Monday, December 31, 2007

Best of 2007: Television

Here is our best of the best from television:

1. Battlestar Galactica: No show is willing to tackle as difficult of storylines (war, suicide bombing, strained family relationships, etc.) and mix it in with fabulous visuals and terrific actors. Its dark, brutal and terribly entertaining. This is not your fathers’ Battlestar and you will be happy to take a peek and catch the best show on television.


2. 2. 30 Rock: I will say that I was not initially convinced. I was initially drawn to Aaron Sorkin’s other SNL behind the scenes show ‘Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.’ That lasted about 1 week. 30 Rock ended up being light years funnier, better characters, more interesting and without a doubt, one of the funniest shows on television in a long time. Tina Fey is fabulous and Alec Baldwin and Tracy Morgan round out a terrific cast. Seriously, very, very funny stuff.

3. 3. Dexter: This is not network television and it should not be. Though, the rumor is, that it will be on CBS this Spring in an edited format. The story focuses on a guy that is a forensics expert for the Miami Police Department. He also happens to be a serial killer. But don’t worry, he only kills people that are really, really bad. That makes it OK doesn’t it? It is extremely dark and it keeps you on your toes. It is also a show that you can’t take your eyes off. Michael C. Hall is absolutely terrific in this show.

4. 4. Veronica Mars: We always get looks when we tell others how good this show is. But there is a reason that it is on every critics Top 10 list every single year. It is well written and its lead actress, Kristen Bell, is entirely watchable (she is now on the show ‘Heroes.’). There is a reason that Joss Whedon (writer of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer series, Angel the series, Firefly, etc.) has said “Best. Show. Ever. Seriously, I've never gotten more wrapped up in a show I wasn't making, and maybe even more than those. (...) These guys know what they're doing on a level that intimidates me. It's the Harry Potter of shows.” The sad thing is—this show was cancelled this past year and it ends its brilliant 3-year run.

5. 5. The Office: This show keeps plugging along and is hillarious. Brodi and I were huge fans of the original British version. We both dreaded an american remake because we couldn’t imagine them being able to pull it off. Well, they did. Though it has a similar theme with similar characters, both shows are rather different with different humor and a different emphasis. The american version is a worthy companion to its british counterpart.

6. 6. Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia: This is on FX. It is about 3 guys and a woman that own a bar together. They are all inappropriate and it is uproariously funny. Whether it is about religion, race relations, family interaction or just sheer stupidity. Very funny stuff.

Other shows not on the list but are worth a viewing: Weeds (on Showtime), Amazing Race, House and the Closer (TNT).

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