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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Countdown to the Countdowns: The Best & Worst TV of 2011

The Best:

American Horror Story
What a breath of fresh air! Some of the things they're doing on this series are just crazy. In a way, the excitement I feel watching this reminds me of the days of Buffy and Angel. It's just unbelievably good. I get giddy even thinking about it.

Shameless (US)
The rare Americanized import that actually worked, due in large part to an outstanding cast and sharp writing. I'm so obsessed with this and can't wait for it to come back.

X-Factor AU/UK
While Australia takes the crown for best contestants this year, the UK version continues to be the most bombastic, must-see television of the year. They know how to put on a show, unlike the dead-in-the-water US version.

The Middle
The most reliable comedy on American TV, I'm in love with these characters and their working class story lines. It's just good old fashioned storytelling.

The Walking Dead
They've got some work to do with this second season (pick up the damn pace!), but it's still one of the most engaging dramas on cable TV.

The best new comedy by a mile, it took a minute for it to completely click with me, but I'm all in now.

The Glee Project
Unlike the show it supports, this packed a heavy dose of humanity, likable "characters" and editing that kept the pace up.

The Worst:

X-Factor US
Could this have been more of a train wreck? Boring contestants, wooden host, horrible judges, watered down production, horrendous voting decisions, and setback after setback. They took one of my absolute favorite shows (guilty pleasure or not) and completely ruined it for the American market. I couldn't have imagined it turning out any worse.


Well, I've actually only watched the first episode of the new series, but it's simply not the same without Nathan.

Terra Nova
Could've been so epic... ended up being so cliche.

Angry Boys
After Summer Heights High (still one of the best series ever), my hopes were high. Sadly, this failed to live up to them in every single way.

It's gone from "must-see" to "I'll watch it if I have to" in such a worryingly short period of time. Too many characters and uneven writing.

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Anonymous gmisk said...

You need to give the new series of misfits more than one get much better as it goes much so that I prefer the Rudy character over Nathan...his delivery and his lines are hilarious.

Modern Family is probably slightly better than the middle for me but I love both.

Terra Nova has been a huge let down, so much potential wasted

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