Top Ten Television Shows of 2009

We’re wrapping up the year 2009 here at PCL.  And there’s no more wonderful way to celebrate the year than to glamorize the way I spend way too much of my time…in front of the TV.

Without further adieu, here are PCL’s 2009 Top Ten Television Shows

10.  Californication–Oh, Hank Moody, you kill me.  No, you really do.  See, you never seem to get it together.  And it makes for compelling television.  Whether you’re watching Hank flounder amongst the concubines he’s collected, or watching Charlie and Marci duke it out over everything from the house to Rick Springfield, the show keeps you wanting more each week.

9.  Family Guy–I’d like to say that Family Guy never disappoints, but I’d be lying.  It does disappoint at times.  Frankly, in years past, Family Guy would be much higher on this list.  But being that Peter, Lois, Stewie and the gang still rank high on my DVR’s to-do list, and never fails to give me a few laughs along the way, they deserve a nod.

8.  18 Kids and Counting–This year the Duggars took so many road trips it was hard to tell if they were ever home.  My favorite was a trip to Washington DC where they all dressed up to visit the Capitol.  Too many people lack respect in that manner this days, but not the Duggars.  Of course, announcing the pregnancies of a Duggar baby and a Duggar grandchild were highlights.  Of course.

7.  Keeping Up With The Kardasians/Khloe and Kourtney Take Miami–Nothing is more preplanned and scripted than a Kardashian show.  Nevertheless, they don’t fail to bring the drama in their preplanned shenanigans. Whether it’s getting lost in the Everglades, going camping with top shelf liquor or just generally being Kardashianesque, the family always brings the idiocy that we so love and adore here at PCL.

6.  House–Greg House, M.D. finally faced his demons after one of his residents committed suicide and the ensuing battle gave us viewers a chance to explore the House psyche.  To be honest, I was worried House would lose his biting humor along the way, but the writers kept him true to form, even if he was in therapy and on meds.  The season premiere was one of the best premieres I’ve seen in a long time.

5. Modern Family–A newcomer not only to this list but to television in general, Modern Family is a hilarious romp through suburban family life.  The mockumentary style made famous by The Office is taken a step further in this comedy and given new life.  If you haven’t checked it out yet, get caught up for the new year.  You’ll thank me later.

4. Big Love–Never has a season of Big Love been so high stakes.  Someone loses their religion, someone dies on her wedding day, and Bill Hendrickson’s eldest son finally admits his undying love for his father’s third wife.  Oh yeah, and they tried to bring a fourth wife on board.  Let’s not forget that.  The tension was high every step of the way with the Hendricksons, culminating in a season finale that everyone dreamed of but no one saw coming.

3. 30 Rock–Simply put, no comedy does it better than 30 Rock.  At least not in 2009.  2009 brought us Dealbreakers, which has spawned a life of its own as another show within a show.  2009 brought us a new cast member.  But most importantly, 2009 brought the funny every damn week.  Just look at this fall’s episode where the Dealbreaker’s promos were filmed and the HD camera revealed Kenneth to be a Muppet and Jack to be a younger Alec Baldwin circa The Hunt for Red October.  I want to go there. Most definitely.

2. Lost–The writers of Lost aren’t fooling around–it’s coming to an end.  And as usual, for as many secrets that are revealed (spoiler alert: John Locke is REALLY DEAD!) there are so many more that are hinted at (Who’s the man in black?  What’s Jacob’s mission on the Island?  Why did they have to kill Juliet right when she was finally happy?).  Not only has the show given us more to think about, it’s given us reason to get excited every Wednesday for a show that’s returned to its truest form…just in time to end the journey in 2010.

1.  Dexter–No show brought it more this year than Dexter.  This year, Dexter was faced with merging the needs of his Dark Passenger with the growing needs of his growing family.  Armed with a new attitude, Dexter runs headfirst into a chilling new serial killer, Trinity, played immaculately by John Lithgow.  Trinity makes Dexter look like child’s play…and in the process makes you appreciate Dexter and Harry’s Code as opposed to a codeless and heartless Trinity.  The biggest irony of it all is that once Dexter finally disposed of Trinity and was ready to devote himself more fully to his family, he comes home to find that Trinity’s last victim was the one person he was ready to fight for in his life–Rita.  Oh the drama!  I can’t wait for Season 5.

What were your top television shows in 2009?

15 comments for “Top Ten Television Shows of 2009

  1. December 22, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    For the most part, I don’t see shows until they come out on DVD, except for the Daily Show and sometimes the Colbert Report, which I guess would make them my #1 and #2. After that, I just finished watching the second season of 3rd Rock, which was way better than the first, particularly the Jack Donaghy/Tracy Jordan therapy session and the Midnight Train to Georgia musical number. And, I’m hoping to get the most recent season of Big Love from Netflix early in the new year.

    As for Family Guy, I haven’t seen it in years, but people who think they’re being funny by quoting it on Facebook are making me hate it…

    • kim
      December 22, 2009 at 6:13 pm

      The Midnight Train to Georgia part was HILARIOUS. I had forgotten about that until you said it.

  2. Courtney
    December 22, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    I 100% agree with number 1! I’m glad I finally got on the Dexter train last year. What an incredible show.

    I can’t agree with the Duggars or Kardashians because I can’t take reality shows unless there’s an element of competition 😉

    One comedy I’ve really warmed up to this year is Parks and Rec. Maybe it’s my deep love of Amy Poehler. I don’t know.

    And thank you for keeping The Office off the list. Other than Pam and Jim’s wedding, this season has suuuuuuucked.

    • kim
      December 22, 2009 at 6:12 pm

      The Office TOTALLY sucked this year. I have to admit that even the wedding sucked for me. I still watch it each week, but I’m less enthused about it for sure.

  3. December 22, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    I always hear such great thing about Dexter. I need to rent the DVDS, I don’t get Showtime.

    • kim
      December 22, 2009 at 6:12 pm

      We don’t get Showtime anymore either. The Mister illegally downloads them. Shhhh….

  4. Kim
    December 22, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    Yeah I wasn’t too impressed with The Office this season. Pretty blah. I haven’t seen Modern Family yet, but my sister said I should for sure check it out. That is, if I could ever find time to watch TV.

  5. December 22, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    I am so totally looking forward to delving into Modern Family, it’s RIDICULOUS.

  6. BrookeR
    December 22, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    NO, NO, NO…Kim, not the Duggars. They represent every thing I hate. Everything. I refuse from this point forward to acknowledge that they are on your list.

    Although, I have not been able to really watch Dexter this year, I have heard that it was the best year ever of the show. Also, I was informed that John Lithgow was simply brilliant. My brother raved about the finale and the show coming full circle. So….I approve of your number one of the year. I also applaud you for not arbitrarily placing Mad Men on your list.

  7. December 23, 2009 at 12:22 am

    Dexter! SOOO GOOD! We discovered it three days ago and have been neglecting everything else to watch it. It’s downloadable on Netflix, by the way. Well, I guess only the old seasons…

  8. December 23, 2009 at 1:18 am

    You don’t know how happy I am to find out that I am not the only one who enjoys Kardashian-related programming. Those shows are more addictive than crack.

  9. December 23, 2009 at 3:01 am

    wow. i dont watch any of those shows. hmm. must do that!

  10. December 23, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    I can’t tell if you’re being snarky about the Duggars or not -I’m tired & my brain is broken. I sometimes watch the show for pure trainwreck value, but they really sqwick me out.

    I am loving House this season. Hugh Laurie was so amazing in the primere – he is awesome.

  11. Ms. TC
    December 30, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    GIDI IT KIM. THANKS FOR GIVING AWAY DEXTER! Can’t a sister get a “spoiler alert” or sumpthin?

  12. January 2, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    Not sure if you’ve heard, but the Duggars actually had their 19th child. She was born 3 months early, and I don’t believe is doing very well, so the media’s been really hush-hush about it.

    But on a somewhat brighter note, I used to love watching Big Love. Until I stopped having HBO, someday I must buy the old seasons and catch back up!

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