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!
60. 30 Rock's star attractionHoly moly! Have you seen all these people trying to get guest appearances on NBC's barely watched 30 Rock? Jennifer Aniston, Oprah, and Steve Martin have all appeared this season, and Jon Hamm, Salma Hayek are yet to come. And now Diddy wants on? Tina Fey sure can draw them in... I wonder if she'll make this list somewhere?
59. ABC.com's video playerOf all the television networks, ABC's player is the most user-friendly. No clips impersonating full episodes, a good-looking interface, and an inviting presence. It's not pushing anything on you--it just wants you to watch some ABC hits. Plus, it still has every episode of Lost online. Score!
58. NCIS' Cote de PabloAs Ziva David in CBS' resurrected smash NCIS, Cote is stunning, alluring, and whatever other words a thesaurus can pull up. Her back-and-forth with Tony is a joy to watch, and when she butchers the English language, it's adorable. Did we mention she's badass? No? Well, she's badass.
57. The evolution of the "showrunner"The people who run the day-to-day operations of television shows have always been the brains of the operation, but thanks to the writers strike, many also became the face. Now the coolest job in television isn't the lead actor on a hit show, it's those who run the whole shebang.
56. The "I'm Not Here to Make Friends" YouTube clipReality-show-competition contestants are an interesting bunch. They're selfish, competitive, and generally not too friendly. That last part was driven home in this brilliant YouTube clip that pieces together contestants muttering some variance of "I'm not here to make friends" across a slew of shows. Yup, that about wraps it up.
55. The Office's rivalry between Andy and DwightAt some point in The Office, Jim and Dwight just lost that fighting spirit that was so focal to the show. Enter Andy Bernard. He joins the Scranton office, steals Dwight's girlfriend (sorta), and IT IS ON.
54. The final Baltimore montage in The WireSeries finales are almost always disappointments, but the last moments of the last episode of the last season of The Wire were a perfect sendoff to one of the best shows ever. A montage of the show's main character--the city of Baltimore--summed up everything the show was about: the citizens of a city struggling in a system corrupted by greed and crime.
53. Whedonesque.comThe center of the Whedonverse is Whedonesque.com, and if you don't know what I'm talking about yet, you can probably just skip on to the next item. Buffy and Angel creator Joss Whedon often drops by and announces news at this fan-created site, making it a must-see for any fan of Whedon's genius.
52. Cloris Leachman's Dancing with the Stars stintThis year's reason to watch ABC's dancing competition was veteran actress Cloris Leachman, an old lady who behaved like a 20-year-old attention whore. She had no shame in showing off her 80-year-old cleavage, and overstepped the show's bounds by pleading with the judges. Viva Viagra.
51. Shaved heads on Prison BreakPlenty of women would knock over their local liquor store if they thought they would be cooped up with the men of Prison Break as punishment. Dominic Purcell and Wentworth Miller not only have that attractive tough-guy look, their heads are perfectly shaped to get shaved. If Prison Break does end soon, we hope the stars bring their shaved noggins to their next roles.
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