TV.com's Top 100 Everything of 2011, Vol. 5: Items 60-51

We're almost at the halfway point of our Top 100 Everything of 2011! It's always important to take proper care of yourself when reading a Top 100 list, and the things people overlook the most are the most important things! So once you finish today's installment, make sure you do plenty of stretches and hydrate yourself. We don't want anyone to pull a muscle. Okay, deep breath, and let's get started. Once you're finished, you can feel good about yourself and enjoy the rest of the day.

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



60. Daryl Motherf'ing Dixon


For most of the second season, The Walking Dead's hillbilly turned hero was the only character we didn't want to become zombie chow. While others bickered and pandered to the needs of their flimsy rebuilt moral codes, Daryl and his crossbow took care of business. Especially in this scene.



59. Ringer's amazingly bad boat scene


Ha ha ha ha *wheeze* ha ha how long was I out for ha ha ha green screen ha ha *pant* ha ha ha jumping into the ocean ha ha ha giant sunglasses ha ha ha "acting" ha ha ha oh man this is history in the making ha ha ha *gasp* ha ha ha yes this is a real show on network television.



58. Charlyne Yi on House


When alt-comedienne Charlyne Yi (Knocked Up) first appeared as Dr. Park, an awkward, mumbling girl with a Velma haircut and an occasional violent streak, she was a far cry from the show's usual underqualified-yet-hot-lady-doctor paradigm. Throughout her Season 8 stint she's proven herself one of the most realistic (as in, people who might actually exist in real life) characters on TV and certainly the House character whose personal evolution has proven to be the most fascinating. Plus, for as insecure, bizarre, and slightly annoying as she can often be, who didn't smile when she worked up the nerve to ask out Dr. Chase? Work it, girl!



57. Revenge


ABC's primetime soap is our newest addiction, and always leaves us wanting more. While the series is a constant blur of scandalous reveals and decadent one-liners, its most jaw-dropping moment so far hasn't truly aired yet: It's in the promo for the next new episode, and features a table of petrified millionaires being held captive around a birthday cake by a Tilda Swinton lookalike/secret hustler. The "Moonlight Sonata" score playing in the background of the single dramatic shot clinches it: This belongs in a gallery.



56. Portlandia's "Dream of the 90s"


The pace-setting music-video sketch from IFC's most hipst-a-matic comedy is an homage to the equally weird, creative, and scary movements of counter-culture idealism and trust-funded laziness. And it's catchy, too. Put it on your iPhone, bro.



55. The Big C's sense of loss


It's a show about cancer, so we knew loss was going to be a pervading theme. But Cathy, the lead character afflicted with the disease, is the one who's still standing, while her friends and family are dying. And no loss hit harder or underscored more clearly what the series is really about than the death of Paul, Cathy's husband, in the Season 2 finale. Cathy will soldier on--she's the star of the show, after all. But death is playing a really cruel game with her, and The Big C somehow still manages to make it introspective and funny.



54. Being Human's idea of daycare


The Syfy version of the BBC show took one of the latter's pedophile storylines and twisted it in a way that started off lame: Aidan's idiot stalker vampire plaything turned a child, creating a confused rugrat who was a handful of bloodlust and staying awake past his bedtime. But the kid gloves came off in the end, when Aidan had to take care of the problem himself, and we're still stunned. Beautiful, tragic moment.



53. This So You Think You Can Dance routine


So You Think You Can Dance has long been one of TV's most underrated series. Those who watch it know what we mean, but for those who don't, it's the reality competition with the most truly talented competitors in their own field. These dancers' athleticism, youth, and skills are amazing even to viewers who know nothing about dance. More poignantly, unlike shows where the competition seeks to groom a winner who will go onto greatness, for these dancers this show IS the greatness. It's a celebration, basically, and perhaps no routine embodied that fact more than this lyrical hip-hop routine in which (ultimate season winner) Melanie comforted her best friend after his wedding day went awry:



52. Modern Family forgets to lock the bedroom door


Well duh, of course one of our favorite moments included Luke. In "Caught in the Act," the Dunphy kids decided to surprise their parents with breakfast in bed, but Phil was already eating some scrambled eggs, y'know what we're sayin'? We're saying Phil and Claire were totally boning. Luke's response: "Whatever they were doing, Dad was winning." As if it's possible to lose when you're in bed with Julie Bowen.



51. Dempsey passes the torch on The Event


One of the biggest flops of the year, NBC's alien series barely made any sense, no matter how many times we banged our heads into the wall. Each week it delivered utter nonsense, putting it on par with cult movies so horrible they actually became awesome. In this clip (via Hulu; sorry, international friends!), old man Dempsey (the excellent Hal Holbrook, who clearly did not know what he was signing up for) promotes Sean Walker to master alien-killer, or something. But it's how he does so that earned the scene a spot on this list. If anyone can crack this nut and tell us what's going on, please don't! We prefer not to know and relish in the show's WTFness.


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)

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Meh, Charlene Yi? I've just hated every female member of House's team from the get-go, though the new ex-prison doc is perfectly cromulent. Honestly, it could be just House, Foreman, Taub, and Chase (with the usual Wilson hijinks tossed in for good measure) and I'd be perfectly happy.
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SYTYCD is one of the most annoying shows on the planet how and why is it on this list, and it is not underrated at all it is always playing on at least one channel at all times I can never escape it
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Ringer' is a great show but that scene was really cheesy, couldn't they afford to actually film it at sea? Daryl is great, best character o Walking Dead. I like Revenge but most the characters are irritating especially Amanda and Tyler. We can only really relate to Jack as he isn't rich.
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Daryl, so you think you can dance, and portlandia... totally forgot about them! Thanks for reminding me TV.com!
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and yes Daryl should be on the top 5
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Daryl was a great addition to the walking dead, shoot first and ask questions later. simple, no fuss. and fearless. the only things he needs to change is that he should not eat with his hands after he does cavity search on a walker..dangerous stuff.
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panthro hugging the robot bears or the spoiler









him losing his arms should be on this list soon
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why don't I see a 50-41 posted today?
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They'll be posted on Monday.
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Daryl Should have been much higher. Also, If Community is number One I am going to punch someone.
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Number 57 is so true
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Kids jumping into the ocean like that is dangerous, please don't try it at home.
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I didn't like the part in being human where the kid gets him to watch a movie (I don't remember what it was but it's irrelevant) and he didn't like and says that the writing was weak and there the story was dumb and all this stuff and that if he wants real comedy that he should watch the three stooges. Now I can understand finding the three stooges funny but it was never known for it intelligence or considered to be a real moving well written show. So I thought that bit was bullshit.
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Go Dr.Yi!, she wins at life.

Revenge is awesome and gives me my weekly quota of "Oh Snap" moments.

SYTYCD is a great show, way better than Dancing With the Stars, though if anyone ever listen to me when I say that is questionable.

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Revenge is just plain awesome, the boat scene on Ringer well what can anybody say it was bad but overall Ringer is an awesome show, SYTYCD is awesome as well top three in reality shows (big brother and survivor) Big C is good not sure what's going to happen next!! the rest I don't watch I said before BBCA version of Being Human is so much better than SYFY'S number one anything on SOA
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I like your taste in reality shows. Felt the need to comment cuz the only 3 I watch and truly enjoy are the ones you listed and they're not exactly all that similar. (The Voice would be a distant #4 for me.)
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the voice is just terrible CeeLoo , Adam Levine are just not that good, Blake Shelton but he needs to get out of the chair and back in the studio much better singer that a judge and I never really been a fan of Christina for reality shows Dancing with Stars, American Idol, The Amazing Race, Ice Road Truckers, Storage Wars plus more are better than The Voice, and the X Factor was just plain Zero Factor
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Yeah well I've always been a big fan of Maroon 5 and Levine, and I think Cee-Lo is entertaining in a very odd way, and Blake just seems like a good guy. Can't stand Christina though. My point though, was that I pretty much hate reality tv except those three shows. I follow AI and will watch occasionally but that's bout it. And yes, X Factor was pretty horrible.
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I can understand you don't like Game of Thrones, everyone has their opinion. However, using that show in the same sentence as Mike & Molly and 'AWFUL' is just silly. Does not compute.



Also, guilty pleasure is a viable term at least for some people. Being a 24 year old guy, it's hard not to be a little embarrassed to admit to my other guy friends that I watch Pretty Little Liars and enjoy it
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thats why youre pathetic



you SERIOUSLY cant admit to watching a show because it has female lead actors instead of men??????? yeah that doesnt sound incredibly dumb and pointless at all.....



if I think somethings great i'll rave about it to anyone and everyone I dont care if its dexter or hannah montana! thats the difference between me and you and other morons who have childish embarrassment self esteem issues ; )
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Yikes! Who pissed in your coffee today?

It's obvious you have strong feelings on a number of subjects, which is good. Feel free to express your opinions if you must.

But in the spirit of the holidays, here's some friendly advice. Don't get upset if you didn't get the autographed poster of Justin Bieber you so desperately needed this year. Decorate the wall in your mom's basement with something else, Power Rangers maybe.

I haven't come across any ignorant morons on this site until now. I hope the search for your brethren (whom you want to enlighten) continues.

Happy Holidays :-P
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I know what the show's are about. My friends do not. Not everyone researches shows. You can't tell me that PLL isn't aimed at a younger female audience, cuz it is. That's not to say it can't be enjoyed by everyone because it obviously can and should.



Also, you obviously seem to be highly offended by the term guilty pleasure when related to tv which is silly. Some of my favorite shows can be labeled as such (Vampire Diaries, (past seasons of) One Tree Hill, Buffy, True Blood, even Glee) I'm perfectly ok with it. Just because you don't believe in the term doesn't mean it doesn't exist. Merry Christmas
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@arch angel



HAHA says the crybaby who rips on widdle justin bieber again and again even when he has NOTHING to do with the article! GTFO ya big internet bad ass ; )



P.S. You're like SO cool liking your own comments XD
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Greetings DOUCHE with COMPLETELY obscure, painfully bad screen name, have you tried not trolling all my comments on a daily basis????



trying to correct the ignorant morons of the world here if you dont mind, but you know first hand thats a complete waste of time! idiot trolls gonna be idiot trolls ALWAYS ; )
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@aarongutch

Fringe isnt aimed at girls because it has a female and I never made that comparison so dont twist my words.

The point was because its FOUR TEENAGE GIRLS IN HIGH SCHOOL they wont give it a chance thinking its just a relationship heavy show when its nothing like that in the slightest.



You said its because of the "subject material" people wont watch it???? Erm yeah the subject material is MURDER MYSTERY, the relationship stuff is a subplot just the same as Chuck is an action comedy.....with a relationship subplot and Lost is a sci-fi action drama...with a relationship subplot. You dont know what the shows about thats the problem.
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Has nothing to do with the female lead. Alias is one of my favorite shows of all time. Fringe is awesome. The Guild is hilarious. Veronica Mars, The Big C, Cougar Town, Homeland, Once Upon a Time all good stuff. It's the subject material, buddy. Also, I do admit to it and rave about it being a great show. I've said the words, "you guys should give it a chance, it's actually really good" soooo many times.
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Greetings, dude with obscure WWE name.

Have you tried yoga??

It gives you the necessary flexibility to remove your head out of your ass.
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Is it possible for you to write something positive? That question isn't rhetorical. I really want to know.
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I can't believe Darryl ranked below the Ringer boat scene. I mean, I know we had mocking it for days afterwards, but Darryl Dixon and his heroics will be remembered while that boat scene will be replaced by something equally as awful by next season.
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I dunno. My husband started watching it and got hopelessly hooked (and he is not the soap type). I decided to watch it with him a couple of times. I hate it. (However, I totally agree with that promo...THAT was a piece of art!)
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Was it unrealistic of me to hope 'the boat scene' might have made number one? Oh well.
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Daryl Dixon deserves to be ranked above that terrible 'Ringer' scene. That's all I have to say.
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does anyone know what episode that is for being human??? i wanna knowwww
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Ep 9, I Want You Back (From the Dead)
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"Shock me, shock me, shock me, with your deviant behavior." Get over yourself. Seriously.
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get over YOURSELF moron ; )
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+1 for your Empire Records reference.
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Revenge is like one of those shows you refuse to admit to the rest of the world that you watch, but each week after every episode in which you sit on the edge of your couch fully engrossed, you unleash your super cool internet alter ego out on the rest of the revenge community and have at it talking about how much you hate or love Tyler and how Nolan is the coolest character ever.



I still spit out my water when watching that Modern Family episode. Hilarious!
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60, Daryl was awesome, it made me like him this season!

59, that boat scene on the Ringer pilot was so awful it actually made it great!

57, now Revenge, this one has a special place in my heart. I remember those weird vague trailers over the Summer, you know the ones with Emily's black dress turning into black birds or spikes or something, anyway, it made me always roll my eyes. So, since most of you guys recommended the show, I decided to give it a chance and watched the pilot. I got hooked in the 1st 10 minutes!

56, I'm actually catching up on Portlandia now and that intro was hilarious!

55, The Big C, I would have to say it was the best season finale for me of the year! What I love about the show is that it makes you laugh a lot, then hits you with a mack truck of emotion out of nowhere!





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Daryl Motherf'ing Dixon was definitely one of the best characters on TV this year!

Ringer's amazingly bad boat scene wasn't actually that bad. I liked it and the shows first season has been great so far if given a chance and you enjoy not knowing whats going to happen next all the time.

Being Human's idea of daycare was an interesting twist of events. I have not watched the original at this point. I look forward to the second season starting soon!

Dempsey passes the torch on The Event was a great scene, though I wish they would have explained and showed more about the history. This show had potential but people just came down on it too hard and complained to much. Just enjoy the entertainment and suspend your belief a bit people!
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number 1 needs to be something from breaking bad. It only makes sense
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The moment when Gus walks out of the nursing home room. #1 hands down.
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I don't know, GoT has a couple scenes that could give it a run for its money. I'd definitely be ok with Gus being number 1 though. Although the highlight of the season for me was the last ten minutes of Crawl Space.
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For me too. Those were the most intense minutes of the entire year. For me, there isn't even competition for best moment of 2011.
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It's pretty much a toss up between the final scene from 'Baelor' in Game Of Thrones and Gus's explosive exit from Breaking Bad. Unless they think something like Charlie Sheen's rant deserves to be at number one. I don't.
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Seriously? House has been slowly circling the drain for a little while and you think Yi is a good thing? She adds nothing to the cast while providing awful acting. I thought Olivia Wilde was a bad replacement... Yi is even worse.
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60 and 58 are great shouts. I was impressed with both. I have to say that 59 was also fantastic, but for a vastly different reason. I think it's the worst scene of a television programme for a decade or so, and because of that, it was fantastic.
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I love the "Caught in the Act" episode of "Modern Family." Heck, I love all the episodes and the show! Comedy doesn't get any better than this series!
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One word: Community
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Oh my gosh, we get that you like Community. Crazy-for-TV was just saying he likes Modern Family. Nothing wrong with Community, but it's ok for someone else to like another show more.
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You got that right!
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I like Dr. Park, but I still think Patrick Jane shooting Red John should have ranked higher.
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It would have been, if he actually was Red John. Now that the whole thing was pointless and Red John is still out there, it's back to square one and the moment doesn't seem that important anymore.
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I don't see the show, but we are talking here about moments. And that moment for a fan of TM it has to be one of the most important moments of the series. Even it was a false lead, it was a moment that they won't forget.
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I've been watching the show since the beginning. I think the moment would have been tremendously more significant if it brought Jane one step closer to catching Red John. If that season finale was the last episode of 2011, it would have ranked much higher. Yes, it was an important moment for fans like myself. But its significance was lost after the first few episodes of this season.
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Yeah for Charlyne Yi's Dr. Park!!
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Love the Big C. So Sad.
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