Tuesday, January 3, 2012

My year in TV

Inspired by Professor Chaos, long time blog friend, here's my round up of TV stuff from 2011. Not all of these shows came out in 2011, but I did see them in 2011, so there.

  • Best Show-Hands down it's The Librarians. It's one of the funniest shows ever. And don't get me started on Robyn Butler, swoon...
  • Best Comedy-Summer Heights High. Yeah, it's another Aussie show, so what? Chris Lilley is the comedic shit. I can't wait to see his new show that's finally hitting out shores.
  • Best Guilty Pleasure-McLeod's Daughters. This Aussie drama is chock full of enough gynergy (that's female energy for those of you out of my loop) to power a small city. It's a rustic soap opera about two half sisters struggling to keep their ranch in Australia alive after the death of their father. Lot's of emotion, sweaty women on horse back, and gals being there for each other.
  • Best Cop Show-Luther. I missed this one when it first aired on BBC America but I'm almost through with the first season on Netflix and man, am I hooked. It's over wrought, it's cliche filled, it's super cheese-tastic, and yet I can't look away. Ruth Wilson is too cute for words and Indira Varma remains a work of art. Idris Elba ain't bad either.
  • Best Crime Show-Breaking Bad. I resisted this show for years. Then I watched a couple of episodes on my old cable on demand channel. It was okay but I didn't like the violence and torture. Then once we got Netflix, I gave it another shot. Holy shit, am I glad I did. The best thing about this show for me is the performances of the supporting cast. All in all though, it's a good story that's well told by good actors. I'm not going to gush any more over it or tell you that you must watch it, but yeah, it lives up to it's hype.
  • Best Snobby British Aristocratic Masterpiece Theatre Show-Downton Abbey. I fucking love this show. The daughters, the servants, Elizabeth McGovern, everything.
  • Most Overhyped British Comedy Ever-Red Dwarf. I fell asleep during most all of the episodes I watched.
  • Best TV Move on My Part-Getting rid of Charter Cable and getting a Roku. Netflix, HuluPlus (which has over 500 Criterion Collection films), Internet Archive Channel, BBC News, RT News, public domain film channels, bad sci fi and horror films channels, anime channels, and more on the Roku. And no Fox, no religious channels, no shopping channels, I program in what I want and fuck the rest.
  • Second Best TV Move on our Part-Saving up all through the fall and buying ourselves a 32" flat screen TV for Christmas. Our old TV was about 18 years old and for the last year we'd have to turn it on a half hour before we wanted to watch it so it could warm up. Our new TV, it's the bomb.
  • No Thanks, I'm Good-Shows I still refuse to see include Mad Men and anything by that Whitney woman.


Mnmom said...

I haven't seen any of these, except Downton Abbey. I saw one episode and wanted to find the whole thing, from the first. Is it out on DVD do you know?

Bill Morgan said...

Roku tagline: "I program in what I want and fuck the rest!"

Dr. Monkey, Satisfied Customer!

Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness said...

Glad you enjoyed Luthur. I am trying to get everyone I know to try that one out. I am seeking out the Librarians on your recommendation alone. Happy New Year Monkey Man.

Professor Chaos said...

Wow! I've never been an inpiration before!

I'm going to have to see if I can get some of these Aussie shows. Hopefully Netflix has them streaming

Lisa Golden said...

We HAVE to get a Roku.

Dr. MVM said...

Yes, It's out on DVD MnMom.

Dr. MVM said...

Librarians is on Hulu and HuluPlus.

Bats in the Belfry said...

I will definitely try the Librarians. I am with you all the way on Luther. Love me some Idris, yummy.

UberDILF said...

Susie & I are currently working through BReaking BAd and it ranks up there with "The Wire", but is funnier and more poignant. Great list.