I’ve always been a huge fan of science fiction, horror, and fantasy because, well, I’m a big nerd, obviously, but it’s also because it tends to allow for more imaginative storytelling that isn’t hampered by any reality beyond that which the series itself creates. Growing up, there were shows like The X-Files and Buffy the Vampire Slayer which were sort of anomalies. They led to small pockets of hanger-onners and copycats, but generally they would go away not long after they arrived. In the last couple of years, though, this type of television program has become almost as prevalent as police procedurals (ALMOST), and some are even police procedurals themselves. 2013 might finally have been the year that speculative fiction rules the scripted television landscape.
Horror shows have picked up in a big bad way and are now some of the most watched. This came from the runaway success of AMC’s The Walking Dead, but shows like Supernatural and True Blood had been doing just fine. Still, in this year we’ve had more demonic TV shows, such as Fox’s Sleepy Hollow, The CW’s Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals, Netflix’s Hemlock Grove, more series of American Horror Story, Syfy’s Being Human, and …read more