TV.com's Top 100 Everything of 2011, Vol. 10: Items 10-1

This is it! Our Top 10 televised happenings for the year 2011 AD. You've waited patiently by your computer for weeks for us to post it. You forgot to do your holiday shopping because this list preoccupied every fiber of your brain. You haven't peed in a toilet since last Monday. But the wait is over. Our blessed Top 10 is ready. Now before you head to the comments and scream "Why didn't [random TV moment] make the list!?!?" just remember, we love you.

If you missed any previous installments of the list, don't worry! We've got your back. Head to the bottom of the page and get thee to the archives!



10. Oddball comedy laughs its way to the top


This was a breakout year for shows that embraced the weird and alternative. Television is finally catching up to the humor the stand-up comedy world has known for years with shows like Portlandia, Eagleheart, Wilfred, The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, and Louie. The effect can even be seen on network TV, with New Girl and Community. Two and a Half Men may still bring in the big numbers, but it's these young upstart shows that are shaping the future.



9. The Vampire Diaries' teen drama transcendence


It's hard to pinpoint exactly when The Vampire Diaries transformed itself from a trendy vampire romance cash-in to the riveting, clever, massively entertaining adventure saga it is today. Was it the release and subsequent mass murder of an entire tomb full of Civil War-era vampires? Was it the surprise reappearance of the protagonist's evil doppelganger? Or was it the arrival of a 1,000 year-old vampire and his killing of three (!) characters? Again, hard to say. All we know is The Vampire Diaries is no longer a stereotypical CW teen drama, it's something much weirder, more complicated, and far grander than anyone had any right to expect. And with the first half of Season 3 all aces so far (including its systematic dismantling of all the core romances), 2011 has definitely been a good year for handsome monsters in fitted tees and their surprisingly grown-up tales.



8. Homeland's unexpected romance


Homeland was one of the most gripping, heavy dramas of the year. But no one told us that Showtime's thriller would become a romance. And by golly, CIA agent Carrie Mathison and potential-terrorist Brody had such amazing chemistry that we found ourselves rooting for both sides of the War on Terror to relax so the pair could make googly eyes at each other. It started with a nail-biting run-in at a support group meeting, moved to the backseat of a parked car, and culminated with fireworks at a remote cabin in the woods. And somewhere along the way there was a lie-detector test, a gun, and a tell-all interrogation where one lover accused the other of being a terrorist. This is romance, Homeland-style.



7. Michael Scott's Office farewell


Steve Carell's last episode, "Goodbye, Michael," was basically perfect. But it may not even have been the best part of his exit: There was a specific moment in "Michael's Last Dundies," right as the music started playing for the Dunder-Mifflin gang's "Seasons of Michael" tribute, where he said, "Oh my God, something's happening!" Not only did it get the waterworks going for both him and us, but it encapsulated everything Michael Scott was about. After all the moments over the years where we felt bad after realizing the underlying reasons for his ridiculousness were so well-meaning--he wanted to be loved and be thought of as a good boss and someday get married and have 100 kids and so on and so forth--it was like all his dreams were coming true right in front of his eyes, and it was incredibly touching to see his reaction. Plus Carell flat-out killed it in the acting department.



6. The Walking Dead finds Sophia


It took a while, but the survivors found the kid in one heck of an emotional scene. The revelation and subsequent action changed everything, especially the group's dynamics and our sense that we could brush up on the show by reading the comics. But most importantly, it saved an until-then disappointing season of a show we love.



5. Louie supports the troops


As Louis C.K.--the man behind FX's cerebral comedy Louie--tells it, his daughter came up with the idea for "Duckling," one of the best hours of anything this year. "You should do an episode where you take a duckling to Afghanistan," she told him. So he did. The result was a creative and humbling look through the eyes of a normal American at the men and women of the Armed Forces and what they aim to protect. It also became a tribute to the late Oscar-nominated Restrepo director Timothy Hetherington, who consulted on the episode.



4. Friday Night Lights brings it on home


To even say the words "Friday," "night," and "lights" out loud in close succession is to cause the show's fans immediately get misty-eyed. It's basically a Pavlovian thing at this point, second only in power to hearing the first few strums of that theme song. Leave it to a show set in the sports world to tell the most nakedly emotional, earnest, and profound stories ever told––it's no wonder FNL never became a hit. Just who is a show like that for, exactly? Men? Women? As it turns out, everyone. Over the course of its five seasons (which amounted to four more than most people expected), Friday Night Lights portrayed small towns as they really are, human beings as they hope to be, and families as we all wish they'd be. If you've watched the series, you know how special it is, and if you haven't... well, we're jealous that you still get to see it for the first time. It's important to recognize the miracle that a show like this not only got to survive for five seasons, but was able to end on its own heartfelt, utterly beautiful terms. Clear eyes, full hearts... you know the rest.



3. Community's definition of comedy


Nobody ever said comedy was easy, but Community cherishes making it seem really, really, really difficult, and proves that it can be extremely potent in the right hands. Who else could pull off something as incredible as "Remedial Chaos Theory," in which the study group's dynamics were highlighted by alternate timelines, evil gnomes, and The Police? Who in his right mind would take end-of-the-season clip-episode "Paradigms of Human Memory" and fill it with never-before-seen footage? What other program could make paintball, Dungeons & Dragons, foosball, and Glee so funny? Community is a comedy so far ahead--err, streets ahead--of its time that we'd all need time machines to lavish it with the praise it deserves.



2. Breaking Bad, party of three


For three seasons, AMC's best drama focused on the simple story of two men trying to sell one of the most addictive drugs known to man. Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul were the celebrated show ponies, acting their pants off every season while the rest of the cast played catch-up. But Season 4, which was as good as any television of the last 20 years, was all about Gus Fring, played by the now in-demand Giancarlo Esposito. He did the unthinkable and actually stole scenes from Emmy-hog Cranston. From the cutthroat opening episode to the face-melting finale, Gus and Esposito made Season 4 Breaking Bad's best one yet.



1. A one-two punch from Game of Thrones


A flood of interest in a series that was already hyped by genre fans. An amazing adaptation of a book that could never be adapted. Proof that fantasy could transcend the stereotypes of its genre. Game of Thrones was one of the year's biggest pop-culture stars, and it hit so hard and so fast, we get the sense that this is only the beginning. But what made the series such a hit was its daring storytelling, enthralling characters, and stunning moments. Two of those moments in particular––Ned at Baelor, Dany after the pyre––shocked us and let us know that the rules of television do not apply to this sprawling epic.


And with that, we've reached the end of this year's Top 100 Everything countdown. List your own top ten moments of the year in the comments!


The Archive:

12/19/2011: TV.com's Top 100 Everything of 2011, Vol. 1 (100-91)

12/20/2011: TV.com's Top 100 Everything of 2011, Vol. 2 (90-81)

12/21/2011: TV.com's Top 100 Everything of 2011, Vol. 3 (80-71)

12/22/2011: TV.com's Top 100 Everything of 2011, Vol. 4 (70-61)

12/23/2011: TV.com's Top 100 Everything of 2011, Vol. 5 (60-51)

12/26/2011: TV.com's Top 100 Everything of 2011, Vol. 6 (50-41)

12/27/2011: TV.com's Top 100 Everything of 2011, Vol. 7 (40-31)

12/28/2011: TV.com's Top 100 Everything of 2011, Vol. 8 (30-21)

12/29/2011: TV.com's Top 100 Everything of 2011, Vol. 9 (20-11)

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i love the walking dead and game of thrones

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I agree with all except 5 and 10 because I don't watch those shows... Except New Girl and Community! Thanks for putting Friday Night Lights here, it was an amazing show!



Clear eyes, full hearts, can't loose!!!
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I am surprised the last 5 second of Dexter isn't on here...I guess the rest of the season was too terrible! So glad Goodbye Micheal is here, I cried...
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I agree, we have been waiting for that moment for so long!
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The best thing about your list was no Parks and Wreckreation or 30 rock in the top 23.

FYI - Parks and Wreckreation was watched by a laughable 1.8 million viewers last week. Why don't you do an article on 'Why in the hell is this pathetc show still on the air'?.
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There was no new episode of Parks and Rec last week....so they were probably watching a rerun, the rest of us were enjoying our vacation. You were looking at viewers numbers.
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There are some terrific shows out there. Cable has come along way. And the networks, except CBS keep losing ground.



I am so hungry for the next seasons to start.
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Glad to see Smallville, American Horror Story, and Person of Interest get recognized, but I still completely agree with the top 2.
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Dany after the pyre? Really? I thought Ned's biggest scene was the one that really changed what everyone thought this show was about. That had the biggest HOLY SHIT moment compared to Dany and her pyre.
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This scene gave me chills, it was juicy sci fi fantasy goodness. I agree Ned's scene was great and a Major moment, but this scene had it's own merits. This scene sort of changes the Game, as the Dragon's Daughter has been reborn, along with some new family members!
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I agree with the top3! And community is really a great show!!! I don't understand why NBC benches it :(



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I'm a little dissapointed in the lack of mention for Doctor Who. The reveal of River Song's identity was a huge moment. I would have thought that would have cracked the top 100.
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idk I found this season to be less exciting than previously. and honestly, I saw the river song reveal coming from several episodes away, which is sad because Moffatt has always been able to surprise me before.
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a lot of shit i never saw but im happy BB was in the top 10. Dexters bad last season killed them but the final part of the last episode should have been in there. Homeland is great and happy to see it back here ! Next seasons of Boardwalk empire, homeland, dexter and Breaking bad are gonna be MURDER!
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The shows are not very appealing except a few. Digged!
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I agree with this list for once!
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Pretty comprehensive top 100, though of course people won't agree on the position, or even mention, of EVERYTHING on it. Still, I think you guys got some pretty pivotal TV moments on here.



One thing I wish, since most people probably want to scroll down to one instead of vice-versa, is that you had an archive link no to the PREVIOUS volume, but to the next (counting down, I mean). For example, when you get to the end of Vol. 1 100-91, have a link at the bottom of the article to Vol. 2. (keeping the link to the previous volume is of course great for those who want to start at the beginning). Thanks! Happy 2012!!
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#1...Game of Thrones is such a great tv show, I'm so glad that it was able to have so many fans while being a fantasy tv show ( I LOVE fantasy... but most people don't so...)



And thank you so verry much for #9! Is really hard to tell how, why or when but men, TVD keeps getting better and better, deeper and deeper.
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The first time I saw that Michael song I got goosebumps. That episode was so sad.
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exactly.
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my neighbor's step-mother makes $86/hr on the internet. She has been out of work for 8 months but last month her check was $8759 just working on the internet for a few hours. Read more on this web site... Nuttyrich.com
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and MY uncle's nephew's sister wife just made $400 in 15 minutes!! Course, she had to give up 20% to her mother's neice's brother's mother for the referal!!
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You hang out with your neighbor's step-mother?? Weird.
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not one single show that would appeal to a person with an IQ in 3 digits
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Well, I must say I'm a bit shocked that a man of your stature and complexity saw fit to lower his standard long enough to read 100 trashy reports of substandard entertainment for the lower classes.

Oh and Peter, I have to wonder, just what is it you are doing here amongst the savages??? Slumming?
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Sir I do believe that unless you have met every person on the planet with a 3 digit IQ you are not qualified to make that comment and if you had you would have met me and I like some of these shows and therefore you couldnt have made that comment knowing it was false! Get off your high horse and don't assume you know anything about anyone that isn't you!

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You're totally right. Nobody with an IQ in 3 digits would like anything in this top 10. I mean, when have nerds ever liked epic fantasy shows? And don't even get me started on Breaking Bad. There's an idiotically written program if I've ever seen one. Not to mention Community. I'll take the clever wit of Two and a Half Men over the unintelligible rabble of Community any day of the week . . .



As you may have guessed, my new years resolution is to be less sarcastic. It's gonna be tough.
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Happy new year to you too.
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and what is one that you think would?
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when hardison was buried alive on leverage, amazing moment for hardison and parker

marshall's dad's funeral (makes me cry everytime)

death of vincent nigel murray on bones (also makes me cry everytime)

series finale of smallville

wordy revealing he has parkinson's and is leaving team one on flashpoint

jj and prentis leaving on criminal minds

chuck getting the girl

michael j fox on the good wife (amazing)

the formation of some funny and awesome girl power on the big bang theory

the fall finale of supernatural, whatever the outcome is with bobby, sam and dean it was a great episode
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If this is TRULY a top everything list where is the Terra Nova embezzlement of a $50 million budget??

Terriers cancelation based on a single viewing by 300 "locals" after receiving high praise by every critic???

EVERYTHING should include The BAD, and The UGLY along with the GOOD !!

Top 100 warm & fuzzy.



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FNL, very fitting!!!!

But there are too many to single out

just be happy and move on
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my #5-1 list:

5.Entourage final season

4.SSupernatural's Castiel becoming "God"

3.Smallville Series FInale

2.Chuck renewed for Final Season

1.Fringe in all forms. Especially "The Day We Died' & FOX renewing for 4th season.



Honorable Mentions: HIMYM- Marshall's dad dying& Robin never having kids. Beavis and Butt-Head reboot. The Walking Dead finds Zombie Sophia. Weeds' awesome 7th season. Misfits rids of 2 cast members. Charlie Sheen being crazy. South Park's 'Im Getting Old'. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia revealing Mac's last name & how he got fat. Alphas being GOLD. Me finally finding The Big Band Theory.
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Number 7 was really nice.
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I agree with the top three. It was really hard to find stand out scenes or episodes this year. Game of thrones had many and so did breaking bad. Community is just great for what it does. Homeland shouldn't have been so high up. If Brody's bomb would have gone off then the show would have become something special, but in the end it turned out to be just another show holding on for dear life to it's main plot. The same way S.O.A. is holding on to Clay. They should take lessons from American Horror Story. That's a show where you never know what's going to happen.
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So hard to read the list without spoiling anything I haven't go around to watching yet.... But I did it. Glad FNL got in the top 5, such a great show and I agree with being jealous of anyone that gets to watch it for the first time.
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good to know that the walking dead made it to the top 10 but really should be in the top 5. (they are putting that show community on ice so I don't think it deserves to be there)
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Completely agree I mean the SMARTEST and most INVENTIVE Comedy on TV definitely doesn't belong in the top 5. Especially because its on hiatus because people prefer watching the Two and a Half Men and the Big Bang Theory!
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if you watched the show you would know why it deserves to be there.
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the best 3 TV shows at the moment all appear in the top3, all of these shows have so many great moments, I cant complain :)
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Personally, I cant pick a number 1 scene from Game of Thrones - there were so many of them. Grgor Clegane making horse salami, Tyrion in everything ("you are a shit warrior"), the coronation (!!!), that drogo-dude ... and on and on ....

As a personal mentioning to this awesome TV-year I also have to point out Justified second season. While watching I wanted to go to Kentucky, all the way from Franconia. It was special.
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I had ONE problem with the Game of Thrones scene where Dany steps out of the fire...she was bald in the book...with her hair obviously burning up...think how impactful that would've been if the show writers had made her bald...nonetheless the season finale of Game of Thrones was awesome...
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I think creating the effects of Dany slowly grow back her hair from baldness would have been way too frustrating for continuity's sake. They don't film one episode at a time, and it wouldn't have made sense (especially given how small of a change it makes) to be cutting her hair and giving her different extensions depending on the scene they are shooting. It never made much sense that her skin didn't burn but her hair did anyhow.
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Where's Regis? His retirement is the biggest news of TV. He has a Guiness World Record for the most time on TV. Any list that omits him is irrelevant.
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C'mon...Regis is never really gone!

He'll still be on TV when my great great grandson buys his first space ship.
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Game of Thrones has a well deserved first place. My brother recommended this series to me and i was instantly hooked. And now i cant wait till season 2 begins.
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TV.com is making me hate Community. Anyways, on Christmas I finally sat down and watched Homeland. All 12 episodes in one day. The show is great and the interrogation in the woods was intense. I am glad to see it one the list. Walking Dead deserves it's spot, and so does The Office Good Bye.
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Because they talk about how amazing Community is...it makes you hate it?
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DAMN! 12 episodes in ONE day! Hell, you deserve a spot in the top 100 just for that.
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If I hadn' been watching that show from the start and had discovered it after the season had ended I would have watched it all in one day too. Waiting each week for a new episode was pure torture (although I use that word advisedly now. Clearly it is not torture!)
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Thanks for the Walking Dead spoiler! You do realize not everyone may have seen some of these episodes/shows yet? I missed the last three episodes. You couldn't just say "The Search for Sofia"? Thankfully I did not read the paragraph for it. Please think about that before you write next time.
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that ep was over a month ago. if you haven't watched it yet, you shouldn't read anything involving the show. fault's on you
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And I know your response is going to invariably be "well if you don't want to get spoiled then don't go to tv websites". But I'm sure the tv.com staff doesn't really want all of us to stop visiting their website altogether, which is what could happen if they aren't more delicate with giving away major plot points to popular tv shows (yes, even in a list like this).
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No, the tv.com staff does this kind of thing all the time in headlines. There is no reason to give a spoiler away in a headline. If someone puts in the effort to read the article or paragraph, then they have no reason to complain, but headlines are different, they are meant to grab your attention, even in a list like this. Not every single person has time to watch every single show they would like throughout the year. The tv.com staff could put in a little more effort for those of us with lives apart from constant television viewing.
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Not entirely. TV.Com can be more cryptic about it or just note the show and actual episode number and title such as Walking Dead S2 Episode 1: "What Lies Ahead". There are other shows I have seen or have no real interest in that I am curious to know what was good about it to be chosen for the list.



As I scroll through, I read each heading and if it is something I may not have seen, I just skip past without reading it, but spoiling it in the headline does not help. I also do not know for sure Walking Dead would be on the list. When I saw this, I read they found her, but averted my eyes from the photo quickly enough to not realize she was a "walker", so I, oddly enough, saved myself there. I guess I could also ask if that photo was necessary too.



I watch this On Demand thru cable and was three episodes behind, but the cable company or AMC pulled it off there before I could get back to it. Saturday, AMC had a marathon that I got caught up with, but was disappointed in that end. Having her come out last like that seemed too contrived. Had they made it so she was among the bunch at once would have made the group's reaction more interesting dealing with seeing her and having to kill the others at the same time. Since it was spoiled for me that they were going to find her and since the episode was moments from ending, I knew the last walker must be Sophia, so the surprise was gone.



My point is that these situations can happen and that TV.Com contributers can be a little more careful or clever in how they post something. This would apply to the others on the list too for those who care not to have their shows plot moments given away. Keep spoilers out of the link and other titles and maybe avoid spoilery photos too.



If you saw the episode, good for you, but do not get uppity about it and criticize those who have not.
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Oh, come on, people! This discution can end in the ban of this site (or parts of it) outside the US ! You are goin to screw us all !!
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I agree. People from the UK also read this site - some shows haven't even started airing here yet. They could easily do that thing where you have to highlight text for it to show - like on televisionwithoutpity.com
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Oh, come on, people! This discution can end in the ban of this site (or parts of it) outside the US ! You are goin to screw us all !!
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these are the best moments in tv obviously there are going to be spoilers and the search sucks it was the end of it that rocked.
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Yeah, I know, but they put it in the headline. If it's a show I watch and have seen, I'll read it, but if it's one I missed or have yet to get to (ON Demand or Hulu viewing for later), then my intuition kicks in there may be a spoiler, so I'll skip over it and not read what was wrote. For shows I do not get on premium cable, I may do the same, as I may want to watch on DVD when out. I do read those for shows I care less about.



Just keep the spoiler out of the headline itself.
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I would argue that Breaking Bad should be number 1 but I don't watch Game of Thrones so that really wouldn't be fair. I love that Community is number 3. NBC please don't cancel this show, I don't know what I will do without Troy and Abed. They are so funny together. Breaking Bad is just awesome and I am pretty happy with the list. I watch a lot of shows and just about every major/important thing that happened on each of the shows I watch got on here. Breaking Bad equals greatest television show ever!
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#33 OK which one of you FLAMIN IDIOTS took what was one of the finest cinematic moments in television in over 20 yrs and reduced it to an out of focus, botched hack job ???? Clearly, whomever did this has little to no grasp of what they were watching!!

Starting with WW's face, the camera boom backs up a perfectly framed broken, hysteric WW in his own personal hell(highlighted by the red blanket representing the flames). Whichever one of your staff is responsible for this should report to their new duty as reporter for OWN !! GET OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BTW, THIS is my personal #1
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To be fair: For single scenes it has a pretty high rank. Every top 10 member (except Sophia) is a praise for a show as a whole.
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This is not a single scene. It is a representation of the 4 years of effort that goes into EVERY piece of this tapestry by each and every person with hands on!!

It isn't just the acting that makes Breaking Bad all that it is, and when a truly great moment such as this scene is trivialized, it's either ignorance or stupidity. Neither of which is excusable.
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YIKES! I agree, that epic scene should have been much higher, but at least the show in general pretty much got spot #2.
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"Ser Ilyn, Bring Me His Head !" and the rest is history...
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I still don't see the appeal of TVD. Well, not, that's not true, I DO. There is something altogether mature about it, but then, for me, that's a little weird, as these are supposed to be teenage characters. As a teen myself, I know our issues surpass crushes on guys or girls and what to wear or how to get people to accept us, but these teenagers are ALL having sex, drinking...I know teens do that. But as a girl who doesn't herself drink OR smoke OR do drugs, and someone who is entirely awkward socially...all these teens are a bit TOO grown up. It makes me sick sometimes. They don't very the characters, apart from what bred of supernatural they are. The acting is good, the direction is good, but the plot holes are a-plenty and it makes my head hurt. Characters are shallow, everyone has kissed everyone else, everyone has lost more people than I have met yet are still on top of things...I know that, for all it's flaws, it's an enjoyable, well-paced show, but I can't connect, and I wonder if I'm missing something there.
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I guess I was a grown up teen. In most regards this show was no different than how Dawson's Creek was. Sometimes the teens appearing more mature than they should have been. I never seen the adultness of the teens on this show problematic. I for one, when I was a teen, happened to be a bit mature 17 going on 30 myself, so I'm always pleased when I see teens portrayed on television that don't hit the cliche of irresponsible, sex crazed brats. I think the supernatural element of this show, and how dark the supernatural element gets, is why the teens on this show have to come across more mature. When you consider shows like Sabrina The Teenage Witch in the past, which was more light hearted, and campy...there was room for teen cliches. I do agree that some things about the teens of this show are unrealistic, hell a whole lot of them are, but given the nature of the show in general I get why it was almost inevitable for them to head in that direction. I guess I'm saying...while, yeah at times the teens of this show seem too mature...I also am well aware (even based on my own personal experiences) that mature and adult-like teens are not out of the realm of normal either. Matt for example...there are hundreds of kids out there his age who may have lost a sibling, or dealt with parents abandoning them, or just trying to make it through high school and support themselves. Elena has an old soul quality and if you look at her original story of losing both parents in a car crash...nothing unnatural about that, or her brother dealing with depression and drug issues. Or Tyler having an overbearing or borderline abusive father. They are all very real very plausible things that would contribute to the teens seeming more like adults...and working in the supernaturaldom only enhances that. The Secret Circle is the same way.
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When I watched it I had the feeling that it was originally supposed to be a teen drama but the writers saw the possibilities (is it true to the books? I didn't read them...) and it turned out to be for an older audience. I'm 24 now and I think the "teenagers" are way too grown up. Seriously, I remember my classmates and myself when we were 17/18 and when I watched TVD it was more like watching people in their 30s talking. In order to make them seem younger they had everyone date/make out with as many people as possible. So personally I dropped it after the season 2 finale. And I don't miss it.
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A nice list :) Don't watch Breaking Bad (saving it :) ) but people that do, tell me that 2nd place in this list is very well deserved.



While I agree with Community being in the top three as it is a miracle in TV form, but if I have to name my number 1 show, that I feel waiting for the most, it would be Fringe.



Fringe hits it out of the park every single time. Whether it is a "mythalone" episode, or an main story arc advancing episode, it goes practically without faults.

Even with their gamble with last season's ending and this season's beginning, it was still immensely entertaining and this [SPOILER ALERT] mini "reset" this seasons was completely not annoying and so interesting. It was a bit sad actually, because we got to see a world without its main character. And BRAVO for the cast for portraying now a third (THIRD!) version of themselves with such success.



Fringe goes without fault and I can now remember 1 other fairly long running show that went on without fault for a very very long time that's not on this list - Supernatural in its first 5 seasons. Fringe deserves to be on the top 5, or at least the top 10.
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TVD has totally gone beyond anything I ever expected of it!! It outshines True Blood for me...every single week!!
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TV.com's resident True Blood reviewer, Lily Sparks, may not agree, but season 4 was considerably worse than past seasons. Conversely, TVD has only gotten better for 3 straight years. True Blood made vampires popular again on TV and is still a good show, but TVD has evolved from camp to mainstream (thanks in part to Price), and its crazily brilliant storytelling pushes the boundaries every week. For those who don't watch it (and maybe for some who do), a top 10 spot might seem a little high, but I think it's right where it should be.
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Season 4 had potential to be a great season, as I remember you and a lot of others referring to it as one of the better seasons around when episode 7 aired. It fell apart badly towards the end, and would of been a complete disaster if not for the last 5 minutes of the finale. Based on what I've heard from casting and other rumors, things are looking up for season 5. Let's be honest, we knew we were going to have to put up with a lot of the bullshit subplots from season 3 going into season 4, like Tommy, Debbie, the baby, werepanthers, witches etc., and luckily most of those were resolved. As far as TVD, it started very weak, but has gotten better each year. Hopefully it won't fall off the deep end any time soon.
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You got me! You have quite the memory. I was very complimentary of True Blood at the beginning of the 4th season. But as you said, it devolved into a distemperate mess near the end. Where I feel it really fell off the rails was the Sookie, Bill, and Eric love triangle. I absolutely hated the way they approached this terrible triumvirate. And the ludicrous debacle was capitulated during Sookie's dream sequence. Not only was it badly written, the whole thing just felt awkward (especially considering Anna and Stephen's off-screen marriage). The ending was amazing, though. Tara and Debbie gone with two sprays of a shotgun. WOW! Most of the "bullshit subplots" have been removed, so I'm optimistic for season 5. As for TVD, I don't envision any drop off in the foreseeable future. And if it does, at least we'll have Price's hilarious reviews to put it in its place.
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Pam's past will probably echo back to season 3 when she said "and don't call me a hooker, that was a long time ago." It will be definitely be different, but anything with more Pam is good with me. Out of all the vampires from both shows, Pam is my absolute favorite. With that being said, I still love Eric, Jessica, Russell, Damon, Caroline, and Klaus, but as you pointed, I feel Klaus is a character that I feel the writers want us to go against. I just don't feel the need to dislike that guy, as I don't find him super evil like I do Russell Edgington.
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@NickLopez2 - "We'll have Russell return, Steve Newlin as a vampire, Pam's past, Chris Meloni as an authority head, a crazy ancient vampire chick, another progeny of Godric, werewolf/shapeshifter tension, the vampire authority explored and more" - HOLY FLABBERGASTING FAIRIES! That is a lot to work with! Russell's return is a great injection of new . . . err, old blood. In the books Pam is Brit from the Victorian era , but it will be interesting to see where the show takes her character (the books are VERY different from the show). And to see Chris Meloni step out of the SVU shadow will be fun to watch. Damn! I need to mark the date of the season 5 premier on my new calender.
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Your exactly right, the love triangle was just awful, and Bill just seemed shoehorned in there. Like Dexter, I feel the writers take the easy way out with storylines a lot of the times, and that's why the witch battle towards the end was very anticlimatic. From what I've heard about season 5, we'll have Russell return, Steve Newlin as a vampire, Pam's past, Chris Meloni as an authority head, a crazy ancient vampire chick, another progeny of Godric, werewolf/shapeshifter tension, the vampire authority explored and more. That sounds a hell of a lot more interesting than what we had for season 4. I also agree it will be long time before TVD goes off the rails, and if it does, Price Peterson will save the day, just like he did with Dexter.
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1, 2, 3 BOOM! TV.com kills it! Perfect 1, 2, 3. The remaining 97 picks were great too, but the order was mostly questionable, but your top 3 is perfect.
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BOOM! Haha! Great way to describe it. TV.com's top 3 is so exquisitely explosive, I can still feel the reverberations. When it came down to the all important medal round, TV.com had a flawless finish.
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Plus, The Big Bang Theory.... Shamy is an official couple!
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:(, no mention of Warehouse 13 in the Top 100. Season 3 had a lot of surprises and ended with them blowing up the Warehouse. Plus also killing off a Villian in HG Wells that well she was Sylar level villian. That's how great the character is.
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Yeah anyhow how great was it to have Kate Mulgrew from Star Trek Voyager, and not a mention!
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Thanks for the spoiler alert.



Sincerely,

Someone who is only on season 1. : (
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Spoiler!? TV.com's Top Every is a Spoiler of everything huge spoiler that happened in 2011. No one to blame but yourself.
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Steve Carell's final episode was amazing. I'm glad it's in the top 10. But, It would be number 1, for me.
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castle, once upon a time and Park from House
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never been a big fan of breaking Bad; other than that and this list is spot on!

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I love the shout-outs to Steve Carell's farewell episode of The Office, and the Walking Dead. If it were my list though, it would've included Fringe, Alphas, and the US version of Being Human.
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Yay Community!
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I knew the top 2 spots would go to Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones. While I agree Breaking Bad is the best show on television, I'm perfectly fine with Thrones taking the top spot. That show was just filled with so many great moments that it will be hard to top next year, but I'm confident the show will get even better, as will Breaking Bad's final season. As for the rest of the list, I don't agree with some things, and feel some shows I like more were omitted, but I'm fine with it overall.
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I won`t mention any spoilers, but I`ve read the books and I`m sure your mind will be blown next season on Game of Thrones. Season 1 spent its first 4 episodes (neccessarily) on setting up this huge world. No need for that in Season 2, and the second book is better than the first.Seriously read it or wait till after the season ends. it is awesome
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I'll probably read the books after the series is over, but I have heard from lots of friends that it will get even better. The book readers are highly anticipating these great moments to happen, while the non-readers like myself are just wondering what in the world is going to happen next in this epic world.
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Your top 3 is perfect. While I feel Breaking Bad is the best show on television (better than Game of Thrones), this season wasn't quite as good as last (one awesome crescendo this season just isn't as strong as the triple crescendos of the ends of "One Minute" and "Half Measures" and "Full Measures") so I'm totally fine with Game of Thrones being higher because this year, it was.



Because of this I'll forgive you for the rest of the list (I mean, Smallville at 14? Did you actually WATCH that finale? Boring and awful...Lex Luthor becoming president in 2018, a non-election year shows you how lazy the writing was...everyone on that show was mailing it in).
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The Smallville finale didn't have to be that good, because it was a finale to a TENTH season of a sci-fi teen drama show, that probably shouldn't have got that far. It was always going to feel good to the fans because it was the end we all wanted and knew was coming.
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Ok, then put it around, say, 95.



Though I suppose I can understand it being 14 if you're just that overjoyed that it will never be on again.
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I feel some of last weeks moments should be on the top 10 rather than 11-20. Jessica Lange's performance on American Horror Story easily trumps half this list. Finding Sophia on The Walking Dead was great but definitely not a top 10 of tv moments 2011.

I totally agree with the #1, One, Two Punch from Game of Thrones. The scene of Daeneryus at the end of season one gave me chills and was definitely one of my favorite moments! This series really knows how to please sci fi - fantasy fans for sure!

The Vampire Diaries has become something great and unexpected from it's start!

Breaking Bad's Gus Fring was bad a** and I really liked all the performances in the series!

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