Friday, November 13, 2009

My Top 25 Television Shows of the 00's

Hey look, my first non-film post, already! Recently the Onion AV Club started doing their massive "Best of the 00's (aughts?)" series, beginning this week with their focus on television So taking a cue from their playbook I thought I would share what I thought were my 25 favorite shows of the 00's. Throughout the week the AV Club broke down their picks sometimes into different categories (mini series, late night/variety type show) that sort of thing- I didn't they are all mixed up in there, mini-series, reality shows, sketch shows, British shows etc. Oh, and also these are in no particular order, I am terrible about that sort of thing, just take it as my personal top 25 (they did thirty):

1) Scrubs

2) Undeclared

3) Top Chef

4) The Office (US)

5) The Office (UK)

6) Six Feet Under

7) Project Runway

8) Party Down

9) Modern Family

10) Lost

11) Curb Your Enthusiasm

12) Its Always Sunny In Philadelphia

13) Wonder Showzen

14) Freaks and Geeks

15) Foyle's War

16) Flight of the Conchords

17) Extras

18) Eastbound and Down

19) Mad Men

20) Chappelle's Show

21) Band Of Brothers

22) Arrested Development

23) The Mighty Boosh

24) 30 Rock

25) The Wire

This was a pretty amazing decade for television. What speaks to that is not only the quality stuff I have seen and enjoyed, but the huge amount of stuff I have missed that people have told me or I have read are supposed to be really good, but for whatever reason fell by the wayside for me. There are also some shows that just started this year that didn't make the cut, that might say in the next decade (like Community, Parks and Recreation, and The League for example) Modern Family really just got on because, well, I do like it a lot, it shows a lot of promise, and, frankly, I needed one more to make a nice, round 25, so theres that.

Shows I Missed and need and/ or want to catch up on:
  • Breaking Bad
  • Deadwood
  • The Shield
  • Battlestar Galactica
  • Veronica Mars
  • Friday Night Lights
  • Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!
  • Dexter
  • The Venture Brothers
So I guess The AV Club also reminded me of what I missed, but there you go. And, if pressed, I would have to say that my two favorite shows of the aughts (I know some people hate that) are most likely "The Wire" and "30 Rock". There you go, the more you know.


  1. great list dude, although i am sad that you decided not to rank them. i will have to watch more than a half dozen episodes of the Wire to decide if i agree with all the praise it's getting, but i have 30 Rock vs Arrested Development as my top shows of the decade and those shows are like two heavyweight boxers who won;t stop hugging. i cannot separate them.

  2. Honestly? I find it near impossible to rank things. I have no idea how people do it. Maybe next time. You can put "The Wire" and "30 Rock" as my 1 and 2, I guess. (To be honest, it was partially because I am still figuring out blogger and how do images and what not_

  3. I am totally stealing this idea.

    Also? I have tried to watch The Wire on three separate occasions and just can't get into it. Can we still be friends?

  4. You probably shouldn't have told me that, Kate. :)