's Top 100 Everything of 2011, Vol. 6: Items 50-41

By Staff

Dec 26, 2011

Oh no, we just realized something: There's only one week left in our Top 100 Everything of 2011 countdown! It's been so much fun, maybe we should do this all year long in 2012? Let's see, 52 weeks in a year, 50 items a week, that's...'s Top 2,600 Everything! Consider it done. J/K, it will NOT be done, but even if it were done, Whitney probably still wouldn't make the list.

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

50. Mos Def's performance as Brother Sam on Dexter

Despite what you may think of Season 6 as a whole, Mos Def's turn as Brother Sam was a truly inspired, Emmy-worthy performance. Before he was ignominiously killed off (ugh, this season!) he and Dexter shared a number of lengthy, thrillingly thoughtful conversations on the nature of faith and in particular the ability of a bad person to redeem him or herself. For the first time in a long time, an actor appeared on Dexter who could stand to-to-toe with Michael C. Hall, and as a viewer it was nothing short of thrilling to behold.

49. Up All Night's mini Married... with Children callback

It was brief. It may not even have counted as a real callback, but it happened. In "Working Late and Working It," Ava and Reagan watched some 1980s flashback footage of a fight between Ava and her ex-boyfriend, and Reagan's former self looked a LOT like Kelly Bundy. Just saying.

48. Wilfred to Jason Gann: "Stay!"

If you've ever seen the original Australian version of FX's Wilfred, you know there's only one person who can play the stoner pooch: Jason Gann. Thank the Kangaroo Gods that he's the man behind both versions and that he stars in FX's take, because he makes the show. Just to blow your mind a little bit, here's a clip from the Australian version. It almost feels like Wilfred's been cheating on us with another series!

47. Glee changes the world in nine seconds

We know them now as Klaine, the most adorable couple in the universe, but until this moment, they were simply Kurt and Blaine, Golden Boy and groupie, and the bottomless chasm of longing that separated the two. Well, not so much, it turns out. In Season 2's "Original Song," Blaine finally admitted why he chose Kurt as his duet partner for Regionals: "There's a moment when you say to yourself, 'Oh, there you are. I've been looking for you forever…You move me, Kurt, and this duet would be just an excuse to spend more time with you.'" Then he planted The Kiss. Nine long seconds. You can hate on Glee, but just knowing that millions of conservative parents were gasping in horror as their children were squealing with delight right next to them gave us some kind of hope for the future.

46. Bones makes an important announcement

After making us wait and wait and wait and wait and wait for Brennan and Booth to take things to the next level, they basically skipped the next level entirely (figuratively and literally; we barely saw any of the, uh, "act of leveling up"). But who cares, 'cause Bones has a baby on the way! And as the ladies say, "Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!"

45. Happy Endings' tricks and treats

ABC's comedy about six friends has somehow gotten the "six friends are friends" sitcom right where so many others have failed, and we can make a case that the best holiday episode of anything this year was the series' "Spooky Endings," featuring Max and Penny's mother-and-son costume, someone dressed as ZZ Top Gun, and a "Turn Over" note joke.

44. Cougar Town gets a surprise extra

It wasn't enough for Community to break down its own fourth wall; it also had to punch holes in the drywall of other shows. Abed's appearance on Cougar Town was the product of one character's dream and two cool showrunners (Dan Harmon and Bill Lawrence) making it happen. And then Community repaid the debt by inviting two Cougar Towners to visit Greendale. Community makes TV that's more than TV.

43. Dalia's mascara blink on Suburgatory

One of the strongest new sitcoms this year features one of the weirdest supporting characters we've met in a long time: Dalia, the Gucci giraffe of the suburbs. Though normally detached and stiff, Dalia got to show off her physical comedy skills when Tessa challenged her to blink like a normal human being.

42. Fresh new "How do you do?"s

The TV credit sequence is a true craft, a method of conveying an artist's intent rather than a drab device for telling you who's on a show. It's the TV equivalent of an album cover, and this year brought with it some great ones. Particularly of note were the openings for Boss, New Girl, and the one featured below.

41. Andy Rooney's 60 Minutes sign-off

You may not have agreed with him (the staple remover is a better invention than staples? Come on!), but goodness gracious were his well-intentioned complaints entertaining. For some Americans, he was as much a part of Sunday evening as watching football, and he gave his last gripe on October 2 at the age of 92. He took his last breath just over a month later. We miss you, Andy.

The Archive:

12/19/2011:'s Top 100 Everything of 2011, Vol. 1 (100-91)

12/20/2011:'s Top 100 Everything of 2011, Vol. 2 (90-81)

12/21/2011:'s Top 100 Everything of 2011, Vol. 3 (80-71)

12/22/2011:'s Top 100 Everything of 2011, Vol. 4 (70-61)

12/23/2011:'s Top 100 Everything of 2011, Vol. 5 (60-51)

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  • romasticblossom Jan 03, 2012

    Bones and Suburgatory...oh yeah :D

  • staciwilder Jan 02, 2012

    My best friend's mom makes $77 an hour on the computer. She has been out of job for 9 months but last month her check was $7487 just working on the computer for a few hours. Read about it here

  • sandyholl Jan 01, 2012

    I think Bones' should be way higher up on the list. They are better than alot of those listed from one to forty-four!!!!!!!!!

  • bluemystique Dec 30, 2011

    Ahh yes. The gay kiss heard all around the world. I remember that night. It would have surprised me...but they kinda did that previously with Karofsky and Kurt. I mother sighed, my grandmother told me later that she turned the channel. It truly is a generational thing in how everyone responds to that. 25 and younger seen it as another couple to ship for. 26-45 it catches them off guard but they can fall on either end of the spectrum. Over fifty and it's a bit harder to get used to.

    I LOVE the Dahlia Mascara blink...cracks me up every single time!As someone whose eyelashes occasionally stick together I can so understand the slow blink thing.

  • TrueTvWatcher Dec 30, 2011

    Mos Def's performance as Brother Sam on Dexter was Awesome and short lived. I wish his character would have stayed around longer.

    Wilfred to Jason Gann: "Stay!" Hahaha, I love Wilfred, need to watch the Australian version now though!

    I love the opening sequences of tv shows, they are very artistic, and fans make great ones sometimes better than the official ones.

  • MisfitChicks Dec 29, 2011

    Bones writers were placed in a tough spot when reality over-ruled the fictional world. I believe they had planned on this sort of story line, just not this soon. So, they were placed in a tough spot. Either find a way to hide Ms. Deschanel's expanding tummy or.. find a way to write it in. And I think they found a perfect middle ground.

  • ncisluver33 Dec 28, 2011

    im very glad that booth and brennan got put on this list for brennan having his baby but it was some shocking news should have been put higher up on the list just saying...

  • misslee022884 Dec 28, 2011

    I kind of love the Community, Cougar Town cross over. Also, while Mos Def was great as Brother Sam, guest stars on Dexter have all been of considerable talent, not the least of which are the aforementioned John Lithglow, Jimmy Smits and Keith Karradine.

  • tvspot Dec 27, 2011

    Agree with previous post on Dexter! John Lithgow and Keith Karradine (Lundy) were the finest of characters to date. sorry.

  • whatever120 Dec 27, 2011

    "For the first time in a long time, an actor appeared on Dexter who could stand to-to-toe with Michael C. Hall,"

    Seriously? We seem to have been watching differenct shows, as in my memory there are more than a few of those. John Lithgow, Jaime Murray and Jimmy Smits not the least of them. Not to mention most of the regular characters...

  • christieg77 Dec 28, 2011

    Totally agreed, right off the bat John Lithgow came to mind. And honorable mention to Julia Stiles too, who I honestly didn't really like but changed my mind somewhat after Dexter.

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