Top 10 TV Series of the Decade

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  1. Dec 3, 2009 #101 of 120
    Magnolia88

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    I love everything about that show. (We're still talking Mad Men, right?)

    Yes, the time period and style of the show are a big part of why it's so great, but that's not the only reason for me. I love every stone-cold glare that Don gives someone, every smirk on Roger's face, every wiggle in Joan's walk, everything!

    I know the story moves way too slow for a lot of people (I've tried to get people to watch and "nothing happens" is a common complaint), and sometimes the style and mood overshadow the plot, but it doesn't bother me when I find it so entertaining. I don't need car crashes and fight scenes to keep my attention, but there is always 24 for people who want that kind of thing. It's definitely not a show for the masses who need more stuff to "happen" but that's okay because it's on a small cable network so it doesn't need the big audience to stay on the air.
     
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    MikeMar

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    I don't need more "stuff" to happen and I like plenty of slow moving stuff. But it just doesn't fully hit the mark for me or my wife.
     
  3. Dec 3, 2009 #103 of 120
    DevdogAZ

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    I just don't understand the love for 24. Don't get me wrong, I've seen every episode. But after the first season, it's really been nothing but formula. It was an awesome concept that was extremely well executed, and now it's outlived its novelty. What is it about 24 that people love so much? For about the last 4 seasons, I'll get to December/January and think, "Do I really want to watch that show again this season? It was pretty bad last year." And finally I'll talk myself into watching, and for the first 5-6 episodes of the season, it's always really good, and I'll think, "Man, I'm glad I decided to keep watching this show. It's much better this year." However, inevitably around episode 15 or so, I'm always burned out on the story and can't wait for the "day" to end, because it always just ends up being one re-tread story after another.
     
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    Magnolia88

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    Are we counting Buffy as being from this decade? It started in 1997.

    If so, I would have to revise my list. I guess it depends on how one defines "decade" and when the cutoff is. It had great episodes in both decades, but the first three seasons were the best imho, and the fourth season began in 1999.
     
  5. Dec 4, 2009 #105 of 120
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    Rome was pretty good too.
     
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    Steveknj

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    A lot of what you say is probably true, but, it's still a fun watch, and you have to admit, Jack Bauer has become a huge part of pop culture. I think that is one reason you could argue that shows like Survivor and AI belong on the list (although I didn't inlude AI on mine as I don't watch it). To me the "best" list has to be either a show that is heads and shoulders better than the competition (something like Deadwood or Arrested Development) or has to have some significant impact on the TV landscape (and still has to be a good show) such as Survivor, or 24. That's just how I see it. I'm sure there are some who just go for the shows they liked and that's enough for them.
     
  7. Dec 4, 2009 #107 of 120
    Steveknj

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    Going by the list on the OP, the criteria was the show had to start by 1999, so no, Buffy wouldn't count. My rule would be that at least 51% of the episodes had to air during this decade. If Buffy meets that, then I would include it. But I don't make the rules :)
     
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    Zevida

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    A list someone else posted in the thread had Buffy on it so I figured what the heck. I was kind of reaching on that one, mostly because I'm having trouble remembering what shows I was watching in the early part of the decade!
     
  9. Dec 4, 2009 #109 of 120
    DougF

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    I'll agree with most of your points. I have the last seven, eight, whatever hours from this last season on the TiVo still and have been making no effor to watch. It is repetitive and the dialog is driving me crazy. They talk like their reading a report most of the time.

    But, then there's Jack. A couple of seasons ago, the guy Rick Schroeder was playing showed up after Jack had taken out all the bad guys. He looked around in amazement and said something like "Damn, Jack". I think that's how a lot of people feel watching Jack. Having such a great character must help keep viewers who would have otherwise bolted over the stories by now.
     
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    Rob Helmerichs

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    Well, he used to be a great character. Now, he's more like the Mad Magazine parody of Jack Bauer.

    For me, 24 had a great concept, and in the first few seasons so-so execution. But it never lived up to its potential, and eventually seems to have stopped trying, just going for ramping the formula up to 11. Then 12. Then 13.
     
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    I think they might have just run out of ideas is all :)
     
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    I stopped watching halfway through season 5 (which I've heard is generally considered the best season)... I tried watching last season, but after 3 episodes I gave up. Jack was nothing but a parody at this point... actually the whole show was.
     
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    Zevida

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    I can't really explain what is so awesome about 24. I totally understand the complaints about it being formulaic, the acting, the dialog, the constant absurdity. But I still love it. It's like watching Die Hard every single week. I know it is completely absurd, but it is so awesome, I don't care. I love the action, I love the suspense and I love how over the top it is. I just love it.

    And here's the other big reason. Jack is the ultimate bad-ass. I don't care if he's been doing it for so many seasons/days that it comes across as a caricature now, he's still awesome. I would have a very hard time watching the show without him. I know that Kiefer wants Jack killed off in the middle of a season, but so far that don't have any other characters that could carry the series through to the conclusion without Jack.
     
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    Supfreak26

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    I thought about these two and nearly listed them but both suffer from having great beginnings and a steep fall downhill from there. Scrubs has been awful for some time (although I admit I laughed quite a bit in this new season's offerings.)

    Rescue Me is up and down lately. I enjoyed last season but it really feels like it's stalled lately. The first 2 seasons were amazing, though.

    Wow. After only 6 episodes or so? I like the show, too, but that seems pretty early to rank it top 10.

    This. Like I said in my post, "get your popcorn ready!" It's no different than going to the movies to watch something like 2012. You don't go there for story. You go to see stuff blow up.

    With 24, you watch to see Jack kick some ass!

    BTW, I recommend playing the 24 Drinking Game to enhance your viewing pleasure. Great fun although it's hard to get through a few episodes without passing out! :)
     
  15. Dec 4, 2009 #115 of 120
    Rob Helmerichs

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    13 episodes (so far), but yes, one half-season is a bit early to proclaim eternal greatness!
     
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    bengalfreak

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    that really explains a lot.;)
     
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    bengalfreak

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    My list:

    1. Deadwood
    2. The Shield
    3. The West Wing
    4. The Wire
    5. Sons of Anarchy
    6. The Sopranos
    7. Battlestar Galactica
    8. Dexter
    9. Six Feet Under
    10. Oz


    Show that would have made the list if not for their brevity.

    Carnivale
    Rome
    Firefly (might have been #1)
     
  19. Dec 7, 2009 #119 of 120
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    Well, I can't say I've never watched any of them, but I've not watched most of them.

    I like Lost. I used to like 24, but haven't watched it in a couple of years. It turned into a chore to watch. I watched an entire season of Mad Men through Netflix and while I found the 50's/60's references interesting, I eventually discovered that there were no likeable characters on the show, and that I was only watching it for background stuff, and hated the stories, so I quit. I've tried 30 Rock several times and absolutely do not like it.

    Never watched a single episode of any of the others. Some of them I've never even heard of.
     
  20. Dec 7, 2009 #120 of 120
    Supfreak26

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    Oz was actually started in the 90's. (1997 - 2003) I recently discovered it on DTV 101 and I love this show. Sorry I missed it the first time around.
     

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