TV.com Top 100 Everything of 2008: 21-30

In this gargantuan Top 100 list, we go a little out of the box by looking at specific elements of television--both on-screen and off-screen--that we thought were the most memorable this year. We'll put up 10 more each weekday through January 2nd, so be sure to check the site often. Until next year, Happy Holidays!

30. The Shield farewell

One of the programs that would help define basic cable as a network competitor, FX's The Shield ended its seven-year run this year, leaving (with The Wire also ending this season) television with absolutely zero great cop shows left. For seven years we watched Vic Mackey play bad cop and badder cop, and the finale saw him get a fitting punishment. .

29. Stan Marsh's post-Obama celebrating

The day after this year's presidential election, South Park showed a drunken pro-Obama Stan Marsh partying hard in the streets--and it was just what we needed. After the exhausting election, this episode was finally some media coverage that didn't make us sick to our stomach.

28. Eric Kripke's love for the Winchester Brothers

When Supernatural creator Eric Kripke told TV.com that his sci-fi drama would always be about the relationship between its two demon-hunting siblings, he meant it. Season three had moments of heartfelt familial emotion, and season four is continuing the brotherly love. It's the core of what drives one of television's most underrate programs, and it's was going stronger than ever in 2008.

27. Booth and Bones' sexual tension

Do we want them to hook up? Do we want them to stay apart? Bones' leads are aching for it baaaaaaaad, but frankly, we think it's best if they never get together.

26. Everything about The Soup

Reality television has given us so much grief, but one great thing it has given us is E! Entertainment's The Soup. With host Joel McHale on board, the snarky clip show has reached its zenith. It doesn't matter that there is no budget; The Soup is a pure joy to watch and McHale says what we all wish we thought of first.

25. Changing of the guard on CSI

When one of television's biggest shows loses its lead, there's always room for concern. That is, unless your replacement is Mr. Laurence Fishburne. Gil Grissom (William Petersen) may be on the outs of CSI, but Fishburne is entering the cast brilliantly. We'll miss Gil, but we got ourselves a whole Fish now.

24. Neil Patrick Harris

Someone needs to alert NPH that comebacks are supposed to slow down. Harris work on How I Met Your Mother is still a thing of genius, but it's his turn as the lead in Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog that really caught our eye this year. Dr. Horrible was a work of passion, and Harris proved himself above the normal celeb.

23. Off-screen drama of Grey's Anatomy

Forget the stuff that was going on in Seattle Grace, let's focus on the happenings behind the scenes! The year started with Katherine Heigl withdrawing from the Emmys due to a lack of award-worthy material, and ended with talk of T.R. Knight asking to be released from his contract. But the biggest question mark was the firing of Brooke Smith, whose character Dr. Hahn simply walked away into a parking garage and was never heard from again.

22. Heroes admitting it has problems

Unfortunately one of the biggest stories of the year involved a one-time hit show reaching a new low. Heroes' fans may stick to their guns and think things are going just fine (yes, we read your comments), but the producers finally admitted that things could have been better and have made moves to bring this fan favorite back to its days of glory. Adding Pushing Daisies' Bryan Fuller sure won't hurt.

21. The opening credits of True Blood

FLike the show itself, the opening credits (Warning: mature content) to True Blood are frenetic, definitely disturbing, and unapologetically perverse. Slinky strippers cut to Southern Baptist sermons, a molting locust swaps over to a fox being eaten by maggots, and the picturesque images of the bayous of Louisiana depict them full of both life and death. It's the show in a nutshell, and a piece of art.

Check out more TV.com lists here, and be sure to check back tomorrow for numbers 11-20!

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Supernatural is still my favorite show. Really love season 4 so far.

True Blood is quite good too, hope to see more of it.
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Supernatural FTW!!!
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The Soup is the best. Joel McHale rocks. More people need to watch this.
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Supernatural is great. Hoping Heroes does get better in the next volume.
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Bones! I like it hot!
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Supernatural and Bones! They're terrific and really deserve to be higher. Supernatural is one of the most original shows out there!
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this is one of my fav cartoon i bought the dvd set on http://www.tycromedia.com
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I was a little disappointed the way THE SHIELD ended. They practically tied up many story lines & left very little opening for any kind of comeback or movie. It still will remain as one of the best shows ever on television. It' will be missed.
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The Soup!!! Definitely deserves to be on here. Bones also awesome. Stan Marsh and his moustache have always been too good.
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I love Supernatural, True Blood, and Bones.
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the soup is amazing!!!!! so funny!!!
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Supernatural is GREAT.

True Blood Credits: I quite agree. you almost feel guilty singing along to the song, due to the twisted images on the screen.... but only ALMOST.
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SUPERNATURAL IS THE BEST!! but, all the shows are good too :)
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Well the last 10 were better than these ones. Bones is great, but I'm not sure if deserves to be at 27. To call CSI's changing of the guard #25, is also a little late. With all the characters coming & going, some of these changes were needed a few years ago. The one true highlight of this "10" is NPH -- both as Barney Stimson & as Dr. Horrible.
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Here all the shows are awsome but Supernatural its a hit



:):)
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Number 27? oh boy you guys got it sooo wrong!!
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SUPERNATURAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Booth and Brennan's sexual tension is one of the best things currently on tv! :) As is Neil Patrick Harris! There has been a lot of Grey's Anatomy drama!! It's good that Heroes admits that it has problems, because there has been a lot!!
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1° prize: B&B, yet I differ, they should eventually hook up, people will get tired of the two-step dance, theys hould definitely do something about it. Winchester Bros. that's some family gig, selling your soul to save your brother??? Wow!!! GA's I used to like it, now it's going downhill at warp speed, anyway, Private Practice is so much better.
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Grey's Anatomy is going down
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sooo true about grey's! the off-screen drama is more exciting than the show right now. if anything, this could help more long-lost fans (i.e. me)to flock back to grey's to see if it changes things on-screen
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True Bloods's opening creditd may well be the best thing about the show and are certainly above the norm.
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"The day after this year's presidential election, South Park showed a drunken pro-Obama Stan Marsh partying hard in the streets"

Anyone else noticed they said Stan Marsh was drunk and partying lol, his dad Randy was the one partying drunk.
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I love BONES! And I love what you said about them... they're aching for it BAAAAAAAAAD! ;) That's why they're so fun to watch. The sexual tension is enough to make me run for a cold shower after an episode. Sheesh! Yeah, if they get together and that tension dissolves, then that would make me sad, and therefore they shouldn't get together. But if they can devise a way to keep it hot, then I say go for it!
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I am in 100% agreement on Heroes and True Blood.
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I take back what I said about the other lists. THIS list is the best. All are honorable mentions, especially Joel McHale.
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Bones! Well, I hope they get together but please give us more tension. CSI, I will miss Grissom, but welcome Mr. Fishburne.
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ERROR on link of list 11-20

change the 7 for 8 to get to it!
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Love the mentions of Supernatural, NPH, and Bones, especially their UST. I want them together and yet I don't at the same time.
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I love Heroes just the way they are. :)
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oh and i love the soup!! :)
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finally the mention the tension between Booth and Bones :) i definetly think they should hook up
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Loved True blood but am surprised that the opening song wasn´t mentioned. It fits the show and the opening credits perfectly.
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Love the mention of NPH in Dr. Horribe and Supernatural is always great.
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Glad they mentioned the soup. One of the better shows i like. Too bad about heroes though,i like the show but they can do better.
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Nothing can compete with the brotherly love of Sam and Dean on Supernatural, and it doesn't hurt that each season of Supernatural is better than the others!
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Dr. Hahn's dismissal was unfair to the character and the storyline, and unworthy of ABC. Gotta agree with the True Blood credits and The Soup. Heroes started circling the drain about the time Sylar started baking cookies, and someone needs to develop the power of discerning alternate timelines and bad decision-making. The Shield ended with the perfect vision of hell. Oh, and NPH is some sort of god already.
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I love that you mentioned The Soup! That show is hilarious :D Also, I love the opening credits of True Blood... Creepy...
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Supernatural has just been rocketing along this season - kudos to them for that AND a big thank you!! I love NPH (and all things NPH), plus Bones!!
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Woo-hoo someone actually acknowledged the awesomeness of The Soup! After watching the opening credits to True Blood I really want to see it now it looks creepy.
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Supernatural has been outstanding this year. I couldn't have asked for a better season. Bones has never failed to impress me, besides the fact of the whole Angela storyline this season. Dr. Horrible was very humorous and catchy. Heroes has been awful, it's been off my viewing schedule for a while and I don't plan on watching it again. The stunning Kristen Bell couldn't even make me endure the pain of sitting and watching an episode.
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Supernatural has been outstanding this year. I couldn't have asked for a better season. Bones has never failed to impress me, besides the fact of the whole Angela storyline this season. Dr. Horrible was very humorous and catchy. Heroes has been awful, it's been off my viewing schedule for a while and I don't plan on watching it again. The stunning Kristen Bell couldn't even make me endure the pain of sitting and watching an episode.
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SUPERNATURAL and NPH!!!! GO THEM!!! =]
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I agree on Heroes. This season has been a complete and utter mess, what's worse is that that volume may as well have never existed. Since nothing stuck beyond its finale (everything reverted back to the staus quo of the season opener, despite a few dead season two-ers.) I hope Bryan Fuller can fix things, and Supernatural is waaay underrated! Season four has been fantastic.
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Supernatural, Bones, Dr. Horrible, True Blood. So many of my favorites. Great job, TV.COM.
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Stan Marsh is 9. It was Randy Marsh drunk in the streets.
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That was a classic episode of South park
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Go Supernatural and Bones!
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It's almost done.
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The Finale of "The Shield" deserves to be this high on the list. That ending has to be one of the best for a show in a long time. And as far as "The Soup", my week is never complete untill I watch Oprah's Va-jay-jay.
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