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2010-12-12 11:26:28 AM
Lack of Fringe is inexcusable.
 
2010-12-12 11:29:07 AM
This list is complete and utter dogshiat without Breaking Bad.

That is all.
 
2010-12-12 11:37:25 AM
Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: This list is complete and utter dogshiat without Breaking Bad.

Mancrush. I has it.
 
Cog
2010-12-12 11:40:51 AM
Newtork?
 
2010-12-12 11:45:11 AM
Cog: Newtork?

Not the same as the oldtork, clearly.


Warchild: Mancrush. I has it.

*fistbump*

Don't get me wrong. Louie had some really funny moments, but... Louie over Breaking Bad's amazing, letter-perfect third season?

No friggin' way.
 
2010-12-12 11:50:42 AM
Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Louie had some really funny moments

That's all it amounted to.

Even this lackluster season of Always Sunny was consistently better than the best Louie episode.

I never got into terriers, but I think that's because their marketing gave me no idea what to expect, so I realldy didn't give a shiat about watching it, especially with my natural hatred of terrier-type dogs as annoying yip-yappers
 
2010-12-12 11:54:43 AM
Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener:
This list is complete and utter dogshiat without Breaking Bad.


Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener:
This list is complete and utter dogshiat without Breaking Bad.


Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener:
This list is complete and utter dogshiat without Breaking Bad.


Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener:
This list is complete and utter dogshiat without Breaking Bad.


Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener:
This list is complete and utter dogshiat without Breaking Bad.
 
2010-12-12 12:19:47 PM
Yeah well, unfortunately Terriers has been canceled so ... that sucks. The only other show on that list I watch is 30 Rock but I do want to see Boardwalk Empire and Treme, not enough to get HBO though I guess.
 
2010-12-12 12:21:57 PM
The real fail on this list is two FX shows and neither are Archer.
 
2010-12-12 01:05:22 PM
UNC_Samurai: The real fail on this list is two FX shows and neither are Archer.

Amen
 
2010-12-12 01:07:00 PM
Rubicon is better than almost all of these shows.

Thirding the Breaking Bad comments.

Terriers was better than Mad Men.

30 Rock is a pale shadow of its former glorious self.

Where the fark is Justified?

This list is shiat

I'm writing everything in separate lines.

fark you, I'm a dragon
 
2010-12-12 01:16:45 PM
moothemagiccow: UNC_Samurai: The real fail on this list is two FX shows and neither are Archer.

Amen


Thirded.
 
2010-12-12 01:17:37 PM
El Chode: Even this lackluster season of Always Sunny was consistently better than the best Louie episode.

I'm so sick of people complaining about the same stuff every season of Sunny ever since its second season.

'Not as funny as the previous seasons'

Guess what? It had farking highs, some of them weren't as funny as others, they had legendary moments and that applies to every single season.

I mean, seriously how can people complain about this season of Sunny when it had what is probably it's best and most paid-off gag in the series (and maybe of all series), which is Dee being played by a giant bird in the Rashomon episode? That episode is one of Sunny's best episoes. Dee was impregnated by a tranny and all of her emasculated and yelled at booty calls bumped rails of coke in the finale and watched her coming out with the baby (all the while cricket was smoking crack in the ER). You had Tom Sizemore wanting to suck off Lizards while Frank turned into Elmer Fudd and had his soul stolen by a rabbit. The whole episode about Charlie's birthday. LETHAL WEAPON 5.

So many insanely great moments. Lackluster? Not as funny?

Now if you all don't shut up about it, you jabronis, I'm taking you on my boat in the middle of the ocean.
 
2010-12-12 01:23:44 PM
The real fail is us.

Folks watch that "reality" dreck on the Big3(+Fox) and edge out spots for scripted dramas/comedies -- and the networks don't care because Coke, GM, Apple, etc will still buy ad time at a premium.
 
2010-12-12 01:36:40 PM
El Chode: That's all it amounted to.

Pretty much, aye.


Even this lackluster season of Always Sunny was consistently better than the best Louie episode.

I don't know that I'd call it lackluster.

It had a rocky start, but from there, it was all good.

Like Tatsuma said, the Rashomon spoof, the Lethal Weapon 5 absurdity, and all the boat hijinks were hilarious.

More so than Louie, that's for damn sure.


Tatsuma: Where the fark is Justified?

THAT'S what I want to know.


Shostie: Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener:
This list is complete and utter dogshiat without Breaking Bad.


Preach it.

Three episodes ALONE should have put Breaking Bad on that list: "One Minute," "Half-Measures," and "Full Measure."

Devastatingly brutal and brilliant TV, period.
 
2010-12-12 01:41:58 PM
Ok, here's my list:

1) Breaking Bad
2) Community
3) Mad Men
4) Fringe
5) Parks and Recreation
6) Sherlock Holmes
7) Friday Nigh Lights
8) Chuck
9) Lost
10) How I Met Your Mother

I haven't seen Justified, Terriers, Boardwalk Empire, The Walking Dead, 30 Rock, The Good Wife, United States of Tara, Dexter or Treme.
 
2010-12-12 01:43:16 PM
Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: It had a rocky start, but from there, it was all good.

Yeah, for me the four weakest episodes basically all happened at the beginning (the first two + pool episode + josh groban), the rest were all incredible.

They still had redeeming moments and I will still rewatch them once in a while

Others were just stellar, especially the Rashomon episode.

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: THAT'S what I want to know.

Indeed.

Also I'm supposed to believe that, say, Louie or The Good Wife was better than Walking Dead?

Rubbish.
 
2010-12-12 01:48:34 PM
Tatsuma: Yeah, for me the four weakest episodes basically all happened at the beginning (the first two + pool episode + josh groban), the rest were all incredible.

I dunno, the one with Mac's mom moving in with Charlie's mom had me howling.

"SHOPPING CARTS ARE NOT DANGEROUS!"


Indeed.

Also I'm supposed to believe that, say, Louie or The Good Wife was better than Walking Dead?

Rubbish.


The Walking Dead was certainly a game-changer.

I'd easily put that above Louie and The Good Wife, but just a tad below Breaking Bad.
 
2010-12-12 01:50:48 PM
Tatsuma: I'm so sick of people complaining about the same stuff every season of Sunny ever since its second season.

No way, I say season 5 was way better than this season. I really didn't like the whole marriage gag running through the first few episodes. Honestly, I think the issue is more with Dennis...I feel like he's not pulling his weight. Charlie and Mac really shone through as the power duo, even more than Charlie and Frank this season.

This season did not produce nearly as many awesome shows, despite the awesome bits (such as the morphing of Dee into the bird and her dancing exactly like the inflatable wacky arm guy). If you put the best 3 episodes from last season (Intervention, the Waitress Getting Married, and Kitten Mittens) vs this seasons' best (Boat, Who Got Dee Pregnant, and Dee Gives Birth), season 5 wins. Plus I think that's because they brought in new writers this season.
 
2010-12-12 01:52:44 PM
My own list would probably look something like this

1) Breaking Bad
2) Terriers
3) Community
4) Justified
5) Walking Dead
6) Always Sunny in Philadelphia
7) Dexter*
8) The Good Guys**
9) Rubicon**
10) Chuck

Honorable mentions:

Castle - I'm having a real blast watching it, it's still Murder He Wrote though

Sons of Anarchy - Moments of brilliance interspersed with long stretches of mediocrity for a show of this caliber. The finale made it all worth it in the end, but half of the season could have been cut and it would have been incredibly instead of 'eh'.

* To defend my Dexter choice: While Dexter, much like Always Sunny, had a rocky beginning, they had a really really really great stretch since Julia Stiles has been introduced to the mix, I really hope she survives and season 6 is 'Dexter: Zodiac and Juliet' and I've been more excited to see the next episodes of Dexter for the last month than almost any show. I'm so farking pumped for tonight.

** Why did I put Rubicon, which is objectively better than The Good Guys, lower? The Good Guys had a perfect season without a week episode and was such an incredible farking blast. I would sacrifice 5 rubicons for more seasons of TGG.
 
2010-12-12 01:57:16 PM
Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: I dunno, the one with Mac's mom moving in with Charlie's mom had me howling.

I specifically mentioned the josh groban angle because Dee's story just was not that funny, the rest was gold.

I am watching this episode right now and just as I read your post, charlie screamed that line

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: just a tad below Breaking Bad.

Nothing can possibly top this season of Breaking Bad. It's one of these seasons, like season 4 of The Wire, that transcends the medium.

El Chode: If you put the best 3 episodes from last season (Intervention, the Waitress Getting Married, and Kitten Mittens) vs this seasons' best (Boat, Who Got Dee Pregnant, and Dee Gives Birth), season 5 wins. Plus I think that's because they brought in new writers this season.

I would disagree. I think that Season 5 was more consistently funny, while this season had fewer but higher peaks.

The morphing into bird is the single funniest thing that Sunny has ever done.
 
2010-12-12 02:00:41 PM
Tatsuma: I specifically mentioned the josh groban angle because Dee's story just was not that funny, the rest was gold.

Ah... I dig, I follow.

Yeah, even with Artemis at the end, that subplot was kinda lukewarm (save for Danny DeVito's Magoo line).


I am watching this episode right now and just as I read your post, charlie screamed that line

Charlie Day makes me irrationally giddy.

And Mac's mom and Charlie's mom need their own spinoff series, Odd Couple-style.


Nothing can possibly top this season of Breaking Bad. It's one of these seasons, like season 4 of The Wire, that transcends the medium.

Indeed... and that leaves me equal parts worried/excited for Season 4 - that is, the whole question of "Where the hell do we go from here?"


The morphing into bird is the single funniest thing that Sunny has ever done.

That came absolutely out of farkin' nowhere... and I just about laughed myself hoarse over that.
 
2010-12-12 02:01:48 PM
My list is only including new seasons that started this fall, and I am discounting seasons that started last fall and ended in 2010.

Otherwise, Community would be in second position and Chuck would be higher.
 
2010-12-12 02:03:39 PM
Tatsuma: My list is only including new seasons that started this fall, and I am discounting seasons that started last fall and ended in 2010.

Otherwise, Community would be in second position and Chuck would be higher.


I was explicitly counting from Jan. 1, 2010. That's why Parks and Rec makes the list and why Fringe is so high.
 
2010-12-12 02:07:26 PM
Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Ah... I dig, I follow.

Yeah, even with Artemis at the end, that subplot was kinda lukewarm (save for Danny DeVito's Magoo line).


Yeah, I was more interested in the dog than the rest of that storyline

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Charlie Day makes me irrationally giddy.

And Mac's mom and Charlie's mom need their own spinoff series, Odd Couple-style.


One of their best openers this season was Mac answering the question correctly and the huge scream that charlie lets out. Makes me laugh so much every time. Probably my second favorite charlie opening after Kitten Mittens.

The best Charlie Scream is still the one he makes when he thinks that Mac's dad is killing all of these people and that he will kill them as well

The scream and the face just kills me every time

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Indeed... and that leaves me equal parts worried/excited for Season 4 - that is, the whole question of "Where the hell do we go from here?"

I have to admit that I became worried when I read the creator of the show saying 'Well, we actually have nothing planned for next season and we will just see where it goes'

Then again after the last season I will trust them

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: That came absolutely out of farkin' nowhere... and I just about laughed myself hoarse over that.

I laughed and laughed and laughed then started to breathe a little, then I realized that Dee was the one voicing the ostrich and lost it completely and cried and had to stop it
 
2010-12-12 02:09:14 PM
DamnYankees: I was explicitly counting from Jan. 1, 2010. That's why Parks and Rec makes the list and why Fringe is so high.

Yeah if that was the case Fringe would be on my list, instead of being cut off at the last minute (which is why it wasn't in honorable mentions)

I'm still gonna stick with shows who had a new season beginning in 2010 rather than any aired episode in 2010
 
2010-12-12 02:10:43 PM
Tatsuma: DamnYankees: I was explicitly counting from Jan. 1, 2010. That's why Parks and Rec makes the list and why Fringe is so high.

Yeah if that was the case Fringe would be on my list, instead of being cut off at the last minute (which is why it wasn't in honorable mentions)

I'm still gonna stick with shows who had a new season beginning in 2010 rather than any aired episode in 2010


I still think Fringe makes it. The show this year has been phenomenal. Including the last half of season 2 just moves it up a few notches.
 
2010-12-12 02:16:53 PM
DamnYankees: I still think Fringe makes it. The show this year has been phenomenal. Including the last half of season 2 just moves it up a few notches.

It's been really really good, but not as good as the last episodes of last year.

Between the choice of Chuck and Fringe, gotta go with Chuck (even if the same comment applies)
 
2010-12-12 02:19:16 PM
Tatsuma: It's been really really good, but not as good as the last episodes of last year.

No way. Fringe keeps getting better - each episode builds on the last and turns it up more and more. And I don't know how it happened, but all of the sudden Anna Torv is one of the best actresses on TV. She's Emmy-worthy.
 
2010-12-12 02:23:02 PM
DamnYankees: No way. Fringe keeps getting better - each episode builds on the last and turns it up more and more.

I might have set the bar too high after last season.

I have to admit that the last episode was nothing BUT stellar. Very XFiles yet also extremely creepy.

DamnYankees: And I don't know how it happened, but all of the sudden Anna Torv is one of the best actresses on TV. She's Emmy-worthy.

I know, who could have foreseen that after the first few episodes in the first season?

I nearly cried last episode when she was in her place and broke down after finding the laundry.

She has been spectacular. Emmy-worthy indeed.
 
2010-12-12 02:25:24 PM
Tatsuma: I have to admit that the last episode was nothing BUT stellar. Very XFiles yet also extremely creepy.

The marionette scene might have been the creepiest thing Fringe has ever done. And that's saying alot.
 
2010-12-12 02:39:52 PM
Tatsuma: Why did I put Rubicon, which is objectively better than The Good Guys, lower? The Good Guys had a perfect season without a week episode and was such an incredible farking blast. I would sacrifice 5 rubicons for more seasons of TGG.

Holy shiat we agree on something. When was the last time that happened?

The Good Guys was criminally underrated. And I say "was" because while the first season is over, it is in the Friday night death slot and has bad ratings. It almost certainly won't get renewed despite being hilarious.
 
2010-12-12 02:43:55 PM
Is Venture Bros. not eligible because it's a cartoon? Because it was as good as any of those shows save Community, maybe.

Fringe not being on this list is an abomination.

Once Boardwalk Empire hit its stride it was the best show on TV.

Dexter is better than 30 Rock, hell, Supernatural is better than 30 Rock, double hell, reruns of The West Wing on Bravo are better than 30 Rock.
 
2010-12-12 02:46:58 PM
Tatsuma: 30 Rock is a pale shadow of its former glorious self.



I've been hearing this for years and have never understood this criticism of the show. I think it's great, if a bit uneven at times.

I would add Community, though I think this season's a little bit of a let down. (WTF was up with last week's (read: not Christmas episode) episode? The whole tone of that episode was completely different from the rest of the series outside of a few moments.)

This season of Dexter is great too.
 
2010-12-12 02:48:23 PM
also, this season of Chuck kinda sucks.
 
2010-12-12 02:54:21 PM
Tatsuma: I would disagree. I think that Season 5 was more consistently funny, while this season had fewer but higher peaks.

The morphing into bird is the single funniest thing that Sunny has ever done.


I'll agree that the moment of the bird is their most stand out moment.
 
2010-12-12 03:00:11 PM
List fails without Venture Bros. Oh, sorry, it's animated, so somehow it doesn't count as a real show.
 
2010-12-12 03:05:07 PM
I'm pretty certain I couldn't come up with even five great shows of 2010. Really, pretty much after Terriers and Boardwalk Empire, it's all pretty bland for me.
 
2010-12-12 03:07:26 PM
Funny. The only one I'm familiar with is Mad Men and I don't watch that.

The Mentalist, Bones, Fringe and Mythbusters need to be on that list. Probably Men of a Certain Age.

They can take all of the 'Ghost' hunter-type (fake) series off as far as I'm concerned. Storm Chasers was interesting, briefly but you can only watch just so many tornados and listen to everyone shout and squabble before it gets boring.

I enjoyed some of the science fiction channels programming, but one tends now to overload with Fear Factor and WWF and the other tosses in far too many B movies which mainly consist of the characters spending a whole lot of time squabbling and running from something you only catch glimpses of until the end. (To make the majority of those movies, you only need about two acres of woods and one, really moldy abandoned house.)

I gave up on Reality TV ages ago. It basically sucks.
 
2010-12-12 03:13:43 PM
I'm sure the list itself is terrible but Louie is great.
 
2010-12-12 03:19:37 PM
Community is terrific and deserves some kudos. Breaking Bad was great as well. Justified and Terriers are a better pair than any network offered this year.
 
2010-12-12 03:22:06 PM
No Fark love for The League? :-/
 
2010-12-12 03:23:26 PM
Seriously?

Lack of HOUSE and NCIS is unacceptable.
 
2010-12-12 03:23:29 PM
Tatsuma:

* To defend my Dexter choice: While Dexter, much like Always Sunny, had a rocky beginning, they had a really really really great stretch since Julia Stiles has been introduced to the mix, I really hope she survives and season 6 is 'Dexter: Zodiac and Juliet' and I've been more excited to see the next episodes of Dexter for the last month than almost any show. I'm so farking pumped for tonight.


I thought Dexter had jumped the shark in the last minute of last season. Im so glad I was so very very wrong. I love Stiles on the show and agree, I really hope she is back next season. Damn the author for calling her 'weak,' I think she is doing a great job with a role that has to be really weird and has no 'right' way to do it. Can't wait to see what happens tonight. I look forward to a new Dexter more than I have for any other show.
 
2010-12-12 03:30:57 PM
Hansenator: Tatsuma:

* To defend my Dexter choice: While Dexter, much like Always Sunny, had a rocky beginning, they had a really really really great stretch since Julia Stiles has been introduced to the mix, I really hope she survives and season 6 is 'Dexter: Zodiac and Juliet' and I've been more excited to see the next episodes of Dexter for the last month than almost any show. I'm so farking pumped for tonight.

I thought Dexter had jumped the shark in the last minute of last season. Im so glad I was so very very wrong. I love Stiles on the show and agree, I really hope she is back next season. Damn the author for calling her 'weak,' I think she is doing a great job with a role that has to be really weird and has no 'right' way to do it. Can't wait to see what happens tonight. I look forward to a new Dexter more than I have for any other show.


This. I never actually like Stiles until she was on Dexter.
 
2010-12-12 03:34:33 PM
FeedTheCollapse: (WTF was up with last week's (read: not Christmas episode) episode? The whole tone of that episode was completely different from the rest of the series outside of a few moments.)

It wasn't that different. Community has always had its best moments when it is deeply exploring its characters, although it is only occasionally done seriously. They've mainly done it with Abed (In Intro to Film, Chicken Fingers, and this past Christmas episode) but it is always there. I think they did a Troy episode in that way because Troy has farking taken over that show.
 
2010-12-12 03:36:13 PM
odinsposse: FeedTheCollapse: (WTF was up with last week's (read: not Christmas episode) episode? The whole tone of that episode was completely different from the rest of the series outside of a few moments.)

It wasn't that different. Community has always had its best moments when it is deeply exploring its characters, although it is only occasionally done seriously. They've mainly done it with Abed (In Intro to Film, Chicken Fingers, and this past Christmas episode) but it is always there. I think they did a Troy episode in that way because Troy has farking taken over that show.


Troy is aaaaaawwweeeeeeeeeee-some.
 
2010-12-12 03:39:22 PM
odinsposse: FeedTheCollapse: (WTF was up with last week's (read: not Christmas episode) episode? The whole tone of that episode was completely different from the rest of the series outside of a few moments.)

It wasn't that different. Community has always had its best moments when it is deeply exploring its characters, although it is only occasionally done seriously. They've mainly done it with Abed (In Intro to Film, Chicken Fingers, and this past Christmas episode) but it is always there. I think they did a Troy episode in that way because Troy has farking taken over that show.


I would say its tone was completely different from where the show has been. Honestly, it kind of seemed like an episode left over from the first few episodes of season one (where it was a more serious-minded comedy). It wasn't so much a bad episode, just more of a "Where the fark did this come from?" episode.
 
2010-12-12 03:41:19 PM
AMC is re-airing Breaking Bad from the beginning on Wednesday nights. I DVR it and am having a really hard time not buying the DVD. It's only two episodes a week and I REALLY need more.

Glad they're letting me catch up before the new season starts though.

P.S. I miss Monk. Bring that show back guys.
 
2010-12-12 03:45:42 PM
Not a very good list but United States of Tara is an awesome show.
 
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