December 31st, 2009
12:45 PM ET

2009: Hey, remember when ...

It's been a tough year for many people, and with a new year looming, it's natural to want to put the past behind us.  But let's end 2009 on a positive note.  What are your favorite entertainment memories from the past 12 months?  Movies that moved you, music that touched you, TV shows that delighted you, books that changed your life?

No need to slag other people's choices if you don't like them – just add your own.

Oh, OK ... if you simply must have an "arbitrary" list of faves to criticize, here are a few of my favorite things from 2009:

Movies: "Star Trek," "Up In The Air," "Pirate Radio," "Up" (I still have some movies to see!)

TV: "NCIS," "Numb3ers," "Men of a Certain Age," "Eureka" and "Warehouse 13" on SyFy (please, change the network name back!), the Kennedy Center Honors (especially the tributes to Springsteen and Brubeck)

Books: "Outliers" by Malcolm Gladwell; "Age Is Just A Number" by Dara Torres with Elizabeth Weil; "Agent to the Stars" by John Scalzi; "It's Good To Be The King: The Seriously Funny Life of Mel Brooks" by James Robert Parish; "Anansi Boys" by Neil Gaiman; "Green Metropolis" by David Owen; "Soon I Will Be Invincible" by Austin Grossman; "Invisible Lines of Connection" by Lawrence Kusher.  (Obviously, some of these weren't published this year, but I read them this year, so they're part of my 2009.)

Live Performances: magician Jason Latimer at the Magic Castle in Hollywood; the Troubadour Theater Company in Toluca Lake, California.

May 2010 bring us all entertainment that brightens our lives, gladdens our hearts, challenges our minds, and sparks our imaginations.


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  1. Franky, Land of Lincoln

    Yeah, I ain't welcome here,

    I don't watch these shows or let alone, even hear about em.

    So take over my unidentified American people, you'll live longer.

    January 4, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. nay

    Best Movies: The Hangover, The Blindside, Sherlock Holmes, The Proposal, X-Men Origins
    Worst Movies: The Ugly Truth, Adventureland, He's just not that into you
    Best TV-NCIS, Community, The Big Bang Theory, The Amazing Race, 30 Rock, The Office, Better off Ted, Psych
    Worst TV: 24, Newest L&O, The Mentalist, Ugly Betty, Survivor, Anything on MTV, Most things on E, Anything involving Dane Cook
    Best book: If Chins Could Kill (old, i know, but awesome) by Bruce Campbell
    Best live concert: Kid Rock w/lynyrd skynyrd

    January 4, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  3. Kim

    I do believe it is time for two 1/2 men to step down from its number one spot – THE BIG BANG THEORY should be at the #1 spot for regular TV shows – NCIS finally and of course for reality shows the amazing race
    AVATAR has got to be the best Movie I have seen in a long time – HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE 2ND
    True Blood and Dexter and the Tudors for pay TV
    as for books, sorry, I am a true Charlene Harris and Laurell Hamilton fan so they top my lists – along with Kelley Armstrong, Kim Harrison and Sherrilyn Kenyon – HAPPY 2010 EVERYONE

    January 4, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  4. Trey

    Best TV?

    One Tree Hill
    The Tudors
    Entourage
    Big Love
    "V"
    Flash Forward
    Fringe
    The Vampire Diaries
    True Blood

    Best Movies?

    Dark Night
    Angels and Demons
    Fast and Furious
    Star Trek
    The Hangover

    January 4, 2010 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  5. Fran

    Sorry, meant Brent.

    January 4, 2010 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  6. Fran

    Brett, I agree with you 1000%!!!

    January 4, 2010 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  7. David

    Music: Ayumi Hamasaki

    January 4, 2010 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  8. sarah

    Movies: Inglorious Basterds
    TV Show: True Blood and Glee
    Music: Lady Gaga
    Celebrity: Taylor Swift – she brings a certain grace that is lacking in young Hollywood, Andy Samberg and the Lonely Islands digital shorts on SNL
    Trend: Beyonce's "Single Ladies" dance – it truly is one of the greatest videos of our time, just look at what it has inspired

    January 4, 2010 at 6:13 am | Report abuse |
  9. feel

    av films

    January 4, 2010 at 5:56 am | Report abuse |
  10. adrifter

    Four times a week, The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. The sharpest and funniest two shows on television by a country mile. If you do not watch, you're missing the best of social commentary and the most informative fake news shows on TV.

    January 4, 2010 at 4:45 am | Report abuse |
  11. Suzie (Gold Coast, Australia)

    Movie – Avatar; TV – NCIS, Lie to Me, Jon Stewart, CSI (all 3); Book – Shantaram by Gregory Roberts; Live Show – Cheryl Crow.

    January 4, 2010 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
  12. Cow Towel

    Movie: Avatar, Star Trek, Blind Side

    TV show: Dexter, Modern Family, Burn Notice

    Music: Kings of Leon, Them Crooked Vultures

    January 3, 2010 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. MaryRM

    Best movie I saw this year – Michael Jackson's This is It.

    Best band I had never heard before – early in 2009 I found out about Muse – was blown away by their sound.

    Best new artist I heard this year – Lady Gaga – I'm not into theatrics, whether they were Alice Cooper's or are Lady Gaga's. But I really like her sound.

    Best book – Teddy Kennedy's memoirs.

    Best TV? It wasn't it's first year, but I'm still hooked on Mad Men.

    January 3, 2010 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Trish

    Live concert: Paul McCartney–simply fantastic!

    January 3, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Adam

    TV: Dexter, Lost, Mad Men, True Blood, Monk, Flash Forward, Fringe
    Movie: Up in the Air, The Wrestler
    Music: Blind Pilot, Bon Iver, Brad Paisley
    Books: Stephen King's Under the Dome

    January 3, 2010 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Viv

    Precious....
    Makes you laugh, cry, become angry, cheer, shout and clasp all within 2 hrs or less.

    January 3, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Suzanne

    TV: NCIS, The Burn Notice, Criminal Minds, Monk, Law and Order: SVU, and House!

    Movies: Anything Sandra Bullock!

    January 3, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Anthonie

    Avatar! The movie-event of the century!
    I have never seen such an artwork, it might be compared only with 2001 a Space Odyssey. It's the story of spirituality and science, the story of creating beauty by means of digital art. James Cameron belongs together with the greatest sci-fi artists of all time, the writers Arthur C Clarke, Frank Herbert and director Stanley Kubrick.

    Avatar is masterpiece that will live on in your imagination the rest of your life.
    James Cameron did a superb job!

    Anthonie/Netherlands

    January 3, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Debra Sensale

    TV – Doctor Who (with David Tennant as the 10th Doctor), Private Practice, House, Discovery's Deadliest Catch, EMHE, HGTV

    Movies – Star Trek, Harry Potter 6, Monsters vs Aliens

    Music – Kelly Clarkson

    Books – no real favorites

    January 3, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Randy

    Live Music: Bruce Springsteen's tour was a pure rock'n'roll revival with parents, grandparents, and children rocking out with The Boss, Scooter and the Big Man bust the city in half (again!)
    Movies; Ingorious Basterds, Wendy & Lucy, Where the Wild Things Are, Up, Precious, Up in the Air, Unmistaken Child
    TV: Lost (Kate, we've got to go back), Biggest Loser (239 lbs in 7 months), Amazing Race, Survivor (gotta love Evil Russell), Modern Family

    January 3, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  21. cath

    scripted TV made a huge comback in 2009... Community, Sons of Anarchy, Chuck, HIMYM, Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, Numb3rs

    January 3, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Michelle

    Movies: Loved Julie & Julia; Meryl Streep is a national treasure. Star Trek – who'd have thought so much life could be brought back to the franchise?!? LOVE IT!
    TV: Leverage, GLEE
    Music: Adam Lambert, the absolute find of the year. More talent in his pinky than most of the Idol winners, especially of last year's (sorry, Kris Allen)

    January 3, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Kara

    The Big Bang Theory!

    January 3, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  24. JJ

    TV: COUGAR TOWN - I haven't seen this mentioned at all....great to have Courteney Cox back with a hilarious, quirky cast of characters dealing with getting old (something we all can identify with), I esp. love the ex-husband character Bobby played by Brian Van Holt - where has he been hiding???
    CASTLE - Nathan Fillion's sometimes predictable character still brings a smile to my face weekly; the story lines are well written with just the right touch of comedy added in to offer a fresh approach to the stale, serious, over-the-top gore laden cop dramas that have become common place the last few years
    MODERN FAMILY - What a hilarious take on the family sitcom; it is great to have "Al Bundy" back with a rounded out cast of characters that offers hilarious laughs week after week - I never know what to expect and that keeps me tuning in - WELL WRITTEN

    TOO many books, not enough time to list all the great titles out there

    LOVE movies, just don't have the dough to hand over to watch a movie alongside foul mouthed, rude movie-goers....would rather wait until they come out on DVD and watch them at home where I know I won't have to listen the the "f" word over and over and get my chair kicked a ton of times... a sad commentary on modern day audiences! People just lack class these days!

    January 3, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  25. pittnorthhills

    Movies: Precious
    Music: U2, Pittsburgh Symphony's Mozart Requiem
    TV: Cougar Town, Damages
    Sports: The Steelers absolutely sucked. The Penguins won the Stanley Cup.

    January 3, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  26. janmarie

    Pres. Obama's press and live coverages. Finally a Pres. that can speak intelligently. It is a joy to listen to him.

    January 3, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  27. Lori

    TV: Big Bang, Criminal Minds, Green Bay Packers
    Books: Lots of them

    January 3, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  28. Jan

    Dexter!!

    January 3, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  29. Pollyanna

    TV: NCIS, Law & Order, SVU, Cold Case, Glee and The Closer

    TV: Vincent D.(L&O) and Kyra S (Closer)

    Movies: Blindside, It's complicated (go Meryl)

    Music: Michael Buble and Carrie Underwood

    Live Performance: Susan Boyle...WOW!!

    Actress: Sandra and Meryl

    Actor: Gerrard B.(Ugly Truth)

    January 3, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  30. Hillary

    Glee!!!!
    end of story.

    January 3, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  31. Amanda Shilo

    TV: The big bang theory, Glee, The Office, The daily show with Jon Stewart
    Movies; Julie and Julia, (500) days of Summer
    Books: Julie and Julia, Mennonite in a little black dress

    January 3, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  32. Jean

    Best Movie: Harry Potter and Half Blood Prince
    Worst Movie: Avatar
    TV Show: NCIS
    Worse TV Show: True Blood
    Best Music: Carrie Underwood
    Worst Music: Taylor Swift

    January 3, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  33. DeLiRon

    Modern Family, The Middle, Cougar Town, Park & Recreation.

    January 3, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  34. Ines

    TV: Criminal minds, Cold Case, The Big Bang Theory, The Amazing Race, NCIS
    Movies: This is It!, Up in the Air
    Music: Michael Jackson all over again! Back from when true musical geniuses still existed!
    Books: Wicked

    Sick of all the so called celebrities, just famous for doing everything wrong or just doing nothing. Sick of tabloids and gross reality "actors"!!!

    January 3, 2010 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  35. Carol

    Adam Lambert – a rising star!

    January 3, 2010 at 2:52 am | Report abuse |
  36. Marsha

    Movies: Up, My Sister's Keeper and Transformers, ditto to someone else's fav "Food Inc." def. a MUST SEE!
    Book: Resilience (by Elizabeth Edwards)
    Music: the return of MAXWELL , Charlie Wilson, Black Eyed Peas
    TV: Parks and Recreation, Sherrie, and yes sadly Atlanta Housewives

    January 3, 2010 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
  37. Mike

    CSI–TV
    Sandra Bullock–Actress
    Columbine–book
    Bette Midler–live performance
    Star Trek–movie

    January 3, 2010 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  38. Bella

    Movies: Up, 500 days of Summer. Nine, Harry Potter
    TV: Glee, Better off Ted and Lost
    Book: Handle with Care.

    January 3, 2010 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  39. M. A. Woody

    NCIS

    Avatar

    Harry Potter #7

    Lady Gaga: Poker Face

    January 2, 2010 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Lindsay

    Glee!

    January 2, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Jones

    This year USA Network wonderfully wrapped up it's hit series "Monk", let's hope that they do just as good a job with "Psych" and "White Collar". Meanwhile, I hope that Tony Shaloub doesn't retire from acting.

    January 2, 2010 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Hjm

    TV: Sons of Anarchy, True Blood
    Movie: Inglorious Basterds, Blind Side, Sherlock Holmes
    Music: Darius Rucker, Pink, Cloverton
    Books: A Team of Rivals, An Echo in the Bone (Diana Gabaldon)
    Live Performance: Darius Rucker

    January 2, 2010 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  43. leslie

    Entertainer – Adam Lambert...what a find.
    Film – Precious...humbling and great performances.
    TV – Always, "Forensic Files"...facinating
    Song – "My Life Would Suck Without You" – Kelly Clarkson...too much fun!
    Book – Diary of Anne Frank...still read it every year to keep me humble.

    January 2, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Pam

    TV: NCIS, which is absolutely fantastic. Criminal Minds is number 2,

    Music: Susan Boyle. What a wonder she is.

    January 2, 2010 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Mary

    TV – Lost, Big Bang Theory, The Office and the freshman hit – Modern Family.

    Movies – The Hangover

    January 2, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Pablo

    Movies: Avatar; Up; Star Trek, The Hangover
    Looking forward to: Up in the Air; Hurt Locker; Precious
    Television: Mad Men; Big Love; NCIS
    Books: Outliers; Strength in What Remains; The Fourth Star: Four Generals and the Epic Struggle for the Future of the United States Army
    Music: Calaveras; Taylor Swift, Bare Naked Ladies
    Video: Watching Obama's Inaguration
    News Stories: The sad epic of Tiger Woods in December

    January 2, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Rebecca

    Movie : Avatar!!!! By far!
    TV : Lost and Dexter!!!
    Cd : Daughtry and Adam Lambert

    January 2, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  48. LEE MCCLAIN

    TV: House, Criminal Minds, House, Bones, House
    Movies: Up (NOT – too slow, but cute) Julia/Julie
    Concerts: Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood
    Music: IL DIVO!!!!!!!!!

    January 2, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  49. marcia

    best movies: Avatar, District 9,
    best TV: Glee, Fringe and the Border

    January 2, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Dulce Villa

    NURSE JACKIE!

    January 2, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Jenn

    Movies: UP, Star Trek, The Proposal

    TV: CSI; NY, Psych, Monk, Secret Life of the American Teenager (yes it does, = guilty guilty pleasure), GLEE

    Music: nothing was that spectacular this year, but I did enjoy U2's "No Line on the Horizon" – just hated the song "Get On Your Boots"!. Also enjoyed Lady Gag's "Fame" and the expanded "Fame Monster"

    Books: I read textbooks this year

    Live Performances: Dave Matthews at Nissan Pavillion in August

    January 2, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Angela

    TV: Numb3rs, Burn Notice, NCIS (the original only), Bones, and House

    Books: The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory, Artic Drift by Clive Cussler, Lavendar Morning by Jude Deveraux, The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir (re-released in soft cover), Death from the Skies by Phil Plait

    Not really a big movie goer (can't afford them anymore!)

    January 2, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Dale Bentley

    Avatar rocked. Criminal Minds and NCIS top list of favs.
    Can't leave out great season of Survivor-and find Amazing Race still intriguing. All other "realities" are just pretty pitiful.
    Dexter is quite addictive!

    January 2, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Jody

    Movie: I forgot to add "Food Inc." Terrific movie/documentary- a must see.

    January 2, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Jody

    Movie: Up – totally awesome humor!
    Radio: I rediscovered NPR – "Wait Wait!"

    January 2, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  56. barbara robinson

    as a moviegoer and guilty pleasure of watching (but not being guided by) awards shows, I was quite dismayed that taraji p. henson was not nominated for her role in tyler perry's latest film "I can do bad all by myself." hubbie and I went to the 2nd day opening thinking it was a comedy. HA! It is a diverse, insightful film about stereotypes and coming to grips with one's own pitfalls and prejudices -and very funny. she absolutely rocked! oddly, her role in Benjamin Button can't even compare to her role here.

    January 2, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  57. mentalRay

    Dexter, hands down

    January 2, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Amy

    Movies; UP and Star Trek,

    TV: Flashforward and Lost, the forgotten, and All CSI's Drop dead diva was good but too short on tv.

    And the best show that I watch on TV is DR. WHO AND TORCHWOOD.

    Music: just found a new group called 30 seconds to mars that a friend told me about and i am 51 years old.

    January 2, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Sally

    YouTube: sparta the mean kitty

    TV: SNL with Tina Fey as Sarah Palin, Craig Ferguson

    Movie rental: Rainman (forgot what a great actor Tom Cruise is,get sidetracked by his weird behavior)

    Movie: Yep, I'm a Sandra Bullock fan

    Book: The Help

    January 2, 2010 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  60. Debra R

    Golly David you are right, how could I have forgotten the Mentalist.....

    January 2, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  61. Freida Jacobs

    My favorite movie this year was one I first saw at Sundance and then again when it came to NYC.

    It's called DARE. Indie movie about high schoolers. One of the best high school movies in a long time. Overlooked gem of the year.

    January 2, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  62. Jill

    Leonard Cohen in August at BankAtlantic Center and any Law and Order.

    January 2, 2010 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  63. Chris

    I really like Lady Gaga. Grey's Anatomy and American Idol are always great! Adam Lambert may have come in second, but he's a thousand times better than Kris Allen! Simon, please don't leave Idol!

    January 2, 2010 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  64. Donna

    I have not been to a movie in years, it is all trash, I can think of better things to do with my money. Same with television, I watch Fox News, and I read a lot.

    January 2, 2010 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  65. Sis_in_NorCal

    This year was so rough on my family and I (due to unemployment and underemployment) that the only movie I was able to see in a theater in 2009 (because of the cost...and I am quite serious) was "Milk", because I had a free pass. The film was stunning...flawless. I remember when Harvey Milk and Mayor Moscone were murdered in San Francisco; "Milk" captured the story with dignity...flawless.

    January 2, 2010 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  66. missi38

    TV: By far, LOST
    Movie: Star Trek, UP, Sherlock Holmes
    Music: New album by David Crowder
    Book: the Bible

    January 2, 2010 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  67. Brian

    Movies: Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds, The Damned United, Up in the Air, and The Messenger

    TV: Breaking Bad, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Parks and Recreation (most improved show), and Mad Men

    Music: Monsters of Folk and Jason Isbell

    January 2, 2010 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  68. Eleanor

    TV shows: White Collar and the finale of Monk
    Youtube videos: Sparta the Mean Kitty and David Carroll's "United Breaks Guitars"
    Live Concert: David Cook, John Gorka

    January 2, 2010 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
  69. Todd

    TV: 2009 saw the series end of one of the greatest television shows – Battlestar Galactica

    January 2, 2010 at 4:14 am | Report abuse |
  70. flyoverstate

    Carrie Underwood's emotional live performance on CNN Heroes was great, and so was the Springsteen concert at the Super Bowl. I also enjoyed "24" and "Modern Family."

    January 2, 2010 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
  71. Gary G.

    MOVIES: The Hangover, Avatar, The Wrestler, The Blind Side, 9, Star Wars–er, I mean, Star Trek, eh, sort of. *rolls eyes*

    TV: TrueBlood, The Big Bang Theory.

    MUSIC: Um...uh.... Well, at least Genesis was nominated into the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame!

    BOOKS: Artie Lange's "Too Fat To Fish."

    THE BEST OF 2009: Patrick Stewart's knighthood on New Year's Eve. It's about time this amazing actor was finally distinguished and recognized in the way he truly deserves. All his fans are incredibly proud of him. Here's to many more years of Sir Patrick on the stage!

    January 1, 2010 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Jamie

    movie: I saw a movie called 'Ink' this year but not sure when it came out – absolutely amazing! and Up is pretty high on my list for 2009
    tv: sons of anarchy and dexter
    books: Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club by Gil McNeil
    music: Spinnerette
    live show: No Doubt's return

    January 1, 2010 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Shay

    TV: Lost, Flash Forward, The Office, 30 Rock, Modern Family, Countdown w/Keith Olberman

    Movies: Up, Star Trek, This is It!

    Music: agree w/previous posts–todays music won't be remembered-was telling my 14yr old this very thing a wk ago. Do check out classic beatles and MJ music (MJ's music prior to "Off the Wall")

    Bookds: Christianity in Crisis 21st Century by Hank Hanergraf

    January 1, 2010 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  74. mh

    best live concert – Michael Ford Jr & The Apache Relay at the Station Inn in Nashville! This new band is great!! Check out their new album "1988" on itunes!!!

    January 1, 2010 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Chuck Winstead

    Precious is my favorite movie. The Blind Side was good too.

    Music – Lady GaGa has grown on me. Taylor Swift is great too. My favorite of 2009 is definitely Whitney Houston.

    Books – I don't know how to read so I will choose my Charlie Brown coloring book (the Christmas one).

    TV show – Ugly Betty, True Blood, Desperate Housewives, Brothers and Sisters and Heroes. Survivor had a great season too. Oh, yeah, The Biggest Loser is a must see.

    January 1, 2010 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Sylvia

    THIS IS IT..Michael Jackson.

    January 1, 2010 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  77. canyonmom

    TV: Mad Men. No Reservations (Anthony Bourdain). The Rachel Zoe Project.

    January 1, 2010 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Serenity76

    Movies: A Single Man, An Education, and Cheri
    TV Shows: Dollhouse, Eastwick, 30 Rock
    Music: Michael Buble, Whitney Houston, Norah Jones
    Books: Bright-Sided by Barbara Ehrenreich & The Stone Gods by Jeanette Winterson

    January 1, 2010 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Dave

    Reading through people's comments, I clearly missed a lot in 2009. Grad school will do that to a brother. Thank goodness for Netflix.

    (Some of you are listing movies from 2008, not 2009.)

    January 1, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  80. john j

    Movie: Sherlock Holmes great stuff
    Music: Scythian live local band and U2 great shows
    TV: Warehouse 13 on Syfy and NCIS

    January 1, 2010 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Donnie W.

    MOVIE:Transformers:Revenge Of The Fallen,The Wrestler,Tropic Thunder!
    MUSIC:METALLICA:Death Magnetic!!!!!
    T.V:TV sucks who cares!!!!!!!

    January 1, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Edgar, Texas

    Even though this year, Green Day and Weezer put out great albums...

    and somehow Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones agreed to make a band with Foo Fighters founder Dave Grohl and Queens of the Stone Age founder Josh Homme...

    2009 was a terrible year for rock music!

    Put down the plastic guitars...
    and pick up REAL ones, would you please?!

    January 1, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Steve-O

    Movies: Star Trek, District 9, Avatar, Paranormal Activities

    TV: Survivor, LOST, How I Met Your Mother, The Big Bang Theory

    Music: U2, The Dead Weather, Them Crooked Vultures, Tegan & Sara

    Books: Andre Agassi

    January 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  84. peter

    Madonna´s Sticky and Sweet Tour

    January 1, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Sharon D.

    Books: anything by Laurel Hamilton..Anita Blake and the vampire..need I say more.

    January 1, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  86. coloradream

    Movie: Star Trek

    January 1, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Donna

    I am tickled about The Middle and Modern Family on ABC and Men of a Certain Age on TNT. I also look for anything Tyler Perry does. And I'm sorry–as a Jon and Kate fan, I went thru it all with them.

    January 1, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  88. callistolady

    Movies: Avatar, Star Trek, Up, The Wrestler, Taken
    TV: True Blood, Lost (I try to avoid most TV)
    Music: everything by Michael Buble', who knows what real music is all about
    Books: Dean Koontz, Stephen King

    January 1, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Raisedbywolves

    To Tom Wolff:

    Oh, you are so right about Stewart's skit on Beck! I should have added Stewart and Colbert to my TV favs!

    And I also have to add: TOP GEAR! No one gets to drive fast anymore, and it's great to get one's thrills with Jeremy and the gang, which includes a great dose of British wit. (BBCAmerica)

    Music: Nickelback; Daughtry

    January 1, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Donna

    Movie: Up
    Book: City of Thieves
    TV: Madmen
    Live Performance/Theatre: Wicked (San Francisco)

    January 1, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Pats

    Movies: Precious, Up, A Woman in Berlin,
    Books: An inconvenient Truth by Jacquline Winspear, He was my Chief, by Christa Shroeder,.
    TV: Fringe, Cold Case Files, Haunted History, Antiques Roadshow.

    Worst: Movies: 2012, Hangover, Everything with Will Farrell
    TV: The Bachelor, So you think you can dance, SNL.

    January 1, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Tom Woolf

    Movies – Star Trek, Avatar. May not have been Shakespeare, but very entertaining.

    TV – NCIS, Numbers, any Jon Stewart skit ridiculing Glenn Beck, ditto for Keith Olbermann

    Books – only book I read this past year that was published in 2009 was "The Lost Symbol"... entertaining in a "Calgon take me away" manner. Again – not exactly Shakespeare.

    Music – U2 360.

    January 1, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Lexi

    Movie: Star Trek (haven't gotten to see Avatar or Sherlock Holmes yet)
    Tv: Sons of Anarchy (why do I have to wait until Sept. for season 3??!!) and Leverage
    Music: Lynard Skynard God & Guns
    Books: Dan Brown "The Lost Symbol" and Jobe Writes "I Sense Humor"

    January 1, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  94. MSD

    Movie: Twilight, Old Dogs, Horton Hears a Who, My Sister's Keeper.
    TV: The Mentalist, Heroes, Castle, Mercy, Trauma, Chuck, Bones, MONK.
    Book: Twilight series.
    Music: Mandisa.
    Actors/Actresses: John Travolta, Vince Vaughan, Sandra Bullock.

    January 1, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  95. Rhett

    "The Hurt Locker" is the best movie of the year. End of story!

    January 1, 2010 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  96. Anita

    Movies: Julie & Julia, Hangover, Up

    TV: Castle, Chuck (if you like Chuck you will like Castle, too), Amazing Race, Patrick Warburton on Rules of Engagement (not the entire show but he is so funny I can't stop laughing), Big Bang Theory, L&O SVU, Craig Ferguson, Craig Ferguson, Craig Ferguson. 🙂

    Music: Elton John and his piano in Concert was the best performance I've ever seen anywhere in my life.

    Books: The Symbol

    January 1, 2010 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  97. Kay

    Idol Adam Lambert discovery – what a spectacular voice!

    January 1, 2010 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  98. Todd

    Can we all agree please agree to say twenty-ten? Thanks!

    January 1, 2010 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
  99. rita

    Movie- Brothers
    T.V. Drop Dead Diva (go Lifetime!), Bones, Mentalist
    Books- The Help, Half The Sky

    January 1, 2010 at 5:03 am | Report abuse |
  100. Ripedia

    "The Hangover" and "Inglourious Basterds".

    January 1, 2010 at 4:42 am | Report abuse |
  101. Rob

    Movie: Big Fan
    TV: Dexter
    Music: Supercommuter
    Book: "Last Words" by George Carlin

    January 1, 2010 at 4:24 am | Report abuse |
  102. Becky Hunter

    My daughter & I went to the PINK concert when she came to Dallas.

    January 1, 2010 at 2:33 am | Report abuse |
  103. patrick

    avatar is dumb almost everything all of you said is really dumb happy new year

    January 1, 2010 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
  104. Smit

    This Is It : Michael Jackson!

    January 1, 2010 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  105. Joe

    Curb your enthusiasm with the Seinfeld Reunion...Simply the best TV ever.

    January 1, 2010 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  106. Richard Church

    Carl Sagan (featuring Stephen Hawking) – A Glorious Dawn single

    http://thirdmanrecords.com/agloriousdawn.html

    January 1, 2010 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  107. cn

    James Franco on General Hospital
    Holly Hunter in "Saving Grace"
    AVATAR
    Lady Gaga
    District 9
    The Wrestler
    TJ Homes on CNN...MMMMMMM GOOD!
    Maxell...Pretty Wings...

    Those are the BEST...

    The Worst..

    Megan Fox Hype
    Jon Gosselin
    Balloon Boy Parents
    Charlie Sheen
    Political madness over health care
    The Afghan War
    Jersey Shore Mind Numbing People
    The lowered bar on celebrity status

    December 31, 2009 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  108. sharon markle

    TV – Bang Theory – yes, Sheldon is the hook , but Penny is terrific.

    Movie – Paris, A Serious Man, Slumdog Millionaire

    Music- Any band's release with Jack White

    December 31, 2009 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  109. Scott

    Avatar was the best movie of the decade! Dont miss it in the theaters!
    As good as Star Trek was, Avatar made me feel the way I did when I was a kid and saw Star Wars for the first time.

    December 31, 2009 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  110. skysgirl

    Julie.....Excellent choice with the Presidents inauguration!!!

    I agree, that was Great!!! .....Go Liberals... Legalize!!!!!!

    December 31, 2009 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  111. Jim

    Glee
    Meryl Streep turning 60 and still riding a wave of popularity
    Susan Boyle
    District 9
    Star Trek

    December 31, 2009 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  112. skysgirl

    "The Office" I can't get enuf

    December 31, 2009 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  113. Tony

    Happy New Year Everyone!!

    Favorite TV: "The Mentalist" & "Chuck"

    Live Performance: Keith Urban (hands down the best guitarist) If you ever have the chance to go see him....GO! you will not be disappointed

    Movie: "The Blind Side"

    December 31, 2009 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  114. Akash in California

    Actor: George Clooney
    Supporting Actress: Emma Watson or Ayulet Zurer
    Supporting Actor: Tom Felton
    Background Score: Angels and Demons
    Animated Feature: UP!
    Film: Angels and Demons

    December 31, 2009 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  115. Akash in California

    Movies?: HP6 (EMMA WATSON!); UP!; Julie and Julia; & NEW MOON (JOKING)
    Performances?: Susan Boyle
    Political Blunder: Sanford and the Argentine Trail
    WOW Factor: Sarah Palin's psycho powers (she can see Russia from her house!)
    OSCARS (I believe): Actress: Meryl Streep

    December 31, 2009 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  116. Amalor

    Performances? Two words:
    SUSAN BOYLE!

    December 31, 2009 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  117. Bianca

    Hooked on Paranormal State, Ghost Hunters and Ghost Hunters International!! Love those 'spirits'.

    December 31, 2009 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  118. Lola

    My favorites: Entertainer of the Year-Adam Lambert. Movies of the Year- "Up In The Air" and "It's Complicated". TV Show- "The Mentalist".
    Favorite Movie Actor-George Clooney. Favorite TV Actor-Simon Baker. Favorite Movie Actress- Merle Streep. Favorite TV Personality-Kathy Griffin. Favorite News Network-CNN. Favorite TV Reality Show- American Idol. Favorite song.......oh I could go on and on, but I'll just end it here by saying HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone!

    December 31, 2009 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  119. leslie

    My husband, my two Great Danes, "Mad Men," my family and thankfully, my unemployment benefits!!

    December 31, 2009 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  120. CH

    Glee and District 9 are obvious gaps in this list.

    December 31, 2009 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  121. lesley taufer

    Loved The Good Wife, In Plain Sight, Monk, The Mentalist, Burn Notice.

    December 31, 2009 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  122. Julie

    President Obama's Inauguration.
    Wedding Dance on YouTube.
    Taylor Swift
    Lady Gaga
    The Office
    Arrested Development – always
    Ugly Betty

    December 31, 2009 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  123. Aubri L.

    Movies: Star Trek, Seventeen Again, Jonas Brothers: The 3-D Concert Experience!! (yeah, i know...)
    TV Shows: I loved the new show Glee! and JONAS, American Idol
    Music: Taylor Swift! Jonas Bros, Kings of Leon, Beyonce

    December 31, 2009 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  124. Allen

    Movie: shortbus (or was that LAST year?)
    Live performance: B-52s
    TV show: Big Bang Theory

    Still thinkin' Sparta the Mean Kitty is the coolest on the web!

    December 31, 2009 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  125. JizzJazz

    Live Performance: Grace Jones at the Hollywood Bowl
    Movie: Avatar
    Performance: Mo'nique as Mary Jones in Precious
    TV: Modern Family, Men of a Certain Age
    Video Game (why not?): Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3)

    December 31, 2009 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  126. jazzy

    TV: NCIS, Criminal Minds, CSI ( Las Vegas), Ugly Betty, Glee, Law & Order :SVU, Men of Certain Age, Warehouse 13
    Movies: The Hangover

    December 31, 2009 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  127. Samuel Adams

    Movies: The Hangover, Star Trek was okay, Inglourious Basterds,
    TV : S.O.A (Sons of Anarchy) "AMAZING" FX orginial need I say more, Scrubs coming back, but coming back as an annoying back to school verison...
    Books : Read seriously... when there's movies.
    Concerts : Toby Keith, Pointfest

    December 31, 2009 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  128. Spornk

    The Big Bang Theory!! They should dump 2 1/2 Men and expand BBT into an hour!

    December 31, 2009 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  129. Don of the Dead

    "Ink"
    "Paranormal Activity"
    "Zombieland"

    December 31, 2009 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  130. Ancienton

    Glee!

    December 31, 2009 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  131. Lisa

    TV: Criminal Minds, Modern Family, FlashForward, Desperate Housewives
    Movies: The Hangover was *stupid*

    December 31, 2009 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  132. Betsy

    Movies: Taken, Inglourious Basterds, The Hangover, Brothers and many more I can't remember.
    TV: One Tree Hill and Desperate Housewives and Nip/tuck
    Books: The Kite Runner. I just read it this year. 8th Confession by James Patterson, Veronika Decides to Die.
    Live Performances: Britney Spears and Nickelback.

    December 31, 2009 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  133. Iota

    The comeback of Ms. Whitney Houston go girl!

    December 31, 2009 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  134. emily

    Movies:
    Best of 2009 – New Moon... Taken.... Harry Potter Half Blood, Ninja Assassain, Angels and Demons, Bride Wars, The Code, Underworld Rise of, Crank 2, Fast and the Furious 4, The Proposal, Transformers,

    Worst: District 9...Worlds greatest dad...Watchmen, The Goods, Stear Trek

    TV:
    TRUE BLOOD, nip tuck, the closer, vampire diaries, NCIS, So you think you can dance, Idol, Mentalist

    Books:
    The House of night Series... great reads and Night world series and Strange angel.. okay so far and the Twilight... man I been reading this year.

    NEW ARTIST: Travis Porter... the group is crazy live at the concert... nice as can be and great performance.. Music is HOT!!!

    December 31, 2009 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • David Daniel, CNN Entertainment Senior Producer

      I should have included "The Mentalist" in my TV choices. Knew I was forgetting something!

      December 31, 2009 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  135. Ian from Baltimore

    Movies – The Hangover, Star Trek
    TV – Mad Men, Big Bang Theory, Community, Castle
    Book – Downtown Owl by Chuck Klosterman

    Worst of everything – Brooding Teenage Vampires

    December 31, 2009 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  136. Raisedbywolves

    Movies: Avatar, Sherlock Holmes, Star Trek, District 9, Princess & the Frog – in that order
    Music: The Beatles Collection
    Book: Divine Misdemeanors – Laurell K. Hamilton plus many many others – I read 7-10 books a week.
    TV: Bones, The Closer, Monk, Psych, Countdown w/Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, Warehouse 13 (please do change SyFy back).
    Live: Shatner and Nimoy at DragonCon; Kate Mulgrew at DragonCon – not performances per se, but great fun.

    December 31, 2009 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  137. Brent Kincaid

    Live Performance: Adam Lambert. End of sentence. He beats anyone who has come along since Barbra.

    December 31, 2009 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  138. Smit

    Movies: This Is It, Michael Jackson!
    He was the greatest ever and it shows this from mere rehearsal footage.
    AMAZING!

    December 31, 2009 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  139. Leslie

    Book – When You are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris

    December 31, 2009 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  140. beverly milhizer

    Best actress – Sandra Bullock
    Beat actor – vincent D'onofrio – L&O CI – should have received an Emmy, people's choice award and an Oscar a long time ago.

    December 31, 2009 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  141. Richard D.

    Movie: Fantastic Mr. Fox, Up, Avatar (I guess) This Is It! MJ!!
    Book: Under the Dome – Stephen King
    TV: Fringe, The Office, FlashForward, Glee, 30 Rock, House, Parks and Recreation, Lost, SouthLand (thank goodness it is coming to TNT) Breaking Bad.
    Music: DMB – Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King / David Gray – Draw The Line

    December 31, 2009 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  142. Jerry

    Saw "Up in the air". Thought it entertaining. Just rented "Up". Looking forward to seeing it. I agree with the earlier comment about today's "music". It wont be remembered in a few years, if that long. Interesting blog, David. Happy New Year!

    December 31, 2009 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  143. Ta Ta Toothy

    Movie – Hangover
    WORST Movie – He's Not That Into You
    Live Performance – Brad Paisley...any show!!!
    Book – Artie Lange, Too Fat to Fish

    December 31, 2009 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  144. Steve

    Movie: Star Trek – can hardly wait for the next one!
    TV: Big Bang Theory; Chuck; NCIS; Burn Notice; Mentalist
    Book: Lost Symbol by Dan Brown; Tea Time for the Traditionally Built by Alexander McCall Smith
    Song: More by Tyrone Wells
    Album: Actor by St Vincent

    December 31, 2009 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  145. Doug Smith

    The novel Pookoo by D.L. Shiloh

    December 31, 2009 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  146. Jennifer

    What about The Hangover? Funniest movie of the year!

    December 31, 2009 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  147. James

    Movies: Star Trek, Avatar, The Hurt Locker, District 9, The Cove
    Books: The 50th Law, The Greatest Trade Ever
    TV: Fringe, Flash Forward
    Music: Red, J.R. Richards, Daughtry, Breaking Benjamin, Adelitas Way, Default

    December 31, 2009 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  148. Ed

    Movies: Up, The Hangover, Avatar and Star Trek
    Television: Big Bang Theory, 30 Rock, How I Met Your Mother
    Music: Are you kidding? Everything was manufactured pop garbage this year. All of this year's "hits" will be long forgotten in a couple of years.

    December 31, 2009 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  149. dean blake

    Blind Side is number one for sure .Sandra Bullock is a superb actress!

    December 31, 2009 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  150. LBW

    Live concert: Crosby, Stills & Nash.

    Just music and love. Really great.

    December 31, 2009 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  151. Dean

    Movies:Liked UP. HATED Star Trek! Are you kidding me?!?!? Star Trek?!?!? Paaaa THUUUWWEEY!
    Youtube: Susan Boyle!
    TV: Packer football games.

    December 31, 2009 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  152. Rus

    Movie : The Hangover
    TV : Community
    Live Performances : Live From Daryls House

    December 31, 2009 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  153. Phyl

    Agree with all the TV shows. It's about time "NCIS" received some recognition. Don't agree with "The Kennedy Center Honors" & would add "The Closer" , "Saving Grace", & "The Good Wife". Live concert , Sugarland & Kelly Clarkson, probably the best female singer of all in today's music.

    December 31, 2009 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  154. Barb J

    DEXTER AND MORE DEXTER!

    December 31, 2009 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  155. JConn

    Avatar BEST movie I have seen in ages and I don't like Sci Fi

    Music: U2 NO LINE ON THE HORIZON best live show too!!

    December 31, 2009 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  156. RALl

    Movies ...Proposal & Blind side
    Sandra Bullock ...getting recognized finally
    TV "24" coming soon can't wait
    NCIS always great
    Any actor/actress celebrity star or famous person who did not go to rehab this year and go on a show write a book or tell his story in the media.
    A BIG THANK YOU To;o any who fit this description and refrained from making an A** of themselves.
    Happy New year all

    December 31, 2009 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  157. MarkG

    "Pirate Radio" was totally fantastic!! And, I would love to know what happened to the Kenneth Branaugh character- If I had been on the boat, and I found out that he outright refused to send aid to a sinking ship, it would not have been pretty! Can you imagine meeting your father, who you have searched for your whole life, and saving his life minutes later?! The whole flick was a trip, from stem to stern!!

    December 31, 2009 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  158. Andy

    Movies: Up, Star Trek, Inglourious Basterds, District 9
    TV: Chuck (wake up people and watch this show!), The Office, 30 Rock, and the return of 24
    Live Performances: Cheap Trick

    December 31, 2009 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  159. cheryl buchanan

    It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

    December 31, 2009 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  160. Bob

    Movies: nothing to add except I was surprised to not see Avatar mentioned.

    TV: Criminal Minds, Fringe, Cold Case, The Closer, Burn Notice

    December 31, 2009 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  161. amber

    movie:twilight new moon
    TV: NCIS, Lie to me, gossip girl
    Books: Twilight saga, holly Kennedy's the silver compass
    Live performances: Three days grace

    December 31, 2009 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  162. Becky

    Dexter!!!

    December 31, 2009 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  163. Amy

    Live Performance: LEONARD COHEN in NYC (MSG) and Vegas (Caesar's Palace). Incomparable.

    December 31, 2009 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  164. Debra R

    Movies: Star Trek
    TV: NCIS, Big Bang Theory. Lie To Me
    Books: Glenn Beck's Arguing With Idiots
    Live perfomances: Keith Urban, Little Big Town, Hugh Jackman on Broadway "A Steady Rain".

    December 31, 2009 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  165. Kate

    Live Performance: LADY GAGA in New Orleans. Amazing show. It's given me a weird confidence about my life.

    December 31, 2009 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  166. Tommy Lent

    "AVATAR"!

    End of story. 🙂

    December 31, 2009 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |

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