I like end of year lists. I know, I know, that makes me sad. It also (often times) makes me lonely. All of these opinions and no one to share them with… that’s where blogging comes in handy I suppose. The Ether. The Globalized Village. The Internet. Here, my voice (supposedly) counts! It makes me feel all special inside. Anyway, on with the first list. (There’ll be more coming up… expect ones from film, comics, and music before we’re done here…) The top five television shows of 2009 are as follows:
5. “Better off Ted” Season 1
Balls to the wall funny and crazy, what more could you want? This show came out of nowhere and was the funniest sitcom of the year as far as I’m concerned. Sure there are other comedy shows that I love a whole hell of a lot more, but none of them impressed me as much this one did this year. It might not be for everyone, but if you enjoy a healthy dose of zaniness with your sense of humour, then this show is a golden ticket. After all, how can you really hate a show that devotes an entire episode to an Underground Medieval Fight-Club?
4. “Lost” Season 5
This is the year that I finally jumped aboard the “Lost” bandwagon, and while I’m glad I finally did, I’m also glad I waited this long. Why? Because I have ended up loving this show so god damn much that if I had been waiting from the very beginning of this mess to finally get some answers as to what the hell is going on with this Jacob damming Island, I probably would have Jeremy Benthamed myself two years ago. (Yes, I just used two names of characters from “Lost” as punchlines… you see how crazy and sad this show has made me?) And what did Season Five have to offer? Time Travel! LaFleur! Sawyer and Juliet! Jughead! Desmond beating the living shit out of Ben! Flocke! The Man in Black! There was so much to love that the only reason this show isn’t number one on my list is because I’m trying to be a realist and contain my inner fanboy before he tears me apart. Want another reason? Because “Lost” is just so god damn good that to call it the number one show on television is just too easy. It’s like saying that The Beatles are your favourite band. Of course they’re your favourite band, they’re the mother frickin’ Beatles! Every song they ever wrote was hand crafted by God first and then handed down to the greedy hands of Lennon, McCartney, Harrison, and yes, sometimes even Ringo! “Lost” is the exact same thing.
“Dexter” Season 4
I haven’t heard so many people talking about a season final in years… hell, possibly even ever. But let’s all take a step back and just admit a few things okay? Yes the final few minutes of the finale were jaw droppingly awesome. But the fifty minutes before hand? They were just okay. “Dexter” has always struggled with finding the right balance for intrigue in its season finales, and this year was no exception. Fortunately though, the entire season leading up to that episode was phenomenal. Michael C. Hall and John Lithgow were perfect this year, plain and simple. Before Lithgow was known as a wonky and cooky alien, he played some bad asses in his day, and thankfully he came back this year and showed us all that he’s still got it. And as good as the finale was, it sure as hell doesn’t top the “Hungry Man” episode. Best. Thanksgiving. Dinner. Ever.
2. “Rescue Me” Season 5
Colour me delighted. I didn’t think Leary and Tolan had it in them. After an extremely disappointing Season 4, “Rescue Me” came back and better then ever. (Well, okay, maybe not quite Season 2 and 3 territory, but pretty damn close.) And the most amazing thing? They kept it going for 22 episodes! Everyone on the cast just seemed to be reinvigorated and looking forward to telling captivating and hilarious stories once more. Hell, this season even had musical numbers! And they were pretty damn good! Sure the ending was a little too cliffhangery for a show that doesn’t need to be so, (and sure it was basically the same cliffhanger that they left us with at the end of Season 3) but I’ll forgive these small things because Leary is back at the top of his game, and when he’s on fire, there ain’t nobody better.
1. “Breaking Bad” Season 2
Two words. Bob Odenkirk. And he wasn’t even the best part of this season! The writing in this season was flawless. The acting in this season was flawless. The directing in this season was flawless. Hell, even the titles of the episodes of this season were flawless! (Seven Thirty-Seven Down Over ABQ!) Are you beginning to see a pattern here? Simply put, there’s just no reason not to be watching this show. What started off as a humorous but deep portrait of a dying man has turned a complete 180 into the portrait of a mad man, and I couldn’t be happier. I might be counting down the days to when “Lost” premiers first, but that’s only because it’s happening sooner. If you have never seen this show, do yourself a huge favour and do so immediately. Then do the world a favour and tell a friend. We don’t just need more television shows like this one, we need more art like this.