Best of 2010: TV! [FaN Cheers]

Ernessa says: Well, guys for the first time in the entire history of me being moi, I find myself ending the year with no favorite new show. None of last winter’s mid-season replacements, the summer series, or the new fall series are deserving of high praise in my opin. As every entertainment outlet has buzzed on and on about, this just wasn’t a great year for new TV. I especially feel frustrated about the lack of compelling science-fiction on TV these days — but that’s a discussion for tomorrow’s “Worst TV of 2010″ post. For now, let’s just just celebrate the few bright spots of 2010 — though it should be noted that the majority of our bloggers chose returning series as their favorites. And I can’t say I blame them. It feels like I’m just treading water withregular TV until the next DR. WHO series relaunches in spring and the third season of TRUE BLOOD comes out on video.




Alex and Emmy from Dating Ell-A

BIG BANG THEORY (CBS). Ernessa got me watching this and at first I fought her hard on it, but now it’s my favorite show.

CH from Buy Me This

My unholy (and ironic) love of TOP GEAR has been well documented on this fine blog as has been the schaden-fabulousness of RENOVATION REALITIES. I’ll also add FRINGE to the mix here for coming up with a parallel universe plot arc that would make Philip K. Dick salivate (of course, that could have been the shock treatment).

Eric Sims from California Seething

CSI: NY (CBS).  I love the introduction of Sela Ward as the new co-star replacing actress Melinda Kanakaredes.  She is a great fit for the show and I love her street smarts, mixed with the warmth and caring of a mother.  It absolutely scares me that this show has been dumped in the Fright Night 8pm death slot on CBS.  Although my favorite TV moment of the year was Betty White hosting the May 8 episode of Saturday Night Live.  That will go down in history as the best SNL show ever.

Jersey Joe from Kicking Back With Jersey Joe


Josh Pullin from Stay At Home Nerd

DEXTER (Showtime). I am constantly freaked out.

Kelli Bielema from Fierce in Seattle

This one’s easy cause I watch a lot of TV. It’s a tie between COMMUNITY and BATTLESTAR GALATICA. I didn’t start watching BG until this summer, so it was new to me and therefor counts. Special mention goes out to RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE. Whoever thought to stick a bunch of drag queens in a room and have them fight it out for a cash prize and free make-up for life while filming deserves a blow job a day for the rest of his life.

Kelly Lett from Nerd In Transition

I’m still watching THE OFFICE (NBC).

Dr. Miro Guldesky from Ask Dr. Miro

PROJECT RUNWAY (Lifetime)! Though Mondo was the winner in my heart. Go Team Mondo!

Missy Kulik from Dork Lifestyle

Ooooooohhhhhh, this is hard.  I have an abundance of goodies on my DVR. I am loving MODERN FAMILY (ABC) and NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) (Yes, I love LL Cool J and yes I think he CAN act, you got a problem with that?).  And I just discovered and LOVE CRIMINAL MINDS (CBS) in syndication!

Monique King-Viehland from Political Physics

It’s a three-way tie between THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (CW), 30 ROCK (NBC), and HOARDERS (A&E).  The first two are good fun, the last one is the fastest way to scare myself into cleaning up the house.

Roya Hamadani from Fierce Foodie



RAISING HOPE (CBS) makes me laugh so hard every week.  I want to watch Hope go to college.

Amy Brown from Book Simple

Hmmm. I’ll say MIKE & MOLLY (CBS), because, I bet I’ll be the only one to say so. It’s a standard two-camera sitcom with a canned laugh track. It’s stilted and cheesy as hell. The story follows the love affair of a teacher and a cop who met at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting. Maybe my appreciation for American culture has become un-jaded by nearly two years in Europe, but I find it freaking hilarious, especially the gags involving the teacher’s stoner sister and slutty Mom. I didn’t know CBS was allowed to put so many dirty and drug related jokes on prime time.

Gudrun Cram-Drach from Secret Life of an Expat

THE WALKING DEAD (AMC).  A zombie show that ended up not being about zombies.  Awesome.

Michael Kass from Single White Nerd

The BBC’s SHERLOCK. I dare anyone to find a a television series that has a higher per minute ratio of “brilliant fucking entertainment” than this contemporary updating of Sherlock Holmes.

Ryan Dixon from The Ryan Dixon Line and FIERCE ANTICIPATION

Rabid fans of the book series and many other people were on the fence about this show as they found it a bit slow moving (ironically) and not close enough to the original storyline, but I loved the first season of THE WALKING DEAD (AMC). I enjoy a good zombie story, even if they do always give me nightmares. I think every Sunday night while that show was running I had at least one nightmare involving the damn zombies from this show. I look forward to next year’s second season as I am already jonesing for more braaaaaaaaaains.

Zack Bunker from Tall Glass of Shame

Can’t pick onE, sorry.  It’s a tie between JUSTIFIED (FX) and FRINGE (FOX).  They both had really interesting writing, acting, production, etc.  The characters are complex as are the situations. At a point, separately, during each of the shows, I turned to Sean and said “I’m really glad we watch this show.”

Amy Robinson from Tall Drink of Nerd



THE GOOD WIFE (CBS).  No it’s not a new show, but I fall more and more in love with it as it goes on.  If I had to pick a new show it would be BOARDWALK EMPIRE (HBO).

Debra Goykhman from NewlyNested

Tough call in a year with MAD MEN (AMC), THE WALKING DEAD (AMC), and understated but wonderful TREME (HBO). But the best show on television continues to be AMC’s BREAKING BAD. Brilliant acting, taut writing, and the only show that consistently manages to be thrilling, surprising, terrifying, and hysterical all at once. I have to DVR it because if I watch it at night before I go to bed I’ll just obsess about it all night and not be able to sleep.

Joe Rusin from On the Contrary

3. THE BIG C (Showtime)

R.B. Ripley from The Indie Chronicles