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!
70. The introduction of Lost's Freighter Folk
Introducing four new characters to a show is challenging enough. Doing it all in one episode--and doing it well--is practically impossible. Yet Lost
gave us Faraday, Miles, Charlotte, and Lapidus flawlessly in "Confirmed Dead," without ever taking away from the main story. This almost makes up for Nikki and Paolo. Almost
69. Law & Order restructuring
Wacky Jeff Goldblum is joining Law & Order: Criminal Intent
in early 2009, Anthony Anderson has joined the original Law & Order
, and Adam Beach and Diane Neal both left Law & Order: SVU
. Will these shows be okay? Will they fall into the pits? Find out on the next season of... all three Law & Order
68. Miley Cyrus' very un-Disney acts
We love watching Disney get irked over the off-screen antics of one of its prized stars. Like any normal teenager, Miley constantly fights her squeaky-clean image (semi-nude photos will do that), reportedly threatens to quit Hannah Montana
, and is dating a dude 33-percent older than she is. We bet Mickey and Minnie wait up for her to come home every night.
For anime fans, crunchyroll.com is a must bookmark. Loaded with full episodes of all sorts of animated programs from Asia, the free video Web site is like a Saturday morning in Japan whenever you want it. There's also plenty of live-action drama for those who don't like their characters with spiky hair and gigantic eyes... if that's your thing, weirdo!
66. Charlie Crews' love for fruit in Life
As a police officer who was wrongfully imprisoned for a dozen years, Charlie Crews was finally released and immediately had a passion for...passionfruit. Among Charlie's many endearing eccentricities, his obsession with exotic fruit sticks out the most--especially when he's explaining the origins of a kumquat at a grisly murder scene.
65. Fringe's quasi-science
We were expecting J.J. Abrams' new show to feature science on the verge of breakthroughs, but instead we get LSD-triggered coma talk and people stuck in walls. Ummmm... okay.
64. The sort-of return of Futurama
Sure the straight-to-DVD feature films (the first was released in late 2007) weren't as good as the original series, but for those that were jonesin' for a new fix of Bender, Fry, Leela, and the rest of Planet Express, it was one of the best things in the world. Ever. And don't worry, there's still one more movie left to be released. Watch it... the Hypnotoad commands you.
63. Bravo's reality tandem
Most reality programs suck. It's as simple as that. But Bravo has managed to put together a pair of very tolerable unscripted shows that don't make us want to gouge our eyes out. We'll happily watch the culinary competition of Top Chef
and the fashion fights of Project Runway
while eating Top Ramen in our ripped-up sweatpants any day.
Sid and Marty Krofft would be proud of this trippy children's show. Adored by giddy youngsters and giggling college kids alike, Yo Gabba Gabba
teaches valuable lessons to the tune of indie rock (The Shins, etc.) and hip-hop beats (Biz Markie is a regular). It's like Sesame Street
on 'shrooms. And considering Sesame Street
has a giant yellow bird that can talk, that's sayin' something.
Played perfectly by Madeline Zima, Mia is a dangerous combination of incredibly intelligent and dangerously manipulative--and we love her for it. Behind her hardened exterior, there's a person longing to connect with someone...or maybe punch in the face during a romp in the sack. We'll take either, Mia. Call us!
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