This top 10 list will be about my favorite TV shows of the year. I’ll do a top five for new and top five for returning. The new was actually easier than I thought, because I only tried a few new shows and I liked most of them. There were some I watched and turned off halfway through, or in five minutes, and there were some I watched a few episodes of but just never really got into (Pushing Daisies.)
To me this is like a modern-day Charlie’s Angels. Action/adventure/spy plots mixed with goofy comedy and pop-culture. I didn’t think I was going to like it, but it turned out to be very entertaining. Now who knows how long until we’ll get another new episode. Damn you writer’s strike!
4) Big Bang Theory
This is another show I didn’t think I would like just based on the premise (two nerds live together and a hot girl moves in across the hall.) The sitcom has pretty much died in my eyes, but I guess this is the latest one I’ve watched regularly. It’s also the only show I watch that has a laugh track and I cringe almost every time I hear it. Either way, this show is genuinely laugh-out-loud funny at times just because of the nerdy humor.
3) Tell Me You Love Me
I originally watched this just for Sonya Walger. Any other Lost fans will know her as Penny Widmore, Desmond’s long-lost love. This show got me hooked pretty fast, because it has great writing and dialogue, an overall interesting set of characters (although there are two I could do without), and an incredible sense of realism on the topics of love and relationships.
2) Flight of the Conchords
It’s hard to put this at number 2 instead of 1, but I’ll get to that in a minute. The musical-comedy duo of Bret and Jermaine had me loling every Monday night. ( I downloaded the episodes. ) Each episode seemed to get better and better, but the finale left a little to be desired. One of the things holding the show back was the amount (and length) of songs in the earlier episodes. They seemed to find the perfect mix around halfway through. I’m hoping next season will be as good as the first.
1) Mad Men
There’s so much I could say about this show. I wonder about the popularity of it, because it seems kind of hard to find (does anyone watch AMC for tv shows?) Also, it seemed to be pretty slow in the beginning, but as soon as I saw the ending of the first episode I knew this was going to be a show that I would like. It had an almost Lost-like twist that was set up all along, but the writers only let you see it when they wanted you to. There is also so much detail put in the show; you feel like you’re in the 1960′s when you watch. It doesn’t hurt that one of the writers from The Sopranos is the creator & writer for this show. It almost has the sort of “family” arc from The Sopranos translated into the story of a group of company ad men and their lives.
There are also a couple of other shows that aren’t from this year but new to me through Netflix. Hustle is standout in my mind. It’s like Ocean’s Eleven with a new heist every week.