Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Favorite TV of 2007 (Part 2, 10-6)...

Dice's Favorite 10 TV Shows of 2007
(These are, in order, the 10 shows I enjoyed, respected, desired, and loved the most that aired new episodes in 2007.)

A couple things to get out of the way before we get into the list:

- I don't have HBO or Showtime so if you like the edgier stuff they show (ie Sopranos, The Wire, etc.) I just haven't seen it.

- These rankings are based on episodes that aired in 2007, so the last half of last season and the first half of this season in most cases.

Honorable Mentions:

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10. Heroes - It's only through the last half of Season 1 that Heroes sneaks onto the list. The abridged second season almost made me thankful that the writers strike had put it out of it's misery. This is a show in desperate need of redemption, which I can only hope will come in Chapter 3. If it sounds like I'm being too hard on our freak friends it's become the potential is so great. We are hardest on the ones we love.

9. The Simpsons - Not the best show on TV, not even the funniest, but still worth watching every week. Just think people have been watching this yellow family since 1987. How many other pieces of pop culture have stayed this strong and this smart for 20 years? Any? It's incredible.

8. Survivor - Fiji was great and Earl was a winner you could root for but the Machiavellian machinations of Todd and his skeleton crew made China one of the better editions of this still amazing show. Another great pair of seasons from the show that made Reality TV a mainstream phenomenon.

7. Chuck - I'm so glad people are watching this show, because I love Zachary Levi (Chuck himself) and think he deserves a hit show. I remember thinking he was absolutely hilarious and compelling in "Less Than Perfect" and am glad he has found a vehicle for his charming persona (Wow, this is sounding way to much like a man-crush, and I don't want JJ Abrams to get jealous so we should move on.) The fact is that Chuck is a well written show with a fun concept and a great cast and it's great that it's getting eyeballs on it week to week.

6. 30 Rock - Tina Fey is a genius writer and her touch can be felt all over this show. People are starting to realize just how funny this show is and it's showing in the increased awards, exposure, and viewership. Quirky character studies abound, from Baldwin's pitch perfect corporate bossman to Kenneth the page, played with innocent abandon by Jack McBrayer. Each personality adds a piece to this absurdist, yet somehow grounded, comic endeavor.