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For me it has to be Breaking Bad, Wilfred and Louie.
It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia
I'd say Breaking Bad but I'm working my way through it from series one so I haven't seen this year's.
The Walking Dead
My word. Also most brilliant use of music with that Apparat track at the end.
This Is England '88
Gary: Tank Commander
Burnistoun (not as goos as s1, but still boss)
Who knew Icelandic comedy would be was so great?
Flawed, Over-ambitious, Imperfect.... ...and still better than 99% of all other TV shown (ever).
He is doing a segment on the Charlie Brooker review of the year also, I really like the man.
This is England 88
The Walking Dead
I'd probably say Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle
considering how much time i spend watching the fecker, all told, i can't actually remember many actual programmes that aren't news or panelshow comedy.
If only to watch the beautiful Pip
i downloaded the first episode way back when it aired in the US and didn't think much to it. while bits were as funny as the skits on the site it felt a bit laboured for a half hour TV show.
Homes Under The Hammer
This Is England 88
Archer....new season starting next month!
by such a long distance
Game Of Thrones was amazing as well, especially as I thought I'd hate it but after the first episode I was hooked.
The Crimson Petal and the White
1. Breaking Bad - While i dont think it quited reach the highs of season 3 it still was amazing tv. The ending to Crawl Space would probably be one of my favourite tv scenes of all time. I probably would have appreciated the finale more if i hadnt already knew of the twist. I felt it was kinda convoluted but we did get an amazing iconic death because of it.
2. Parks & Recs - Easily the most consistently funny thing of 2011 which i think would include the end of s2 and s3 which arguably contains the best stuff the show has ever done. What makes P&R better than all those other comedies though, apart from being funnier, is that you actually care about the characters. The warmth isnt contrived like the shitty ending monologues on Modern Family.
3. Boardwalk Empire - Two other shows this year were panned by certain sectors for not have the balls to pull the trigger on what their seasons had been building to. BE certainly pulled the trigger. This season felt much more cohesive than the last and a big step up. Its also the best directed thing on tv easy and the dialogue is up there with the best.
4. Homeland - The best new show on tv. Claire Danes is amazing as a slightly mental CIA agent. Everytime i thought the show was going off the rails they pulled it back in. Its hard to make first seasons this good. I also loved the finale. The phonecall between Bordy and his daughter was one of the scenes of the year.
5. Game Of Thrones - Even though i find some of the dialogue pretty terrible and i felt they rushed over certain things because of budgetary constraints i was sold on the show because of the ambition, and the ending of ep. 9 was the biggest wow moment of the year.
6. Justified - More low-key than the other shows but really has a great cast and upped their game in the second season stepping away from procedural episodes into full on serial stuff. You wont find a cooler guy than Raylan Givens. Also its good to see Walton Goggins back on the tv.
7. Wilfred - A show about a man who sees a dog. Even when its not that funny its still extremely watchable because of the premise, the way the season progressed aswell i find it incredible they would go that dark for a comedy, even on FX. The season finale was outstanding. Cant wait to see where they go with it.
8. The Killing(Original) - Great thriller let down by too many episodes and a weak middle third.
9. Community - A lot of the time it misses but when it hits its outstanding. 'Remedial Chaos Theory' is one of the best episodes of anything this year and probably the funniest.
10. Awkward - Surprisingly smart, funny comedy, kind of in the mold of Easy A or something like Mean Girls i guess. Defies a lot of the usual tropes of this kind of genre though and is quite forward-thinking.
Special mentions to Sons Of Anarchy, This Is England 88, Shameless(US) and Alphas.
Its Always Sunny - Really enjoyed most of the episodes. Obviously it peaked season 3 and 4 but there's still so much to give.
Community - Season 3 for me has seen my love come back for it after some very dour and so-so episodes in season 2.
Game of Thrones - Does everything it says on the tin. Epic, sexy and violent.
Boardwalk Empire - Season 2 much improved on the 1st. Some terrific acting.
Notable mentions to: Parks and Rec, The Hour, Walking Dead, Treme, Frozen Planet, Louie.
Can i also say Question Time? It's the best reality TV in the world. Pure pantomime at times.
But he does always try to reinforce the fact that he is a great dad and that he loves his children.
...apart from Homes Under the Hammer.
Maybe I should educate myself a little before bemoaning the current state of television.
Man Vs Food is an enjoyable watch.
The Killing and all variants thereof.
The Crimson Petal & The White
The Story of Film: An Odyssey
The Shadow Line
also finally caught up with Arrested Development and Horrible Histories.
Made In Chelsea
3 Parks and Recreation (NBC)
2 Community (NBC)
1 Treme (HBO)
stewart lees comedy vehicle
and fresh meat was diverting (OK not great, but enjoyable)
really enjoyed it
wonder if series 2 will up the game, or fall short?
Come on guys, the Christmas special was AMAZING
no results, da fuck??
Breaking Bad - Clearly the best thing on TV at the minute and if it doesn't cock up it's final season(s) it's gonna go down as my favourite show ever.
Louie - Raising the bar for what TV comedy can be, one episode can be heartwarming, surreal, dark and just plain hilarious within the space of one 10 minute short. The man is a genius.
Curb Your Enthusiasm - A bit on autopilot this season, I didn't like Gervais rocking up in it and towards the end you could see the influence of some of the later more daft post-Larry Seinfeld episodes but he's still my favourite man on the planet and I could watch him do anything and it would make me laugh.
Parks and Recreation - The most heartwarming comedy on TV at the minute but doesn't let sentimentality get in the way of being absolutely hilarious as well. One of the best ensembles of characters of recent times.
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - Continued it's downward trajectory but still better than 95% of things on TV and The Gang Gets Trapped holds it's own against the classic episodes. I think I'm also the only man on the planet who really loved Frank's Brother as well. The decline of Dennis into an absolute psychopath has been wonderful to see over the course of the last few seasons as well.
Community turned a bit shit this year and The Walking Dead continues to frustrate the hell of me but the mid-season finale bodes very well indeed.
but really enjoyed Parks and Rec, this is england, Community, and of course...... Rupaul's Drag race Season 3.