TV.com's Top 100 Everything of 2009: 30-21

Here at TV.com, we take our year-end list-making very seriously. So as another year comes to a close, we present to you our second annual TV.com Top 100, the massive 10-part list of the year's most awesome TV happenings. As always, there were huge, mind-blowing events and tiny, heart-wrenching moments. Phenomenal send-offs and welcome hellos. Incredibly well-written plots and some really great, totally-not-annoying characters. After 365 days of watching TV, here's what we loved the most.

We're posting 10 items each weekday through January 1, so check back often to see what made the cut!

30. Parks and Recreation steps it up

In its second season, the show has become a satire of local politics, singing with sly, subtle humor. It's almost enough to make us forget about that painful first season.

29. Lie to Me's "Honey" episode

We're all pretty jaded when it comes to TV "nail biters," but the hostage situation in this one had us hyperventilating.

28. Jon Stewart v. Anyone

Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, the Mad Money guy, CNBC... you all got owned. Why anyone would even think of taking on J-Stew is beyond us. (Watch the video of Stewart v. Cramer)

27. Josh Holloway steps up his acting game on Lost

He was once a prickly S.O.B. who we hoped would get seriously injured. But now we'd follow him straight into the Smoke Monster's house. Sawyer's fifth-season move to the left-behinds' leader seemed way too natural, and it's because of Holloway.

26. Will Arnett and David Cross, reunited

In The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, Arnett reprises Gob's asshole-ness and Cross acts nothing like Tobias. Much profanity. Much fun.

25. Kanye West: the interruption heard 'round MTV

I'm sorry, and I'mma let you finish, but Kanye's awards-speech interruption of Taylor Swift was the 26th best thing on TV of the year.

24. Louis CK rants on Conan O'Brien

"Did you partake in the miracle of human flight, you noncontributing zero?!"

23. The way Dexter's Deb says "motherf**k"

She should take out a trademark.

22. Craig Ferguson's "Why Everything Sucks" monologue

Just watch it, you'll see.

21. TV when we want it

This was the year that the digital video recorder and on-demand services came into their own, allowing us to reclaim our social lives and enjoy TV-watching marathons on Sundays.


NEXT: TV.com's Top 100 Everything of 2009, Vol. 9 (20-11)


The Archive

12/21/2009: TV.com's Top 100 Everything of 2009, Vol. 1 (100-91)

12/22/2009: TV.com's Top 100 Everything of 2009, Vol. 2 (90-81)

12/23/2009: TV.com's Top 100 Everything of 2009, Vol. 3 (80-71)

12/24/2009: TV.com's Top 100 Everything of 2009, Vol. 4 (70-61)

12/25/2009: TV.com's Top 100 Everything of 2009, Vol. 5 (60-51)

12/28/2009: TV.com's Top 100 Everything of 2009, Vol. 6 (50-41)

12/29/2009: TV.com's Top 100 Everything of 2009, Vol. 7 (40-31)

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Jan 20, 2010
Excellent list
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Jan 04, 2010
I have such a funny crush on Ferguson. He's just so quirky and brilliant.
Lie To Me is outpacing all the old cop shows for me. Bones is still awesome and Castle has shot to the top.
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Jan 03, 2010
Deb is my favorite character on Dexter... I find Dex is slipping a bit and I like the sis! what a mouth!
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Jan 01, 2010
Jon Stewart and the whole Daily Show team were incredible in '09! Lie To Me's second season has been amazing. 'Honey' was the best episode since 'Blinded.' Tim Roth's acting ability is continuing to astound us all.
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Jan 01, 2010
i didn't think honey was that much of a nail bitter
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Dec 31, 2009
Holloway was never bad at acting, but he certainly delivered some killer scenes this season in particular. Good mention!
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Dec 31, 2009
Craig Ferguson is my hero.
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Dec 31, 2009
I totally agree with Louis CK. Love people who say things the way they really are and not sugar coat things to be politically correct. Its going to get to the point that we will have to use hand signals so we don't offend anyone.
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Dec 31, 2009
Jon Stewart is the Awesome!!!
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Dec 30, 2009
Jon Stewart ftw!
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Dec 30, 2009
wow i tottally agree with what louis CK said, alot of you dont like it cuz ur probly part of the generation hes talking about, all of u r idiots, u do nothing, ur not gona amount to anything, and u have the cockiest attitude that makes every1 wanna pop u in the mouth, now plz report me u spoiled morons
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Dec 30, 2009
These are great. But is anyone else having trouble seeing numbers 64-61?
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Dec 30, 2009
Alright it's getting better. love Deb's mouth, Parks and recreation, and tv when we want it. plus a few more that i liked but didnt love
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Dec 30, 2009
Couldn't agree more with Louis CK and of course love me some Jon Stewart.
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Dec 30, 2009
TV when we want it should be much higher on the list. It's been a huge step up for people like us.
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Dec 30, 2009
I actually am starting to like this list now Daily Show was awesome, Sawyer is my favorite character and Tv on demand is the best thing on the list by far!
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Dec 30, 2009
The Louis CK rant is one of the best things I've ever heard. Genius
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Dec 30, 2009
I love the "Why Everything Sucks" monologue.
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Dec 30, 2009
What FrostyD7 said. This is the best list yet.
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Dec 30, 2009
Totally agree about Sawyer. One of the best arcs in season 5.
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Dec 30, 2009
LOVE Deb's potty mouth. And I agree, Jennifer Carpenter was amazing this season.
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Dec 30, 2009
Normally i would say #23 is totally off, but Jennifer Carpenter played Debra so well this season that its totally appropriate.
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Dec 30, 2009
Dudes, 23 - Deb - seriously, her?
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Dec 30, 2009
Finally, a pretty good list.
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