Top 10 most popular shows of 2010

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Here are the top 10 TV shows that Aussie TV.com users watched last year. Vampires rated highly, as did forensics -- but what was your number one show? Let's count them down!

10. The Big Bang Theory

We continued to get our geek on with Leonard, Sheldon, Raj and Howard as The Big Bang Theory premiered its fourth season with Howard's cringe-worthy fixation on a robotic arm "borrowed" from a lab and Sheldon's plans for in vitro fertilisation (IVF). The show has maintained its popularity with an intriguing mix of clever, nerdy humour and plenty of heart. Relive the awesomeness of season three with this ultimate recap:

9. True Blood

Just when we thought it couldn't shock us any longer, the third season of HBO's vampire drama upped the ante last year with even more sex, gore and, of course, blood. With scenes like Russell Edgington (Denis O'Hare) ripping out a newscaster's heart, Sookie (Anna Paquin) and Bill's (Stephen Moyer) blood shower, and Bill's head-twisting sex scene with Lorena (Mariana Klaveno), we could be forgiven for getting distracted from the storyline.

The latest season saw Sookie team up with werewolf Alcide Herveaux (Joe Manganiello) in Mississippi to track down Bill, who had been kidnapped and held hostage by a vampire king. Throwing a werewolf into the already-crowded mix of fantasy beings could mean another Twilight-esque love triangle in season four.

8. Lost

Critically acclaimed throughout its six-season run, it's no surprise that Lost was among the most popular shows of 2010. Attracting new viewers as well as its loyal fan base, the two-hour finale offered a retrospective overview of the ground-breaking series, despite leaving many questions unanswered.

7. The Vampire Diaries

2010 was definitely the year of the vampire, as viewers sunk their teeth into the supernatural-themed TV shows and movies on offer. Surprisingly, this very tame toned-down series (in comparison to True Blood) proved more popular with TV.com users than the graphic HBO drama. Season two saw the return of femme fatale Katherine Pierce (Nina Dobrev) and the Lockwood werewolf curse, heightening the tensions between the Salvatore brothers.

In a perfect blend of romance, drama and horror, the fight for Elena's love pits Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) against each other in what is shaping up to be an epic battle that will ensure the town of Mystic Falls will never be the same again. Check out this preview for the upcoming and much-anticipated episode The Descent.

6. Grey's Anatomy

With an impressive line-up of guest stars, new characters and a second crossover episode with Private Practice, the Seattle Grace medical drama was another favourite for Australian viewers last year. Highlights of the sixth season included Mandy Moore's guest appearance in the two-hour finale and 24's Kim Raver joining the cast as Dr Teddy Altman, a cardiothoracic surgeon and Iraqi war veteran who served with Dr. Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd).

5. Supernatural

Originally planned for a five-season run, the show was picked up for a sixth season due to increased popularity and ratings. The latest season focuses on the relationship of brothers Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki) as they roam across a lawless and chaotic landscape battling a rising tide of creatures and demon-spawns.

4. Gossip Girl

In 2010, Aussie audiences saw Gossip Girl spice up its usual formula of catwalks, cat-fights and cougars. Always good at getting parents' blood boiling, the third season guest-starred the controversial Lady Gaga, took the good-girl-gone-bad concept to a new level as Jenny Humphrey (Taylor Momsen) spiralled out of control, and gave squeaky-clean Hilary Duff, as celebrity-student Olivia Burke, a steamy threesome with Dan (Pen Badgley) and Vanessa (Jessica Szohr). However, the season finale easily took the cake, with a bombshell ending that shook things up between the show's dynamic duo -- Blair (Leighton Meester) and Chuck (Ed Westwick) -- and saw Jenny banished from the Upper East Side.

3. Glee

The sophomore season of Ryan Murphy's high school musical drama took the much-loved New Directions through sectional and regional choir competitions to the national competition in New York City.

This season featured an increasing number of celebrity guests (Gwyneth Paltrow, Neil Patrick Harris, Britney Spears, Susan Boyle) and more contemporary Top 40 songs, including Bruno Mars' Just the Way You Are and Cee Lo Green's Forget You, which the cast covered as they became a hit on the charts. Combining a more radio-friendly ensemble of songs with the show's usual themes of love, relationships, competition and sexuality, it's not surprising that the show has been renewed for a third season.

2. Bones

Fast-tracked on Channel Seven in September, the sixth season of Bones called our favourite forensics team back to the Jeffersonian to save Cam's (Tamara Taylor) career, and solve a controversial case involving a young boy's remains. We will also see the return of serial killer and kidnapper Heather Taffet (Deirdre Lovejoy) aka The Grave Digger, as well as the introduction of a new recurring sniper-toting antagonist named Jacob Ripkin (Arnold Vosloo).

And with Booth (David Boreanaz) and Brennan's (Emily Deschanel) sexual tension still leaving us wondering hoping they'll get together, it's not surprising to find the show at number two.

1. NCIS

Consistently one of the most popular shows on TV.com and on TV everywhere, we could easily have predicted its number one spot. The action-packed drama has gone from strength to strength for eight seasons, prompting a visit to Australia from the lovely Pauley Perrette for the DVD release of the sixth season. Watch our interview with the lovely actress who portrays brainy Forensics Specialist Abby Sciuto on the show.

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