2013 was a great year for tv shows and movies — well, maybe not the best year, but there were some amazing finales like Breaking Bad and How I Met Your Mother. The whole finess about the thing is that these shows are going to get better and better next year. We already have drafted a list of shows we’re definitely going to want to check out next year! Here are some of our tops:
1. The Flash
At 11, Barry Allen’s life changed completely when his mother died in a freak accident and his innocent father was convicted of her murder. Now a crime-scene investigator, his dedication to learn the truth about his mother’s death drives him to follow up on every new scientific advancement and urban legend. When his latest obsession — a particle accelerator heralded as a world-changing invention — causes an explosion, it creates a freak storm and Barry is struck by lightning. He awakes from a coma nine months later with the power of superspeed. When he learns that others who have gained powers use them for evil, he dedicates himself to protecting the innocent, while still trying to solve the older mystery.
Jim Gordon is a rising detective in corrupt Gotham City, where his late father was a successful district attorney. Brave, honest and determined to prove himself, Jim hopes to return the city to the glamorous, purer version he remembers as a child. He and his partner, legendary Detective Harvey Bullock, must navigate the dirty politics of Gotham’s justice system, even as they tackle a high-profile case, the murder of billionaires Thomas and Martha Wayne. Gordon becomes a friend to their young orphan, Bruce.
3. The Affair
“The Affair” explores the emotional/psychological effects of two affairs. Young diner waitress Alison and her husband, rancher Cole, are struggling — personally and financially — in the wake of tragedy. Noah, a settled teacher and would-be novelist, is summering at his in-laws’ Hamptons estate with his wife, Helen, and four kids. When Noah meets Alison, they begin an affair. For her, he’s a welcome escape; for him, she’s a pretty distraction. But, they could end two marriages — one that’s a bit shaky, the other that was on solid ground.
Demon hunter and master of the occult John Constantine figured there was no longer any point in fighting the good fight since his soul belongs to the netherworld, but when demons target the daughter of one of his closest friends, Liv, he reluctantly rejoins the battle. It turns out that Liv has second sight, an ability to see other worlds and predict supernatural occurrences, a power that makes her a threat to the new evil rising from the shadows. She and Constantine take their combined skills on the road, traveling the country to find demons and send them back to hell.
5. Manhattan Love Story
A unique comedy, penned by executive producer Jeff Lowell, exposes the unfiltered thoughts of people seeking romance. As a new couple’s thoughts — with raw observations and frequent contradictions — emanate, differences between men’s thinking and women’s are more obvious. Dana, a small-town gal who grew up dreaming of New York, intends to find love and success there. Peter, who thinks he’s seen and done everything Manhattan has to offer, has a date with Dana — after friends and family set them up.