With the end of every calendar year comes the customary influx of “Best Of” lists, definitively ranking the créme de la cultural créme of the last 365 days. But sometimes “best” doesn’t accurately describe the things that stick with us most, or that we irrationally love out of personal preference. So to cap off 2013, Flavorwire staffers listed their favorite cultural items of the year — the books, movies, and experiences we’ll be taking into 2014. Click through for the films, bands, and shows from the past year Flavorwire writers felt deserved a lot more love.
Considering Enlightened‘s unfortunate cancellation after two brief seasons, I’m counting it as underrated. At times both tragic and hilarious, Laura Dern’s Amy Jellicoe was a manic hero for the underdog, a woman who had been tossed off and shit on enough that she decided she had to do something about it. “Doing something” became her M.O., even though the execution and the motives were fuzzy. Amy was one of the most fully realized characters on television, and I’m sad to say that we failed her. — Tyler Coates, Deputy Editor
Definitely Enlightened, whose demise I’m still recovering from months later. It wasn’t the lack of critical acclaim, to be clear, just the lack of a popular audience for this weird little show that was the best prestige cable product to arrive in ages. — Michelle Dean, Editor-at-Large