Monday, December 28, 2009

Top Ten TV Shows of the Decade

10. Grey's Anatomy - Laugh all you want, but Grey's has been a certified hit for closing in on six years, and despite its ups and downs it has made us laugh, cry, talk about McSteamy and McDreamy, Cardio-Gods, and a host of other quips. The writing was quirky, yet dramatic, and the acting superb. The question that remains is does it have the ER distance?

9. Lost - Most people have this higher on the list, but I've never been the biggest Lost fan, but any Yenta can see the impact and creativity that Lost brought to the television world. Everyone wanted to know what was under the hatch, why Matthew Fox breathed so damn hard, and the many other mysteries and shocks that Lost brought its fans over the last decade.

8. Battlestar Gallactica - While Oscar voters are considering nominating a couple of incredible Sci-Fi movies for Best Picture, the Emmy voters should hang their heads for not snatching up this gem while they had the chance. It was inventive, creative, well-acted, superbly written, and a true gem of this decade.

7. The Shield - Michael Chiklis and CCH Pounder are some of the best actors on television. Throw in guest turns from Glenn Close and Anthony Anderson, just to name a few. Throw in some taut writing, interesting storylines, and you have this decades NYPD Blue.

6. The Wire - So Underappreciated. The Wire was incredible drama. It was superbly acted, incredibly well written, and one of the most underrated shows of all time. It truly is a shame this didn't get the love it deserved. It was truly an incredible piece of art.

5. Gilmore Girls - My mom and sister watched this show, only wishing they could have the same relationship. This was the snappiest, funniest, and most refreshing show that ever landed on the WB, and in this decade. Incredible acting, and genuine fun made this show one that ever person, even sons and fathers, can find something to like.

4. The Sopranos - Everyone within their right mind ha this one at number one on their list. I loved The Sopranos, and it is definitely a top five show. Edie Falco and James Gandolfini created archetype characters that will last an eternity, and of course we will forver wondered how the show really ended.

3. The Simpsons - Some things truly are forever. Now in its 21st season, The Simpsons makes Family Guy look weak, and more importantly has no signs of stopping. It still makes us laugh, challenges modern political and social contexts, and even gave us a movie along the way. If it goes off the air, I think I will quit....just quit.

2. Friends - In the 90's Friends proved its popularity. In the new decade, it proved its longevity, and it saw the gang grow up. When the door finally closed on a decade of Friends, the world wept. While Frasier was winning Emmys, Friends was winning and more importantly keeping fans. They became more likely family in the end.

1. The West Wing - There is so much to say about The West Wing, so its best to simply start with a name: Aaron Sorkin. While his other TV products weren't big hits, this seven season miracle gave life to TV, a life never seen before, and never since matched. It synthesized political ambitions with comedy, wit, and personal relationships. It featured some of the best acting ever seen on television, and more importantly it changed television drama forever, and nothing has matched its mastery and boldness since.

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