's Top 100 Everything of 2011, Vol. 2: Items 90-81

By Staff

Dec 20, 2011

If you're a day late to the party, then welcome to's Top 90 Everything of 2011! If you were here yesterday, then welcome to the second installment of our annual Top 100 Everything list. Today we're featuring some soapy finishes, several ladies who are newly single, and one way to make Kanye West tolerable.

We'll be posting 10 items each weekday through December 30, so check back often to see what made the cut!

90. All My Children's cliffhanger finale

The long-running soap (41 years on the air!) ended its broadcast run with nods to Gone With the Wind and The Sopranos and Dallas with a single gunshot before going dark. It was the kind of ending that was supposed to lure longtime viewers into the show's revived online incarnation, but the media company that'd planned to bring it to the internet changed its mind, meaning we'll never know whether that guy ever really gave a damn. Let's settle this and write the ending right now: He missed! The end.

89. TeenNick acknowledges the '90s are "All That"

This year, the Nickelodeon offshoot brought back Doug, Clarissa Explains it All, Kenan & Kel, Hey Dude, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, and All That, reminding us of the days of pastel-colored clothes, GameBoys, and taking out a second mortgage. Okay, not all of us around here are that young.

88. Ted Danson's revival

The former Cheers star went from ignoring our TVs completely to regular roles on two shows this year, continuing his excellent work on HBO's Bored to Death and filling in the vacated lead role on a little show called CSI. Plus, look at that hair!

87. Big Love's big ending

HBO's polygamy drama ended for good with a multiple widowing, as Bill was killed off by an angry neighbor, but his legacy lived on through his family. Though we guess that's kind of inevitable when your family is a small army.

86. Lie to Me's Facebook account gets deleted

The truth hurts: Fox canceled the drama after its third season. But we "liked" the final episode, which featured a case about a social networking guru and saw Cal finally admitting that he <3's Gillian. Too bad we'll never see their relationship status updates now that the show is gone for good.

85. Pretty Little Liars' Halloween episode reveals an ugly truth

"The First Secret" flashed us all the way back to 2008 (remember that this is a high-school show, so that's, like, totally a long time ago), when Aria, Emily, Hannah, and Spencer were cute, really little, honest people. But everything changed as the events of the episode unfolded.

84. Raising Hope gifts us a Christmas spoof

Another holiday episode, but one that included a parody of It's a Wonderful Life, Virginia in a fat suit, Maw Maw as Clarence, and a sweet call-back to the pilot when Jimmy imagined a life where he never had Hope.

83. How to Make it in America's Ben-and-Nancy storyline

As a great philosopher once said, "I got 99 problems but a lady ain't one." Unfortunately, Ben had 100 problems, and problem number 100, NYC-equivalent-of-Mrs.-Robinson Nancy, toyed with the emotions of these these fine young jean-trepreneurs, heating up an excellent second season of the HBO drama.

82. Josh Groban sings Kanye West's tweets on Jimmy Kimmel Live

The mad ramblings of a hip-hop star pair nicely with a piano.

81. Parks and Recreation creates the best day of the year

Treat yo'self! Clothes. Treat yo'self! Frangrances. Treat yo;self! Massages. Treat yo'self! Mimosas. Treat yo'self! Fine. Leather. Goods. TREAT YO'SELF!

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  • j7k8 Dec 25, 2011

    I love Ted Danson and now believe that Treat Yo Self should be an actual holiday, the president should get on this right away. I love Parks and Rec!

  • titan4lizife Dec 24, 2011

    Ted Danson! No more need be said.

  • bluemystique Dec 23, 2011

    Mmm I continue to have bouts of 90's Nostalgia so throwback episodes of all those shows was a blast. An addendum, MTV2 started airing episodes of Boy Meets World. Makes me long for those pre-Y2K days...

  • TrevPlatt Dec 22, 2011

    84 and 85 were great. Spencers costume looked fantastic - and just a little bit eerie.

  • TrueTvWatcher Dec 22, 2011

    Nick in the 90's was a classic time period and I'm glad to have grown up during this time. We are the last great generation before technology had truly taken over our lives. I loved Ted Danson on Bored to Death! I loved the Raising Hope Christmas episode this year, it was great! I want to check out How to Make It In America since I live in NYC.

  • OnePerCentClub Dec 22, 2011

    FOX's worst mistake was cancelling "Lie to Me" and don't you just love Ted Danson??

  • lostwithrobin Dec 21, 2011

    Moment 82 was awesome!! I saw it for the first time today and blow my mind with multiple laughs LOL

  • Gold_Ruby Dec 21, 2011

    Loved that Raising Hope Christmas episode. Who knew that the best thing that could happen to Jimmy was knocking up that serial killer?

  • Sbriseno07 Dec 21, 2011

    Hah, another Grobanite!

  • MollieDonohue Dec 21, 2011

    The 90s ARE all that, thank you very much.

    I also loved that Raising Hope episode, plus that Josh Groban skit was hilarious.

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