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 FolkIntroducing 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 restructuringWacky 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 & Orders.
68. Miley Cyrus' very un-Disney actsWe 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.
67. Crunchyroll.comFor 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 LifeAs 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-scienceWe 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 FuturamaSure 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 tandemMost 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.
62. The weirdness of Yo Gabba GabbaSid 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.
61. Californication's Mia CrossPlayed 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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