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!
50. The machismo of SAMCRO
FX's Sons of Anarchy
is one of the better new shows on television, and the beer-swiggin', hog-ridin', gun-smugglin' dudes of the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club Redwood Original are just what pansy television needed. Even the SAMCRO girls are tougher than anything on TBS.
Phew. That was a close one! Maybe there is hope for humanity.
In the episode "Wishful Thinking," we met the best cameo of the fall season: a teddy bear brought to life thanks to the wish of a young girl. But this stuffed animal wasn't interested in cuddling. Instead, he stole porn and booze, wondered why he was brought into this horrible world, and tried to kill himself, blasting the stuffing out of his head in a nominee for this year's best scene.
When you need a helping of crazy, there's nothing like getting into the heads of some of television's looniest criminals, and Criminal Minds
serves it up in droves.
46. The gangbanging of Gangland
History Channel's Ganglang
is the television version of those ex-cons who used to go into schools and scare students straight with stories of how awful gangs were, except instead of showing off bullet wounds, we get footage of 'bangers cappin' each other in the dome.
45. Robert Forester in Heroes
As Arthur Petrelli in Heroes
, Robert Forester stepped into the role of resident bad guy during a season that sorely needed one. While Sylar was flashing forward in time baking cookies and having children, Arthur was snatching up powers like a true villain should.
ESPN's best show isn't SportsCenter, but rather this topical sports talk show starring Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon. Many have tried to replicate the show's timed format with disappointing results, but no one else can do it like these two do day in and day out. Even non-sports fans can get a kick out of PTI
Few shows on television today play around with the norms of comedy story-telling like CBS' How I Met Your Mother
. With time jumps, flashbacks, and other devices, HIMYM
serves up dense episodes full of laughs.
, Gilmore Girls
, The OC
, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
. All streaming online. For free.
The Family Guy
parodies of the sci-fi classic may have gotten more press, but Robot Chicken
's takes on the Star Wars
flicks were actually smart and
Check out more TV.com lists here, and be sure to check back tomorrow for numbers 31-40!