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The people have spoken: The 2013 A.V. Club Readers’ Poll results

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Fifteen days and nearly 25,000 votes later, we have the results of the first-ever A.V. Club Readers’ Poll. The results were expected (Breaking Bad as best TV show), surprising (the Apatow associates in This Is The End had the year’s second best comeback?), and occasionally contradictory. (Gravity is 2013’s best film but also its most overrated.) There was also some ballot-stuffing, judging by the suspiciously wide margin Keith And The Girl—which our readers haven’t said much about in the past—swept the podcast categories. See the full results below—we’ll see you again in 2014.



The best film of 2013 is…
1.     Gravity
2.     12 Years A Slave
3.     The World’s End
4.     Upstream Color
5.     Before Midnight
6.     Frances Ha
7.     Spring Breakers
8.     Pacific Rim
9.     This Is The End
10. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The best performance of the year goes to…
1.     Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years A Slave
2.     Sandra Bullock, Gravity
3.     Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
4.     James Franco, Spring Breakers
5.     Simon Pegg, The World’s End
6.     Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha
7.     Adèle Exarchopoulos, Blue Is The Warmest Color
8.     Michael B. Jordan, Fruitvale Station
9.     Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
10. Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

The comeback of the year goes to…
1.     Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity
2.     The whole Judd Apatow gang, This Is The End
3.     Jesse and Celine, Before Midnight
4.     Shane Carruth, Upstream Color
5.     Robert Redford, All Is Lost
6.     Harmony Korine, Spring Breakers
7.     Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips
8.     Pixar, Monsters University
9.     Baz Luhrmann, The Great Gatsby
10. Superman, Man Of Steel

The Master Filmmaker Of Tomorrow Award for new directors goes to…
1.     Ryan Coogler, Fruitvale Station
2.     Lake Bell, In A World…
3.     Joshua Oppenheimer, The Act Of Killing
4.     Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Don Jon
5.     Jordan Vogt-Roberts, The Kings Of Summer
6.     Destin Daniel Cretton, Short Term 12
7.     Fede Alvarez, Evil Dead
8.     Rodney Ascher, Room 237
9.     David Lowery, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints
10. Andrés Muschietti, Mama

The A.V. Club was wrong about…
1.     Iron Man 3
2.     Spring Breakers
3.     Man Of Steel
4.     The Way, Way Back
5.     The World’s End
6.     World War Z
7.     Don Jon
8.     Elysium
9.     The Bling Ring
10. Fruitvale Station


The worst film of 2013 is…
1.     Grown Ups 2
2.     Movie 43
3.     After Earth
4.     A Good Day To Die Hard
5.     Planes
6.     The Hangover Part III
7.     The Internship
8.     The Lone Ranger
9.     Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions Of A Marriage Counselor
10. R.I.P.D.

The most overrated film of the year is…
1.     Gravity
2.     Man Of Steel
3.     Iron Man 3
4.     12 Years A Slave
5.     Pacific Rim
6.     The Great Gatsby
7.     Spring Breakers
8.     Captain Phillips
9.     Blue Is The Warmest Color
10. Lee Daniels’ The Butler


The most underrated film of the year is…
1.     Pacific Rim
2.     Upstream Color
3.     Spring Breakers
4.     The World's End
5.     Frances Ha
6.     The Way, Way Back
7.     Mud
8.     Stoker
9.     Short Term 12
10. The Place Beyond The Pines

The best scene of the year is…
The opening sequence of Gravity


The best TV show of 2013 is…
1.     Breaking Bad
2.     Game Of Thrones
3.     Orange Is The New Black
4.     Mad Men
5.     Hannibal
6.     Justified
7.     The Good Wife
8.     Bob’s Burgers
9.     Orphan Black
10. The Americans


The worst TV show of 2013 is…
1.     Dads
2.     Dexter
3.     Glee
4.     The Following
5.     Hostages
6.     We Are Men
7.     Sean Saves The World
8.     The Millers
9.     The Blacklist
10. Betrayal

The most outstanding performance goes to…
1.     Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
2.     Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
3.     Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
4.     Peter Dinklage, Game Of Thrones
5.     Mads Mikkelsen, Hannibal
6.     Jon Hamm, Mad Men
7.     Jake Johnson, New Girl
8.     Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
9.     Kevin Spacey, House Of Cards
10. Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife


Your favorite debut of 2013 is…
1.     Orange Is The New Black
2.     Brooklyn Nine-Nine
3.     Hannibal
4.     The Americans
5.     House Of Cards
6.     Orphan Black
7.     Masters Of Sex
8.     Sleepy Hollow
9.     Rectify
10. Bates Motel

The best TV romance of 2013 is…
1.     Jess and Nick, New Girl
2.     Brienne and Jamie, Game Of Thrones
3.     Elizabeth and Phillip, The Americans
4.     Piper and Alex, Orange Is The New Black
5.     Marceline and Princess Bubblegum, Adventure Time
6.     Masters and Johnson, Masters Of Sex
7.     Alicia and Will, The Good Wife
8.     Hannah and Adam, Girls
9.     Peggy and Ted, Mad Men
10. Sally and Gene, Mad Men


The A.V. Club was wrong about…
1.     Arrested Development
2.     The Mindy Project
3.     Girls
4.     House Of Cards
5.     American Horror Story
6.     Homeland
7.     New Girl
8.     Orange Is The New Black
9.     Scandal
10. Ray Donovan

The most devastating five minutes of television in 2013 is…
“The Red Wedding,” Game Of Thrones


The best episode of the year is…
“Ozymandias,” Breaking Bad


The best record of 2013 is…
1.     Vampire Weekend, Modern Vampires Of The City
2.     Kanye West, Yeezus
3.     Arcade Fire, Reflektor
4.     The National, Trouble Will Find Me
5.     Daft Punk, Random Access Memories
6.     Queens Of The Stone Age, …Like Clockwork
7.     Chvrches, The Bones Of What You Believe
8.     Haim, Days Are Gone
9.     Janelle Monáe, The Electric Lady
10. Chance The Rapper, Acid Rap


The best radio-friendly single of the year is…
1.     Daft Punk, “Get Lucky”
2.     Lorde, “Royals”
3.     Vampire Weekend, “Diane Young”
4.     Haim, “The Wire”
5.     Kanye West, “New Slaves”
6.     Robin Thicke, “Blurred Lines”
7.     Icona Pop, “I Love It”
8.     Tegan & Sara, “Closer”
9.     Janelle Monáe featuring Erykah Badu, “Q.U.E.E.N.”
10. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, “Thrift Shop”

Your most anticipated album of 2014 is…
1.     Adele, TBA
2.     Tool, TBA
3.     Against Me!, Transgender Dysphoria Blues
4.     Solange Knowles, TBA
5.     Red Hot Chili Peppers, TBA
6.     Raekwon, Fly International Luxurious Art
7.     Sharon Jones And The Dap Kings, Give The People What They Want
8.     Azealia Banks, Broke With Expensive Taste
9.     Riff Raff, Neon Icon
10. Soundgarden, TBA



The best book of 2013 is…
1.     George Saunders, Tenth Of December: Stories
2.     Neil Gaiman, The Ocean At The End Of The Lane
3.     Thomas Pynchon, Bleeding Edge
4.     Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch
5.     Joe Hill, NOS4A2


The most anticipated book-to-film adaptation of 2014 is…
1.     Gone Girl
2.     The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Pt. 1
3.     The Fault In Our Stars
4.     Inherent Vice
5.     Divergent

The most-hyped/biggest disappointment of 2013 is…
1.     Stephen King, Doctor Sleep
2.     Veronica Roth, Allegiant
3.     Dan Brown, Inferno
4.     Neil Gaiman, The Ocean At The End Of The Lane
5.     Dave Eggers, The Circle



The best game of 2013 is…
1.     The Last Of Us
2.     Grand Theft Auto V
3.     BioShock Infinite
4.     Gone Home
5.     Saints Row IV
6.     Super Mario 3D World
7.     Papers, Please
8.     Fire Emblem: Awakening
9.     The Legend Of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
10. Pokemon X & Y


The biggest disappointment of 2013 is…
1.     SimCity
2.     Aliens: Colonial Marines
3.     Batman: Arkham Origins
4.     BioShock Infinite
5.     Grand Theft Auto V
6.     Beyond: Two Souls
7.     Call Of Duty: Ghosts
8.     XCOM: The Bureau Declassified
9.     Star Trek
10. Dead Space 3

The best new console is…
1.     PlayStation 4
2.     Xbox One
3.     Nintendo 2DS
4.     Ouya



The best podcast of 2013 is…
1.     Keith And The Girl
2.     Comedy Bang! Bang!
3.     The Flop House
4.     We Hate Movies
5.     The Best Show On WFMU
6.     Improv4Humans
7.     WTF With Marc Maron
8.     The Bugle
9.     Harmontown
10. Doug Loves Movies


In 2014, Podmass should cover…
1.     Keith And The Girl
2.     We Hate Movies
3.     The Comedy Button
4.     Call Chelsea Peretti
5.     How Did This Get Made?

The best episode covered by Podmass in 2013 is…
1.     You Made It Weird #180: Keith And The Girl
2.     Comedy Bang! Bang! #215: Time Bobby 2
3.     The Flop House #121: The Oogieloves In The Big Balloon Adventure



The best comedy album, special, or film of 2013 is…
1.     Louis C.K., Oh My God
2.     Aziz Ansari, Buried Alive
3.     Maria Bamford, Ask Me About My New God!
4.     Kumail Nanjiani, Beta Male
5.     Mike Birbiglia, My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend
6.     Pete Holmes, Nice Try, The Devil
7.     Anthony Jeselnik, Caligula
8.     Doug Stanhope, Beer Hall Putsch
9.     Marc Maron, Thinky Pain
10. Amy Schumer, Mostly Sex Stuff


The funniest bit from an album, special, or film released in 2013 is…
Louis C.K., “Of Course, But Maybe”

The next comedian that deserves his/her own show, but hasn’t had one yet is…
1.     Kumail Nanjiani
2.     Maria Bamford
3.     Hannibal Buress
4.     Paul F. Tompkins
5.     Kyle Kinane