Let's take a listen in while two of CNN.com's biggest TV addicts, Lisa France and Henry Hanks, weigh via instant message on their favorite television shows of the year.
HenryCNN: Well, Lisa, it’s that time of year again, when we look back and reflect on the year that has come and gone, so of course, the best TV of the year is on my mind.
FranceCNN: Wow, that year went fast! There were some great series in 2010 and some not so great.
HenryCNN: We lost so many quality shows this year like “24,” “Law & Order,” “Dollhouse,” “Party Down,” “Better Off Ted” and a little show about an island (I have a lot more to say about that later, of course).
FranceCNN: You know I am a “Law & Order” fanatic so I was super bummed about losing the original show – not to mention the cancellation of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” even though that wraps up in 2011 so I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s get back to 2010. So what new shows have really made an impression this year?
HenryCNN: Well, it wasn't as great as 2009, but "The Walking Dead" and "Raising Hope," just a few episodes in, have a lot of potential (and viewers seem to agree). I'm looking forward to what 2011 holds for these shows. What impressed you about this year?
FranceCNN: I loved the fact that this was the year of the stellar comedy: “Modern Family,” “Glee,” and “Big Bang Theory” all scored big with critics and fans a like. These three definitely rank among my favorite shows of the year.
But there were quite a few that also let me down including “The Event.” I mean, that one seriously didn’t live up to all the hype in my opinion. What about you?
HenryCNN: Once they opened the door into that room in the hospital where all the little girls look like they had aged 50 years, “The Event” was officially too crazy for me not to keep watching. I’m strangely curious to see just how far they’re willing to take it.
As for what really disappointed me this year, it would have to be “Running Wilde.” Despite a few great moments, the show just didn’t work for me, and I don’t think Will Arnett and Keri Russell ever had the chemistry needed to pull it off. Based on the fact that Fox has left it off of their midseason schedule, it seems that audiences agreed. It’s just too bad, because there was so much talent involved.
I totally agree about this being a great year for comedy, which takes me to my most underrated show of the year. Among the great comedies on the air right now, like the trio you mentioned, “Community,” “Raising Hope,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “30 Rock,” and “The Office,” the one that holds a special place in my heart is “Parks and Recreation.”
The show really came into its own I season two, and the season finale, “Freddy Spaghetti,” is my favorite half hour of television this season. It didn’t hurt that the presence of Rob Lowe and Adam Scott added a lot to the show. It’s been a long seven months, and I can’t wait to see what they do in 2011. What’s your favorite underrated show?
FranceCNN: I’d have to say “Terriers.” I feel like it’s a quality show which really never got off the ground because people didn’t even understand what the title meant. Seriously, one out of three people I would talk to honestly thought it was a show about dogs.
Now we are about to head into 2011. Are there any mid-season replacements you are looking forward to?
I’m almost ashamed to admit it, but I’m slightly geeked out over Fox’s new animated show “Bob’s Burgers” which is set to air in January. It looks like it could be pretty funny.
HanksCNN: I’m wondering how Paula Abdul’s new show, “Live to Dance,” will turn out. I’m still trying to figure out if it has more in common with “America’s Best Dance Crew” than “So You Think You Dan Dance,” or if it’s a little of both. It may seem that we have more than enough dance shows on TV, but you can’t ignore Paula.
Out of all of the shows this year, it should come as no surprise to regular readers of the Marquee Blog that “Lost” was not just my favorite show of 2010, but should and almost certainly will be recognized as one of the most groundbreaking series of all time.
For all of the criticism about the “flash-sideways” scenes, the meaning behind the “pool of light” on the island, and the lack of clear answers to some of the show’s burning questions, I have a lot of respect for executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse for creating one of the most emotionally-satisfying series finales of all time. (Side note: How soon we forget, Golden Globes and SAG…) I defy anyone who’s at least a little familiar with the series not to shed a few tears or two watching that ending. Think of all the sci-fi/fantasy shows, especially, that had sub-par endings in comparison. Lindelof and Cuse did it their way, and for that, they deserve a lot of credit.
What was your favorite of 2010?
FranceCNN: I have to go with “Boardwalk Empire.”
I just love a period piece and it seemed to be a combination of some of what, in my opinion, have been some of the best shows HBO has had to offer in recent years: the organized crime ties of “The Sopranos,” the lush period detail of “Rome” and one of the best actors from “The Wire,” Michael K. Williams.
Steve Buscemi has finally found a role that befits his stellar acting chops and moves him beyond the odd ball. I just loved the show from start to finish and I can’t wait for it to return next season.
What about you Marquee readers? What was your favorite show of 2010?
Son's of Anarchy is by far the best show on television right now. This last season was the best of the series and they just keep getting better. I mean come on a cameo by Stephen King? That's awesome! I'm a Lost fan as well. It ended the way it should have. Does everyone expect the show with so many questions not to leave a few unanswered? That's the point. Take from it what you will.
Well if we are doing cable too I retract my answer. Although SOA is my second favorite Dexter is by far my first. I also like Weeds, True Blood, Californication and Entourage.
You are all WRONG.. the best tv show by far is Antiques Roadshow.
My favorite show of 2010 was definitely Sons of Anarchy and the during the climactic scenes of the finale, a song by battleme "hey hey, no no" was just chilling to the bone. The way everything just tied together at the end killing evil Agent Stahl was awesome. I wonder why this show doesn't get more recognition.
Terriers was my next favorite.
I like 2anda half men fringe and I don't miss any wwe have it automatically taping on my dvr also like family guy and criminal minds
BONESS WAS THE BEST SHOW THIS YEAR FOLLOWED VERY CLOSLY BY GLEE!!PARKS AND REC WAS ALSO PURTY AMAZING!!
i dont own a television but ive had the chance to see and like PArty Down, raising hope, bored to death, .. is californication still out? the writing on that show is excellent.
CASTLE ALL THE WAY!!!! Its an amazing show the whole thing is just two people with great chemistry Nathan Fillion(Castle) and Stana Katic(Beckett) are two amazing actors they really liven up the show with their romance tension and the comedy of a writer following a cop around annoying her and her annoying him every once in a while. I have to say best show of 2010 by far..... :)
I'm with the person who gave Castle the big marks. The Beckett / Castle chemistry is good and Psych is a must see crackup for everyone as well. The chemistry between Shawn and Gus is classic :)
Supernatural is the best show on TV. The show was just featured on the cover of TV GUIDE. Fans had to vote for their favorite show in order for it to get selected. That just shows how HUGE the fanbase is.
The Walking Dead is also a huge favorite of mine. Zombie Apocalypse? Say no more!
I'm different...i think Pretty Little Liars was tha best show in 2010 even tho they had like 10 shows and come back Jan. 3rd...CAN'T WAIT!!!
Obviously everyone on this board is failing to admit they secretly love "The Secret Life of the American Teenager"...otherwise, there is no way this ridiculous piece of garbage could stay on TV, not even on a network like CW. Confess now and promise not to watch it again and your lives will be spared.
Fringe, Supernatural, South Park are my guilty pleasures. Californication is pretty entertaining. However, Lost is #1 on my list.
Does Glee really count as TV? I think of it more as the Disney Channel puking on Twilight and then appearing on TV via MySpace. As hoakey as it sounds, I'm a fan of just about everything Alan Ball does, so True Blood is always a DVR standard, but also let's not forget the premium channel favs like Dexter, Weeds and the surprise hit Boardwalk Empire (which incidentally made me long for the days of Kentucky Moonshine and Tommy Guns).
Spartacus: Blood and Sand. A show that started off super horrible (the pilot episode) with no clear direction and terrible acting....and by the 3rd and 4th episodes, the writers had found their groove and the actors were starting to relish their roles. I have never seen a 13-episode series resolve so many storylines throughout the season and close with such a massive and satisfying finale! LOVED this show.
I love "Detroit 187". But, I have been in love with Michael Imperioli since The Sopranos.
All I need is Community. Best comedy on TV right now.
The Office was great and is now terrible. Pull it off before all we have to remember is these lousy last few seasons. They are just going through the motions.
psych is the best show on TV. No question.
I liked walking dead look forward to new season.
You nailed that one on the head, best 1/2 a season of TV in years! I can hardly wait until NEXT Halloween for another 6 episodes.
I am surprised that some of this past summer shows were not mentioned. I was pleasantly surprised by them. Rizzoli and Isles and Covert Affairs were pretty good. I am looking forward to them in the summer of 2011. I also liked the regular season shows of: Castle, Bones and NCIS.
True Blood topped my list this year. I also loved The Closer and Boardwalk Empire was amazing!
What series needed more time? Definitely,THE WHOLE TRUTH! Luv'd having BOTH sides of a court case represented at once. I'm guessing it may have been too smart of show for ppl to follow.I also miss Outlaw, and it,too, could've used more time. Most underrated TV channels:USA/ Bravo/Food Network!!I could watch each of those channels all day. – hope OWN will also be that kind of network soon, too.I love Grey's Anatomy, Detroit 187, The Closer. Covert affairs, The Good Wife, Brothers /Sisters...and when Ireally want to laugh-Chelsea Handler!.If I could catch anyone's ear about bringing back 2 shows, they would be Prison Break and Boston Legal.I do remain addicted to TV-it is my fave "guilty pleasure"!
Smallville, The Big Bang Theory, Blue Bloods, Medium and Criminal Minds are on my MUST watch list.
Amanda, do you work for CBS or just a paid endorser? You are aware there are other channels, no?
I only wish Smallville was on CBS, then I wouldn't have to switch the channel, Bob. Jeez.
i just recently became a addict to the big bang theory, great and funny show. also like the middl. lastly the only other tv program i watch is any hockey games (pro,college and or whatever) on tv.
I forgot to mention United States of Tara
Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire, Walking Dead, Parks & Recreation, Fringe, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Lost (RIP)
You have awesome taste in TV. I luv just about everything AMC puts out (Breaking Bad, Mad Men, The Walking Dead)...that is, except for Rubicon, that belonged on the BBC.
Fringe, In Treatment...and last but not least...the best show EVER – LOST!
The Walking Dead, ?":< my dad says, Colbert Report, The Big Bang Theory, Tosh.O, The Daily Show, NCIS
Two of my favorite basic-cable shows this year, other than "Louie" and "Rescue Me" (both equally brilliant), were "Saving Grace" and "Rubicon". Both were unfortunately canceled, as both shows didn't have many viewers but both were outstanding and deep. Apparently, TV doesn't respond to depth...just ratings.
"Saving Grace" was given a chance to sprint to the finish line, quickly wrapping up after TNT blew their cash on too many new shows, but I think the biggest letdown was AMC not renewing "Rubicon" fro a second season. It was by far the best show I'd seen on TV in a long time, and they quickly pulled the plug after the last episode.
Anyone who saw the large budget the AMC show "The Walking Dead" would realize that the network budget had to make some cuts, and despite "Rubicon" and its growing fan base, AMC gave it the ax.
dude, I hate to say it but it sounds like your TV tastes are pretty bland. If you'd choose Rubicon over The Walking Dead, you should seek serious entertainment counseling, ASAP. But hey, you can always watch The CW, they always need viewers.
Best of 2010 for me was in no particular order:
The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret
No mention of "The Big C"? Great show! Will there be a second season??? Also a fan of The Event. Hope it doesn't end before others can appreciate it. Other favorites are Modern Family and Park and Recreation.
I 'm very grateful for on demand cable because I can watch shows whenever I can.
I have a major problem with this list.
1. It left off shows like NCIS, Doctor Who, Chuck, and pretty much all the shows on USA. There was absolutely no mention of Royal Pains, which was golden and only supposed to be summer filler but turned out so well done that it stayed.
2. It included Glee. I tried to justify the choice, thinking that perhaps they were using last season as their standard, but only the first half of season 1, which aired last fall, was actually GOOD. Once the second half hit and they were all surprised that it caught on as well as it did, storylines sped up and we had almost no time to tie up loose ends, both literally and emotionally from a viewer's POV. This season, the autotune is more prevalent than ever (a big annoyance for a music teacher), the storylines and characters are becoming less believable and more 2-dimensional, and the song choices are making less sense. My husband and I couldn't stand the Christmas special they did – the only redeeming part was the gift of the robotic walker at the very end of the episode.
And if any HS show choir was like the one in Glee, there would be no way that they would be taunted or harassed. As my husband likes to say, "That is the most talented unrecognized music department in the country."
Cannot agree with you more on both points
Mad Men and Boardwalk Empire, love 'em, love 'em, love 'em. Named the kittens after Mr. Thompson and Margret
Yeah I also loved Boardwalk Empire but ya know , all those HBO shows are really great . I would put East Bound and Down & Bored to Death up there as well . I'm sorry I was a Lost geek from the start but I could not have HATED the finale anymore . I thought it was such a cop out that I regret getting as hooked up on it as I was .
Hawaii Five-0 Just love it!!
Its not even close, Boardwalk Empire was the best show of the year.
We need to have more shows with guest appearances by Sarah Palin and family. You know, Christmas With the Palins, The Palins on Ice, Pretty Little Palins, Palinbusters, Dancing With the Palins, Conan O'Palin... I could go on and on.
I assume this was said tongue in cheek! God, I hope so!
Sons of Anarchy, Burn Notice and Leverage are all note-worthy shows. Royal Pains and Covert Affairs are also good shows.
Detroit 1-8-7....love it!!!!
The Big C. Parenthood. Glee. The Event kinda sucks but I feel like I have to watch it just to see how it ends up...I catch The Event on demand. HUGE FAN OF Greys Anatomy but I think all good things must come to an end. It's time for Greys Anantomy to end. Best show on TV? Glee hands down. The writers better win an award.
LEGEND OF THE SEEKER was the best show on TV - ever! Too bad they cancelled it after two seasons before most people even knew it existed. It had great scenery, actors, plotlines, humor, romance, action, costumes, music ... just amazing.
DVR/TiVo is the bomb!! The advertisers are coming up with new tactics to combat this technology but we have the option to blow through all of the crap presented during prime time television. Booze it up!!
Lost? Really. I can anyone really tell you the story line. Even the writers have no idea what it was about
Supernatural, Burn Notice, Psych, The Walking Dead. Imagine a crossover of those shows!
Intelligent comedy BIG BANG THEORY, black soul comedy TOSH.O,comedy HOW I MEET YOUR MOTHER.
Spy Action BURN NOTICE,Military Action NCIS
Cops & Robbers BORDWALK EMPIRE
Chismes LA COMAY
"the Big C" is a fantastic new show with stellar acting and writing!!!!
Two big gripes with this post: Raising Hope!?!? I think I lost IQ points struggling thru watching this show with each episode a friend of mine would insist I watch. You mention that twice, but no mention of Always Sunny or Eastbound & Down? Second, and a huge one, No mention of DEXTER!?!? That was just about the best season of TV in 2010.
Certainly some points of agreement though. Modern Family & Big Bang brought the most laughs. Boardwalk Empire brought more than promised. In regards to drama and suspense, it didn't come close to Dexter though.
Spartacus is a great show. Fringe and The Walking Dead are also good shows.
I had to scroll a long time to get to this comment space. My favorite shows this year, as if you care are: Entourage, The Office, Weeds, It's Always Sunny, Eastbound & Down, Parenthood, I wish they'd bring Trauma back. The Big C, Modern Family, and as always Sportscenter. ;)
I just wish Arrested Development would come back...
the sons and supernatural! i would love to have any of them boys around to keep me safe ;-D
No mention anywhere of The Daily Show or The Colbert Report, hands down the best hour of television, and its done 4 nights a week. Breaking Bad is the best scripted show. Rescue Me is still must see TV even though this last season was a little disappointing. Lots of great comedies, but I'll make special mention of The League, I have loved every season of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and somehow The League was even funnier than Sunny this year. Modern Family is amazing, and for once I was actually not bored by Mad Men. Very few new shows this year were any good, only one could stand watching the whole season was The Big C.
Love the new comedy Hot In Cleveland with Betty White. Also a big Psych fan
I loved lost absolutely the best show of the last decade. If you love lost you will like The Event give it a little time. I actually wish they would move the Event to ABC with V. I have always loved V since I was a child. Favorite comedy MODERN Family. Wow great acting so funny cast is great . I also like the Middle and Cougar Town. I wish the 10 o'clock spot on ABC was a hour Comedy or lite drama instead of bringing down the mood with something tragic or depression. I love NBC Thursday Comedy night The 0ffice and Outsource very funny as well. Give the Event sometime. To me it is not about Aliens but human nature which is fascinating to watch. I love Survivor, Amazing Race and Dancing with the Stars. ABC has been rocking for a couple of years Good Job ABC
Completely left off everyone's list... at least above is a 6 episode(and yes renewed so no Terriers broken heartedness) series on BBC called LUTHER. It is totally immersive and daring in scope. A Dexter-like is he good or is he bad teeter-totter character that's richly(and convincingly) portrayed by Idris Elba(The Wire). One of those shows that I stumbled upon and devoured its rivoting story arc(like walking dead's 6 power-packed episodes) in a couple of days. I felt like it was my secret, like noone else knew it existed. Such brilliance! Is Elba even British?! Then he pops up on the Golden Globes nominee list. Cat is out of the bag. Watch this series! Beware, however, its viceral daring might go beyond the average viewer's threshold of acceptable violence. Keep in mind also that it's British, so if limey accents turn real drama into instant Velveeta, skip it entirely. Otherwise, you'll be rewarded with fast paced plot development, roller coaster twists and unexpected turns as you race to keep up with Luther's demons. Enjoy!
Dollhouse was brilliant, well casted, well written. I will definitely miss it.
Haven, Eureka and Drop Dead Diva
.worst show ever....and the loser is.... Glee
I forgot to mention Damages! Great show!
Dexter is the best show on television! Honorable mentions to The Walking Dead, Lost, and True Blood (even though, I thought this season of True Blood was a little off!)
Castle,Burn Notice,The League,Entourage,NCIS, LIE TO ME, Justified, Leverage, Dark Blue, Sons of Anarchy, The Glades...Best shows on television today
THE GLADES!!!!! i cant believe with all these comments no one has mentioned the glades! best new show this year next to justified. NCIS will always be a favorite until it ends and the LA branch off is really good too.
Terriers was far and away the best show in several years. The writing, acting and storylines were almost addictive. Closely following that would be GLEE, and all the shows on USA, especially Burn Notice, White Collar, Covert Affairs and Leverage.
These shows all offered pure entertainment.
Shows I am really enjoying Pretty Little Liars, Castle, The Vampire Diaries, Modern Family, Parenthood and The Event.
My vote is for 2 1/2 Men. The kid not too great now because he finally gets the jokes. The writers for Charlie are great and so is his delivery!
Boardwalk Empire, Mad Men, True Blood and Walking Dead.
The Vampire Diaries, Blue Bloods, Lie To Me, Glee
My favorite was the new show "The Big 'C'". My next favorite will be "True Blood" and looking forward to the new Kathy Bates show on NBC.
Spartacus, the Tudors!
No mention of "Hawaii 5-0?" Lame.
East bound and down and drop dead diva.
Parenthood, Glee, Sons of Anarchy, Raising Hope, Dexter, Detroit 187, Castle, Eureka
The Inbetweeners on BBCAmerica....hands down.
The Big C
It's Alway Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, The Walking Dead, Modern Family, Top Chef, Boardwalk Empire, The Good Wife, Covert Affairs, Eastbound and Down, Justified, and Sons of Anarchy
Comedy=The Good Guys!
Friday Night Lights- often overlooked but one of the best!
yes, SUPERNATURAL! NCIS! those are the best!
The Event, Housewives of ATL, Treme!
Isn't there another network that will pick up "Terriers"? The show was too good to let it go!
1 NCIS is my all time favorite I also like Criminal minds Psyhc and Pretty little liars
yeah – married with children on fox – it rules
my favoriite new shows are star trek, laugh in, sanford and son, and married with children. That al bundy is funny.
I was really disappointed that Terriers was canceled. It was my favorite of all of the new shows. Right behind it was Lone Star. I guess TV will continue to lose some of the finest and keep some of the lamest reality shows.
Absolutely, without a doubt, LOST was my favorite show of 2010. Over the precious 5 seasons, I had become so attached to the characters. The emotional twists and turns of Season 6 always left me wanting more.
I think the show was brilliantly made and deserves to go down as one of the best television series of all time!
the closer, house, modern family, cougar town, the event, royal pains, no ordinary family, l&o:svu, the first 48 and psych are my top 10.
Finally! Someone with taste!
Supernatural is the best show on right now. Two great actors, Jensen Ackels and Jared Padalecki. Just on the cover of TV Guide because of its fan base. Show is on a smaller network, The CW, but you need to check it out. It has something for everyone.
It's about time someone mentioned this show! Good on you, Linda!!! I can't get over how fantastic it is.
I'm a fan of 'The Real Housewives' franchise. It was a good year for it.
and what happened to Trauma??? I liked that show!
What about Sherlock? The best new show of the year in my opinion. The only bad thing is that the season was too short. At least we're getting another season.
Best new shows for 2010: Spartacus, Detroit 187, Walking Dead, and Boardwalk Empire. Best shows overall: Dexter, The Good Wife, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Criminal Minds, Leverage, Fringe, Modern Family, NCIS, Nurse Jackie, Grey's Anatomy and Californication. Definitely will be missing 24, Ugly Betty and The Tudors; Weeds could've been better, and cannot wait for Southland to return in January!!!
I have to say that I enjoyed Doctor Who, Burn Notice, Psych, and Smallville so far. I wish these shows could get a bit more recognition from reviewers and critics, especially with Smallville pulling out some big things for its final season.
Hawaii 5-0. McGarrett, Dano and their partners are very good.
Loved the Lost finale. Modern Family, 30 Rock and V. That show has potential to be a lot more fun with season 2 coming out. The ending of Season One was great and shows the potential to grow much better.
Dexter was only good in its first few seasons, Fringe is having its best season yet, True Blood is just vamp camp fun and Weeds once again transformed itself and had an excellent season!
1. The Closer 2. Psych 3. Burn Notice 4. Modern Family 5. The Middle 6. Raising Hope 7. Glee 8. My Fair Wedding 9. The First 48 Hours 10. Hoaders–These are my must seetv and not in that order!!! My all time favorite is Dancing With the Stars!!!
Dexter. Dexter. Dexter.
Detroit 187 all the way! Best show all the way.
I love The Good Wife.
i loved, loved, loved the defenders!! belushi and o'connel play so well off of each other and the writing is brilliant. also, the middle, rizzoli and isles,and ncis are great. all in all, a good year for tv. keep it up, writers!!
I think that television is a waste of time, space, and money. It is an embarassing and pointless addiction, and should be limited to all Americans. My opinion is that technology should only be used when absolutely needed. We are losing much needed face- to- face interaction, and becoming lazy, self- deficient people. Please try to cut down your use of computers.
So how much face-to-face interaction are you getting out of posting to this blog about the best TV series on television from your computer? Do as you say and say as you do...
In other news...How I Met Your Mother, Psych, The Office, Dexter and whatever football game is on...
Chuck, Fringe, Castle
Pretty much everything on USA deserves serious acclaim...Burn Notice, Royal Pains, Psych, Covert Affairs, and White Collar are all excellently written and acted.
But nothing can beat Lost. Nothing. The finale was tear-jerking, satisfying, and genius, and it is sorely missed. If you were willing to commit to Lost, you were rewarded with one of the best shows of the decade, network or cable.
However, now that Lost is over, a new, much more lighthearted king has emerged. All hail Glee! And props to its follow-up, the hilarious Raising Hope.
I love Chuck, Big Bang Theory, NCIS (both of them), Grey's Anatomy and Detroit 1-8-7 is maybe the best new series on tv. Glee is ok as well, most of the time.
Now that they are moving Fringe I will get to watch it again.
I don't understand the love for Parks and Rec which I find neither endearing nor funny.
I missed Lost most of all, 24 had run it's course
One word...LOST! You know a show was brilliant when people are still talking about it 7 months after it ended.
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia!!!!! 30 Rock and Boardwalk Empire
I love True Blood but the odd schedule it runs on always makes it eem the outsider in these conversations. Easily leading the quality charge this year were Boardwalk Empire and Fringe. While BW E is lightyears ahead, they are both two of the best shows on the air right now.
True Blood, Sons of Anarchy, Boardwalk Empire and Justified.
Definitely Leverage has to be up there. Also Criminal Minds, NCIS, NCIS: LA, Psych!
Son of anarchy, californacation, dexter, nurse Jackie,burn notice, tudors, and entourage are the greatest tv i ever watched, and wish they went year around
Fringe was number one for me. From a killer last half of Season 2 to the amazing ride that is Season 3. I can't wait for Fringe Fridays, starting 01.21.11!
Boardwalk Empire was an absolute pleasure to watch and got better as the season progressed. I agree that it is a very unexpected and unique role for Steve Buscemi and he has done a great job as Nucky. With the talk of the Law & Order cancellation, it's disappointing that there is no mention of Law & Order: UK, the British version of the show, which is now showing for the first time in the US. The episodes are adapted from original L&O shows very well, the acting is excellent, and the current cast is one of the best in the franchise. I hope it will be shown on NBC someday.
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia never gets the appreciation it deserves, even though it's one of the most clever comedies on TV.
I love Raising Hope, Criminal Minds, House, Mad Men is the best show on television right now.
Southland....No music to enhance the show and it doesn't need it.
Glee...My favorite character (Brittany)...
Walking Dead and True Blood are my top favorite!! I also enjoy Raising Hope, No Ordinary Family and Big Bang Theory.
I would have to say Castle is my fav right now. The chemistry and banter between Castle and Beckett is golden. Also, Fringe has to be one of the best hours on TV. Finally, Bones has been disappointing me lately but the scene with Booth and Bones in the car and Bones breaks down into tears, that turned it around for me this season....
Detroit 1-8-7 is great and I really, really hope Terriers is reconsidered for a return- both have great casts and excellent storylines.
I have been enjoying Detroit 1-8-7. Excellent ensemble cast, good writing, realistic characters and stories, and a great balance of gut-wrenching drama, sly humor, and irony, with a touch of sarcasm and cynicism. Only a few shows in, and already one can completely understand how particular characters react to certain situations. Am I the only one watching this show?
You are not the only one. I really like Detroit 1-8-7! I like Hawaii 5-0 too, but Detroit 1-8-7 is better. I hope it doesn't get canceled.
"Fringe" is a close second in my underrated list (and I do write about it a lot ;)).
Bones, Walking Dead.
Jimmy Fallon`s Neil Young and
Bruce Spingsteen version of Wag My Hair was amazing.
No mention of Breaking Bad? Easily the best drama of 2010.Great writing, great cast.
Totally agree, not just 2010 but the last three seasons. Terrific acting and scripts and Bryan Cranston is spectacular in his role.
Parenthood and Friday Night Lights
Finally! Someone else besides me actually likes Parenthood! The cast is great and the stories always very good. The ratings don't seem good but I hope they give this show a chance because it truly is worthwhile.
Top Gear, Mike and Molly, Hawaii 5-0, Blue Bloods, Human Target, The Good Guys, NCIS, NCIS: LA, The Middle, and Modern Family
How is Breaking Bad not mentioned by anyone? In my opinion, the best show on TV (closely followed by the likes of Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire). One of the most compelling, well written, and captivating productions I've ever seen (not to mention a quality of production that is nearly unmatched).
As far as comedies go, I agree with some above comments that The League had a great season. Really, really funny. Californication has to be mentioned in that category as well. Not a show for everyone, but great writing and hysterical.
NCIS remains my favorite show. The writing and acting are incredibly good. The characters are so well developed, it feels like they are real people. They should receive an award for consistent excellence.
Finally, someone else who appreciates good TV! NCIS ranks among my all time favorite TV shows. It never gets boring!
I agree with you. NCIS along with Burn Notice and Psych round out my top 3. I also really enjoy Big Bang Theory.
Nothing comes close to Sons of Anarchy for me. SAMCRO is amazing TV!
SAMCROW (Sons of Anarchy) ROCKS!!!! Best tv I've seen in a LONG time!
True Blood,Dexter,Rescue Me
Forget anything on network TV or HBO. Nothing they or any other cable or local or foreign channel had could compare to the 6th season of Deadliest Catch. Nothing came even close.
The Middle is hilarious! The ensemble cast is great and the three Heck kids are downright hysterically funny! Great comedic timing! Also, Blue Bloods. Donnie Wahlberg – Tom Selleck, great ensemble cast!!!!!
Fringe, Dexter, The Defenders, True Blood, Californication.
East Bound and Down, and Flight of the Concords! Funny as can be!
Outsourced is a great new series, give it a try! True Blood was downright boring compared to the first season. The 4th season of Dexter with John Lithgow was some of the most incredible TV I have ever seen.
Sons of Anarchy hands down!
The only shows that I now TIVO with any regularity are Fringe and Men of a Certain Age, and for my guilty pleasure...Human Target.
All television suck.
Why would you post that television sucks on a television blog? You are a tool.
I forgot True Blood, what a show, but I wish they would stick to the books more, but that is the way it goes when you make a TV show from books.
Making a show from such a popular book series is challenging, but I like a lot of the new elements- Terry and Arlene and their demon-baby, Jessica and Hoyt, Lafayette. I hate Tara and pretty much all her storylines, and what they did to Calvin Norris, but other than that I think they have done a good job of turning a first-person POV book series into a more ensemble show.
I agree about True Blood. Season 2 was too weird and steered way off the books.
Fringe,Sons of Anarchy, The Walking Dead, Mad Men, Blue Bloods, Psyche and Burn Notice. All of these shows delivered this season!
The best new show of 2010 hands down was "Terriers", which unfortunately will not be back for a second season due to low ratings. Aside from that, "Mike and Molly", "Hawaii Five-O", "Detroit 1-8-7", "The Defenders", "Blue Bloods", "Memphis Beat", "Sons of Anarchy", and "Men of a Certain Age" are all excellent and worth watching.
I would have to day that Fringe was one of the best shows of this season, and also Boardwalk Empire. Of course Lost was the best show ever for me, but I was not happy with the last season. The Event was a bummer and I do not think it will be coming back next season. Other shows I have watched was Entourage with all of the drama this season and it showed the range of the lead, but I am sad that 2011 will be the last season for the show. Another show that no one talked about was Spartacus on Starz, Wow what a great show and it will be at the top of my list for 2011.
I would say the best shows from 2010 are Modern Family, Psych, White Collar, and Burn Notice. LOVE!!! those shows and I can't for the new season to start :)
Fringe, Fringe, and Fringe. Seriously, one of the most fun shows on television.
I LOVE the show, "The League". I don't know anything about fantasy football, but this show is supremly funny. The character develoment: A+ The comedy: A+ why doesn't anyone consider this show. It's truly incredible!
I love The League. This show plus Archer have helped catapault FX into my favorite channel list.
Who you working for monkey? Pete? Pete and a monkey?
'Lost' will forever be remembered as one of the most groundbreaking shows ever & it didn't dissapoint in it's final season so I have to go w/ Lost, Fringe(in my opinion this show delivers week after week & you really care about the characters), The Good Wife is superb & handles so many storylines at once in graceful satisfaction, & of course the beloved family comedy Modern Family, & Glee rounds out my top 5
Bring back walking dead pleeeease. i loved that show, it was awsome=)
Comes back in 2011. This was a pilot, but it will be back soon!
Put me down for Castle, Modern Family, Cougar Town, and Hawaii Five-0! All are guilty pleasures and favorites in my book!
Fringe. Walking Dead. Sons of Anarchy. Love 'em!
Wow no sons of anarchy? Boardwalk Empire is phenomenal, it's ashame that belonging to a lesser name network doesn't give Sons of Anarchy the recognition it deserves. =[
Sons of Anarchy is AWESONE! I can't get enough of it! Delighted they inked a deal for a 4th season!
I'm very surprised that there's no mention of "Fringe". Such an underrated and excellent show that had some great moments in season 2 (wrapped up during 2010) and it's 3rd season has been amazing as well so far this year.
BRING BACK BETTER OFF TED!!! IT WAS AN EXCELENT SHOW! MAYBE NEEDS ANOTHER NETWORK AND A BETTER TIMESLOT. PLEASE ABC OF FOX, THIS IS GOLD IN THE ROUGH!
I LOVE that show too!
I don't think people got Better Off Ted....it kind of went the way of Arrested Development. Same with Rubicon...enthralling but I think people lost track of what was going on...same with Caprica...too complicated for the masses...everyone wants instant satisfaction....nobody wants to wait and work for it.
Terriers definitely but, uhhh....no mention of Justified? How is that possible?!!
Finally! Thank you! I was beginning to think I was the only one watching that. Timothy Olyphant is simply outstanding in that role, isn't he?
I agree...Justified is great and Timothy Olyphant is definitely outstanding! I accidently stumbled onto a promo for that show just before it started and thought I'd give it a shot, not expecting much. I was pleasantly surprised and can't wait for the new season!
Agreed, Justified is my favorite show on tv right now and the new season starts in Feb. Dexter is 2nd.
Probably because no one actually watched that show. I really wanted to like it, but it always felt like the cast was trying NOT to excite the audience. It's a plane that never left the ground (you know what I'm saying, JFK).
Boardwalk Empire and Mad Men.
Hey Kim, how do you feel about Psych?
Burn Notice and Pysch are perfect fun, exciting, and well done tv shows. Boardwalk, True Blood, and Mad Men were best dramas.
I agree, Burn Notice is fun. True Blood is a great show. I hope people check out season 2 of V. This show has potential to get much better after the season one ending.
Denis O'Hare as Russell Edgington, the vampire King of Mississippi, stole the show from nearly all the other actors (though James Frain as "Franklin" nearly outdid him) in True Blood this season.
He chewed the scenery as just about no one else can do. He's a delightful actor to watch.
And now...time for the weather. Tiffany?
Psych and Burn Notice, definitely the best of 2010
Boardwalk Empire is for sure one of the best shows right now. However, Mad Men's fourth season was amazing! Mad Men for best drama e Steve Buscemi for best actor! Hope to see that on the golden globes! And I also think that The Vampire Diaries second season was surprisingly good! True Blood and Dexter were very disappointing.
House sucks, Lost sucks, Survivor sucks. Party Down was garbage. Dexter is a waste. American Idol is sh|t. Boardwalk empire, no. Californication was good. Psych is probably the best show on TV right now. Entourage also good.
This is why I don't support pot legalization.
Or why we SHOULD support lobotomies.
Take it easy on KK, if everyone had good taste (or even moderately bad taste) then channels like TNT or TBS would have NO viewers. I say, KK, you have your opinion, regardless of how ridiculously stupid it may be :D
HOW COME NO ONE SAID FRINGE OR DOCTOR WHAT
Dexter is fabulous, especially his sister. Nurse Jackie with Edie Falco!!!
I agree about Fringe, especially this season. It rocked. Totally underrated show.
I really enjoy "The Event". I hope it stays on the air. Usually when I like a quirky show, it is taken off the air. I.E. The show where the guy got tomorrow's newspaper. At first I was making fun of "The Event" because the aliens could move an entire plane from Miami to Arizona, but could not escape from prison. The writers actually took time to explain why they did not escape from prison.
new edition or whatever! hell yeah awesome show! that damn cat....
Well, "The Event" is still filming in downtown Los Angeles, so that's always a good sign for fans of that show.
Sons Of Anarchy is the best show in years, Boardwalk was great too.
As much as I wanted to like "The Event", it was SO predictable. Anyone who watched LOST could easily figure out the general plot-points. I recall after the 1st episode saying "They're either aliens or they're from the future" and guess what?...Aliens. As much as I admired John Ritter, his son needs to move on from this one, maybe take that girl from Disturbia with him (I know I would :)
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