Our 2010 TV Year in Review (Part I)

Worst Name For A Great New Character: Lumen Pierce? Seriously, DEXTER?
Standout Episode Of A Show Having A Mediocre Season: THE OFFICE’s outing titled “Andy’s Play” showed the series at it’s very best, which is something we haven’t seen much of this year.
Most Genre-Defying Sitcom: Zombies? Paintball apocalypse? Heartfelt emotions? One never knows what one will get when tuning into COMMUNITY… and that’s a good thing.
Guilty Pleasure We’re Not Feeling So Guilty About: Last year, GOSSIP GIRL wasn’t giving anyone much reason to talk about it. But this year — thanks to Chuck and Blair’s relationship and the addition of Katie Cassidy’s Juliet — we’re back to agreeing when Kristen Bell’s voice urges us to admit, “You know you love me!” 

Oddest Ad: The mind-bending, creepy promo for LOST’s “The Last Recruit” episode featuring Gene Wilder’s terrifying rant from the 1970’s children’s flick Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory.
Most Insulting Use Of A News Division: 20/20’s two hour “investigation” into THE BACHELOR was nothing but an attempt to bolster a much-maligned, flagging show.
The Too-Little, Too-Late Award: When FLASHFORWARD came back from its mid-season break, it was with a jaw-dropping opening scene and several brilliant twists… all of which played to an audience too small to keep it alive.
Most Welcome Return, Reality Division: We were sad when sassy Anthony got the boot from PROJECT RUNWAY… and thrilled when a week later, when another contestant quit, he was invited back.

The Mountain-Out-Of-A-Molehill Award: ESPN actually managed to turn Lebron James’ announcement of which team he’d be blessing with his presence into an hour-long special.
Celeb Most Likely To Binge Drink Thanks To A Bad Year: David Hasselhoff was the first contestant booted off his season of DANCING WITH THE STARS, then had the plug pulled on his reality show, THE HASSELHOFFS, after only two episodes.

In case you missed it:
Our 2010 TV Year in Review (Part I)
Our 2010 TV Year in Review (Part II)
Our 2010 TV Year in Review (Part III)
Our 2010 TV Year in Review (Part IV)
Our 2010 TV Year in Review (Part v)
The Top 10 TV Shows of 2010

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  • Charles Carmichael

    2010 was the year that I became hooked on Community! I actually came late to the party. Just started watching it last month. I watched the entire 1st season in about a week. Caught up on the 2nd season a few days after. It’s now my favorite show, with Dexter coming in a close 2nd.

    BTW, I kinda like the name Lumen. At least it’s original.

    TV Addict, I would like to see your personal list of top 10 favorite shows of 2010. I know Aleks Chan did one last week but I would enjoy seeing your list.

  • Hey Charles,
    My top 10 will be posted before Dick Clark rings in the new year. When exactly I’m not 100%, but rest assured, it will be posted, and spoiler alert, COMMUNITY will be on the list.

  • Charles Carmichael

    Whooo Hooo! I knew that I could count on you to include COMMUNITY! I’m looking forward to your top 10 list! I’m working on mine. Hard to narrow it down but I almost have it.