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1. Hannibal
2013 was an excellent year for television, with many potential contenders for the no. 1 spot in this top 25 list, but ultimately, no show this year excited Digital Spy as greatly as Hannibal. While House of Cards was hailed as game-changing and Breaking Bad won all the critical acclaim, Hannibal bubbled away in the background, attracting an absolutely fanatical fanbase practically overnight and slowly, secretly, becoming the best show on television.

The term ‘visionary’ is one of those words that is often thrown away lightly, but it’s no exaggeration to describe Bryan Fuller as such – so much of why Hannibal worked so wonderfully is down to his brilliantly dark and vivid imagination. Harsh yet beautiful, uber-violent yet heartfelt, Hannibal – airing on safe, dependable US network NBC – was in its own quiet way every bit as groundbreaking as House of Cards and introduced viewers to the greatest on-screen pairing since Breaking Bad’s Walt and Jesse in Mads Mikkelsen’s sinister yet suave Hannibal Lecter and Hugh Dancy’s fragile yet powerful Will Graham.

In 2014, Hannibal deserves to move beyond cult status and become the next television phenomenon.

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