A Decade of Faves: TV Shows

Next on my decade of faves is my list of favorite television shows. You'll notice there aren't any reality shows on my list because there are just WAY too many and that could take days. This took a lot of time and thought, but I managed to get my list down to my top 20. Once again, these are in no particular order. Enjoy!

Deadwood (2004-2006) A western drama set in 1870s South Dakota created, directed and primarily written by David Milch. It's extremely explicit and profane which helped it earn 8 Emmys, a Golden Globe and some serious space in my DVR.
Deadwood © HBO

Weeds (2005-present) Suburban widow in an affluent area of California becomes the neighborhood drug dealer. The amazing Mary-Louise Parker picked up a Golden Globe for her performance and became a poster girl for pot.

Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009) This Sci-Fi military drama is a re-imagining of the 1978 tv series. I know I'm letting my geek flag fly with this choice, but I LOVED this show.

The Office (2001-2003 UK and 2005-present US) Both versions made the list because they're two of the most hilarious shows ever. Funnyman Ricky Gervaiscreated, wrote and directed the British series with Stephen Merchant. Such a big hit! Yeah, that's what she said.

Undeclared (2001-2002) Another short lived Judd Apatow show (like Freaks and Geeks). Even though it only lasted one season, it was insanely hilarious and helped launch the careers of Apatow and Seth Rogan.
Undeclared © Fox

Scrubs (2001-present) After eight seasons on NBC, Scrubs is coming to an end early next year after switching to ABC. It was a great run you silly Sacred Heart docs! Not to mention Zach Braff is completely adorable.

The Wire (2002-2008) Creator, producer and writer David Simon says the show is "about the American city, and about how we live together. It's about how institutions have an effect on individuals." This Baltimore based crime drama could be one of the best shows ever.

30 Rock (2006-present) Tina Fey as Liz Lemon, head writer of the sketch comedy show TGS, is possibly the funniest lead woman on television today. Her writing also brings non-stop laughs.

Dexter (2006-present) Police forensics expert Dexter Morgan, played by Michael C. Hall, lives a double life as blood spatter analyst for Miami Metro PD and as a serial killer. The fourth season just wrapped with one of the most shocking finales.

Firefly (2002-2003) Writer/director Joss Whedon (creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer) created a world set 500 years in the future with a renegade space crew traveling unknown parts of the galaxy. The series had a relatively short life, but gained a larger audience and fan base after being released to DVD.

MadMen (2007-present) This American drama centers around a fictional advertising agency and the changing social mores of America in the 60s. The historical authenticity and costume design alone make this one amazing show.

Arrested Development (2003-2006) The dysfunctional and eccentric Bluth family earned this show six Emmys, a Golden Globe, the biggest cult following ever and a spot on Time's 100 Greatest Shows of All Time. This show should have lasted a lot longer than 3 seasons!

Chuck (2007-present) After a campaign to "Save Chuck," the action-comedy spy show starring Zachary Levi is returning next month for a much anticipated third season. I can't wait to see what creators Josh Schwartz (The OC) and Chris Fedak have in store for Chuck Bartowski and his new kung fu moves!
Chuck © NBC

How I Met Your Mother (2005-present) Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Alyson Hannigan and Neil Patrick Harris have to be the best and funniest cast on tv right now. This show just keeps getting better and better.

24 (2001-present) This show is longest running espionage series in tv history and stars the amazing Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer. The most intense and thrilling show I've ever seen always leaves me on the edge of my seat.

The OC (2003-2007) I had to have at least one teen drama on this list! The beautiful cast, dramatic and comedic story lines and great music made this show a must watch. Although after Marissa died (*tear*) it started to go downhill, the series finale more than made up for it.

True Blood (2008-present) Alan Ball (Six Feet Under, American Beauty) is a complete genius and someone I've admired for quite a while. He took one of my fav book series and turned it into one of the sexiest, intense and graphic shows ever. Everything from the cast, to the writing, the special effects and even the soundtrack isAMAZING.
True Blood © HBO

House (2004-present) While I'm usually not a fan of medical dramas, Gregory House (played by Hugh Laurie) is so sarcastic, antisocial, arrogant and witty this quickly became one of my favorite shows. Two Golden Globes and three Emmys don't hurt either.

The Flight of the Conchords (2007-2009) A two-man band from New Zealand trying to make it big as a folk band in New York. The show is ridiculously funny and their songs make you laugh so hard you'll cry. Another thing that will make you cry, the band announced there will not be a third season.

The Tudors (2007-present) This show is all about King Henry VIII, played by the gorgeous Jonathan Rhys Meyers, and his reign of England and many marriages. This Michael Hirst created drama gets better each season!

Glee (2009-present) The breakthrough comedy about a high school glee club is the funniest show to premiere in a long time. The laughs keeps coming and the musical numbers are absolutely fantastic. Sue Sylvester, played by Jane Lynch, is one of the funniest characters to hit the small screen.

Ok, you caught me. I had 21 shows (22 if you count both versions of The Office). Oh well, this is my blog and my list so I can do what I want :)

What are some of your fav shows of the decade? Any Lost, Grey's or Friday Night Lights fans?
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