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Best TV show of the Decade

Postby jcankerhuxley » Sat Jan 02, 2010 7:52 pm

I don't watch regular TV but I catch stuff on reruns and on DVD / internet. Since everyone is making lists, what would you consider the best show of the decade?
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Re: Best TV show of the Decade

Postby HGervais » Sat Jan 02, 2010 8:02 pm

It's hard to argue with The Wire. Farscape is right up there as well. Battlestar Galactica. Arrested Development. Gilmore Girls. Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The Sopranos. Deadwood. Curb Your Enthusiasm. 30 Rock. I could go on.
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Re: Best TV show of the Decade

Postby BrettCullum » Sun Jan 03, 2010 7:05 am

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER was actually the best television show of the '90s. Hard to believe, but it is pretty old stuff now. Television seemed to splinter in the 00s. It was dominated by reality reality reality and then some more of the same. I liked many shows that came along though, and I did sit up and take notice of quite a few.

LOST gets my vote for best of the decade. It had a cinematic quality and a true inventive feel that made it feel unique.
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA continued the trend of hour long smart shows, and deserves the nod as well.
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Re: Best TV show of the Decade

Postby mavrach » Sun Jan 03, 2010 10:43 am

My picks are mostly already mentioned: Buffy, Farscape, Battlestar Gallactica. Does the current Doctor Who production count as being from this past decade?

I want to throw in Arrested Development too, but I enjoyed the above shows more, and it's seriously apples and oranges with this one.
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Re: Best TV show of the Decade

Postby Dan Mancini » Sun Jan 03, 2010 12:13 pm

Arrested Development or Curb Your Enthusiasm would probably top my list, but since it hasn't been mentioned yet, I'll go ahead and throw in a nomination for Dexter.
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Re: Best TV show of the Decade

Postby Stubblecat » Sun Jan 03, 2010 1:50 pm

It was cancelled after a season and a half, and appeared about 2 years before the world was ready for it, but Andy Richter Controls The Universe was brilliant.
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Re: Best TV show of the Decade

Postby Dunnyman » Mon Jan 04, 2010 1:20 am

Compelling TV, Battlestar Galactica. It took a cheesy 70's sci-fi premise, and made it exceptional, with one of the best casts on TV.
Sentimental Nod, Pushing Daisies. Created a whole other technicolor world, populated it with some rather unique characters, and delivered the tastiest slice of pie on TV. Pun intended.
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Re: Best TV show of the Decade

Postby cdouglas » Mon Jan 04, 2010 2:14 pm

Though I haven't gotten around to watching The Wire or Farscapeyet (pretty huge omissions, I know), I would probably have to pick The Sopranos as the finest television series of the decade. Also worthy of very high praise...

Arrested Development
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Mad Men
Breaking Bad
Chappelle's Show
Six Feet Under
30 Rock
Battlestar Galactica
The Office (British and American versions, though I prefer the British)
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Re: Best TV show of the Decade

Postby Steve T Power » Mon Jan 04, 2010 3:15 pm

I'm not much for TV, so there were really only a handful of shows i devoted any time to in the last decade.

The winnah (by a huge margin for me):

Band of Brothers - masterful storytelling that manages to accomplish in 10 episodes what few series have in that many seasons.

I also have to give runner-up props to Battlestar Galactica, and Deadwood could have been the big one if David Milch had the discipline to write just one more season to clue all of the threads up, as Season 3, while a conclusion of sorts, was anything but a worthy end.
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Re: Best TV show of the Decade

Postby the5thghostbuster » Mon Jan 04, 2010 6:02 pm

Doctor Who
Torchwood: Children of Earth

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Re: Best TV show of the Decade

Postby Bryan Pope » Tue Jan 05, 2010 9:50 am

West Wing and The Shield both deserve mention on this list.
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Re: Best TV show of the Decade

Postby Andrew Forbes » Tue Jan 05, 2010 4:20 pm

I'll toss a few out there. Not to say they are the best, but these have definitely provided me with the most entertainment:

Samurai Champloo
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Clone High
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Re: Best TV show of the Decade

Postby J.M. Vargas » Thu Jan 07, 2010 3:59 pm

Dexter (Showtime) - premise execution and flawless lead performance (by Michael C. Hall, who has yet to prove he can be this good on another movie/TV role and yes, I'm including "Six Feet Under") carry this show past some glaring holes (some weak acting by the supporting cast) and misfires (Season 3). Still awesome, and Season 4 has brought the show's mojo back with a vengeance. Season 5 will be hawt! 8)

Battlestar Galactica (Sci-Fi Channel) - ending throws things way up in the air when looking back at earlier seasons, but overall a potent mix of sci-fi setting and socio-political commentary brought to life by the best acting ensemble on TV (screw "Lost" :o :D).

Big Love (HBO) - who knew Mormonism could be as much fun to watch as "The Godfather" crime saga? And who knew Bill Paxton could deliver a credible performance as a patriarch wearing way too many hats (father, prophet, husband, perspective-husband-of-fourth-wife boyfriend, businessman, etc.) while keeping multiple family emergencies from exploding. Throw in strong supporting performances from Tripplehorn, Dean Stanton, Sevigny, etc. and this remains one of pay cable's must underrated but compelling dramas.

Weeds (Showtime) - outrageous-for-the-sake-of-being-outrageous comedies that constantly seek to top themselves could have resulted in comedy death. Jenji Kohan and her troupe of game actors haven't fallen flat on their face yet though, and have earned my attention enough to keep me guessing where Nancy & Co. will end up at the end of their 'crime spree.' Kevin Nealon as Doug remains the funniest supporting character in a comedy since... poof... fooooooreeeeeever man! :lol:

The Sopranos (HBO) - coasted on its last few seasons, but damn if there wasn't some quality acting (by everybody... seriously, not a weak acting link in the bunch including Robert Iler's AJ whom we were supposed to hate) and tight scripting (by anal-to-a-fault David Chase) that kept the tension and fear of what was going to happen more fun than what actually happened. This show rewards repeat viewing with so many subtle jokes and homages an encylopedia is needed to keep them all in mind. An instant classic.
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Re: Best TV show of the Decade

Postby BrettCullum » Fri Jan 08, 2010 9:16 am

I want to nominate THE BIGGEST LOSER...

And that show with Paris Hilton, THE SIMPLE LIFE!
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