TV’s Top 10 Shows of 2006

DEXTER An hour long drama about a serial killer. Does anybody actually want to see that? Luckily for Showtime [and fans of quality TV] a record number of people did — and for good reason. DEXTER featured an Emmy worthy performance by Michael C Hall (Dexter Morgan), compelling stories and most importantly (in the age of serialized ‘when are we going to get a resolution’ dramas) an actual ending. The show was the surprise hit of 2006 — and no, DEXTER isn’t number one on our list because we’re really quite scared of what he’ll do to us if he’s not happy.
A Favourite YouTube Moment — Dexter Confesses

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA No show on television dares to challenge its viewers as much as BATTLESTAR GALACTICA. Whether its showing us a different side of terrorism, or portraying its ‘human heroes’ as people willing to do some seriously awful things (yes, you heard us Starbuck) — the show’s writing team, led by the brilliant Ronald D Moore, never takes the easy way out. Let’s hope our heroes don’t find Earth too quickly, as this TV addict doesn’t wish to see BATTLESTAR end anytime soon.
A Favourite YouTube Moment — Second Season Finale

HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER Three words: Robing Sparkles and Swarley. Oh wait, there’s more…. Grinch, Suit Up, Steak Sauce, pretty much anything that comes out of Barney’s mouth. This year, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER truly came into its own, found its voice, and evolved into the FRIENDS replacement that we’ve so desperately needed. With a charming cast and razor sharp dialogue, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER was officially the funniest, most talked about, three camera comedy on TV.
A Favourite YouTube Moment — Robin’s Secret

GREY’S ANATOMY What’s been lost amidst all the behind-the-scenes antics is that 2006 was by far the strongest year to date for the doctors of Seattle Grace. With water-cooler moments ranging from the fantastic Superbowl episode, to Denny’s death and more recently the deterioration of Dr. Burke and Cristina’s relationship, GREY’S ANATOMY is still our go-to drama for emotional high-stakes drama.
A Favourite YouTube Moment — Grey’s Anatomy The Fray

SCRUBS SCRUBS is that rare breed of show that simply does everything well. It tugs at the heart-strings as well as any medical drama while at the same time manages to be as funny as any episode of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER. After six years, the show has developed such a rich stock of supporting characters [Ted the lawyer, the Todd, Security guard with a hook etc…) that it has essentially evolved into a live-action equivalent of THE SIMPSONS (but with more heart). If you’re still not on the bandwagon, do yourself a favour and check into Sacred Heart soon. Sadly, if the rumours are true, it may be the last season you’ll be able to.
A Favourite YouTube Moment — Dr. Cox Loses It

BROTHERS & SISTERS After a tumultuous pilot season as well as numerous re-writes and re-casts, it’s remarkable that BROTHERS & SISTER turned out as well as it did. ABC (and a grateful audience) can thank EVERWOOD mastermind Greg Berlanti, who came on board and did what he does best — create interesting stories derived from family conflict. Sure the Walker family can’t sit down around the dinner table without at least one member storming off in tears. But thanks to perhaps the most talented cast on television, count us in for second helpings each and every Sunday.

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS Not a football fan, no worries. We’ll let you in on a little secret. FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS isn’t really about football. It’s about growing up, family relationships, drugs, sex, violence, class, race, injury, health, and okay, a little football. But trust us, give yourself and episode or two and you’ll fall in love with the small town of Dillon Texas faster then Peyton Manning can through a touchdown (how’s that for an unexpected sports reference?!)
A Favourite YouTube Moment – Matt and Julie Montage

THE OFFICE The highest compliment we can pay THE OFFICE is that it almost makes us want to go out and look for a real job [I said almost!]. Whether its a ‘Michael Scott Joint’, an impromptu seminar on co-worker relations, or a field trip to a local restaurant, Michael Scott provided us with a year full of moments that made us laugh or feel horribly uncomfortable, and rarely at the same time. More importantly, THE OFFICE also managed to deftly handle the Pam and Jim ‘will they or won’t they’ relationship in such a brilliant manner that we could go years without a resolution. And believe you me, if the show remains this good, we’ll gladly wait as long as it takes for that very special Pam and Jim wedding.
A Favourite YouTube Moment – Pam & Jim and the CIA

EVERWOOD It may be gone, but it’s far from forgotten. Having been unceremoniously dumped from the new CW’s schedule in place of RUNAWAY (how’s that doing by the way?), EVERWOOD will always hold in place in our hearts (and hopefully, it Warner Bros gets its act together, our DVD collection as well). It’s been seven months, and we still miss Ephram, Dr. Brown, Delia, Amy, Bright, Dr. Abbott, Rose, Edna, Nina, Jake, Hanna and the entire sleepy little town of Everwood Colorado. Thankfully if you’re still going through withdrawal, or missed the boat the first time, you can catch EVERWOOD weeknights on ABC Family (in the US) and on VisionTV (in Canada).
A Favourite YouTube Moment – Amy & Ephram, Everwood’s Finale

THE NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE Critics who are convinced the classic sitcom is dead need only check out THE NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE for proof that they’re jumping the gun. Julia Louis-Dreyfus gives it her all as the show’s title character, and her energy and enthusiasm pay off with laughs. The show, while not groundbreaking or edgy in any way, does what a sitcom’s supposed to do — make us laugh.
A Favourite YouTube Moment – Covering Your Nut!

Tune in tomorrow for’s ‘Honourable Mentions of 2006′

  • Mimi

    I am so glad that you added Everwood. I discovered this show last year and am amazed at the show’s ability to engage you in family struggles and growing pains. It is a wonderful ensemble cast (Fantastic when James Earl Jones was Ephraim’s piano teacher). It is even more enjoyable watching it on ABC Family, because it follows Gilmore Girls, the “writing highlight” years.

  • AnOther

    Agree with everything….. except for why no love for LOST?

  • plinstrot

    This should have been the Battlestar Galactica clip:

  • Adam

    Hmmm … Friday Night Lights is the only one of these I watch. And I can’t seem to really care that much about it. I have three episodes that have been sitting on my TiVo for a while now. I’ve never even heard of Brothers and Sisters.

    I am vaguely interested in Dexter, but I don’t get Showtime. May have to find a copy of the pilot and see if I like it.

  • Sam

    Um, yes, Heroes is suspiciously absent from the list. Shame on you for that.

  • thetvaddict

    Heroes will fall under the ‘honourable mentions’ section — coming this weekend!

  • Wendy Smith

    Man oh man. NO VM, Bones or Jericho? Tsk, tsk. I think Ghost Whisperer deserves a mention too. Brothers and Sisters? Yeah I would rather watch a three day marathon of runaway followed by a NKOTB reunion. Thanks for the hard work though!

  • Sam

    Okay tvaddict, you are redeemed.

  • Todd W in NC

    I’m also surprised Heroes only made the forthcoming Honorable Mentions list instead of the Top 10.

    I’d say House, Jericho, Lost, Men In Trees, Prison Break, and Ugly Betty deserve some respect as well.

  • Janice 1997

    Good picks, TVaddict! especially with fabulous cast of the office and equally fabulous Julia Louis Dreyfuss. I was delighted to see Scrubs getting the cult like status it deserves. I would like to put forth a humble suggestion for another great show for those of us who enjoy the thrill of competitive reality television mixed with tips on how to make a perfect creme brulee. The Food Network’s TOP CHEF debuted (at least here in Canada) this year and myself as well as several people I know, chefs and non chefs alike, quickly found it completely addictive. *It should be noted that I would normally not be so vocal about my love of this show but for the constant battlestar galactica talk around here*…..just kidding. Happy New Year!

  • mars_mg

    it’s really hard to come up with a list of top ten shows when there’s so much to love out there. great choices… great work… :)

  • thetvaddict

    Dear Janice 1997,

    Thank you for your suggestions…. ‘Reality TV’ will NEVER make it into my Top 10 shows of any year. Reality TV is contributing to the downfall of our society, as well as the death of scripted dramas and comedies.

    But thanks for your suggestsions.

  • Grace

    You messed up by not including HOUSE and JERICHO.

  • Love Dexter

    Yes! Hands down. Dexter is the best show of 2006. It has the most dramatic, interesting, gruesome, and odd and creepy humor that I know of put together. It’s complete without the boring fillers. I am very glad it’s on your top ten list. This show needs more recognition.

  • Krea Winner

    I actually think that Reality T.V. is stupid. The only reason people watch Reality T.V. is to get over their own stupid lives and to laugh at someone elses! It is stupid annoying and ABNOXIOUS! It should be banned!!