2013's Best TV Moments, A Gif Guide

12/31/2013 10:19 am ET | Updated Jan 23, 2014
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The year 2013 gave us so many glorious television moments and reminded us of just how great the small screen can be. Over the course of the year, we laughed, cried, cringed, and rejoiced as our favorite characters toyed with our emotions in the best of ways. We may have lost favorites such as "30 Rock" and "Breaking Bad," but every time a door closes, another one (like "Orange is the New Black") opens and our TV lives regain balance.

In the spirit of nostalgia and good old fashioned TV magic, here's a guide to some of the best and craziest small-screen moments of the past year.

We saw heroic acts, like on "Game of Thrones," when Daenerys Targaryen freed the unsullied, thereby becoming television's most badass mother figure.

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Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" also showed us the meaning of love and devotion by throwing her pie in "Orange is the New Black."

And speaking of heroes, don't forget about Congresswoman Josie Marcus on "Scandal." She she laid down an insanely inspiring feminist monologue on Governor Reston and James Novak.

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Sure, things got a little awkward at times, like when Pete Campbell tripped down the stairs on "Mad Men."

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And leave it to "Girls" to make things just plain weird, like when Hannah Horvath snorted cocaine and partied down in a yellow mesh shirt.

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We were taught what it really means to fear, both when "House of Cards" showed us the scary side of politics ...

And when all hell broke loose at the red wedding on "Game of Thrones."

We even felt the pang of sorrow and loss when Brian was killed by a car on "Family Guy" (before we learned it was all a ruse, anyway).

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But it's OK, because Ken Cosgrove tap danced on "Mad Men" and it made our hearts merry.

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So remember the good times, like when Liz Lemon fulfilled her dream of adopting kids on "30 Rock."

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Feel the vindication of having FINALLY met the elusive mother of "How I Met Your Mother."

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And rejoice in the memory of Danny Castellano's Christmas gift to Mindy on "The Mindy Project," for his "Try Again" dance was truly magical.

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And if you're still not impressed, well you're almost free of 2013 and its television. You can leave it all behind, like Jesse Pinkman did on "Breaking Bad," by clearing your DVR and never looking back.

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