As always, I'm waiting til the last minute to try to catch a couple more movies before I can give my Top Whatever list. But TV is my live-in boyfriend, and I can safely give my list now. Though I'm still worried I've forgotten something....
1. Breaking Bad. There's TV, and then there's Breaking Bad. Honestly, it's in a class by itself in terms of writing, acting, and visuals. 2011 was awesome solely because it's the year I finally caught up on this show. There's a reason it's on everyone's Best Of All-Time TV Ever Ever Ever lists. If you haven't watched it yet, there's plenty of time to catch up. Do it. I've already seen the first 3 seasons 3 times and the most recent one twice. Is that wrong? No. And if you catch up now, you get to watch them all in a row without having to wait a week to a year between episodes; it's the best way to do it. Do it.
2. Justified. So excited this is coming back in a matter of days!! It is some badass, cool TV, and Timothy Olyphant is wonderful. Looking forward to hearing the awesome dialogue again!
3. Parks & Recreation. You know what this list has going for it so far? The best casts - and characters - on television. Every single character on Parks & Rec is awesome and I want to hug them all every week. This is the only show guaranteed to leave me smiling every week. Yes, it is literally funnier than Community.
4. Homeland. Holy crap, this was some awesome TV. Think 24 in terms of the terrorism angle, but it's different. Week to week you're not sure who the good guys and bad guys are. Claire Danes is so amazing on this show and if she doesn't win an Emmy, the world sucks. She gets crazier as the season goes on and it's wonderful to watch. Mandy Patinkin is also awesome -- and those are words I never thought I'd say.
5. Community. Whereas I find Parks & Rec to be laugh-out-loud funnier, this show is crazy-funny. I can't believe the stuff they get away with. An episode devoted to several different possible timelines? Craziness! It's the kind of bold comedy that is not destined to last long, but at least we'll have a few seasons to rewatch once it's gone.
6. Game of Thrones. A series I was not expecting to like as much as I did. It's not normally the kind of thing I'd go for, but it's another collection of awesome characters and stories. I really loved this show, and was surprised by it.
7. Tosh.0. OK, this is actually the most laugh-out-loud-funny show on TV.
8. Fringe. I miss my show; it's still both bold and good fun. Multiple universes, timelines, versions of characters - gotta love it. This season added Lincoln Lee to the cast of characters and I couldn't be happier. Unless they brought back Charlie.
9. Sons of Anarchy. I finally caught up on this show this year, and loved it. This year's season wasn't the best, but it's still better than most of the crap on TV. It's ambitious and ballsy and badass. I really loved the second season and hope the white supremacists make their way back to the show. Here again we have a lot of great characters; I especially love Opie and Tig.
10. Sherlock. This was a quick little 3-part British mini-series, but it's coming back in 2012 too. It's a modern-day retelling of the Sherlock Holmes characters and it's excellent. And who doesn't love Martin Freeman in anything? I'll tell you who - Communists.
These Shows Really Suck But I Used To Love Them And So Help Me God The Shows Listed Above Better Not End Up Like Them: Chuck and The Office. They are mostly painful to watch now, and I don't know why I'm sticking with them, other than I never surrender!