So I've gone nearly a full year and didn't once talk about my favorite shows. And looking back, there have been quite a few good ones that I have failed to mention. So many that I had trouble trimming the list down to my current top ten favorites. Which means there were some Honorable Mentions. Even those had to be downsized a bit. Television just hasn't been all that shabby this year...
Real Husbands of Hollywood, Tosh.0, Happy Endings, Unsung, Glee, How I Met Your Mother
10. Arrested Development
Can a web series really get shout out for one of the best shows on television? Should it even count since it can only be viewed online (Netflix to be exact)? Well that was still tv for me. Thanks to my Samsung smart tv. Anyway, it stemmed from one of best television series to ever grace the airwaves that was canceled WAY too soon. Thank goodness they brought it back for another season and reunited the entire cast in doing so. After nearly a decade away, the show was just as good.
9. Franklin and Bash
I was worried for a second there that this show wasn't coming back. I get thrown off by shows that have summer runs as opposed to regular fall runs. Some of them really end up not returning which makes it even more difficult. But thank goodness TNT was smart not to cancel this one prematurely. Easily one of the best courtroom comedy shows since "Boston Legal" was on the air.
I never have been big on cartoons getting primetime play. Not "The Simpsons", not "Family Guy"...none of them. I've just always been partial to cartoons sticking to Saturday morning as they were when I was a kid. Then I saw those first commercials for "Archer". Had me cracking UP! After two seasons, the show just keeps getting more hilarious with each passing episode. Beware though...this is NOT your parents' cartoons. They tend to push the envelope more often than not. And it consistently pays off.
7. American Horror Story: Coven
Hopefully I'm not jumping to conclusions here. The third season of this show is only two episodes old. However, they had nowhere to go but up after a HORRIBLE second season. I still don't know how they could follow up what was a classic inaugural season with that mess they called "Asylum". With just two episodes so far they've already surpassed the entire second season. All they have to do is keep it up. I don't foresee that being a problem with Angela Bassett on board.
6. Sons of Anarchy
This one would be up further if it were a bit easier to follow. There are just too many dang characters involved in the show for me to accurately figure out what's going on. Which I guess makes a little sense since it evolves around a motorcycle gang and you would have to figure that would mean a lot of members. Anyway, as long as Jax is running SAMCRO and they keep up with the shenanigans that earn it that TV-MA rating then I'm all good.
5. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Jumping the gun yet again? I mean it is a very high debut for a brand new show. When is the last time that happened? That would be with "Modern Family" during its first season. I turned out to be right on the money with that one. How could this show not be on the same track with Andy Samberg as part of the cast? I'm still surprised it took someone this long to give him his own show. If he was waiting for just the right vehicle then he's definitely found it.
4. The Walking Dead
Did they really bring on the kid from "Everybody Hates Chris" to immediately make him a zombie? Why yes they did! And now the zombie threat is INSIDE the prison?? See...things like this is why this show keeps itself in the top 5 of my rankings. There may be a dull moment or two during a show (which is to be expected when it's an hour long) but they don't last long. I even managed to look past the fact that they were threatening to do that irritating thing of introducing too many new characters to follow. Heck, I can still barely remember Awesome Crossbow Killer Guy's name.
3. Modern Family
I can't remember the last time I so looked forward to Wednesday primetime programming. Couldn't name a show that came on Wednesday nights if you paid me. Well...besides "AHS", of course. But I'll be doggone if this joint doesn't light up Hump Day every single week. It's so good that even the reruns still crack me up. Unlike some family shows I would often enjoy because the family was so much like mine (aka "The Cosby Show"), "Modern Family" is hilarious because the family and extended family are so much NOT like mine. It's their unconventionality that makes the show appealing. I would have thought the writing would have weakened by now but they are showing no signs of letting up. They better not. They're not the Emmy Award winner for Best Comedy for four years running for nothing!
2. Key and Peele
For those that don't remember when I first talked about this show, I called it a much need void filler the absence of "Chappelle's Show" created. I can't lie though...as good as "Key and Peele" is, I STILL miss Chappelle. Fortunately, Key and Peele have created a show that will leave the same type of impression. They already have skits that are permanently etched in my brain. The Dubstep one for instance...or my current all-time favorite, the teacher who phonetically gives regular names an "urban" sound to them. These cats are easily the number one reason to watch Comedy Central.
1. Breaking Bad
Was there really ever any doubt?? I admittedly arrived late to the party on this one. When I kept hearing the buzz about the series finale, I decided it was time to make even better use of that Netflix membership. I did a week-long marathon to catch up on 5 seasons worth of this AMC drama. It only took me one episode to see what all the fuss was about. So maybe it's not entirely fair to give this show this top slot when I'm partially basing my evaluation on the entire series? Ninja please! When you watch from Episode 1 to the series finale you realize that everything about "Breaking Bad" just got exponentially better from beginning to end. In these days where some series finales fail to live up to any hype (or in some cases, the show gets canceled before it even has the chance for one), this joint produced one that was beyond satisfying. I can never look at Bryan Cranston the same way again. But more importantly, I'm beginning doubt that dramas can ever be as good as this.