So what's going on with the show on the boob tube this year? Where did that phrase even come from? When you think about it it's probably more applicable in our day and age than whatever era it originated. I'm sure we see a lot more racy things these days that would have never seen the light of day back then.
Anyway, I will have to admit that I wasn't overly impressed with a vast majority of what I did see on tv this past year. It had nothing to do with the fact that I didn't get a chance to watch as much tv as I normally do. Even when I dvr'ed I ended up being disappointed. Like once reliable shows such as "The Office" falling off dramatically when Steve Carrell left. However, I was still able to salvage a top 15 list from what I did watch...
15. Parks and Recreation
I have to give them props for keeping Rob Lowe and the other dude in the show for this long and not losing anything. In fact, it probably helped them. But nothing close to the boost that their other storylines were giving them. Marrying Andy and April produced pure comedy gold. So did Tom's side gig of an entertainment company. The show just kept surprising from a new angle every week. If you haven't seen it yet then do so and TREAT YO' SELF!
If you watch Joel McHale's other show "The Soup" you caught how he kept mentioning in the last few episodes that NBC is putting "Community" on hiatus. It makes no sense that a show this good has to go away while we have continue to be tortured with something like "Whitney". I really wonder what goes thru tv execs heads sometimes. At the very least they could have given us a show with just Abed and Troy to whet our appetite during the alleged hiatus
I almost missed this show every Thursday because of a glitch with my dvr. It kept wanting to not prioritize this and would instead re-record repeats of "The Soup". Quickly solved that problem. As far as cartoons go this is hands down the best one on tv at the moment. For adult cartoons anyway. "South Park" has fallen off a bit, and joints like "American Dad" and "Family Guy" aren't even in the same ballpark. I'm going to need them to make longer seasons though.
Yes, the self-proclaimed Gleek and former Swing Choir member himself really does have this show down this far. They brought it on themselves. I said early on that they need to improve the music to get that show back to where it once was. Well that and get away from the depressing storylines they were doing. They slowly moved away from both of those issues but not far enough. And if they were smart they would stop putting everybody and their mom in that school. It's starting to get like the island on "Lost" where folks just keep popping up out of nowhere.
11. Sons of Anarchy
I meant to watch this show from day one but missed out for some reason. Then I thought I might as well not watch at all since I was three seasons behind. But then I figured I've started mid-series with shows before so why not. It worked out pretty good for a minute there. It was quite the interesting season with Rockmond Dunbar on board. Then they had to go and ruin it with that wack season finale. The only reason I'll watch again next season is to see how they attempt to redeem themselves.
10. Harry's Law
They took a HUGE risk this season by getting rid of the brotha and the blonde girl on the show. Especially with it being only the second season. I guess they figure better to do it now than later when we get too attached to them. The only reason it worked is because Kathy Bates still makes the show. And for the longest time it was the closest thing I had to fill that "Boston Legal" void. Until another show came along that we'll get too later. If they ultimately get back to getting the community around the law office more involved with the episodes again then this show could yet move back up.
9. Modern Family
These folks still remain my favorite non-dysfunctional family on television. Makes no sense, right? Well when you watch the show it really does. They are normal people but they really aren't. Most of what they do is always out of love for another. It's just done in such an awkward manner sometimes that it's hard to tell. Until the end of the episode. And the journey they take us on to get there continues to be a hilarious one.
8. Friday Night Lights
I was going to say that it's hard to believe that this show is now off the air, but it's really not. Not when you consider that it was on NBC. The same network where we now know they have a habit for axing good shows because they have no common sense. I'm glad that FNL lasted as long as it did. Considering the fact that it was based on a high school football team, it had probably run its course anyway. I found myself watching the last season wanting to see more of the old familiar faces AND storylines. So bravo to them for going out with a bang instead of hanging on too long. But I'm still mad that they didn't bring Smash back for that series finale.
Speaking of FNL, it's still so good to see Voodoo (Alec Hardison) thriving in another role. In fact, it seems like this role as Aldis was the one he was meant to play. I have to be honest though...I keep waiting for that one episode where Eliot runs into the one cat that he can't take out within a couple of seconds. Let's see him lose for once. Let's see the team fail just one time. And not on purpose either. They almost make them all too perfect as anti-heroes.
6. How I Met Your Mother
I altered my own rules for this countdown just for this one. I know...big surprise that I'm not playing by my own rules, huh? I'm watching this one in syndication and it's regular new shows. The ones in syndication are by far away the best ones. I'm able to see how much hilarity I missed out on when the show was fresher. Still, the new episodes are no slouches either. They aren't enough to be a top 10 show by themselves, but fortunately for them they don't have to worry about that problem
5. Franklin and Bash
Remember when I was talking about that show I needed to fill the "Boston Legal" void? Well hello "Franklin and Bash". It doesn't even bother me that it's more than far-fetched that these two could operate as attorneys in the manner in which they do. So what if it's almost like they run their practice not a whole lot different than a stereotypical college frathouse? It's Zach Morris (yes, that will always be his name to me) and Breckin Meyer. Do we really expect either of them to play any other type of role?
4. The Walking Dead
Out of all the shows that I do watch where the season finales are crucial this is the only one that delivered. Easily the best season finale I've seen in quite a while. And that's saying a lot considering all of the writers from the first season were replaced. Allegedly. Unfortunately, there were a couple of episodes here and there that were hit and miss leading up to that season finale. At least they righted that ship at the end. Now I am once again looking forward to the next season which is just how it's supposed to be with a good drama.
3. Happy Endings
I seriously can't get enough of this show. As far as sitcoms go they seriously knocked it out of the park with this one. You know how some shows will have that one quirky friend who's the constant on the show for an off the wall laugh? Well they made the entire cast like that on this one. Why didn't anyone ever think of that before? Perhaps someone did but the writing wasn't near as clever.
2. American Horror Story
The ONLY reason this didn't take the top spot for best show of the year was because of that disappointing season finale. The second to last show was actually better. Maybe they should have ended it there. It was bad enough that they were adding more and more ghosts to the house throughout the season. I've already said I'm not a fan of that style which I now call "Lost-writing". I'm going to forgive them for that though because the entire season was on point up until then. Every show was a new twist better than the next. Can't wait to see what next season with a new cast and location will bring.
I just checked last year's countdown to see if this one really did repeat. It most certainly did. That's a feat that hasn't been done on my lists since "Friday Night Lights" in its prime. So Daniel Tosh should consider himself in some pretty elite company. To be fair, this lofty ranking was helped in part by Tosh's stand-up I also saw this year. You can appreciate his jokes an antics on the show even more when you see him uncensored. The fact that he continues to push the boundaries every single show and doesn't care at all when he actually steps over them is what makes this show so funny in the first place. But again...I'm going to need them to make longer seasons. Lord knows there is plenty of internet fodder out there to keep this show busy for a while.