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The television landscape is better than its ever been and narrowing down all the amazing individual episodes of 2013 to a handful of favorites a tough job -- but Zap2it is doing it. Check out other staff members' picks here, here and here.

But here are my choices for the past year of TV (though since "Breaking Bad" is receiving love in so many places, I'm highlighting other strong shows. It's not because I don't love "Breaking Bad.")

'Downton Abbey' - Season 3, episode 5

This PBS period drama had a lot of strong offerings in Season 3 -- a nice bounce-back from an uneven Season 2 -- but the death of Lady Sybil (Jessica Brown Findlay) was perhaps the highest-caliber television this show has ever done. There was much arguing over Sybil needing to go to the hospital and in the end, Dr. Clarkson was right. She has eclampsia and died »

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