TV.com's Top 100 Everything of 2011, Vol. 3: Items 80-71

As you likely know by now, we're counting down the Top 100 TV moments of the year, 10 moments at a time, and today we reach the number range that includes everyone's favorite temperature, the best years of music, and for many of you, the first decade of your life. That's right, it's the 70s. Why, we're almost getting to the stuff that's really good!

We'll be posting 10 items each weekday through December 30, so check back often to see what made the cut.



80. Men of a Certain Age cleans its pipes


Joe, Terry, and Owen headed to Palm Springs for an epic colonoscopy road trip, where they made butt jokes, got drunk on empty stomachs, and even fought a dude. But it was getting away from their problems at home and spending time with each other that really spoke to the true heart of the show: friendship and opening up over tacos.



79. Downton Abbey makes us spit-take our Earl Grey


There were plenty of hints that Downton Abbey might not be your grandmother's British costume drama, but the steamy gay rendezvous between scheming footman Thomas Barrow (Rob James-Collier) and the social-climbing Duke of Crowborough (Boardwalk Empire's Charlie Cox) made it official. And thank goodness for that handsome rapscallion: Whenever things risked getting a little slow at the manor house, there he was to plot revenge or seduce a Turkish diplomat. No doubt about it: Barrow is one of the best villains on TV.



78. Patrick finally meets Red John on The Mentalist (sort of)


In the Season 3 finale, hero Jane finally hunted down the man who killed his wife and daughter, and calmly put a few bullets in his gut in the middle of a food court. And he's such a badass that he even tried to pay for his drink with the cute barista while the cops closed in and arrested him for violating the mall's No Murder policy. Sticklers! It was a tense moment that signaled the end of the series. Except the show is still on the air, because in a bit of trickery, the man Jane killed wasn't Red John. And that's why this is all the way down in the late 70s. Fool us once, shame on us. But do this again and we'll f@#*ing kill you.



77. Justin Bieber gets shot on CSI


The BEEB guest-starred on one of television's biggest shows as a troubled youth, and teenage girls and your weird uncle were crushed when the writers killed him off in a hail of gunfire. That paved the way for all sorts of video tributes and remixes, including our own Tim Surette's version below.



76. Falling Skies' close encounters


The TNT sci-fi drama was far from perfect. Like, perfect is hanging out in the corner of a room, and Falling Skies isn't even in the same house. But the show's layers were shed at just the right pace to keep us watching, and we were rewarded with the reveal of more aliens! Now if only those skinny guys would take that annoying brat Jimmy away, we'd give them the keys to the White House.



75. Stephen Colbert's interviews


Given the depressing nature of the industry, we'll prefer to take our news with a side of satire, and The Colbert Report delivers just that. Colbert manages to stay in character whether he's talking to stuffy Brits or hipster Occupy Wall Street protesters. Watch him bring an expert on British etiquette to a boil in the video below.



74. Ashton Kutcher's first episode of Two and a Half Men


Demi's now-former boy toy made his debut on the CBS smash, and viewers flocked: More than 28 million people tuned in to see Kutcher's debut as Walden Schmidt. There was a funeral, a few veiled jabs at Charlie Sheen, and Kutcher got naked a lot. Even those who hate the show without Sheen (or never liked it in the first place) can't deny that "Nice to Meet You, Walden Schmidt" was a major television event.



73. Haddie and Alex's split on Parenthood


Haddie parting with Alex was one of the toughest TV break-ups we've had to endure. It wasn't so much Haddie's heartbreak as it was Alex saying goodbye to the Braverman family after they had invited him into their lives.



72. Gwen goes American for Torchwood


By the end of its first season as an American show, Torchwood: Miracle Day was awful. But there were good times along the way, including exploded bodies that wouldn't die, Dichen Lachman's 180-degree head-twist, and Jack's slutty one-night stands. But feisty Gwen provided a lot of the funnier moments, including this attempt at an American accent.



71. The return of Beavis & Butt-head


When MTV announced it was exhuming Mike Judge's cartoon, we were understandably cautious. But the titular pair returned unchanged like a couple of unfrozen horny cavemen with a whole new world of terrible programming to snicker at. Maybe we should just have Beavis and Butt-head add running commentary to full episodes of Jersey Shore and Teen Mom?


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)

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77 should be higher. Seeing that idiot die is like a dream come true.
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Mortified, absolutely mortified!
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JB shot only 77th?? afraid of losing your female teen audience? :D
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Damn...everybody wanted a piece of the Beibs. If I'd have known they were going to kill his character off I may have tuned in for the episodes. Huh...that came out harsh...I didn't mean it quite so harshly. I don't condone violence...I just enable it by watching it.



Alex and Haddie's breakup was tragic! Not because Haddie was heartbroken but because Alex had to leave the family! When he said goodbye to Mrs.Braverman and cried...I almost cried, and I don't have active tear ducts so that's freaking huge! Man, was there a way for them to exchange Haddie for Alex?! There should be an even exchange system for kids or something, because he totally should have became a member of that family. Screw Haddie...she didn't deserve him!



2 o'clock in the morning. It's pouring outside, all the lights were out..I was cozied up on the couch with my snuggie, a cup of tea a la Jane style in one hand, a plateful of cookies on my lap, and a remote in my other hand. And there it is...Jane v. Red John. I.Was.Hooked. Fastforward a few months...1 o'clock in the morning. I have my snuggie on, a cup of tea in my hand, the remote in the other...no cookies because I was too lazy to make them and boom. It's NOT Red John. I was gobsmacked at the end...actually broke my "Kimball Cho face". It CANNOT happen again!
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I love the Mentalist, such a great show! Plus Justin Beiber getting killed actually drove me to watch CSI for the first time in like 5 years...
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Bieber dying in a hail of bullets is easy a top 10 moment.
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Love 78 that was one epic moment and Lol 77 so funny!
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77? More like 7 if you ask me.
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78 & 76 both get a thumbs up from me.



74 & 72 were rubbish!
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Re: Gwen's bad accent. You were all fooled by John Barrowman's though, eh?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtDg23G1uc8
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The bieber death gif still makes me lol everytime i look at it!
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Beavis & Butthead in a top 100 GOOD thing? That show should never have aired in the first place, never mind come back.
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Torchwood is still better than 3/4ths of TV, but I wish they wouldn't have put so much American influence in it. British Torchwood was amazing, and the Parenthood breakup was definitely sad, and I too felt more sad for Alex losing the family than the actual breakup. Falling Skies was also ok. I haven't seen the rest or just don't care (like Beavis & Butt-head, that should've stayed gone, bring back Daria if anything)
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No Torchwood is not, not that last season anyway. Miracle day was one of the worst seasons of TV this entire year, it was terrible.
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Dropped Falling Skies and Torchwood after a couple episodes. I've never understood the need to include annoying children in TV shows. That kid Jimmy got on my nerves after about 5 seconds.
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That Falling Skies reveal was awesome and I wish there would be more to the series! Torchwood: Miracle Day wasn't that terrible and though a bit slow I still enjoyed it, the concept was interesting and Gwen is just awesome! Also Beavis and Butt-head are hilarious!
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Falling skies was renewed yo. Its coming back in 2012.
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sweet! thanks for the heads up!
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Oh that Parenthood break-up was heart breaking; that show's so great though. Love Falling Skies too.
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Gwen going American on Torchwood should be higher, as Patrick Jane awesome show all the time, Falling Skies should not be on the list period, Beavis and Butt-head who care's I watch about 5 minutes when first came out omg just horrible!!
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The Mentalist used to be a guilty pleasure of mine, but I refuse to watch it now after the whole "oh the guy he killed wasn't REALLY Red John" cop out.
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79. Last Summer Netflix kept pushing Downton Abbey down my throat, saying I will love it giving me a score of 4.9. I keep my ratings tight and they know how I love period dramas so I said why not? I started watching and fell in love! I hate Barrow, but I guess that's a good thing right? Great character!
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I completely agree with Justin Bieber's death on CSI. I didn't watch it myself but was glad knowing it happened.
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Number 78
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Justin Bieber shouldn't make any Top 100 list of anything.
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It wasn't Justin bieber on CSI, it was Justin bieber being shot on CSI. Which should put this in your top ten.
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Agreed. :P
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What about a "top 100 annoying stars" or "Top 100 stars you don't know how the hell they got there". "Top 100 worst singers" I can go on for ages.
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Well yeah, you got me there. I'll agree to all three of those plus a "Top 100 celebrities need to shut up about."
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yeah cause erm the guys got no talent and erm hes....hes STUPID and he errrr his hairs dumb too yeah!



TRANSLATION: justin bieber is an immensely talented individual with millions of fans all over the world and has more money than I could make in a thousand lifetimes in my sh!tty, no talent required job. I'm PAINFULLY jealous of him and this is how I deal with my pathetic, 12 year old jealousy.



Fixed : )
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My 16 year old cousins family is fanatically religious, and they don't allow their kids to watch TV (in my religion, this is the worst of all sacrileges). But my cousin is a frothing at the mouth, stark raving mad BEEBS fan (go figure). She missed his first appearance, so when she heard Justin was going to appear on CSI again, she just HAD to watch it. Being the morally ambivalent, cool cousin, I invited her over to my house under some clever pretense to her parents. She was so excited. She was going to able to watch television for like the third time in her life, AND it was a show starring her soul mate, Justin. Well, in retrospect, this was probably one of my worst ideas. Everything was going fine. She kept commenting on how good an actor he was, because "he's not like this at all in real life." It was all okay until Justin went down in a hail of gunfire. I was laughing hysterically. She was crying hysterically. Not good. She was so distraught, she blabbed to her parents about the whole thing. I am now evil personified. Just another reason in a very long list of why I hate Justin Bieber.
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ROFLMAO!!!! And there goes my beverage all over the screen! you owe me for that dude!LOL!
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Hilarious!
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Wonderful news! The mid-season premiere of Person Of Interest will have Justin Bieber as a guest star! The promos show a clip of John Reese shoving Justin Bieber into his grenade launcher and shooting him off into space.

No wait...it's possible I might have dreamt the whole thing.
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Guys this is very weird!! Even I had that dream last night! We need our Fringe team to investigate this phenomenon. Maybe we are all having premonitions? Oh, the happy day when it finally comes true.
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OH MY GOD! I had the exact same dream. Someone call Walter, Peter and Olivia. We've got a Fringe Event on our hands.
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Your story is as entertaining as Tim's wonderful, heartfelt tribute. I loved them both. I'm very lucky not to have any beeb dweeb cousins even though most of them are tweens. Thank God!
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Thanks!
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The writers knew what we all wanted out of that episode and they delivered. It's quite therapeutic for a lot of people I'd assume. I think I'll link that gif to my niece who's a Beeb dweeb.
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I love everything about your story, except for the fact that you actually allowed Justin Bieber to grace your TV screen. I get that you did it for a family member and that you ultimately redeemed yourself by laughing at his on-screen death, but I am still very disappointed. Bieber is a demon -- sure, he's Canadian, so he's actually a kind and polite demon -- but a nice demon is still a demon.
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I'm not a fan of his but c'mon, you don't even know him. jealous much?
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You also don't know me, yet you seem comfortable kinda judging me.



Secondly, he's a multi-millionaire teenager. Of course I'm jealous. I'm also jealous of people who have no student loans. And people who can eat a lot without gaining any weight. Oh, and dogs.



Thirdly, you don't know whether I know him or not. Is it impossible for me to know him because I write comments on this site? Not all of the people who know him are famous, y'know. Maybe we were buds in junior high school and he sang and wooed away this girl I had a crush on. Maybe I am Justin Bieber, and I like posting negative things about myself on the internet. I am Justin Bieber, and I am stupid.
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Haha!
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