The 5 most addictive TV series' of 2013 that you need to catch up on

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These stellar dramas are fast paced, exciting, sexy and seriously addictive...

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The last time we were so addicted to our telly boxes we were watching back-to-back episodes of 24 combined with Downton Abbey and Broadchurch. Oh, and then there was our Prison Break phase. But what about that early noughties Buffy the Vampire Slayer phase?

There's nothing better than great TV and these five killer programmes (NB: Some of them do contain actual killers) are top of our catch-up list for 2013. Some of them have just started, some have just ended their first series, and some have two whole seasons to catch-up on!

Sit down, tune in and enjoy...

1. Orange Is The New Black

Taylor Schilling is amazing as Piper, a well-to-do woman who gets locked up for transporting a suitcase full of drug money ten years ago with her then lesbian lover. Now she's married (to Jason Biggs of American Pie fame) and struggling to cope with her fellow inmates. The whole 13-episode first series can be streamed on Netflix.



2. Scandal

Kerry Washington is epically good as an American political fixer working in the upper echelons of Washington DC politics. Did we mention she's surrounded by cut-throat lawyers, trained CIA killers and sick senators? Oh, yeah, and there's that small, teeny tiny plot twist...Kerry's Olivia Pope is having an affair with the President of the United States! He's played by Tony Goldwyn (who played Carl in Ghost). Catch up now on Channel 4OD.



3. Hannibal

Starring Brit actor Hugh Dancy and Bond villain Mads Mikkelsen, this show follows the rise of Dr Hannibal Lecter and his man-eating ways. Hugh plays Will Graham, a gifted FBI investigator who can imagine a crime scene so completely he actually gets into the minds of killers. As his mental health deteriorates we start to wonder if Will is as good as he seems. Thrilling, gory, bloody, dangerous and super creepy, but oh so addictive.



4. The Americans

Set in the 1980s, this drama about a Russian spy duo pretending to be up-standing American citizens is grand, ambitious and full of tense, thrilling moments. Starring Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys, the show just managed to pip Homeland in it's first year. Catch up on the first series now before the second airs in January 2014.



5. The Fall

This Irish cop drama starring Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan was super successful on BBC2 earlier this year, but now the American's have picked it up (along with Luther and Downton Abbey). The five-episode first season follows Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson as she tries to track down ruthless serial killer (grief counsellor and family man) Paul Spector. It's been booked for another series, so make sure you watch the first on Netflix or on DVD.



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