TV.com's Top 100 Everything of 2010: 10-1

2010 was a banner year for television, which means there was certainly no shortage of nominees for our third annual "Top 100 Everything" list. Here you'll find the shows, characters, and episodes that made 2010 amazing—as well as the behind-the-scenes players, trends, and TV-relevant happenings that helped shaped the culture of television this year.

10. Fringe blowing our minds

The exceptional quality of the third season of Fringe was the result of exponential improvement in this underwatched series. Our heads have exploded many times over while jumping back and forth between the two universes, watching each cast member play two different characters, and wondering what must be going through Peter and Olivia's minds in one heck of a bump in a relationship. If you gave up on Fringe early, trust us: It's time to get back on board this train, because it's one of the best on TV.

9. Old Spice's "The Man Your Man Could Smell Like"
Ad Campaign

How in the heck did a commercial make our list? By being the most awesome commercial of all time! Old Spice won big when it cast Isaiah Mustafa, the unbearably charming spokesperson in those hilarious one-shot ads that actually inspired us to put down our DVR remotes. (P.S. We'd also like to give a quick shout-out to the runner-up in this category, Allstate's Mayhem ads. Shaky shaky, shaky shaky shaky...)



8. True Blood's sex and gore

The third season of HBO's vampire drama took things up a notch in 2010. Whether it was gore (Russell ripping out a newscaster's heart on ), sex (Sookie and Bill's blood shower), or both (Bill's head-twisting sex scene with Lorena), True Blood consistently delivered the naughty—and we were all the more happy because of it. Don't even try to pretend you didn't enjoy feeling your jaw drop to the floor.

7. Supernatural's battle with Satan

The Season 5 finale marked the end of show creator Eric Kripke's original five-year plan, with the Winchester brothers finally confronting Lucifer, fulfilling their destinies, and giving us the apocalyptic showdown we'd been waiting for. It was incredible television for a network that usually relies on "OMG they hooked up!" storylines. Instead, Sam and Dean saved the world. You can thank them later.

6. Terriers

This subtle drama about underdog detectives Hank (Donal Logue) and Britt (Michael Raymond-James) didn't fit into any established TV genre, and we're still mourning its quick cancellation. The first (and now only) season was nearly flawless; we'll definitely be re-watching it on DVD in the years ahead.

5. Walter White says "Run!"

The final seconds of Breaking Bad's penultimate episode "Half Measures" made for one of the year's finest televised moments. We won't spoil it for you (if you've seen it, you know what we're talking about), but this was the moment Walter White lived up to the show's name and made us start counting the days until it returns this July. Brilliant stuff.



4. Community's "Modern Warfare"

Community has done plenty of fantastic standalone episodes—Season 2's bottle episode and Halloween episode both come to mind—but "Modern Warfare" is still the masterpiece of them all. in an episode that spoofed action movies, NBC's underdogs got themselves into an every-man-for-himself paintball battle—and once again proved that Community is always willing to go where other shows fear to tread: the land of originality.

3. NBC's Late-Night fiasco

The Peacock screwed up royally, and for several weeks we watched as The Jay Leno Show struggled and Conan O'Brien got booted from The Tonight Show. Everyone had something to say about the affair: David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel perfected their Leno impressions, and Craig Ferguson and Jimmy Fallon took the opportunity to get sillier and weirder.. But the most interesting part of all was watching O'Brien transform before our eyes as he went from out-of-place to martyr overnight.

2. Mad Men's "The Suitcase"

In what was arguably the best season of AMC's 1960's drama, this wonderfully crafted installment showcased Elisabeth Moss and Jon Hamm's best performances on the show to date. The actual historical fight between Cassius Clay and Sonny Liston mirrored the episode's throwdown between Peggy and Don, with Peggy demanding more respect for her work at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, and Don eventually conceding; the result was delightful to watch, and the characters entered a new realm of respect and camaraderie.

1. All the hoopla over the final season of Lost

Regardless of what you thought of the existential finale, the hoopla surrounding the final episode of the mind-bending show was unlike anything we've seen in recent memory. The importance of Lost will never be put into words; it was the ultimate watercooler show, its influence can be felt everywhere, it brought sci-fi into the mainstream with strong characters (imagine that!), and it was unlike anything we'll ever see again. Thank you, Lost, for six wonderful seasons. But seriously, what was the island, really?


And there you have it, folks—another year of television has come to a close. What are you hoping to see on TV in 2011? What'd you think of this year's Top 100 list? And what do you think we missed?


The Archive:

12/20/2010: TV.com's Top 100 Everything of 2010, Vol. 1 (100-91)

12/21/2010: TV.com's Top 100 Everything of 2010, Vol. 2 (90-81)

12/22/2010: TV.com's Top 100 Everything of 2010, Vol. 3 (80-71)

12/23/2010: TV.com's Top 100 Everything of 2010, Vol. 4 (70-61)

12/24/2010: TV.com's Top 100 Everything of 2010, Vol. 5 (60-51)

12/27/2010: TV.com's Top 100 Everything of 2010, Vol. 6 (50-41)

12/28/2010: TV.com's Top 100 Everything of 2010, Vol. 7 (40-31)

12/29/2010: TV.com's Top 100 Everything of 2010, Vol. 8 (30-21)

12/30/2010: TV.com's Top 100 Everything of 2010, Vol. 9 (20-11)

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@torontogirl98-- I totally agree about Mad Men, I don't understand that show...

Anyways, I figured LOST would be in the top 10, but number one is awesome. And I figured also that Fringe would be in the top 10. I didn't read all of these segments, but this one is good.
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Ugh Man Men why do they always get such a great response so boring. Lost and Community and True Blood actually deserve to be here
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I really liked Terriers, it is a pity it got cancelled. Modern warfare was excellent :)
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What in the hell are you worried about spoiling an episode of Breaking Bad that was on over three months ago. I saw it, but, could you please referesh my memory about whatever you are discussing?
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Breaking Bad...
The best acted and SMARTEST show on TV, yo!
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I would only agree with the Supernatural listing. I have seen parts of the others and they allseem appalling. Just my opinion though.
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Is there anyway to bring back the show Kidnapped



Joy
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You remembered, and rightfully so, "Bones" 100th episode where Booth is rejected by Brennan. You overlooked the most recent episode where we had to watch Booth's heartbreaking rejection of Brennan.
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2010's 'Lists' should have been #1...!
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Fringe, True Blood (missed the entire last season, though) and LOST (terrible ending, dissapointing & ruined all that happened previously) were the only shows that I cared about. Mad Men never caught my interest. DULL! I suspect its audience were smokers and people who never lived through that era. As for Breaking Bad, I suppose it was OK the two times I watched it (nothing else on) but it couldn't garner interest. I just discovered Community and WILL watch it again. FUNNY!
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At least "Supernatural" is mentioned here - although I still haven't seen any new episodes since Season 4. I have to catch up!
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It is difficult to coment on these shows as I have only seen one of them: MADMEN. The rest are drek.
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miss LOST terrible and hope there will be a season 5 for MAD MEN!;)
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Pretty great list. Terriers should have the number 1 spot though, and Modern Warfare should be a close second.
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Pretty great list. Terriers should have the number 1 spot though, and Modern Warfare should be a close second.
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Why was the clip from Breaking Bad flipped?... It was like watching The Beatles walk right-to-left across the street on the cover of Abbey Road!
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Yay for FRINGE and SUPERNATURAL! They will be even better in 2011!
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WHAT!? This is so wrong!! Number one is definitely Damon telling Elena he loves her and then making her forget he said it on The Vampire Diaries. HEARTBREAKING!!!!!!!
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agree with True Blood and Fringe in the Top 10 though they'd have been higher on the scale for me, personally...
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Thanks for adding Fringe and LOST to the top 10! Best...shows...EVER!!
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LOST and Fringe are both in my top 10. I also loved Supernatural, but haven't gotten to this season of True Blood yet.
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yeah i remember that bill/lorena sex part.... it was soo... well ill never forget it, thats for sure,,, :))
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While the very nature of this list makes it just about impossible to succeed in creating it, one have to congrat TV.com for a great top 10! And I HAVE to start watching Breaking Bad! While Lost, Mad Men, Community, Terriers, True Blood, Supernatural and Fringe all deserve to be on any TV top 20 list of 2010, I personally would put Sons of Anarchy, Archer and Friday Night Lights as high or higher as all those series. However - truely great job!!
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Mad men is a good show fun to watch interesting , BREAKING BAD is hard to watch, disturbing, painful NEVER to be missed epic every week
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Smallville should be on here, whether it be the moment Lois finds out about Clark and saves his life, the amazing season 9 finale, or the moment Clark proposed just before Christmas break. They are all amazing moments!
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Vanessa Williams on "DH"...?
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I've never watched Lost. Actually none of my favorite shows is in Top 10:(
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FRINGE is best on tv in our days!! i really can't understand why is an underwatched series and why is in danger again this year.. fringe is awesome!! and it really blew our minds this season!! i hope it gets renew for next season cause i really believe tv won't be the same without fringe..
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meh never watched lost and i never will
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Lost! yeeii! ^^
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"The Suitcase" should've been #1, followed by the "Lost" hype.
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agreed
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I'd rather have a show that is amazing like Breaking Bad with no 'hype' then 'hype' that really led to a disappointing ending with Lost. I agree that Dr. Who should have made the list. Perhaps take away the old spice spot = debacle!!
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Lost deserves the #1 spot. Like it reads, wether you liked the ending or not, the hype around it was unmatched.
I would place Fringe higher (Top 5 at least) but otherwise I can agree to most of the listings
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Loved the references from "The Warriors" in Community, I used this episode to get so many of my other friends to start watching the show.
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Entries devoted to Glee: 2 (with one entry being devoted entirely to a specific musical number) // Entries devoted to True Blood: 2 // Entries devoted to the departure of David Tennant as the Doctor on "Doctor Who": 0 // Entries devoted to Matt Smith's arrival as the Doctor on "Doctor Who": 0 // Very nice list otherwise, but a mention of either of those would have been great. Sherlock was cool, but the Doctor changing hands was huge.
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Since my comment disappeared I'll keep reposting. Breaking Bad is great. Mad Men is just inexplicably praised. Won't ever understand it
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THANK YOU FOR MENTIONING SUPERNATURAL!!!! My favorite show on TV, and the only show on the CW other than Smallville that's actually worth watching.
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Great to see Supernatural in the Top 10. This Top 10 round up pretty well except Fringe. Fringe would be in my Top 5.
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I new lost would be number 1. It's true though, it was a pretty amazing show!

No mention of the rally to restore sanity though?
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You've convinced me to try Community - about the Top Ten; agree Fringe has been interesting so far (hope it continues), and the Ep of Breaking Bad you mention was good in a season (and show) that was great. Still don't get the hype about Lost - I'll leave it at that
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Don't agree about Lost and Mad Men. I couldn't get into either. I love Breaking Bad, however, and you left off a couple of goodies. My top 3 in order would be 1. Treme, 2, Breaking Bad 3. Sons of Anarchy
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I agree chargerfin. Mad Men is one of those inexplicable shows that everyone seems to like and to me is mediocre at best. One halfway decent episode all season and everyone is having an orgasm. Meanwhile EVERY episode of Breaking Bad was better than Suitcase was.
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No way was the Suitcase a better episode then Half Measures. And thank GOD Lost is finally over. I liked it but it was just so over rated and over publicized as to make someone who likes it get turned off. And to say imagine strong characters on Sci Fi makes me wonder if this list composer watches sci fi at all. Every sci fi show has had strong characters. Thing X Files, Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica. Blah this list is stinko!
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I really like this top 10. I can't argue with it at all.
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Another pointless list that puts the god awful Mad Men to the top...total bollocks. That fact alone makes this list useless.
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Lost number 1? OK, this makes this whole list just useless.
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I also liked the animated Community episode=)
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Mad Men, Community and True Blood would not make my top 1million. Crass Trash TV was never more popular with the unwashed and uneducated masses than it is now.
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