Top 100 Everything of 2008: 41-50

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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.

49. The failure of Opportunity Knocks

Phew. That was a close one! Maybe there is hope for humanity.

48. Supernatural's psycho teddy bear

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.

47. The procedure of Criminal Minds

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.

44. Pardon the Interruption

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.

43. The flow of How I Met Your Mother

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.


Veronica Mars, Gilmore Girls, The OC, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel. All streaming online. For free.

41. Robot Chicken's Star Wars spoofs

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 funny.

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