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post Dec 12 2011, 11:07 AM
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You know what to do. Tell us about your favourites (and least favourites)
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post Dec 14 2011, 11:29 PM
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I forgot to mention that Justified and Louie were two of my highlights this year. Both followed up great first seasons with even better second ones, with the former deepening its world nicely by introducing Jeremy Davies and the magnificent Margot Martindale as the season's villains. It also maintained the mix of action, snappy dialogue and light but moody tone that made the first season such a joy.

Louie was just marvelous, with each new episode pushing the boundaries of what television can do. Louis C.K. is the closest thing that American television has to a true auteur, and I loved seeing the little absurdist shorts he produced every week, offering illuminating, often painful insights into his life as a single father whilst also remaining funny and inventive. The episode with Doug Stanhope was particularly great.

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I did rewatch all of the Sopranos this year, which is something I think everyone should do, it's easily the greatest tv show ever, it's quite possibly the greatest work of art of the electric media, it's only weakness being that of television, although this does offer it a few advantages over film. By the end, I actually felt appreciation for how good it was and the fact that it even exists in the first place, which is something that tv very rarely inspires.


I did that as well and it is, indeed, pretty astonishing. I also liked the last two seasons more this time around, probably because I knew where they were heading, which helps when they are more digressive.

Working lots of nights meant that I could use the days to catch up on a lot of series that I either hadn't seen in a while or ever. I watched all of The Shield, which is one of the few television series I can think of that actually got better as it went along, with the last season remaining one of the most visceral and tense thirteen hours of television I've ever seen. The last two episodes, in particular, are pretty strong contenders for the best finale to any show ever. I'm slowly working my way through The Twilight Zone and The Larry Sanders Show, both of which deserve their status as classics of the medium. I also somehow managed to fit a rewatch of The West Wing in (which makes my...fifth or sixth viewing of it in its entirety, I think) which remains one of my favourite television shows, and it was joined in that distinction by Sorkin's other late '90s show, Sports Night, which had more teething troubles than The West Wing but reaches many of the same heights.
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- Sostie   TV of The Year 2011   Dec 12 2011, 11:07 AM
- - logger   Community Archer Boardwalk Empire and even though ...   Dec 12 2011, 11:17 AM
- - maian   I'll need a little time to think of everything...   Dec 12 2011, 12:53 PM
|- - dandan   hmmm... 'archer', 'bored to death...   Dec 12 2011, 01:33 PM
- - sweetbutinsane   I think I've only really watched Torchwood: Mi...   Dec 12 2011, 01:42 PM
- - logger   I did rewatch all of the Sopranos this year, which...   Dec 12 2011, 04:32 PM
- - Raven   I've been thinking about this on and off since...   Dec 13 2011, 01:24 PM
- - NiteFall   I think Castle is probably the most consistently e...   Dec 13 2011, 01:32 PM
- - gulfcoast_highwayman   Community Shameless (US) Game Of Thrones Boardwalk...   Dec 13 2011, 03:31 PM
- - Outatime   Dexter season 4 was my stand out tv series this ye...   Dec 13 2011, 07:30 PM
- - sweetbutinsane   Oh, just remembered my least favourite programme o...   Dec 13 2011, 08:02 PM
- - Raven   I think, for me, it's been a pretty lack-lustr...   Dec 13 2011, 09:47 PM
- - Ade   I have watched virtually no television all year. I...   Dec 14 2011, 09:10 PM
- - mcraigclark   True Blood, The Walking Dead, and Archer are stand...   Dec 14 2011, 11:05 PM
- - maian   I forgot to mention that Justified and Louie were ...   Dec 14 2011, 11:29 PM
- - Ade   QUOTE (maian @ Dec 14 2011, 11:29 PM) I w...   Dec 15 2011, 01:20 AM
- - maian   I think I'll do a rewatch in the New Year. It...   Dec 15 2011, 09:02 AM
- - NiteFall   One that I had forgotten, but was very impressed w...   Dec 15 2011, 11:24 AM
- - Everlong   Firstly, sitcoms. It was a good year for them, in ...   Dec 22 2011, 10:59 PM
- - bigfatrich   I have a lot to thank Sky Atlantic for this year. ...   Dec 23 2011, 11:14 AM
- - Raven   If there is one conculsion I think we can draw for...   Dec 23 2011, 01:55 PM
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