TV.com's Top 100 Everything of 2010: 40-31

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!

40. Parks and Recreation

The Office's kid sister really broke out in 2010, and we were truly bummed when the show was bumped from fall to midseason so NBC could make room for Outsourced. Highlights from the past year include: the ever-mysterious Ron Swanson, new cast members Rob Lowe and Adam Scott, Chris Pratt's performance as lovable doofus Andy Dwyer, and "Telethon"—in which we said our goodbyes to Pawnee city planner Mark Brendanawicz, enjoyed a thoroughly random guest appearance by retired NBA player Detlef Schrempf, and witnessed the aforementioned Swanson "sleep-fighting" and teaching public television viewers how to re-cane a chair.

39. Tony Shalhoub as Adrian Monk

Technically, Monk completed its run at the tail-end of 2009, but after leaving the show out of last year's Top 100, we couldn't let another year end without thanking the fantastic Tony Shalhoub for his eight wonderful seasons as the neurotic, OCD private investigator.


38. The In Treatment season finale

HBO's character study hit a high (or upsetting low, depending on your view) when Sunil revealed that he was using Paul to get deported.

37. Glee's rendition of "Teenage Dream"

Just when we thought Glee was getting too big for its britches with its high-production-value musical numbers, the show melted our hearts with an incredible a Capella rendition of Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream," led by the effortlessly charming newest cast member, Darren Criss. No wonder Kurt fell in love with him in an instant.

36. Treme's tunes

David Simon followed up The Wire with this ode to musicianship in New Orleans, and if the music was anything short of outstanding, the series would have been a monumental failure. Thankfully, it exceeded our expectations, raised our spirits, and had us doin' the shimmy all night long.

35. Tosh.0 progressing beyond the Beta phase

One of the most consistently funny shows on television in 2010 wasn't a sitcom—it was one guy standing in front of a green screen making fun of internet videos. Comedy Central's Tosh.0 hammered out the kinks of Season 1, loosened its collar, and became the network's must-see program, thanks to fantastic guests, genius Web redemptions, and millions of stupid people recording the stupid things they do.

34. The rise of Jimmy Kimmel

Which late-night talk-show host had the best year? It wasn't Leno, Letterman, or Conan. Kimmel and Jimmy Kimmel Live shone the brightest during the whole NBC fiasco, with Kimmel doing an entire show in Leno-face, confronting Leno on Leno's own show and not backing down, and generally providing the best outsider's commentary on the whole snafu. As Leno and Letterman show their age, Kimmel is emerging as the heir apparent to the late-night throne.

33. So that's where Richard Alpert came from!

Lost's "Ab Aeterno" was arguably the best episode of the series' final season, because we finally got some an answer to one of the biggest questions: Who the f*** is Richard Alpert? The answer took us all the way from the 1860s to present day, in one heck of an episode that had nothing to do with eyeliner.

32. The shooting at Seattle Grace

Just when we thought things couldn't get any crazier for the docs of Grey's Anatomy, a gunman walked into Seattle Grace and started blasting away in the two-part, Season 6 finale. The tragedy was accompanied by a lost pregnancy, epiphanies that lead to renewed relationships, and difficult choices that affected who lived and died. Just another day on TV's soapiest primetime soap!

31. Breaking Bad's parking-lot showdown

Holy s***! Television as a whole had a heart attack during the final heart-pumping fracas in "One Minute." (Spoiler alert!) With the Mexican cartel's twin hitmen on his ass, an already frazzled Hank pulled off one of the most harrowing escapes in TV history, and elevated himself to hometown hero.


NEXT: TV.com's Top 100 Everything of 2010, Vol. 8 (30-21) >>


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)

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Grey's was great, but the shooting was in 2010, not 2011.
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THE SHOOTING AT SEATTLE GRACE SHOULD BE IN THE TOP TEN!!! everyone was going crazy about it and it was AMAZING!
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Oh, Tosh.O and Grey's are both great shows as well! :D
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I've never watched Breaking Bad before, but that scene was f*cking awesome! Love everything about Glee, especially the performance of "Teenage Dream."
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That Lost episode about Richard was really awesome!
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i agree about 37, 35 & 33. the other shows I don't watch.
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Parks and Recreation is one of the funniest and most clever shows on tv. Go get yourself a sense of humor.



Great to see that phenominal scene from Breaking Bad getting its recognition.
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What is the deal with you phony reviewers? Do you have some sort of fetish for the unfunny, unwatched parks and recreation. IT SUCKS!
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Agree that BB had 3 fantastic moments (at least) this year. You all know what they are. For me though, Cranston's acting in the last 5 mintues of the finale can't be topped. I didn't know what he was really going to do until the last seconds. "YEAH" And aaron paul can't be beat.
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loved Richard Alpert's episode on Lost, it was brilliant and absolutely DIED for Breaking Bad's Hank Showdown with the psycho twins. BB is so great SO GREAT!
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I love Darren Criss on Glee!! I wish he would become a regular. I also totally agree with Parks and Recreation and Monk making the list; I miss Monk/Tony Shalhoub and can't wait for the return of Parks and Rec!
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I liked Glee's Teenage Dream too.
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@noelveiga: The Richard Alpert episode was set in the Canary Islands, not Spain. If I remember correctly, Nestor Carbonnel modeled his accent after his Cuban parents after he found out that their accents were very similar to people from the Canary Islands. Really glad Parks and Recreation is here, but I think Ron Swanson (and maybe some of the other characters) deserves his own entry. I rewatched both seasons last week and I laughed at almost everything he did/said.
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Parks and Rec and Teenage dream would be in my top 10
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I agree with # 31.
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Good for MONK! Truly well deserved!!
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Breaking Bad's "One Minute" ending should be in the top 10.
Even TV.com's description here says it should be.
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Glee's teenage dream was really amazing :D
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Yay! Glad to see that Monk made it on here!
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Jimmy Kimmel Live has been the best late night show for the past 3-4 years, but good thing you guys finally noticed lol.. Breaking Bads parking lot scene should have been in the top 10, but im guessing you are reserving that spot for the final 2 episodes of season 3, which is ok by me. Oh and Lost's Ab Aeterno was awesome, cant wait to see where you place the lost finale.
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Breaking Bad's "One Minute" should be higher, but as long as the final scene of "Half Measures" makes it into the top ten (at LEAST), all will be forgiven. Also, as funny as Kimmel is, Craig Ferguson is the one who made it out of the Leno/Conan fiasco the best, by rising completely above it with a monologue about how there are far more important things in the world than which middle-aged white guy gets x-million dollars, not to mention a risky show that was literally just a conversation between himself and Stephen Fry (with no audience), and the addition of his faithful robot skeleton sidekick Geoff. Still, I grant you that Kimmel's appearance on Leno's own show might have been the highlight of the entire ordeal.
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Just discovered Tosh.O and I love it almost as good as Joel on The Soup, Parks&Rec is hilarious and love Kimmel
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Really, Glee's rendition of Teenage Dream? That sounded awful! Am I the only one?
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Great calls on Parks and Recreation (one of my favorite comedies) and Monk (definitely ended on a good note).
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That grey's anatomy finale was the best, it was intense and i would have put it in my top ten. also like the glee song.
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I never saw breaking bad so I watched the clip and I didn't think it was all that great. My question is why didn't he drive away right then. The Grey's finale was AH-MAZING!!! I loved it.
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Ugh "Ab Aeterno"? That episode was boring beyond belief and was schlocky, stupid, and the epitome of everything that was wrong with season six.
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I completely agree with the Breaking Bad scene.
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Lost's Alpert episode was ludicrous. Its rendition of 19th century Spain put their terrible version of London to shame and, being Spanish, I could think of nothing but the terrible accents, wrong looks of everything and poor fact checking throughout the episode. I liked the finale and season 6 as a whole, but I knew too much to enjoy that particular one.
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Grey's Anatomy was great! That was the best finale ever.
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That Breaking Bad scene should be higher. Oh and Treme is a failure.
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The Breaking Bad one might have been my favorite 5 minutes of television, ever.
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Leno got served.
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grey's finale was the best!!
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parks and rec should be around the top twenty.
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Tosh.0 and Breaking Bad are great shows!!!
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