My Favourite TV Shows of 2011
December 20, 2011 § 1 Comment
Sure, Mad Men couldn’t get it together to have a 2011 season and I still haven’t gotten around to watching Game of Thrones, but here’s a list of the shows I did enjoy this past year.
30 Rock (NBC)
My favourite TV show of the past 4 years. Thank you, Tina Fey, for knowing exactly what I find funny and putting it out there for everyone to see, no matter how weird.
Bored To Death (HBO – cancelled)
Unfortunately, it was announced today that Bored To Death has been cancelled by HBO – what a bummer! In my opinion, Bored To Death showcased New York in a way no other show ever has. Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galafinakis, and Ted Danson are hilarious, but half the fun was spotting familiar locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Up All Night (NBC)
This brand new show takes cues from 30 Rock, but deals with a more relatable topic – parenthood. Christina Applegate and Will Arnett star as new parents in their mid-30s. Applegate’s character goes back to her job at a daytime talk show after maternity leave, leaving Arnett to be the stay-at-home-Dad. I am a huge fan of Arrested Development and Gob, but I have to say that Applegate is the real funny one here!
Breaking Bad (AMC)
I always forget how much I like this show. Even though it’s hard to watch at times and very dark, it’s so well-written that I find myself on the edge of my seat at the end of most episodes. Bryan Cranston is amazing and how about that season finale???
Louis CK was a big part of 2011 for Nick and I. We watched all his stand up specials, Youtube videos, Netflixed his old HBO show Lucky Louie, and saw him live at the NY Comedy Festival. Then we started watching Louie. With all his bizarre situations that seem mundane at first, crazy humour, and intelligent commentary on life, it was surprising this was as much of a success with the mainstream as it was. But thank goodness, because it should be coming back for another season. Bonus: he filmed the first season (shown in the clip above) in our apartment building!
The Walking Dead (AMC)
The first season started off great – zombies and gore everywhere! Then the second season started and I was unsure of where it was all going. After watching the mid-season finale, I understand it’s all a matter of good vs evil, right vs wrong and sometimes having morals is not easy. The clip above shows the intense last few minutes of the finale, and it is not for the squeamish!
Let’s lighten it up with Archer – the over-the-top ridonkulous cartoon on FX. Based extremely loosely on James Bond, Archer is a secret agent/spy who works for his mom, played by Jessica Walter, who’s personality is so loud that even the cartoon version of her looks like Lucille Bluth. Archer is full of hilarious voice actors and semi-offensive humour. Perfect.
Best old show I somehow never watched until now: Twin Peaks
Worst letdown/Twin Peaks rip-off of the year: The Killing