Editors' Picks: The TV.com Staff's Top 5 TV Shows of 2010

The end of the year was made for lists, and for TV fans, nothing is more telling (and difficult) than naming our favorite shows of the last 365 days. Amidst lots of complaining and whining about having too few slots to fill, we challenged each member of the TV.com editorial staff to name his or her top five shows of 2010. Take a look at our favorites, and then let us know what made your list in the comments section, below.

Mad Men." link="/mad-men/show/74140/summary.html" target="_blank" loc="left">

Meredith Arthur, Picky-Yet-Enthusiastic Video Producer
5. Party Down
4. Better Off Ted
3. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
2. Eastbound & Down
1. Mad Men

Why Mad Men made Meredith's list: Mad Men Season 3 was a study in character decay and big-burst, unconsidered-narrative gut punches; this season was a string of jewels, with episodes that gave us everything a loyal fan could want (more Joan! Joan and Roger together! Don realizing he's an ass! Sally Draper losing it! Minimal Betty!). The writers of the show started listening to the fans, and the result was mini-series level quality TV that holds together over the entire season. Fingers crossed that Season 5 takes all of its cues from Season 4.

Biggest Disappointment: Dancing With the Stars

Michael Raymond-James and Donal Logue on Terriers" link="/terriers/show/77660/summary.html" target="_blank" loc="left">

Ilana Diamond, Writer/Daydream Believer
5. Bored to Death
4. 30 Rock
3. Breaking Bad
2. Terriers
1. Mad Men

Why Terriers made Ilana's list: The show's understated performances and underdog characters made for one of the most unique new shows of the year (and likely also led to its unfortunate cancellation). While we won't actually get to see what becomes of Hank and Britt, we were satisfied with the show's final episode and trust that those two probably went on to do the right thing.

Biggest Disappointment: Glee

Breaking Bad." link="/breaking-bad/show/74713/summary.html" target="_blank" loc="left">

Emily Gordon, Writer
5. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
4. Eastbound & Down
3. Mad Men
2. Community
1. Breaking Bad

Why Breaking Bad made Emily's list: Season 3 took a show that was already intense, complex, and compelling as hell and turned up the volume: Jesse struggled with huge revelations, Hank dove deeper into his own issues, The Twins terrified us all. Plus, that scene in the last episode of the season? One of the most shocking and fist-pumping TV moments ever.

Dr. Who." link="/doctor-who/show/34391/summary.html" target="_blank" loc="left">

Heather Hughes, UK Producer/Lady-in-Waiting (Up-To-Date American Dramas Please, Santa!)
5. Dr. Who
4. Lost
3. Fringe
2. The Walking Dead
1. Misfits

Why Doctor Who made Heather’s list: Nobody thought David Tennant could be matched; he was the people’s Doctor. So when Matt Smith flounced into the role with his floppy hair and flippant outlook, it was a pleasant surprise to see what a natural he was. Team the great casting with Steven Moffat’s scripts, which almost always hit the spot, and you get a truly emotional season. Just don’t mention Victory of the Daleks.

Stefanie Lee, Writer/TV.com's Resident Laughs-At-Everythinger
5. Community
4. The Walking Dead
3. The League
2. Fringe
1. Mad Men

Why The League made Stefanie's list: I'm all for the crazy-witty inside jokes on 30 Rock and the memorable physical gags on Modern Family, but at the end of the day, I laugh the hardest at The League's consistently hilarious antics. With five superb comedians playing believably immature middle-aged dudes, ladies who repeatedly break their balls, an extensive made-up vocabulary, and a ton of fantasy football references, this show is always part of my starting line-up.

Biggest Disappointment: Glee

Walter Morbeck, Assistant Producer/Semi-Professional Roadtripper/#1 Advocate for a TV.com Mobile Field Office
5. Treme
4. 30 Rock
3. The Good Wife
2. True Blood
1. Archer

Why Archer made Walter's list: From The Simpsons to South Park to Family Guy (okay, that last one's debatable), the torch for Awesomest Animated Comedy has been passed to Archer, TV's most quotably funny show since the premiere of 30 Rock. The ridiculous spy missions, office politics, and sexual escapades—not to mention the top-notch voice cast and ridiculously filthy/funny lines like "She was, like, the Pele of anal"—compelled me to watch each episode probably six times.

Biggest Disappointment: Hawaii Five-0

Louis Peitzman, Writer/Freelance Neurotic
5. Louie
4. The Good Wife
3. Dexter
2. Terriers
1. In Treatment

Why Louie made Louis' list: Calling Louie a sitcom seems a bit shortsighted. It's dark, it's uncomfortable, it's actually kind of avant-garde. Comedian Louis C.K. created an absurdist comedy that tackled heavy issues like religion, homophobia, and aging better than most hour-long dramas. And yes, there were moments of laughter, even if they were precipitated by, "Did he really just say that?"

Biggest Disappointment: Modern Family

Lost." link="/lost/show/24313/summary.html" target="_blank" loc="left">

Price Peterson, Writer/Screenshot Addict
5. Breaking Bad
4. So You Think You Can Dance
3. True Blood
2. Friday Night Lights
1. Lost

Biggest Disappointment: The Event

Why Lost made Price's list: When television's most watercooler-worthy mystery finally revealed its most shocking twist—that it was a character piece rather than a sci-fi show—legions of viewers were disappointed and crestfallen. Not me. Lost's dense mythology was always inconsistent and frustrating, but its emotional pay-offs were always perfect. You can have your Dharma Initiatives and multiple timelines; it's the characters I'm going to miss the most.

Tim Surette, Senior Writer/TV.com's Willing Punching Bag
5. Adventure Time
4. Fringe
3. Supernatural
2. Community
1. Breaking Bad

Why Supernatural made Tim's list: Supernatural gets bullied around as just another CW show with two heartthrobs who kill spooks, but Season 5 was as good as anything else on TV. You want emotion? How about two brothers torn apart by Lucifer? You want laughter? How about an angel saying, "Hey Ass-butt!" and then getting blown to angel puree?

Jen Trolio, Senior Editor/The One Who Writes Punny Headlines Just For Clicks
5. Mad Men
4. 30 Rock
3. Archer
2. Terriers
1. Community

Why Community made Jen's list: In short, because it's so delightfully meta and weird. Community doesn't follow a set format; you never know what you're going to get, and that's a very, very good thing. Thank goodness for show creator Dan Harmon wonderfully bizarre brain: From clever movie spoofs to secondary pregnancy plotlines to the show's recent bottle episode, Community is a prime example of what makes TV fun.

What were your five favorite shows of 2010?

Comments (327)
Submit
Sort: Latest | Popular
Kudos for putting Better Off Ted and Terriers in there. :) Where is Sons of Anarchy though?? :( For me:



5. Vampire Diaries 4. Breaking Bad 3. Sons of Anarchy 1. Dexter 1. Lost
Reply
Flag
5. Dexter 4. Mad Men 3. Lie to Me 2. The Big C 1. In Treatment
Reply
Flag
1-Castle

2-Sea Patrol

3-NCIS

4-NCIS LA

5-Burn Notice
Reply
Flag
5. Dexter
4. Fringe
3. Breaking Bad
2. True Blood
1. Lost
Reply
Flag
PBS Masterpiece Mystery,American Masters Glenn Gould,Graham Norton,Law and Order,and best of all,Numb3rs.I know it has been cancelled,but please bring it back,so I can energize my brain.Where else can you learn about the Fibonacci sequence,and Euclid's orchard etc,and really find them interesting.There should be more programs like this and less Jersey Shore.
Reply
Flag
I agree with Community and Friday Night Lights, and add Lie to Me, Blue Bloods, and The Good Guys (I know it's cancelled).
Reply
Flag
The Big C, Community, Modern Family, Parks and Recreation and Dexter for me!
Reply
Flag
House, Mentalist, Lie to me, Supernatural, americain dad
Reply
Flag
Dexter, Breaking Bad, Raising Hope, Walking Dead, Lie to me
Reply
Flag
Chuck, Doctor Who, True Blood, Futurama and The Big Bang Theory. In that order!
Reply
Flag
Mine are Lost, Fringe, Doctor Who, Haven and House.



if it were top ten I would also include Vampire Diaries, Bones, Community,Modern Family and Glee
Reply
Flag
Burn Notice, NCIS, Bones, Chuck, True Blood
Reply
Flag
Burn Notice, NCIS, Bones, Chuck, True Blood
Reply
Flag
NCIS. Bones. Fringe. Modern Family. Burn Notice
Reply
Flag
NCIS#1 Chuck Supernatural The Gates and Pretty Little Liars..which I was determined to dislike but it became one of my favs!
Reply
Flag
5. Brothers & Sisters 4. The Big Bang Theory 3. Glee 2. Mad Men 1. Modern Family
Reply
Flag
My Top 5:

1.Degrassi

2.General Hospital

3.No Ordidnary Family

4.iCarly

5.Tower Prep
Reply
Flag
NCIS and PSYCH should be in the top 5
Reply
Flag
1) Friday Night Lights 2) Terriers
3) Doctor Who S5
4) Fringe
5) Rubicon
Reply
Flag
1. 24, 2. Rubicon, 3. The Event, 4. Flash Forward, 5. Stargate Universe, 6. NCIS, 7. Haven, 8. Hawaii 5-0, 9. The Gates, 10. No Ordinary Family.

But I also Love... Walking Dead, Human Target, Sons Of Anarchy, Fringe, Supernatural, White Collar, Pretty Little liars, CSI, CSI Miami, CSI New York, NCIS: LA, Lie to Me, Caprica, Doctor Who, The Mentalist, Dexter, Chuck, Castle, Burn Notice, The Glades and V
Reply
Flag
1). Supernatural 2). Community, 3). Grey's Anatomy 4). The Buried Life 5). Royal Pains
Reply
Flag
1 Rubicon, 2 Dexter , 3 Flash Forward, 4 The Glades

Haven't seen Mad Men. I would have put Californication in this list, but I don't think it was on air in 2010.

Strange thing, there's been nothing worth seeing lately, has there? I do not remember any such moment in the last five years.
Reply
Flag
5. Glee 4. Vampire Diaries 3. Cougar Town 2. How I Met Your Mother 1. True Blood
Reply
Flag
5. $#*! My Dad Says (CBS)

4. Lie to Me (FOX)

3. The Defenders (CBS)

2. No Ordinary Family (ABC)

1. Hawaii Five-0 (CBS)
Reply
Flag
5. Dexter, 4. How i met your mother, 3. Misfits, 2. Fringe, 1. Stargate Universe
Reply
Flag
1) Lost 2) Desperate Housewives 3) Smallville 4) The Event 5) V
Reply
Flag
1. Dexter 2. Modern Family 3. How I met your mother 4.House 5.Supernatural
Reply
Flag
Outrageous fortune season 5, spartacas, skins, modern family, glee to many good shows
Reply
Flag
Lost,underbelly golden mile, parenthood, packed to the rafters, house
Reply
Flag
1.True Blood 2.Fringe 3.House 4.Walking Dead 5.How I met your mother
Reply
Flag
1. Supernatural 2. Fringe 3. Walking Dead 4. House 5. Boardwalk Empire
Reply
Flag
1. Breaking Bad
2. Mad Men
3. South Park
4. Walking Dead
5. LOST
6. Community
7. How I Met Your Mother
8. Terriers
9. Rubicon
10. Justified
Reply
Flag
1. Glee 2. Gossip Girl 3. No ordinary Family 4. Pretty Little liars 5. The hard times of RJ berger
Reply
Flag
1 - Supernatural , 2 - True Blood , 3 - Dexter , 4 - Breaking Bad , 5 - The Vampire Diaries (6 - Fringe , 7 - Spartacus , 8 - Weeds , 9 - Californication , 10 - The Mentalist)
Reply
Flag
Only 5 favs? REALLY?!? Top 10 - in no particular order - NCIS: LA, Fringe, Hawaii 5-0, Castle, No Ordinary Family, Stargate Universe, Human Target, White Collar, the Event, and the Glades. My other 10 are right up there with these. I mostly watch my shows on the net because my TV reception lacks a LOT to be desired. Does make it much easier to watch on my schedule too - don't miss much, except for Criminal Minds this season.
Reply
Flag
1 - Fringe 2 - House M.D. 3 - BONES 4 - In Plain Sight 5 - The Event
Reply
Flag
1 - LOST

2 - Breaking Bad 3 - Mad Men

4 - Community

5 - Rubicon
Reply
Flag
1.supernaturel 2.Eureka 3.Castle 4.The Big bang Theory 5.Glee
Reply
Flag
1.Lost 2.Fringe 3.House 4.Lie to me 5.Caprica
Reply
Flag
Unfortunally I cannot watch the presents seasons, only formers like 6th season of CSI or the 6th season of CSI Miami. We have the DVDs of seven seasons (1-7) of Two and a Half Men.. Fortunally I have TVdotcom.

My seven : Dexter; Hawaii Five-O; Two and a Half Men; The Closer; CSI; CSI Miami ; CSI New York
Reply
Flag
5) Louie
4) Supernatural
3) Burn Notice
2) The Walking Dead
1) Castle
and an honourable mention for Jack Bauer bowing out off the small screen.
Reply
Flag
Supernatural, Smallville, Sons of Anarchy, Terriers( y did it cancelled!?UGH)The Walking Dead were the best of the year for me! So disappointed that Terriers didn't get another season..such a unique and interesting show. I wish supernatural and sons of anarchy would get the praise that it deserves!
Reply
Flag
No comedies on this list. (1)NCIS (2)Fringe (3)The Closer (4)Burn Notice (5)The Good Wife

Honorable Mention: The Defenders
Reply
Flag
I just can't understand the love of Mad Men...that show is the definition of boring. Surely it is made with big bucks and it takes place in the 60s but seriously...bad actors and nothing happens...boring. Dexter, Supernatural, CSI: Miami, True Blood and The Walking Dead! Those are the top 5 shows! And The Good Wife gets an honorary mention.
Reply
Flag
1 The big bang Theory

2 Mad Men

3 The Good Wife

4 Glee (honestly I don't watch it but let's face it, it's original and refreshing)

5 Breaking Bad
Reply
Flag
Grey's Anatomy, True Blood, The Good Wife, Damages, Dexter
Reply
Flag
( 1 ) two and a half men ( 2 ) dexter ( 3 ) the big bang theory ( 4 ) smallville ( 5 ) supernatural
Reply
Flag
(1) Dexter (2) Breaking Bad (3) Misfits (4) Being Human (5) Supernatural
Reply
Flag
1) Burn Notice 2) Human Target 3) NCIS 4) Royal Pains 5) White Collar
Reply
Flag
More I liked this year. Raising Hope. So sweet and quirky. Memphis Beat. Great theme song by Keb Mo'. Southland. Very gritty! Why, if all your critics and a lot of viewers responding loved Terriers did it get cancelled? Any chance FX will change their minds? Would love to know which direction Hank and Britt went!
Reply
Flag
Load More Comments

Like TV.com on Facebook

  • 8:00 pm
    America's Got Talent Live Show 3
    NEW
    NBC
  •  
    Bachelor in Paradise
    NEW
    ABC
  • 9:00 pm
    CBS
  •  
    MADtv Episode Four
    NEW
    CW
  •  
    Bachelor in Paradise: After Paradise
    NEW
    ABC
  • 10:00 pm
    Better Late than Never Episode 1
    NEW
    NBC
  •  
    The View
    NEW
    ABC