TV.com Top 100 Everything of 2008: 31-40

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!

40. Jeremy Piven's Emmy acceptance speech

The Emmys experimented with a multi-host format this year, and while making horrible decisions, the producers decided to go all the way and pick emcees from reality programs. Entourage's Piven proceeded to use his acceptance speech to say what everyone was thinking: boy, that was lame. Kudos to you, Mr. Piven.

39. Lovable leading slackers

2007's fall schedule introduced a pair of leading slackers--Chuck Bartowski of NBC's Chuck and Sam Oliver of the CW's Reaper--and it was questionable whether or not they would be able to carry a show. Well, guess what...not only did they hold their own, they became some of our favorites. Enough with the model types flaunting their abs in our face, give us more normal people.

38. The Deadwood DVD box set

There's no sunset to ride off into, no sheriff's daughter to court. The Old West world of Deadwood is full of whiskey, bar brawls, and whores, and that's just how it should be. The complete series is finally out in one package on DVD, and now is a perfect time to revisit David Milch's excellent HBO series.

37. Just about anything Walter Bishop says

Some people watch Fringe for the science-y stories, some watch to try and crack the conspiracies, some watch for Joshua Jackson. We watch it for Walter Bishop's outrageous dialogue that's peppered with non sequiturs and bizarre requests for fizzy beverages. How about a Walter Bishop spin-off?

36. Damon & Carlton's Lost podcasts

No other showrunners in television are connected to their fans like Lost's Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse. Even though the dynamic duo's schedule is jam-packed, they always manage to put together podcasts that answer (sometimes) fans' questions, give hints, and manage to be very entertaining. The Lost experience always goes beyond the 44-minute program, and these podcasts are a great example.

35. Foreign actors

If they weren't so darned good, we might be mad at some of these non-American actors takin' our jobs. But Hugh Laurie (House), Simon Baker (The Mentalist), Ed Westwick (Gossip Girl), Damien Lewis (Life), Jason O'Mara (Life on Mars), and Anna Friel (Pushing Daisies), to name a few, play American better than most Americans.

34. Excessive violence on Life on Mars

We would never advocate police brutality, but when we see Detective Ray Carling and Lieutenant Gene Hunt railin' on a suspect, we say let it rip.

33. Michael C. Hall's intensity

As the serial-killing anti-hero of Dexter, actor Michael C. Hall is absolutely deadly. Whether he's charming others while pretending to be a normal member of society or chastising a victim he is about to dissect, Hall's performance is not to be missed.

32. In Treatment's schedule

A five-night-a-week drama? In Treatment's workman-like run was about as impressive as the cast's performance. And with a new patient each night of the week, those who could only catch Thursdays could still manage to follow along.

31. The tension of Damages

FX's drama about high-stakes litigation lawyer Patty Hewes drips with tension in each episode, giving us heart palpitations while watching this thrilling show. Deft writing, incredible acting, and picture-perfect directing create an atmosphere other dramas aspire to achieve just once a season. Though it technically returns in 2009, we've recently watched season two's first three episodes, as well as refreshed ourselves on season one through the magic of blu-ray. Get ready for a great second season!

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Damages is superb. Looking forward to season 2, although I can't image how they are going to top season 1.
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I definitely watch Fringe to see what Walter Bishop will do or say next.
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Don't forget Anthony La Paglia in foreign actors. That's one great accent.
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By the way Chuck should be rated among the best 10 anyways! It should be much higher!
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Chuck is one of the best and The best for me!
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Finally a 'next 10' where I find more to support than argue with. Both slackers Chuck & Sam were great. Foreign actors from that list & Walter Bishop himself! The Official Lost podcast the best (and funniest) podcast on iTunes -- that is when the show is on. Harvey Keitel & Jason O'Mara on Life on Mars are pretty intense. And that6 first season of Damages, what a winner for FX especially in light of the WGA strike!
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Yay Ed Westwick. He's amazing.
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Hugh Laurie and Ed Westwick have an amazing american accent! :)
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A few disagreements. DAMAGES deserved to be higher, maybe top ten. I watched the whole thing in succession, and that way it was one of the great chunks of tv ever. In 'foreign-born actors' what about Cota de Pablo, or are you only referring to foreigners who can 'sound Ammerican' like Laurie and Baker?



And I can't agree with much of any praise for LIFE ON MARS. It is an AWFUL remake of the English show, and I was actually around those years, and not even the Frank Rizzo Philly police force acted like this, and certainly not the NYPD. The violence makes sense for the England of those post-Kray times, but not for any US city then, not even LA. (It's closer to the 40s for America.)
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Love Chuck ,Life on Mars and Dexter IDK about everything else.
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I love Chuck! And I know he isn't a model, but he is beautiful!
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love that Chuck
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Foreign actors are awesome! Especially Ed Westwick, super hot! =)
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Damages and Chuck should be WAY higher.
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#35 was sooo true... and hilarious! :)
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Yay for Michael C. Hall. He's great as Dexter.
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Micheal C Hall is awesome at playing straight face, then jump into his friendly act. Its the best show on TV
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Michael C. Hall is amazing as Dexter!
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Well I haven't seen "In Treatment" and I'm not a "Lost" fan ... but I'm totally in sync with you on the other 8 of this part of the list.
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What TV needs again is good old westerns. This kind of show can be a family affair night of watching tv.
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I will really miss Lipstick Jungle on NBC. That is a show for all to watch. The actors and actresses make this show. Please reconsider the cancellation.
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ABC tv needs some new shows that senior citizens will watch. Right now there is nothing to watch on ABC for me and my spouse. We have not watched ABC in years.
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I will miss Mr. Petersen on CSI. He made the show along with Marge. I will not watch Mr. Fishburn as I do not prefer his type of acting. This show will not be as popular as it once was, I'm afraid. CBS needs to put back some popular actors and better shows.
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39. I support this. Regular people should have more shows made about them. And I can't wait for the new season of REAPER.
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I'm so jealous that you've already seen more "Damages." WANT! :D
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Well here a lot rocks:

LOST

REAPER

In Treatment

DEADWOOD



:):)
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Woooh for Walter Bishop and Michael C Hall. And the little shout out to Hugh Laurie. They mention at least one of my shows in every list.
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Nothing hit closer to (MY) home, than slackers, of the two (which are really good) my money's on Sam, I mean his handler isn't some, not-another-g-man, it's the devil himself, played masterly by Ray Wise, you gotta love the devil's wicked grin, when he's about to disclose to Sam, the bad news. As for Chuck he fares ok. Foreign actors, since House, seem to be all the rave, luckly there's not a sinlge one of them out there that sucks, thumbs up for Damian Harris and Hugh Laurie. In treatment for In Treatment...
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"Dexter" is the best show there, followed closely by "Prison Break".
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it's about time zachary levi's amazing acting is honoured. wouldn't this guy deserve some awards?
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I totally agree with the Fringe reference. You expect this show to be all science, no fun. But Walter can make you laugh out loud, even when he's dissecting something really gross. Joshua Jackson also gets some zingers in. Makes it interesting on many levels.
Firetears and Fantasy 43 are right. Lena Headey is outstanding! It's a collaborative show.. but she is pretty intense to watch. Other note..Supernatural best be on this list somewhere!
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I agree with number 35! Foreign actors rock, especially Hugh Larie.
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Lena Headey (Terminator) and Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck) are two more of the foreign excellencies.
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Aw, why didn't Lena Headey(Sarah Connor) get a mention? She's amazing and VERY convincing. And yay for Reaper getting a mention!
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I also am happy that Chuck and Reaper are mentioned. Love those shows!
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Glad to see Chuck & Reaper getting a mention, both great/fun shows.
Nice to see the Non-US actors/actresses get a nod.
Life on Mars: Another "Converted for the US" show that miles worse than the UK (original) version.
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Nothing much on this list for me.
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Kudos to the fake American accents of the foreign stars. Go Piven!
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"Damages" is the greatest. Right up there with "Deadwood" and "Dexter". I hope more people watch this season. It's as addictive as LOST.
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