80. Top Chef (2006-2013) - For one year, and one year only, a shockeroo occured at the annual Emmy
78. Something the Lord Made (2004) - I never thought in my lifetime that Alan Rickman and Mos Def
77. The Academy Awards (1927-2013) - Every year, millions of viewers around the world tune into the Oscars. Every year hundreds of bloggers (including this one), film journalists, and television personalities spend hours of their time covering the events leading up to and including the big kahuna. And yet year after year, all of those viewers and bloggers and critics complain. They complain about the winners, they complain
about the host, and the ceremony, and the length of the ceremony. Despite its noticeably long running time, its cheesy attempts at bad jokes, its hit and miss hosts, and its triubtes that just never seem to work, year in and year out, The Academy Awards is still one of the most entertaining, exciting, and most adored events on television. That is because humans have always been drawn to the power of the movies. I have devoted much of my free time and energy to blogging about movies, most specifically the Oscars . That is because the race to the finish line is thrilling and filled with tons of twists and turns, and the final payoff can sometimes simply be magical. How wonderful was it to see a young talent like Jennifer Lawrence recover from her stumble to give a heartfelt speech? How amazing was it to see the great Daniel Day-Lewis make Oscar history for an utterly brilliant performance? The Oscars are still the original of the major awards ceremonies, they are still probably the most respected, and they still are one of the most thrilling nights of the year.
76. Desperate Housewives (2004-2012) - In the vein of shows like Dallas, ABC tried its hand at
75. American Dad (2005-2013) - At first, I did not think that American Dad was going to make it. While its voice acting was top notch, and its creator Seth MacFarlane had already proven his success with Family Guy, I just felt that eventually the schtick would wear out. But alas, I am so happy to say that I have been proven wrong. While the first couple of seasons had a central focus on Stan's CIA gig, the newest seasons have branched out from the original premise and began to focus on the eccentricities of the characters. This
subtle, yet smart move allowed the show to eventually grow into something of its own. It branched out in terms of its storylines, broke away from its Family Guy connection to become something entirely unique. Even as the Bush-era ended, and a lot of the initial punchlines began to fade away, American Dad continues to make politically and socially relevant humor week in and week out. Most importantly, as Family Guy has started to slip into some more dark, and sometimes disturbing storylines, American Dad has remained an always-fun, hilarious, and entertaining half-hour. The characters all get their due, and the storylines remain refreshing. After nine seasons, I think that it is time that we as the viewing public finally separate it from Family Guy (this includes myself, especially since I have referenced the comparison three times), and declare American Dad its own success story.
74. House, M.D. (2004-2012) - Cranky leading men are nothing new in television, and in fact have been
73. Firefly (2002-2003) - The nerds in the house (and I use the term nerd lovingly) will gasp when they see Firefly this far down the list. I apologize in advance, but while I may not be as obessessed with the show as its fans, I do appreciate that this was a great sci-fi television show that was unceremoniously cancelled way
too soon. Joss Whedon's sometimes disturbing, almost Orwell-esque, anti-corporation, post-war vision is not an easy subject for viewers to wrap their heads around, which is why it may never have caught on while it was airing. But this particularly dark vision, was also mixed in with terrifically thrilling action sequences, and a welcomed dose of humor. The show was impeccably written, with bold and daring storylines, and the actors all approach their roles with the gusto, darkness, and a dash of humor that a Joss Whedon storyline requires. It is unfortunate, but it feels like sci-fi films and television series are all ahead of their time, especially shows like Firefly that have a particular vision that may not click with a wide swath of viewers. But while Firely only had one season, it has gained a tremendous following since its demise, and I feel confident it will live on in television and science fiction infamy.
72. The Pacific (2010) - When HBO, along with executive producers Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, decided to tackle another World War II epic miniseries, the immediate comparions to the highly successful