Top 10 Television Shows of 2008

2008 can be said to be a year plagued by tragedy, disappointment and shame. Just like at the movies, the small screen in general didn't exactly shine this year. Very few movies could even be considered watchable and many shows with an established following, like the hit NBC show Heroes, saw nearly a 50% drop in viewership. So those who managed to make their way to the Top 10 fought through the muck and deserve to be on this list. Number 1 is considered the best show of 2008 in my books.


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Jan 5, 2009 8:57AM EST

I seriously created an account here just so I had some relatively non-biased forum to say that this person has the absolute worst opinions that I have ever read on the internet.
It isn't just the sheer pedantry of every observation, but also the perfect grammar and lovingly attended-to structure of the entire article. The unrighteous ire towards the self-imposed importance of half of these shows should be captured in some sort of time capsule or museum as the epitome of deluded internet critic. This person is infinitely worse than your standard media junkie; this is a man who eats up every stone of mainstream culture that is handed to him and excretes a thick vanilla yogurt so worthless and disposable that it may very well be the bane of human expression as we know it. I actually feel like I hate letters and words more from reading this man's opinions.
That is all.

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Jan 5, 2009 9:27AM EST

Welcome to Sidereel SabDek, if you do indeed read this, PLEASE respond on the site so that Nathan can respond to your comments. Albeit he is 16 years old, so that could of been a reason as to what he watches and enjoys.

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Jan 5, 2009 11:11AM EST

Agree with SabDek.
Nathan should jump off a skyscraper and end these very stupid reviews.
Cinema and Television Production is not a place for immature kids.
somebody tell Nathan to watch Teletubbies!

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Jan 5, 2009 3:20PM EST

Guys, a little unduly harsh, don't you think?Part of the beauty of the internet and blogging revolution is that it gives people of all ages and experience a medium to share their opinion. When I was 16, I would have said that one of the best shows on TV was Dawson's Creek, if you get where I'm going with this.I recognize that you were likely unaware of the author's age when you made your comments, so perhaps your feelings have since been revised?I don't necessarily agree with every show on this list, and I recognize that the grammar leaves a bit to be desired, but are you honestly saying that none of the shows on that list would be on your own? Doubtful.At any rate, I challenge you to offer a counter-list before telling the author to jump off a skyscaper.

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Jan 7, 2009 3:24PM EST

hummm my # 1 on american telly would have to be heroes or bones i also love fringe and house

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Jan 9, 2009 1:15AM EST

While I must say SabDek that your use of colorful yet disturbing imagery appeals to my sadistic sense of humor, that is the only positive I have for you.
First, not everyone carries a book on the correct punctuation and sentence structure up their ass for reference at all times. Chill. Honestly, at least he didn't write his sentences using numbers and IM slang.
Second, what shows do YOU consider worthy of your time? According to Jim or is Gossip Girls filling up your Tivo?
Lastly, you trash him and say he is worse than a media junkie for writing about these shows. What does it say about you that you took the time to create an account here just so you could criticize his article. Hmmmm

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Jan 9, 2009 2:25AM EST

Well I don't necessarily agree with this list being the best and maybe the writer could stop using the word easily and probably every sentence, it is not that bad of a list.
On another note, the only thing more smarmy and arrogant then sabdeks critique would be some of the plot lines of lost. Since you seem to be trying way to hard, maybe you should make your own review of the best shows. You obviously have an abundance of time on your hands and enough energy to throw a plethora of words around for no reason just like any critic with a narcissistic personality disorder whom also smells like old socks. I can't wait to see what your favorite shows are since you are such a professional on this subject. I am also sure you will include a large amount of adverbs in your writings to the point that hemmigway would crawl back from the dead just to shoot himself all over again from your inherent abuse of prose.

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Jan 9, 2009 2:27AM EST

That is all

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Jan 13, 2009 12:56AM EST

Very nice Misstress. Personally I agreed with many of his picks. Just to show people how it works I will give my top 10:
10. Heroes: Yes, the past two seasons kind of sucked, but at least this one got a *little* better.9. House: Does he ever get old? Does styrofoam ever decompose?8. Skins: Yes it is British but I will say amazing. I disagreed with a lot of what was shown but could not dispute the truth that it represents some teenagers lives. (Wow, at 21 I am starting to feel outdated.)7. 30 Rock: I love Tina Fey's comedy. If only she wasnt so crazy :D6. Fringe: I love Sci-fi. Unfortunatly I couldn't put Stargate Atlantis up this year because really, it wasn't so great this season. This one though, brilliant.5. Burn Notice: He summed it up pretty well actually.4. Big Bang Theory: Makes me happy when I am sad at the world :D3. Psych: A light crime show in which I am always dissapointed when it is over.2. Greek: Being a University student I can really identify with the show. It is really witty, funny and addresses real issues. Being Canadian however I am really jealous of the show. I wish my University could be that cool :)
Drum roll please...
1. Chuck: What an all around amazing show. It has the mix of comedy, action, suspense. Also I love how they constantly get REALLY, REALLY hot girls. Though acting is great, plot is great, writing is great. Really just the best show of the year.
This is my list. I will say I have a perculiar interests. I have not put up a bunch of shows which may belong there because you know what, I really dont watch them because I think they are not worth my time. THough it is a preference issue so stop picking on the poor boy who cant defend himself and pick on my picks. Iwill tell you they are far worse than his could ever be!

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Jan 17, 2009 7:14PM EST

criticizing someone who had criticized is all in all lacking maturity! One is free to share his list and another to disagree!Here is my heart-list :
10. Gossip Girl- even if I have the feeling that I already know all the characters and their predictable little manners and fashion upper style, long life to Queen B., Serena is officially boring and I dont even know why.
9. Chuck - in the middle of a desert some fresh water can be ...refreshing but well it's starting to turn around and around without any more surprise left except for the romance to be consumed!
8. Californication - even if the reality meets fiction anti-hero whom Duchovny portrays was a little bit boring, he is so hot and such a sweet dad!
7. Privileged - the closest to Gillmore Girls I found plus the palm touch and the Miami landscape are so not New York! Go Miami! CSI Miami is not fogotten!
6. Smallville - one of the greatest season ever, this show never disappointed me and is still coherent with its main character storyline even if the never really dying bad guy starts to be annoying!
5. Supernatural - this season started huge but seems now to calm down, there is something missing, maybe a few episodes showing what was life in hell for Dean!
4. The office : funny, smart and tortured! I love it!
3. Ugly Betty : for all the guests and at last a new step in her life : her own appartment, I hope next season will show her without braces and those fugly eyebrows ! It's time for the caterpillar to turn into a butterfly. All the other Betty's adaptations did.
2. Scrubs : and will always be!
1. True Blood : the buzz and the fake ads on youtube, and I was amazed by the most well made vampires and humans dating website ever, there was a whole world around that show!It's no Buffy no Twilight and absolutely no Moonlight!It's colourful, spicy and full of fairy and not so nice vampires ! I cant wait for season 2 and HBO rocks!
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Jan 19, 2009 3:37AM EST

My top ten will differ a little. However for someone hovering around 40, you might be surprised by some of my choices.
10. Life on Mars - The storyline is a little weak at times, but the acting is superb. Hope this one makes it through a couple of seasons at least.
9. The Ghost Whisperer - Yes I know this show can be corny at times, and Jennifer Love Hewitt will cry at the drop of a hat. The premise for the show is great, a person who can actually see and talk to ghosts without witchcraft, seances, or being crazy. If we really could help the dead make things right, wouldn't life overall be better.
8. House - Wasn't wild about the change in characters a while back, but I must say, this show is very well put together. The background research they do for this show is right on the mark. The cases presented are not your typical heart attack, drug overdose or stroke. The main character is like a cross between Quincy, CSI's Gil Grissom, and Eddie Haskell. This show used to be in my top 3. Maybe it can do it again.
7. Heroes - Another show I didn't watch until it's second year. So I borrowed the first years episodes and I had to watch more. The show has a lot of great characters, a few who you really find yourself pulling for. Hope it doesn't make the same mistake as lost and make the storyline so convoluted it loses viewers interest.
6. Supernatural - I love horror movies. I hate cheap poorly put together horror movies. Horror should be more than just blood and guts. This show combines the best of horror, suspense, action, with a touch of comedy at the right times. Like some other shows, it has struggled with its storyline, but overall a great show (just not when my son is in the room).
5. Life - Everyone wants a second chance. Only a few get one. Wow! What a chance. I look forward to each and every show.
4. Two and a Half Men - Very well casted show, each very believable in their individual roles. I have never watched an episode where it doesn't make me laugh. Just when they start to convince me they are nearing the twilight when old, broken repeated storylines, they hook me a again with newer, better, episodes. Probably the best 30 minute show out there period.
3. Eli Stone - Jonny Lee Miller is one actor I truly enjoy watching. He is surrounded by several excellent actors and actresses that really bring the show together. It's a shame ABC has to mess with a good thing. There policy is take a great show, change it's time slot or day it is on, in order to compete with something American Idol. Panic when it doesn't work and subsequent ratings drop. Then move it one more time. lets see, you get a bunch of disenfranchised viewers, reduction in ratings, and a cancellation.
2. Chuck - This show is great. It is in its second year. Must be getting canceled. No really, I love this show. Once again, each character is perfectly casted, the shows are funny, and we are not slammed with gratuitous one-liners that so many shows depend on. A great concept show, I hope the show can continue to succeed and be around for many years.
1. Dexter - I never thought this show would appeal to me. The thought of watching a show based on a serial killer being the hero..... no way! Well was I in for a surprise. After much prodding, I finally watched the initial episode, just so I could say I didn't like it. I was hooked. Every show just grabbed my attention a little more until I can't wait to see what is next. The acting is superb, the storylines are very well put together, and this year's guest appearance by Jimmy Smits was great. One more small step of evolution for Dexter's character. This show is a definite winner. I just wish they would produce shows twice a year.
A few notable mentions: Dirty Sexy Money, Smallville, Eleventh Hour, Flashpoint (thanks for saving me after the writers strike with shows this summer), Kyle XY. Soon to be added may be Burn Notice....just started watching and this show just may have great potential.

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