Top Ten Shows of 2010

It’s so hard to believe how quickly this year has gone by! There have been lots of ups and downs in the television world. Both of us have had a few disappointments with new shows being cancelled, but we’ve had just as many ups with new shows this season. So let’s take a look back at 2010 and see what we’ve loved the most. By the way, thank you to all of our readers, to everyone who has commented, emailed in, entered contests, and helped spread the word about the site. We appreciate each and every one of you! May you have a fabulous 2011!
 

Top 10

Jenny's Choice: Blue Bloods
I was so excited to hear about the new drama, Blue Bloods, from CBS when pilot season rolled around last year. The additions of Donnie Wahlberg and Tom Selleck to the cast drew me in like nobody's business. I've loved both of them for a damn long time, and I was truly worried they, and the show, wouldn't live up to my expectations. But you know? They did. In fact, they met and exceeded what I'd hoped we'd see. The addition of Jennifer Espisito as Danny's partner really made me happy, too, because I adore her. It's a great family drama, a great police drama, and it's one my husband and I look forward to each week.
Megan's Choice: Blue Bloods
Blue Bloods: I was late to join the band wagon for CBS' new drama, Blue Bloods, but I'm so glad I hopped on. Donnie Wahlberg is really great in this series about a family of cops, although there are moments when I still picture him from his days in New Kids on the Block, singing Hangin' Tough. While I'm being honest, I should also admit to being distracted and mesmerized by Tom Selleck's moustache at times. This new series has managed to keep both my husband's and my interest, so that's a plus. The story lines are hard hitting, and the family drama behind the scenes helps us all to remember that police officers have more than just the stress of the job to deal with. It's quickly become a weekly must see for me, and I hope that you'll give it a chance, too.

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Top 9

Jenny's Choice: Mike & Molly
Like Blue Bloods, I was excited about the cast of this new CBS comedy. I didn't watch Gilmore Girls, but I did really enjoy Melissa McCarthy on Samantha Who?, so I was happy to see her name. I also have loved Billy Gardell in the past, and of course, I've been a fan of Swoosie Kurtz way back to Sisters and then Pushing Daisies. The rest of the cast—Reno Wilson, Katy Mixon, Nyambi Nyambi—are brilliant, as well. Sure, the show tries too hard with the fat jokes, but as a plus-size woman, I still find it incredibly amusing. My husband and I both love how heart-warming it is, and we've been hooked from the beginning.
Megan's Choice: The Big Bang Theory
The hilarious The Big Bang Theory, would have been higher on my list, but seeing as it's only the top 10, I have to be brutal. I absolutely love this show, and the dynamics that the main cast has. The sexual tension between Leonard and Penny is delicious, and Sheldon (Jim Parsons) never fails to make me bust out laughing with his one liners. If you aren't watching this show yet, I don't know why we're still friends. 😉

Top 8

Jenny's Choice: Castle
I am convinced Nathan Fillion is a god. He is brilliant on screen, whether it's as Mal from the dear departed Firefly, or Richard Castle on the current ABC fan favorite. His chemistry with co-star Stana Katic is nearly unrivaled (honestly, the only other non-couple couple I know of on TV right now with the same chemistry are Booth & Brennan (Bones) on Bones. I'm not totally digging the way the PTB (powers that be) handled Castle getting back with his ex, or Beckett getting a new guy after finally coming to terms with her feelings for her partner, but I have to have faith that it will work out. In the meantime, the chemistry is still there, the cases are fantastic, and the supporting cast is amazing. All in all, a Can't Miss for our weekly viewing!
Megan's Choice: Drop Dead Diva
Drop Dead Diva is not only one of my favorite shows, but I adore the cast as well. The chances I’ve had to chat with some of the cast from this show, have been wonderful. They are all kind, funny and really love what they do. The premise for the show is awesome in my mind, because really what would you do if you woke up in someone else’s body? I love how the show is breaking the stigma for the leading actress to be a stick, it’s making being chubby a beautiful thing. Well done, and I can’t wait for the third season to come back in 2011.

Top 7

Jenny's Choice: Burn Notice
If you asked me what my favorite show is, I'd tell you USA's Burn Notice. And it's true. So why is it all the way down at #7 on our list? Several reasons. It's still a fantastic show, with great cases and a perfect cast, but something about this last season felt a bit off. Fiona and Michael are a couple, which is a dream come true for a die-hard fan like myself, but we didn't get a single hot scene between the two of them this season! When they WEREN'T really together, we got some brilliant scenes in the past seasons, but now that they are, we haven't seen any good arguments leading up to the fade to black as they fall into bed, or passionate kisses which lead to where we know they are going. It made me sad, and I waited all season to see something like that. The only thing we got was a romantic scene where Michael surprised her with a hotel room, but even that wasn't the HOT that we've seen previously. Sad, sad Jenny! Still worth every minute watching, though, which is why it's still my favorite show. 😉
Megan's Choice: NCIS: Los Angeles
NCIS: Los Angeles has quickly become one of my favorite shows. I don’t miss an episode, and it’s a great show for my husband and me to watch together. Chris O’Donnell and LL Cool J have amazing chemistry and make the show. I love this spin-off more than the original, and that’s saying a lot. Maybe it’s Linda Hunt and her fabulous portrayal of Hetty, or perhaps it’s the intense story lines. It’s impossible for me to choose just one, so I won’t. All I’ll say is for you to give it a chance if you haven’t already, it’s worth the hour of your life. (Jenny particularly likes the addition of Deeks this season. 😉 )

Top 6

Jenny's Choice: Covert Affairs
Two words: Christopher Gorham. Seriously, if anyone makes the show, it's Gorham's blind Auggie. He plays the character so well, it's hard to remember in that 45 minutes that the actor himself isn't blind. He and relative newcomer, Piper Perabo, have great chemistry (for now, only as friends and coworkers), and it's a fantastic twist on the spy genre. The rest of the cast—specifically Kari Matchett as their direct boss, Joan Campbell—is great, too, and perfectly cast. There is still so much to come on this show; I know we've only seen a little piece of what the cast and the storylines have to offer. It's a journey I'm very much looking forward to taking next season, and if you missed season 1, please please keep an eye out on USA for repeats, and then join us next summer for season 2!
Megan's Choice: Bones
This show has been a must see for me since it began, although I am slightly frustrated that Booth and Brennan are not a couple yet. I loved the recent episode that had Dr. Brennan (Emily Deschanel) confronting her fear of being forgotten, and her love for Booth. Seeing her cry was moving and I was in tears. Now let’s get rid of Hannah, and get those two crazy kids together because I’m not getting any younger and neither are they!

Top 5

Jenny's Choice: Raising Hope
Have you heard the expression, So wrong, it's right? That's exactly what I would use to describe the new FOX comedy, Raising Hope. There are so many things that make you just want to shake your head, but you can't help but laugh your ass off, too. If it were only those “I can't believe they went there” moments, it might be too much. But this show is so heart-warming and has some great lessons and sweet moments, that the others are simply just hysterically funny and so wrong, they're right. The cast is great, and it's a definite Must Watch for my husband and myself each week.
Megan's Choice: True Blood
The always tantalizing True Blood... I know that it lost its way a bit in season 2, but really I couldn’t stop watching season 3. This season brought us the truth about Sookie and her powers, as well as some incredibly hot dreams about Sookie and Eric. I need more. More of everything, including the unbelievably sexy Joe Manganiello as the fierce werewolf, Alcide. The season 4 premiere in 2011 can’t come quickly enough!

Top 4

Jenny's Choice: Rizzoli & Isles
I love it when a favorite book series of mine gets turned into a TV show. Angie Harmon has now been in two. I enjoyed the first, Women's Murder Club, but it was cancelled pretty quickly. This one, though, is terrific, and did VERY well for TNT. Pairing Harmon with Sasha Alexander (who I watched & enjoyed as Kate on NCIS) was a great move on TNT's part, and it makes for a fantastic pairing of 2 strong female leads. This is a cop show, but the addition of Harmon & Alexander make it more than just your average cop drama. The rest of the cast—Lorraine Braco as Rizzoli's mother and Bruce McGill as her ex-partner, Krosak, especially—are perfectly cast and all have great chemistry together. The best part of the show, though, is the friendship and work relationship between Harmon's & Alexander's characters. If you haven't watched, please please please give it a shot when it starts up again this next summer. I can't recommend it enough!
Megan's Choice: Hawaii Five-0
If you have been following our Remote posts you won’t be surprised by this next choice, or maybe you still will be. It’s Hawaii Five-0. *ducks* Don’t hate me, I can’t help myself. I adore Alex O’Loughlin, and was really upset when Three Rivers was cancelled. That cancellation has turned into one of the best things to happen. This remake is witty, full of suspense and definitely has a cast that is easy on the eyes. The story lines are intriguing and the character development is great. Tune into this show if you haven’t already and see what I’m raving about.

Top 3

Jenny's Choice: Justified
I have to admit, when I first heard about Justified, I thought it was going to be a Western, and so not something I would be interested in. Then I heard it was going to be on FX, and my interest dropped even further, since I'm not a huge FX fan. But honestly? It had me hooked from minute one. Timothy Olyphant is so damn sexy, and he plays his character brilliantly. Raylan Givens (Olyphant) is so confident and damn good at what he does, yet humble and just a damn good guy, and that all wraps up to be an irresistable package. His old friend/now foe, Boyd Crowder (played by Walton Goggins), his ex-wife, Winona (played by Natalie Zea), and his sort of current fling, Ava Crowder (Boyd's sister-in-law, played by Joelle Carter), as well as the rest of the cast, work very very well together to form a show that just draws you in week after week. There are few shows that I am on pins and needles waiting for between seasons, but this is one of them. FX made a wise choice in this show, and I am extremely grateful, because it's one of my very favorites. The new season starts in February, and I can't wait!
Megan's Choice: Criminal Minds
Criminal Minds may not be what every calls “must see TV” but it is for me. I love Garcia and Morgan’s relationship, although I wish they would hurry up and get them together for real. (I need a steamy love scene from those two, it’s been building up forever.) Letting AJ Cook go from the show was a stupid decision on the part of the producers but that doesn’t stop me from watching. I am still enjoying the twisted storylines, although there are moments where I find myself asking “Who comes up with these creepy ideas?”. The franchise is about to get bigger with the spin-off of Criminal Minds (Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior) premiering in the New Year and I’m excited because Garcia is going to be having roles on both shows, and in my books there is never a thing as too much Garcia.

Top 2

Jenny's Choice: The Big Bang Theory
If there is a show that I know I can turn on and it will make me laugh from start to finish, it's The Big Bang Theory. Who knew math and science could be so fun? Seriously, though, even when the show is being serious, it's funny. I don't love that they broke up Penny and Leonard, (that seems to be the theme this season, breaking up couples/non-couple couples on the verge of becoming couples: ie: Glee, Bones etc) but hopefully, they are working back around to getting them back together. Sheldon is the funniest character on TV right now, hands down, and he is brilliantly played by Jim Parsons. The addition of Mayim Bialik (Blossom) as Amy Farrah Fowler, a “love interest” for Sheldon, has worked out so well, and so flawlessly (her “female Sheldon” is just simply perfect, honestly), that I couldn't be happier. My favorite comedy on TV right now, by far, and that's why it's my #2 pick.
Megan's Choice: Glee
This was a really hard choice for me this year, but Glee is in my number 2 spot. I still adore Glee more than I should, and I never miss an episode, but there were some moments this season that made me go, “huh?”. I love Darren Criss as Blaine, and I have cried over moments this season (ie. Finn’s tribute to Kurt at the wedding), but I just want Glee to stay on track. No more stunt casting, even though I have loved some of it, and please Ryan Murphy stop screwing with my favorite couples. All that aside, Brittany has been on fire this season with her one liners, because after all, who knew that “Dolphins are just gay sharks.”? I’m not giving up on Glee—not now, and hopefully not ever—but please, people, get your shit together and bring back the show I first fell in love with!
And our picks for our FAVORITE shows of the year 2010 are…
 

Top 1

Jenny's Choice: The Glades
Oh, Jim Longworth, how I love you... Matt Passmore, who plays the lead on The Glades, the new A&E drama, is simply adorable. He's so cute, so sweet looking, and he plays this laid-back-but-damn-good-at-his-job cop to perfection. Kiele Sanchez (who I've loved forever!) plays Callie Cargill, a nurse studying to be a doctor, whose husband is in prison and who has a young son about my own kid's age, and who quickly starts having feelings for Detective Longworth. Each character is fun to watch all on their own, but their chemistry makes the scenes between the two of them some of my favorites. It's a cop show (Megan didn't watch at first, because she thought it was going to be like the cheese-fest CSI: Miami), but the fantastic acting, the cases, and the chemistry between all the cast, makes it unique, funny, and my absolute favorite new show of 2010!
Megan's Choice: Grey's Anatomy
There is something to be said about a show that can come back from the brink of being erased off my DVR schedule, and make me excited to watch again. Grey's Anatomy has done that. I simply cannot get enough of this show now, it’s like the first few seasons all over again, only even better. The season finale back in June was both exciting and heart breaking, but watching the doctors deal with the aftermath of it this season has been intense. Callie and Arizona’s relationship drama, Meredith’s miscarriage, Cristina quitting the program, it’s all been an emotional rollercoaster. I am so excited for the show to come back after the holiday break and I’m expecting the rest of the season to lead me on an emotional rollercoaster. Tune in and watch, you’ll be happy you did.
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4 Responses to Top Ten Shows of 2010

  1. SusieQ says:

    Fantastic to see Justified on your list. Like you, Jenny, the minute I heard Raylan drawl those first few words I was hooked. It’s so well written, and the acting is fantastic across the board. As happy as I am about Scott Caan’s well deserved Golden Globe nomination; and being a huge fan of his and of Hawaii Five-0, I’m ecstatic, I still don’t understand how Walton Goggins didn’t also get nominated for his amazing portrayal of Boyd Crowder. It’s a travesty. As I live in the UK, I’m hoping that we don’t have to wait too long for the second series to air here. Hawaii Five-0 is due to start in February, it would be wonderful to have Justified back then too. It would make the long winter nights more enjoyable.

  2. EllieD says:

    Good choice with Hawaii 5-0! I am a huge fan of Alex O’Loughlin and adore him as Steve McGarrett. He is talented, charismatic, gorgeous and shines in a challenging role that requires subtle and superb acting.
    In my opinion, he should have been nominated for a Golden Globe and not Scott Caan who puts the over in overacting… But I guess the GG voters are known for their weird choices…

  3. Char says:

    Hawaii Five 0 would have been my number 1. Great show!!! Love Alex and the cast. Love Alex!!!!!!

  4. Megan says:

    I enjoy seeing all the love for Hawaii Five-0! It was a hard choice not to put it first honestly, but Grey’s has had some outstanding episodes recently and the story lines are interesting.