TV.com's Top 100 Everything of 2011, Vol. 6: Items 50-41

Oh no, we just realized something: There's only one week left in our Top 100 Everything of 2011 countdown! It's been so much fun, maybe we should do this all year long in 2012? Let's see, 52 weeks in a year, 50 items a week, that's... TV.com's Top 2,600 Everything! Consider it done. J/K, it will NOT be done, but even if it were done, Whitney probably still wouldn't make the list.

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



50. Mos Def's performance as Brother Sam on Dexter


Despite what you may think of Season 6 as a whole, Mos Def's turn as Brother Sam was a truly inspired, Emmy-worthy performance. Before he was ignominiously killed off (ugh, this season!) he and Dexter shared a number of lengthy, thrillingly thoughtful conversations on the nature of faith and in particular the ability of a bad person to redeem him or herself. For the first time in a long time, an actor appeared on Dexter who could stand to-to-toe with Michael C. Hall, and as a viewer it was nothing short of thrilling to behold.



49. Up All Night's mini Married... with Children callback


It was brief. It may not even have counted as a real callback, but it happened. In "Working Late and Working It," Ava and Reagan watched some 1980s flashback footage of a fight between Ava and her ex-boyfriend, and Reagan's former self looked a LOT like Kelly Bundy. Just saying.



48. Wilfred to Jason Gann: "Stay!"


If you've ever seen the original Australian version of FX's Wilfred, you know there's only one person who can play the stoner pooch: Jason Gann. Thank the Kangaroo Gods that he's the man behind both versions and that he stars in FX's take, because he makes the show. Just to blow your mind a little bit, here's a clip from the Australian version. It almost feels like Wilfred's been cheating on us with another series!



47. Glee changes the world in nine seconds


We know them now as Klaine, the most adorable couple in the universe, but until this moment, they were simply Kurt and Blaine, Golden Boy and groupie, and the bottomless chasm of longing that separated the two. Well, not so much, it turns out. In Season 2's "Original Song," Blaine finally admitted why he chose Kurt as his duet partner for Regionals: "There's a moment when you say to yourself, 'Oh, there you are. I've been looking for you forever…You move me, Kurt, and this duet would be just an excuse to spend more time with you.'" Then he planted The Kiss. Nine long seconds. You can hate on Glee, but just knowing that millions of conservative parents were gasping in horror as their children were squealing with delight right next to them gave us some kind of hope for the future.



46. Bones makes an important announcement


After making us wait and wait and wait and wait and wait for Brennan and Booth to take things to the next level, they basically skipped the next level entirely (figuratively and literally; we barely saw any of the, uh, "act of leveling up"). But who cares, 'cause Bones has a baby on the way! And as the ladies say, "Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!"



45. Happy Endings' tricks and treats


ABC's comedy about six friends has somehow gotten the "six friends are friends" sitcom right where so many others have failed, and we can make a case that the best holiday episode of anything this year was the series' "Spooky Endings," featuring Max and Penny's mother-and-son costume, someone dressed as ZZ Top Gun, and a "Turn Over" note joke.



44. Cougar Town gets a surprise extra


It wasn't enough for Community to break down its own fourth wall; it also had to punch holes in the drywall of other shows. Abed's appearance on Cougar Town was the product of one character's dream and two cool showrunners (Dan Harmon and Bill Lawrence) making it happen. And then Community repaid the debt by inviting two Cougar Towners to visit Greendale. Community makes TV that's more than TV.



43. Dalia's mascara blink on Suburgatory


One of the strongest new sitcoms this year features one of the weirdest supporting characters we've met in a long time: Dalia, the Gucci giraffe of the suburbs. Though normally detached and stiff, Dalia got to show off her physical comedy skills when Tessa challenged her to blink like a normal human being.



42. Fresh new "How do you do?"s


The TV credit sequence is a true craft, a method of conveying an artist's intent rather than a drab device for telling you who's on a show. It's the TV equivalent of an album cover, and this year brought with it some great ones. Particularly of note were the openings for Boss, New Girl, and the one featured below.



41. Andy Rooney's 60 Minutes sign-off


You may not have agreed with him (the staple remover is a better invention than staples? Come on!), but goodness gracious were his well-intentioned complaints entertaining. For some Americans, he was as much a part of Sunday evening as watching football, and he gave his last gripe on October 2 at the age of 92. He took his last breath just over a month later. We miss you, Andy.


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)

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Bones and Suburgatory...oh yeah :D
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My best friend's mom makes $77 an hour on the computer. She has been out of job for 9 months but last month her check was $7487 just working on the computer for a few hours. Read about it here NuttyRich.com
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I think Bones' should be way higher up on the list. They are better than alot of those listed from one to forty-four!!!!!!!!!
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Ahh yes. The gay kiss heard all around the world. I remember that night. It would have surprised me...but they kinda did that previously with Karofsky and Kurt. I smiled...my mother sighed, my grandmother told me later that she turned the channel. It truly is a generational thing in how everyone responds to that. 25 and younger seen it as another couple to ship for. 26-45 it catches them off guard but they can fall on either end of the spectrum. Over fifty and it's a bit harder to get used to.



I LOVE the Dahlia Mascara blink...cracks me up every single time!As someone whose eyelashes occasionally stick together I can so understand the slow blink thing.
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Mos Def's performance as Brother Sam on Dexter was Awesome and short lived. I wish his character would have stayed around longer.



Wilfred to Jason Gann: "Stay!" Hahaha, I love Wilfred, need to watch the Australian version now though!



I love the opening sequences of tv shows, they are very artistic, and fans make great ones sometimes better than the official ones.
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Bones writers were placed in a tough spot when reality over-ruled the fictional world. I believe they had planned on this sort of story line, just not this soon. So, they were placed in a tough spot. Either find a way to hide Ms. Deschanel's expanding tummy or.. find a way to write it in. And I think they found a perfect middle ground.
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im very glad that booth and brennan got put on this list for brennan having his baby but it was some shocking news should have been put higher up on the list just saying...
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I kind of love the Community, Cougar Town cross over. Also, while Mos Def was great as Brother Sam, guest stars on Dexter have all been of considerable talent, not the least of which are the aforementioned John Lithglow, Jimmy Smits and Keith Karradine.
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Agree with previous post on Dexter! John Lithgow and Keith Karradine (Lundy) were the finest of characters to date. sorry.
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"For the first time in a long time, an actor appeared on Dexter who could stand to-to-toe with Michael C. Hall,"



Seriously? We seem to have been watching differenct shows, as in my memory there are more than a few of those. John Lithgow, Jaime Murray and Jimmy Smits not the least of them. Not to mention most of the regular characters...
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Totally agreed, right off the bat John Lithgow came to mind. And honorable mention to Julia Stiles too, who I honestly didn't really like but changed my mind somewhat after Dexter.
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Didn't like the fact that Bones announced she was pregnant the day Angela had her baby Recurring story lines aren't fun but love the new season.
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the bones baby moment made my tv year
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New Girl may not have been a great comedy to me, but its opening theme is pretty charming and sweet. Kudos to the theme for being on the list.



Suburgatory and Happy Endings - I'm really inclined to watch these shows but I don't know if I'll have the time, especially since Downton Abbey and Parks & Rec's second season are on my list, too.



Glee may have gone downhill but Kurt and Blaine's scene and kiss was interesting. The silver lining of conservative parents fainting and their jaws dropping does redeem its place on the list.



And Community and Cougar Town's brotherly love is awesome! Truly TV beyond TV.
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I love that mascara blink! Thank you for including it because I seem to have forgotten it. Also, that Happy Endings episode was the best one I've seen this Halloween and was what got me hooked on the show! ZZ Top Gun and a Transvestite Marilyn Monroe are now classics!
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It sucks that you have to be in the states to watch the clips... just saying.
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Some clips may be found on youtube.
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Then move to the states.
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That was a dumb thing to say.
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Suburgatory is, for me, the best new comedy from this season. Just love it! I laughed my ass off when dalia tried to blink.
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First off, RIP Andy Rooney. I would have to say in this batch:

49, Christina, damn girl you aged well, and I loved that episode! 45, the Halloween episode of Happy Endings was hilarious! Especially watching Penny hit on Abe Lincoln the entire time. 44, I love Community and Cougar Town so that's just awesome! 43, I loved that scene when I first watched it, her eyes are always so dead! I would have to say Dalia and her mom are my favorite characters on that show. 42 I must say, I love the New Girl theme, it's catchy! I sing it all the time in my head. I wouldn't mind them making it a full single.
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That Blinking clip was hilarious. Makes me want to watch the show...Maybe. I too loved Brother Sam, and the Cougar Town, Community Crossover was pretty funny too.
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Where is Maria Bello and Prime Suspect
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Brother Sam and Dexter's conversations were insuferable drivel! It was like listening to my uneducated drunk uncle debating philosophy with a 17th century atheist or deist. Dexter was so out of character in those conversations and they were the lowest part of the lowest season. If you think anything said was thoughtful or intelligent you REALLY need to read some Hitchens, Dawkins, Harris, Sagan, etc.
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who mentioned bieber???? guess hes on your mind 24/7 : )
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The GoT intro is one of the best I've ever seen for a television show. George R. R. Martin's world of Westeros can seem vast and overwhelming to people who have not read the books. The opening sequence comprehensively navigates the viewer to Kings Landing, Winterfell, The Wall, and even across the Narrow Sea to Pentos. The clever mechanical nature of the visuals subtly symbolize the many machinations being conceived in the Game of Thrones. The intro also gives you a feel for the geography and further engrosses the viewer into this fantastical world of fantasy. (I love the music, too.)



P.S - Check your email, Jen.
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You're so right about the opening sequence - it feels like something grandiose is about to happen - I can't get enough of that song!
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I loved the Bones and Cougartown shout-outs.
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that Suburgatory clip is so hilarious, right now its my fav. new comedy of this season beating out New Girl by a little. Suburgatory is so funny and watching that clip again made me laugh so much.



Also agree about the opening sequences and like the theme song of New girl, so good.



Love Cougar Town, my fav. comedy on TV right now, well when it comes back lol. and Happy Endings is good too.
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thank you for putting the klaine kiss on the list! while glee can shove stuff down our throats and i really dont like the santana storyline, the klaine kiss was really sweet and perfect.



and dalia's "i can blink" was hysterical. i was surprised how much i like suburgatory
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I'm starting to get worried that the end of Smallville might not be on this list...
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If its not in the top 10 i'd be shocked, personal opinions aside it IS one of if not THE BEST tv moment of the year
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I remember watching Dalia's blink on Suburgatory when it first aired and laughing hysterically. Such a funny physical joke.



Also, the Community-Cougar Town meta cross-over is awesome. I love the fact that the mentions of Cougar Town in Community were noticed by Bill Lawrence and they decided to pull this off.



For me, Brother Sam was the best of only a couple bright spots of this season of Dexter.
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This is a great list, loved all of them except 49, 47 & 41 which I didn't watch. (I probably wouldn't agree with 49 or 47 as I'm not a fan of either show.)

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just looooooove the game of thrones opening sequence. not only is the animation great, i can listen to the song over and over again without getting bored or annoyed.
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You're right, I love the song, so much so that it's been my alarm ringtone for months! It's an opening credit that I never skip - I think if it weren't for the song, the animation wouldn't be as compelling.
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Are you kidding me?? Mos Def as Brother Sam is no.50??

He should have (at the very least) made it to the top 20.

Sure season 6 was a sham, but don't take it out on Brother Sam. See how that rhymed? :-)

His performance was better than numbers 49, 48 and 47 combined!

It definitely trumps anything Glee-esque.

Come on, guys! Seriously!
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You should not assume that the kiss on Glee changed the "world". It might have changed the current generation of US teens but that;s all. There was a gay kiss on tv in a mainstream British soap opera in the 1990s FFs. AND hello My So Called Life?



Finally, have you heard of My Own Private Idaho. That had mainsteam Hollywood stars *playing gay" while the people from Brokeback Mountain were still in grade school.
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wow calm down troll, theyre referring to the fact that for the kids who havent ever seen any of the trash you mentioned because they werent born for another 10 years it was a HUGE moment for gay tv relationships on a teenage aimed show where most people watching have never seen anything like that before maybe not even in real life, THATS how it helped change the world.



get a clue ; )
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I don't think they implied in any way that this scene was something that changed a generation or society (it's only no. 47 anyway). Kids today have seen everybody kissing pretty much anything - nothing new about two guys kissing, you are right there. The thing is, however, Glee is THE mainstream show for kids and teenagers and highly "monitored" by parents as it is such an influential TV program. I think what they meant is the delight they get from imagining conservative parents freaking out about that scene (and believe me, they did), while their kids just laughed as it is nothing new and just fun!
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