Tis the season of lists. Here's a link to Matthew's list of the top 10 TV shows of the year. (It comes with a lovely slideshow!)
And here, for the record, is my own, sometimes-overlapping list:
Dexter (Best show on TV this year, all-around)
30 Rock (The show I looked forward to most every week - partly because of the smart social commentary, but mostly because it's just hilarious.)
Battlestar Galactica (The most cinematic and ambitious show on TV.)
American Idol (One of our last examples of cultural glue; plus, you've got to give "Idol" credit for raising $70 million for charity.)
How I Met Your Mother (Proves that traditional sitcom can still be funny, and sometimes even transcendent.)
Yo Gabba Gabba (Because preschool TV should be a joy, not a burden, for parents - and because preschoolers and college students have a lot in common.)
The Sopranos (The ending alone deserves high praise - and the penultimate episode was divine.)
The Shield (The pathos was palpable, and the Shane subplot was superbly played.)
Mad Men (Hope beyond hope for basic cable.)
The View (It's probably all over now, but for awhile, it made itself a must-watch show and gave new meaning to the term "daytime drama.")
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