January 3, 2011

My 2010 Favorite TV List

I feel like I watch a lot of TV. I didn't used to. I watched X-Files, Star Trek: TNG and Ed often back in the day but I never really scheduled my evening around what was on the Tube. In the Fall of 2002, I moved in with my best friend Eric D. Snider and was quickly was absorbed into his condo culture of watching a few shows with hardcore loyalty using a new technology called TiVo. It changed my entertainment life. I could go about my day and then come home and watch the shows I wanted. Back then, we watched with regularity Alias, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, The Simpsons, Saturday Night Live and a few others. By the time I moved out in 2004, I was hooked on serial TV programs and DVRs. I always got one with my cable wherever I lived from that point on. If I found something I liked, I set it up as a "Season Pass" and watched my shows each night before bed. Harmony.

When I got married in 2006, Amelia wasn't really a TV watcher either. But DVRs are a beautiful thing and now we have a handful of shows we watch together and some we watch apart (she's more of a Reality TV fan and I'm more of an Inappropriate Comedy fan). I love watching shows with her. She's in the industry and her technical understanding of how shows work, her comments about wardrobe, her understanding of story and genre make it a priceless experience. It's also great to have someone who laughs just as hard at the brilliance of 30 Rock and Community as I do.

OK, so about the list ... I'm sure I'm forgetting things but here is a summary of my TV life that was in 2010.

My Favorite Comedies
30 Rock
Parks and Recreation
Modern Family
Adventure Time with Finn and Jake
The IT Crowd
South Park

My Favorite Dramas
Mad Men
The Walking Dead
Monday Night Football

Hit and Miss but When It Hits, Oh Man, It's Great
Saturday Night Live
So You Think You Can Dance
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Not As Good Anymore but Still Fun
The Office
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Just OK but I Still Watch Sometimes
The Amazing Race
Project Runway
Undercover Boss
Ancient Aliens

Shows I Want to Catch Up On
Friday Night Lights
Vampire Diaries
Eastbound and Down
Venture Bros.

Shows I Hate but Sometimes Watch Anyway
America's Next Top Model
The City
American Idol
The Bachelor/Bachelorette
Millionaire Matchmaker
Tool Academy

Shows We Tried but Gave Up On
The Event
No Ordinary Family
Running Wilde
The Mentalist
Hawaii 5-0

Shows We Watch that Were Cancelled
The Whole Truth
Lone Star