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.
We'll be posting 10 items each weekday through December 31, so check back often to see what made the cut!
30. FX's bad guysWell, technically one is a gal, but that didn't stop Sons of Anarchy's Agent Stahl (Ally Walker) from being the most vile villain on television this year. And thanks to Walton Goggin's masterpiece of a performance, Justified's Christian neo-Nazi Boyd Crowder also put the fear in us.
29. The Good Wife's amazing raceThe fight over the State's Attorney race was enthralling. Florrick and Childs were anticipating a third candidate, and they spent a lot of time sabotaging her campaign. She stepped up to the podium anyway... and announced the candidacy of somebody else. It was a fabulous moment for a show that needs to be talked about more.
28. Live from New York, it's 30 Rock!They weren't the all-time best episodes of the series, but the show's ambition to do not one, but TWO live shows (one for each coast—sorry, Chicago!) floored us. And as for how they pulled it off considering the potential for disaster? Color us very impressed.
27. Bones hit the century markBones went all out for its 100th episode: Series star David Boreanaz directed it, Eric Millegan returned to play intern Zach Addy, viewers got a glimpse at the turbulent beginnings of Booth and Brennan's relationship, and—most momentously—Brennan rejected Booth in one of the most heartbreaking scenes of the year.
26. Louie's dentist appointmentIn a series overflowing with awkward moments and controversial humor, Louie going to the dentist (played by Stephen Root) may have taken the cake. And then smashed it in our faces.
25. How I Met Your Mother also hit the century markUntil "Girls vs. Suits" (the series' 100th episode), Barney Stinson was basically a consistent fountain of slightly misogynistic one-liners and catchphrases. But this musically inclined episode showed off NPH's superb singing voice and stage presence in the best possible way—it was a song about his two favorite things!
24. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's dance movesOverall, Season 6 featured quite a few hilarious moments—but our favorites involved the Paddy's Pub gang getting their groove on. Sweet Dee did "the inflatable car dealership man" on top of a boat, and Charlie debuted his minimalist, interpretive "butt dance."
23. Modern Family's family momentsIn every episode, after 20 minutes of laughing at Luke doing stupid things, Gloria fumbling the English language, Cameron being flamboyant, Manny behaving like a man-child, and Phil acting the dork, there's a moment when everything comes together. And gosh darnit, we just can't ignore the warm and fuzzy feelings that moment brings. Sitcoms aren't supposed to do this!
22. The cancellation of HeroesIt was about time.