's Top 100 Everything of 2009: 50-41

By Staff

Dec 28, 2009

Here at, we take our year-end list-making very seriously. So as another year comes to a close, we present to you our second annual Top 100, the massive 10-part list of the year's most awesome TV happenings. As always, there were huge, mind-blowing events and tiny, heart-wrenching moments. Phenomenal send-offs and welcome hellos. Incredibly well-written plots and some really great, totally-not-annoying characters. After 365 days of watching TV, here's what we loved the most.

We're posting 10 items each weekday through January 1, so check back often to see what made the cut!

50. The "Earthling" episode of Fringe

"Earthling" was particularly interesting because we got to see more of Phillip Broyles' personality... he's more sensitive than he seems! The case in that episode was pretty sick, too (it was the one about people who turn to ash).

49. 30 Rock's Kathy Geiss as Susan Boyle

In "Audition Day," she dreamed a dream of TGS.

48. Jessalyn Gilsig's awfulness on Glee

If pretending that you're pregnant so your way-too-good-for-you husband won't leave you is wrong, then... okay, yeah, it's just wrong. So very wrong.

47. Fred Willard as Phil Dunphy's dad on Modern Family

Fred Willard has played so many TV dads, but he and Phil Dunphy could not look more alike. Plus they act vaguely the same. Well-cast!

46. Laura's Exit on Big Brother

Laura went off on Ronnie the day before she got evicted, and it was spectacular. She was the most prescient of the houseguests, but unfortunately something of a loudmouth. If she had kept her darn yap shut, she might have gotten further by hustling everyone into thinking she was a dumb bimbo.

45. Stephen Colbert's Baghdad crew cut

Colbert actually traveled to and broadcast from Iraq, a funny and genuine way to honor the troops. Getting the military head-shave was a standout moment.

44. The Mighty Boosh Special Edition DVD set

Tune in, drop out, and watch a man box a killer kangaroo.

43. Idris Elba on The Office

A great deadpan foil to Michael Scott's tomfoolery.

42. Ken Burns' The National Parks: America's Best Idea

Proof that we once cared about our land—and that documentaries still have the power to move us.

41. The euthanasia of Jon & Kate

The child-exploiting TV show was finally laid to rest as the family crumbled in real life. Way too late, if you ask us. But better late than never.

NEXT:'s Top 100 Everything of 2009, Vol. 7 (40-31)

The Archive

12/21/2009:'s Top 100 Everything of 2009, Vol. 1 (100-91)

12/22/2009:'s Top 100 Everything of 2009, Vol. 2 (90-81)

12/23/2009:'s Top 100 Everything of 2009, Vol. 3 (80-71)

12/24/2009:'s Top 100 Everything of 2009, Vol. 4 (70-61)

12/25/2009:'s Top 100 Everything of 2009, Vol. 5 (60-51)

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  • lintball13 Dec 29, 2009

    modern family...full of good moments

  • Tessaleonie Dec 29, 2009

    good on you for adding the mighty boosh,

  • shadowysea07 Dec 29, 2009

    wow only 41 was a good entry

  • Gold_Ruby Dec 29, 2009


  • charlottedotcom Dec 29, 2009

    Jeffster better be on this list...

  • addict666 Dec 29, 2009

    I love Terri on Glee, she is so crazy and fun

  • jjab73 Dec 28, 2009

    #48!!!! I can not believe she got away with it for as long as she did, but yes it was/is great TV. :)

    #45 - haircut or no, Stephen is funtastic!

  • Starprincess13 Dec 28, 2009

    I agree with the death of Jon and Kate Plus Eight.

  • IndianaMom Dec 28, 2009

    I only saw parts of the National Parks series, but it was really good.

  • muggle421 Dec 28, 2009

    again nothing on this list seems like it should be there.

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