Top 10 TV Series of the Decade

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Cainebj, Nov 28, 2009.

  1. Dec 2, 2009 #81 of 120

    cheesesteak Meh. TCF Club

    Jul 24, 2003
    15 mins...


    Supernatural has to be in somebody's top 30.
  2. Dec 2, 2009 #82 of 120

    JakeyB Member

    Apr 24, 2003
    I didn't like VM, saw the first 4 or 5 episodes, just wasn't my cup of tea.
  3. Dec 2, 2009 #83 of 120
    Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000
    It's in mine.

    Maybe even Top 10. We'll see in a few months...
  4. Dec 2, 2009 #84 of 120

    Magnolia88 She likes cheese.

    Jun 30, 2005
    Atlanta, GA
    What I meant to say was "I have yet to meet anyone . . . " because I know there are plenty of people out there who watched it and didn't like it. Of course. The audience was so small that it barely survived three seasons.

    You'd have to have a certain sense of humor I think to enjoy it. Much like Buffy, some people just don't enjoy that kind of dark humor combined with such bleak stories. And the pop culture references can be dense so if you don't know what they're talking about, it won't be funny. Then again, I thought my mom wouldn't like it for that reason (who is fitty cent again?), but she loved the mystery aspect.
  5. Dec 2, 2009 #85 of 120

    JakeyB Member

    Apr 24, 2003


    Darn, I was hoping to be your first :D
  6. Dec 2, 2009 #86 of 120

    GoHalos Registered User

    Aug 30, 2006
    OC, CA
    Nice. :up:

    Oh, and +1.
  7. Dec 2, 2009 #87 of 120

    YCantAngieRead Not Entirely Current

    Nov 5, 2003
    I watched Veronica Mars, but I wouldn't go so far as to say I liked it. It was just okay.
  8. Dec 3, 2009 #88 of 120

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey TCF Club

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    Better? I'm not sure, but certainly more choices, and more diverse choices at that (at least off network...which still seams to be stuck in 4 genres, Reality, police dramas, medical dramas, sitcoms for the most part).

    BTW, there were shows like Lost and FF back in those days. The original BSG, the original V, and probably dozens of others. Even back to the 60s you would have The Prisoner, or Star Trek, which were considered groundbreaking for it's day.
  9. Dec 3, 2009 #89 of 120

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey TCF Club

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    The thing about these lists is that obviously they are subjective. The original list on the OP, at least you could say there were some influences outside of just loving the show that could put those shows there. As I said, shows like The Sopranos were not only TV shows, but led to changes in TV in general. Maybe you didn't like I Love Lucy, but it changed the way sitcoms were produced forever and still used today. I think Survivor should be on this list, as it really was the show that started the Reality boom. Lost, led to a mini-boom of action/adventure/fantasy shows. And so on. The BEST shows are imitated or are groundbreaking or game changing.
  10. Dec 3, 2009 #90 of 120

    Supfreak26 Go Cowboys!

    Dec 12, 2003
    McKinney, TX
    All this complaining yet nobody is posting their personal top 10?

    Here is mine. Of course I'm only ranking shows that I've actually watched. No Sopranos, No Wire. I do plan on watching those someday, though.

    10. Carnivalle - Spooky, creey, mysterious, great characters.
    9. 24 - Like watching a 24 hour action movie. Get your popcorn ready!
    8. Battlestar Galactica - First few seasons were amazing. Faded near the end.
    7. Deadwood - Loved the way these characters talked.
    6. The Office - US. Version. Well-written. Funny characters all around.
    5. Arrested Development - Still wish this show attracted more viewers. Greatness.
    4. Sons of Anarchy - Would be higher if it weren't so new.
    3. Friday Night Lights - Nearly every episode brings a tear to my eye. And I'm not a big softy.
    2. Lost - Nearly gave up on this show. Glad I came back to it.
    1. The Shield - I'm still sad this show is gone. It had one hell of a run, though!
  11. Dec 3, 2009 #91 of 120

    MikeAndrews Registered abuser

    Jan 17, 2002

    Yep. Whose law of sci-fi is "90% of everything is crap."

    Consider that any one channel has up to 24 hours a day of content and you have maybe 80 viable channels. If you caught all of the 10% non-crap (it's a lot less with TV) you'd still have a lot more than you could watch.

    So you have 3 or 4 or 6 or 12 must see shows, which is that many hours of real quality content.

    It would be a world of pain without a DVR.
  12. Dec 3, 2009 #92 of 120

    dbranco Active Member

    Nov 20, 2003
    I like Modern Family but agree it's too soon to have it on the list. Also agree 100% that Dexter and Six Feet Under are WAY better than '24'.
  13. Dec 3, 2009 #93 of 120


    Feb 12, 2005
    LOL, how much did he get paid by ABC to include Modern Family instead of The Wire?
  14. Dec 3, 2009 #94 of 120

    cheesesteak Meh. TCF Club

    Jul 24, 2003
    15 mins...
    Maybe the list maker didn't like The Wire. I can sort of understand that. It wasn't everybody's cup of tea. But to include Modern Family after a handful of episodes because he likes the guys in charge of it was just plain ludicrous. He must not have an editor.
  15. Dec 3, 2009 #95 of 120

    uncdrew Annie 2.0

    Aug 6, 2002
    Down South
    What the hell do you watch? Dancing with the Stars? :p
  16. Dec 3, 2009 #96 of 120

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey TCF Club

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    My List:
    1. The Sopranos - Again, great show, and groudbreaking
    2. Lost - One of the few shows I routinely watch twice a week and have me say WTF after each episode
    3. 24 - Even though much is unrealistic and hokey, it's like watching a James Bond flick rolled into a Die Hard Movie every week.
    4. Arrested Development - Best comedy of the decade, filled with both funny sight gags and inside jokes. A 30 minute show that would ALWAYS take me 45 minutes to watch because i was laughing or rewinding to see something
    5. Deadwood - Perhaps the most interesting historical characters ever in a series.
    6. Survivor - I put this ahead of TAR only because of it's significance in launching 1000 imitators and put the term Reality TV into our venacular
    7. The Amazing Race - Best combination of game show and culture lesson. A treat each week.
    8. Rescue Me - Another show with fascinating characters. You never know what screwed up thing they will do next. And the show dares to be anti-PC most of the time.
    9. Scrubs - Especially the early episodes where JD was still not a girly man. Good balance of comedy mixed with real heart felt emotion. Cox is the best comedy character of the decade.
    10. The Riches and Fringe (Tie) - I couldn't decide which show to leave off, so I put them as a tie. The Riches had some fun plot lines and I loved to see them develop their alter egos and try not to blow it. Fringe just gets better, and would be higher on the list if it had more seasons under it's belt.
  17. Dec 3, 2009 #97 of 120

    wdave New Member

    Jul 16, 2000
    Stevenson, MD
    What's a "TV Series"? I see no reality or competition shows. Survivor? American Idol?
  18. Dec 3, 2009 #98 of 120

    Magnolia88 She likes cheese.

    Jun 30, 2005
    Atlanta, GA
    I had a hard time choosing the one for the 10th spot, so the honorable mention shows are very close to that last spot. And I find it hard to compare comedies and dramas, so the order of the list might move around on any given day. But they are in rough order.

    The Sopranos
    The West Wing
    Mad Men
    The Office
    (BBC version)
    Friday Night Lights
    Arrested Development
    Veronica Mars
    Curb Your Enthusiasm
    The Office
    (NBC version)

    Honorable mentions: Freaks and Geeks (fabulous, but without having even one full season it's hard to compare it to shows that lasted several seasons), 30 Rock, Dexter, The Amazing Race, Six Feet Under, Battlestar Galactica

    Don't watch: The Wire, The Shield, Deadwood, Damages, Breaking Bad, Rescue Me

    I've seen a few episodes of the above shows but not enough to evaluate them.
  19. Dec 3, 2009 #99 of 120

    Zevida witless and unarmed TCF Club

    Nov 8, 2003
    San Jose, CA
    I really don't watch that many shows, so for top 10 I'd probably go:

    (1) 24
    (2) Arrested Development
    (3) Veronica Mars
    (4) The Office (US)
    (5) Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    (6) Monk
    (7) Kings
    (8) Burn Notice
    (9) Better Off Ted
    (10) Psych
  20. Dec 3, 2009 #100 of 120

    MikeMar Go Pats

    Jan 7, 2005
    I understand that! But it seems that a lot of people like it cause of that and the story part of it is just OK.

    I'm 1/2 way through season 2 and haven't gone back to finish the season for like 3 weeks now.

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