon seeing her dad shtup the hot neighbor lady? Discuss.
(Runner-up: Bill and Virginia’s first time, Masters of Sex)
Sex Scene We Wish We’d Never Seen
Adam and Natalia, Girls
“I really didn’t like that,” Natalia says, post-crawling on all fours and… the other stuff. We’re right there with ya, sister.
(Runner-up: Queenie and the Minotaur, American Horror Story: Coven)
Sex Scene We Can’t Believe We Wanted to See
Karen and Sam, Mistresses
Sleeping with your married patient? Unethical. Sleeping with his possibly unbalanced son as he’s experiencing dead-dad issues? That’s downright cray-cray — not that we weren’t rooting for the April-October romance to erupt in all its hot, inappropriate glory.
(Runner up: Frank and Zoe, while Zoe is on the phone with her father, House of Cards)
Glenn and Maggie, The Walking Dead
This rare moment of sweetness in their brutally ugly world left us sighing, "Yes!" even before the bride-to-be could answer the question that her beau didn't need to ask aloud.
(Runner-up: Neal’s fake proposal to Sara, White Collar)
Brennan and Booth, Bones
The years-in-the-making union didn’t disappoint as the crime-fighting couple capped their big day with perfect vows (including an awesome shout-out to the show’s past).
(Runner-up: Ron and Diane, Parks and Recreation)
Andy and Nick, Rookie Blue
We never expected someone new to replace Sam Swarek in our hearts, but Andy’s sweet, open-hearted undercover partner was a refreshing change of pace.
Most Stylish Couple
Claire and Francis Underwood, House of Cards
If you’re gonna mingle — and, more often, manipulate — D.C.’s top-shelf power players, it’s important to look damn good while doing it.
Nick, New Girl
When cat-obsessed, sweatshirt-as-pants-wearing roomate Winston seems like a more emotionally mature potential mate in comparison, you’re in trouble, Miller.
Didn’t Charlie deserve a harder, better, faster, stronger partner than the wishy-washy, possibly delusional Ms. Michaels?
Jay Pritchett, Modern Family
Adults, teens and a toddler – Jay parents them all with aplomb (as well as liberal amounts of Scotch and a sympathetic French bulldog).
(Runner-up: Marisol, Devious Maids)
Gemma, Sons of Anarchy
For certain, the Worst Mother-in-Law ever. But she’ll never win any awards for the way she meddles in son Jax’s life, either.
(Runner-up: Norma Bates, Bates Motel)
Most Ferocious Parent
Catherine (Debbie Allen), Grey’s Anatomy
There are mothers that eat their young that are less intimidating than Jackson's fabulous, formidable Mommie Dearest.
(Runner-up: Catherine, Reign)
Teenager You’d Be Proud to Call Your Own
Sue Heck, The Middle
Sue, the eternally optimistic middle child of the Heck brood, is the kind of kid who can keep her (relative) cool during a Glossner home invasion and who turned herself into a bubble girl rather than surrender the family Christmas tree because of her allergies. Who wouldn’t want this sunny, socially awkward kid in their family photo?
Teenager Who Makes You Appreciate the Surly Kid in Your Own Life
Granted, the horror she endured after seeing her Congressman dad get blamed for the horrific bombing at Langley was tragic, But even in her healthier, post-hospitalization life, the kid was so morose and uncommunicative, she made her chalk outline of a younger brother seem like Mr. Personality by comparison.
Savi and Joss, Mistresses
Oh sure, these two have their share of squabbles — that post-pregnancy-revelation iciness almost killed us! — but most of the time, their gentle nudging, unflinching support and lack of boundaries (both emotional and in terms of the guest-house where Joss resides) makes us wish we shared at least one parent with these gals.
(Runner-up: Sarah and Helena, Orphan Black)
Best Display of Skin (Male)
Full-Frontal Eric, True Blood
The vampire wasn't the only one set aflame by his ill-fated afternoon of nude sunbathing. Yowza!
Best Display of Skin (Female)
Penny’s strip-tease, The Big Bang Theory
Male geeks and non-geeks alike surely reveled in the opportunity presented by Amy Farrah Fowler’s (highly) vivid imagining of how Penny would have seduced Sheldon if Leonard never existed.
Jordan Catalano Dreaminess Award
Ryan Shay, Suburgatory
Like Jordan, he got and lost the smart girl — RIP Ryan/Tessa — and he’s not bad to look at it (as evidenced by his cable access show Body Talk). Plus, he’s hilarious. (Remember the Hulk freakout?)
Best Love Triangle
If only history textbooks were as juicy as Mary’s complicated love life.
Most Borderline Inappropriate Crush
Brandon/David Lambert, The Fosters
Before you go to IMDB to check, he’s 21-years-old.
Most Frustrating Character(s)
The FBI agents of The Following
Despite knowing that Joe Carroll’s murderous followers were literally everywhere, the G-men and -women repeatedly flung themselves into situations that allowed the crazies to gain the upper hand. (RIP Agent Parker, though.)
Most Annoying Character
If we have to hear this fruitarian say, “Hey, Mr. C” one more time, Beckett will have a close-to-home murder to solve.
(Runner-up: Freddie Lounds, Hannibal)
Most Revolting Moment
Myrtle gouges out the council’s eyes, American Horror Story: Coven
Thanks, Ryan Murphy, but we’re gonna pass on the melon balls for the next 10 or so years, if it’s all the same to you.
Most Enjoyable Murder
Walt poisons Lydia’s Stevia, Breaking Bad
That Sweet ‘n’ Low’s not looking so bad now, is it, Lyds?
(Runner-up: Alison lets neighbor/possible watcher Aynsley get strangled via scarf-in-a-trash-compactor, Orphan Black)
Most Unnecessary Death
Bullet, The Killing
Sure, the homeless urchin’s murder made the Pied Piper’s spree hit close to home for Holder. But alive, the character could have served a greater purpose as a rare emotional touchstone for the lawman and as his “eyes and ears” on the street.
(Runner-up: Brian, Family Guy)
Most Heartbreaking Display of Grief
Ellie (Olivia Colman), Broadchurch
The events of the acclaimed whodunnit’s season finale left her overwhelmed, and so were we — by the intensity of her horrified reaction.
Best Orphan Black Clone
The proof is in the suburban potluck episode.
Best Traveling Companion
Clara, Doctor Who
The “impossible girl” may ultimately exist as multiple copies of her original, but all of ’em are an absolute hoot, intensely loyal and always ready for adventure.
Character Who Might Want to Look Into a Different Line of Work
Ressler, The Blacklist
Yeah, we’re only a half-season in, but has this FBI agent ever been right about anything? On the flip side, he does provide good punch-line fodder for Reddington, though.
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Ellen DeGeneres, Ann Romney, Kathleen Sebelius, Angela Merkel, (and our personal favorite) Billie Jean King – the Big Gay Sketch Show alum infuses them all an infectious, wild-eyed glee.
Best Musical Performance on a Reality Singing Competition
Candice Glover’s “Lovesong,” American Idol
She took Adele’s torchy cover of The Cure’s biggest U.S. hit and turned it into a stunning jazz ballad — one that captured all the bittersweet vulnerability and surprise of true, passionate love. Like judge Keith Urban, we dropped to our knees and bowed down at the jaw-dropping range, the emotional intensity and the creativity of an unknown South Carolina songbird who deserves to be a household name.