's Top 100 Everything of 2011, Vol. 8: Items 30-21

By Staff

Dec 28, 2011

Top 10 lists are very popular right now. Top 20 lists are also getting their due. But where's the love for Top 30 lists? Top 30 lists are the new Top 20 lists, which are the new Top 10 lists, which will be defunct by springtime. So let's hear it for the Top 30 of our Top 100 Everything of 2011, which will soon be the new Top 10. Styles and trends are so hard to keep up with!

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

30. Saturday Night Live still knows how to make the most of some hosts

This year brought some great hosts to the stage of NBC's long-running sketch show. Zach Galifianakis, Justin Timberlake, Melissa McCarthy, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Emma Stone, and Jimmy Fallon were all great and had excellent material to work with.

29. Castle knocks us out

Bitter, meet sweet. The Season 3 finale, "Knockout," ended with a cliffhanger and major step forward for the Castle/Beckett love connection. Hearing Castle say "I love you" with such gravitas (thank you, Nathan Fillion!) while hovering over Beckett, who'd just been shot, made the show's summer hiatus particularly rough.

28. John Reese and his guns!

Person of Interest may be about a supercomputer giving two guys hints so they can save the world from itself, but the show's characters are the reason we tune in every week. And one of our favorites is John Reese and his kickass arsenal of high-powered weaponry. Grenade launchers, scoped assault rifles, snipers, and reliable pistols look fantastic in the hands of New York's finest vigilante madman.

27. Oprah's final goodbye (sort of)

The Queen of All Media stepped down from her insanely successful daytime talk show this year, ending the most impressive reign in daytime television history. Even though we didn't get a free car just for watching, we got something more valuable: proof that Tom Cruise is an alien. Uh, we mean sage advice. Yeah, advice.

26. Khal Drogo gets fired up

Note to self: Do not mess with Khal Drogo's girl. After learning of a plot to poison his dainty Khaleesi, the Dothraki chief got mad. Like, really mad. Like, "I'm gonna pillage the mainland and rape some broads and enslave some kids and shave funny shapes into their pets' fur" kind of mad. Heck, this entry isn't just about this one speech, it's about Khal Drogo in general. Whether he was pouring hot gold over people's heads or ripping tongues out of people's throats, Drogo was BAD. ASS.

25. The Bennetts of Justified

Mags, Dickie, Coover, and Doyle were four rednecks you didn't want to drink moonshine with. Season 2's bad guys were a handful for Raylan Givens and a huge part of the show's success, especially mama Mags. Margo Martindale's performance proved Emmy worthy, and Jeremy Davies shined as limp Dickie. It looks like Justified will reset its bad guys in Season 3, and they have huge overalls to fill.

24. Parks and Recreation loves love

NBC's most delightfully warm-and-fuzzy-but-not-overly-sappy comedy did an excellent job of balancing its own brand of humor with good old-fashioned <3 <3 <3 romance <3 <3 <3 this year. We're still smiling over April and Andy's surprise (and perfectly on-point) wedding in "Fancy Party," and Leslie and Ben's relationship has been all kinds of feel-good sweet--like when Pam and Jim were awesome, but BETTER.

23. Sons of Anarchy's skidmarks

In Season 4, FX's biker drama entered a new level of intensity and pacing that few single seasons of television acheive. Every episode moved at the speed of a turbo crotch rocket, and more stuff went down before each episode's opening credits than happens over a whole season of other shows. Though the finale broke down slightly, showrunner Kurt Sutter pushed things harder than anyone else this year, on and off Twitter.

22. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia reveals Mac's REAL name

A strong season of FX's comedy has yielded great contributions from every cast member, but Rob McElhenney went above and beyond the call of duty by shoving donuts into his mouth until he packed on 50 pounds to become Fat Mac. The funniest moment of all came during Season 7's two-part finale, when the gang attended their high-school reunion and Mac donned a nametag that bore his real name.

21. Supernatural's "The French Mistake"

The CW sci-fi show is no stranger to poking fun at its genre, its fans, or itself. But this episode, in which Sam and Dean were transported to a reality where they starred on a show called Supernatural, was riotous and a treat for hardcore fans. Mostly it showed us that the crew behind the show pride themselves on their fearlessness and absence of shame, both of which are required to pull of something as enjoyable as this ultra-meta self-spoof.

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)

12/22/2011:'s Top 100 Everything of 2011, Vol. 5 (60-51)

12/22/2011:'s Top 100 Everything of 2011, Vol. 6 (50-41)

12/22/2011:'s Top 100 Everything of 2011, Vol. 7 (40-31)

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  • romasticblossom Jan 03, 2012

    Castle, game of Thrones and Supernatural... absolutely!

  • fatfreeoreos Dec 30, 2011

    Yes yes yes yes yes to SPN! Best episode in a season full of amazing episodes. Abed would be so proud of their meta-ness.

  • bluemystique Dec 30, 2011

    Damn that John Reese and his arsenal! I practically melt every time that man pulls out a grenade launcher and whispers something with his perfect distribution of grey speckles in his military cut hair. Seriously...Johnny got guns...and they're both hot and AWESOME!

    Caskett lovers everywhere were on the edge of their seat during that moment when the heart stopped and you wondered if Beckett would actually end up in a casket..and I aint talking bout the ship. Good times. That show does whismy and gut wrenching perfectly.

  • TrueTvWatcher Dec 30, 2011

    Khal Drogo gets fired up and this scene like many others in the series gave me chills! Every thing about this show is awesome!

    Supernatural's "The French Mistake" was just pure Supernatural Bliss!

  • jaden84 Dec 30, 2011

    29, 28, and 26 were my favorites.

  • LeahLefler Dec 29, 2011

    that Supernatural episode was awesome! when they do funny it always works (except Becky-yuck). everyone check out the episode "Yellow Fever" from season 4 which is my fave.

  • Faithin1 Dec 29, 2011

    Yellow Fever's best line is Dean's scream like a school girl and then "That was scary." in regards to the cat in the locker.

  • whatever120 Dec 29, 2011

    I have zero clue what a 'fringier fan' of Supernatural is. Could it be a fan who loves the show but who doesn't feel the need to join in the internet fan base to endlessly pore over every inch of it? Internet fans of most shows are drowning in arrogance, I find. They are not the only fans. And, yes - to my surprise, I adored French Mistake. If that bars me from hanging out with the cool kids, so be it. LOL.

  • Left4Ed Dec 30, 2011

    A fringier fan is a term used on a Gaia forum to describe the out-there fanbases of Supernatural. The ones who firmly believe Jared and Jensen are secret lovers and that their wives are beards. Or the shippers who believe that Dean and Sam being lovers is not only canon but was the original intent of the writers. Or the Misha-Wives, who pray at the alter of his bizarreness and cried foul when Castiel was killed off the show, yet cared not when Bobby died. The Cas fans, the season four bandwagon jumpers who base the merit of the episode solely on whether Castiel was in the episode. I've actually seen that, comments like "This episode would have been better if Cas was in it, writers bring him back nao!!!oneone1!" The people who care more for fandom and shipping than the actual show itself, the fans the writers made "The French Mistake" for. That one, minority audience, while people who were waiting with bated breath for season six to get GOOD, where left disappointed, as there was no plot or story arc merit to the episode. It's not arrogance that leads to that categorization, it's just simple logic. People who don't believe Ted Casablanca when he fans the flames of Jensen and Jared being lovers on his E! blog don't associate with the people who do believe him. And the same for every other fan, be they diehards, season four noobs, wincest shippers or any other shippers. Birds of a feather and all that. It doesn't make a person less of a fan to fall into the minority categories or J2 tinhatters or beard-believers but it definitely makes them "fringy".

  • silverscreenluv Dec 30, 2011

    I agree with the disagreeing with the other dude, minus the bad feelings towards internet fans. The French Mistake was hilarious. Come on - they "ganked" Misha. Too funny! (although less funny in retrospect after Cas's leviathan explosion)

  • bonezrulz05 Dec 29, 2011

    People need to make their peace with the fact that not everyone thinks like they do. Yes Sons of Anarchy may be in you top 10 but on everyone watches SoA and not everyone puts it in their top ten. This is supposed to be an aggregated list. People need to stop forgetting that. Try and remember that Dr. Who has brought out some awesome telly, has some seriously hardcore fans, and has never made this list(to my most recent knowledge).

    In short, people need to chill.

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  • MisfitChicks Dec 29, 2011

    To the uber fringe fans of the show, I'm sorry. I am a fan of Supernatural, however, the word French should've been dropped from that title. It was the worst episode in my opinion. Kripke had already poked fun at the show twice while he was running the show. The third time? It was just a mistake.

    I totally agree with Castle and Person Of Interest. Excellent shows, both of them.

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