Best of the Decade: TV | Columbus Alive
#1 Dec 28, 2009
Most obvious omissions for me: Veronica Mars. Firefly. Gilmore Girls. Dead Like Me. Cash Cab. My Life on the D-List.
Similar to your inclusion of that stupid Six Degrees show (Sorry, Shelley, that show was terrible) would be my inclusion of the short lived shows John Doe and Wonderfalls. Both excellent shows taken before their time.
Guilty pleasure show of the last 10 years: Street Smarts. Anyone else remember that show? Where you predict which of the three contestants would answer a questions correctly. Similar to Jay Leno's Jaywalking segment, but without Jay Leno's smug sense of superiority.
Oh, and one more show that sits somewhere in between Chapelle Show and Yo Gabba Gabba: Wonder Showzen. Anyone else remember that show? Totally inappropriate and totally awesome at the same time.
Not that your list was bad or anything. I was happy to see a lot of the stuff you listed. I just liked some of my stuff better.
#2 Dec 30, 2009
Once you get through Season 4 of The Wire (the best season of any TV show - EVER), you'll move it up your list...
#3 Dec 30, 2009
Having The Wire at No. 7 makes this list completely meaningless.
#4 Dec 30, 2009
Biggest omission: Curb Your Enthusiasm
#5 Dec 30, 2009
Also, ejj is right, best seasons of The Wire are 3 & 4. You have so much more joy and despair ahead...!
#6 Dec 30, 2009
Nicely done Shelley. Overall, this is a very good list and representational of the last decade in TV (especially seeing My Name is Earl and Top Chef get some love). But, there are a couple of shows I never miss that were left off.
The first is Rescue Me, a show that tackled the impact of 9/11 from a new and poignant perspective with both levity and sadness. It would be very high on my best of decade list.
I also loved HBO’s Carnivale even though it was cut short way too early after the second season with a “what happens next” cliffhanger. It was a beautifully shot show with a brilliant and terrifying look at the classic Good vs. Evil. Hope creator Daniel Knauf comes back with something better than My Own Worst Enemy.
The other show I would have liked to see is a show that has received more press for its philandering star, than its brilliant second season. Californication’s sophomore outing shows exceptional character development and great comedy. The other two seasons are also very good (especially the last episode of season three).
#7 Dec 30, 2009
Andy Barker, PI was a great inclusion as was the Knights of Prosperity. You are right about shows like that never getting a chance while other cookie-cutter shows seem to go on forever. I guess the good news is we won't have "According to Jim" to kick around any more. Everyone will have to find a new show to use in the phrase: "They cancelled (insert cool, edgy show here) but 'According to Jim' is still on."
#8 Dec 30, 2009
I love, love, love the fact that a comedy (and a damn fine one) tops the list. And Gareth is the reason I still hate Rainn Wilson.
Check out Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It filled me with enough goodwill toward Joss Whedon that I watched an entire, painfully awful season of Dollhouse.
In the same vein, Veronica Mars is another show that was dismissed by too many based on its premise.
Ooh, and Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared, also great. When Martin Starr was in the Alive office, I was texting friends to tell them I was in the same room with Bill.
Oh, and a couple of great shows that had limited runs: Human Giant is fantastic, especially if you like Mr. Show (and I do!). And Kitchen Confidential died a premature death.
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