Conchords, flying into my chart?
But before I start to use numbers to dictate what's hot and what's not,
I'll mention some stuff that didn't quite make the final ten but I feel is worth giving a nod. Flight Of The Conchords
did not do it for me initially but I am slowly coming round to their charms. Maybe they'll make the 10 next year with their soon to be aired second season.
Mr G, is there anything he can't do?
Another show from 'down under' that I missed on first broadcast (but caught the repeats) was Summer Heights High
. I blame that on the marketing numb~nuts at BBC3
who made it look like a stupid kids show rather than the work of genius it is. No Heroics
was a show from ITV2
(no, stop it - it's a real
channel) that took a while to get going but I was genuinely sad when it came to a halt. It has massive potential as the premise is good (if well trod) and the cast are tops, just get some more writers in and they could have a hit. Having said that, it probably won't be back for a second series.
10 points if you know which one was in Doctor Who
came in the form of How Not To Live Your Life
and whilst not quite making up for the abortions that were The Wrong Door
and Spooks: Code 9,
the channel redeemed themselves by giving a comedian a chance. Like No Heroics
it took a while but by the end I would say that yes, I enjoyed it. It must be said that the cast are not the best feature with only the lead, Dan Clark
, showing any real skill.
One of these kids is doing their own thing...Survivors
came and went with some good stuff but some bad stuff too. A veritable mixed bag but I kept watching albeit not always on broadcast night. Max Beasley
was the highlight but the rest of the cast were pretty dire and the less said about that awful
woman in it the better. As good/bad as the original? Probably, as I wasn't particularly
enamoured of that either though it did boast a better cast (if all with the same RP accent). The inclusion of the Lost~esque
government conspiracy was interesting and I guess we'll just have to see how it plays out in the next series.
... one of these kids is not the same.
Finally with new stuff, the US debuted The Life & Times Of Tim
, a terrific new animation that reminds you that Family Guy
edgy. Actually, it's closer in tone to Curb Your Enthusiasm
with its ridiculous situations and gormless 'lead'. Hopefully this show will get a chance as it's getting better with each episode. Oh yeah, when it's getting screened in the UK?
The Sontaran revival continues..
Actually, this is the 'finally' part. Just missing out on a Top 10 place were:; The Sarah Jane Adventures
which was very
disappointing and repetitious though did throw up some great stories here and there; and The Sarah Silverman Program
which featured a certain Christopher Eccleston
as a sci~fi character... Speaking of which, and just in case you're wondering, you won't
find Doctor Who
here (wouldn't be fair to the other shows) as it gets a Top 10 all to itself.
2008 TOP 10 SCRIPTED SHOWS10. STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS
I've been reviewing these episodes for DEN OF GEEK
, so why not go there and read my thoughts. There's only been ten episodes but this series has much potential.
9. THE BIG BANG THEORY
I'm a little embarrassed to have this here, definitely a guilty pleasure. At first it just seemed like any old poorly crafted US sitcom but those crazy little bastids
got stuck in my noggin and I found myself downloading it straight after its US broadcast. The cast are perfect and the larfs
surprisingly good. Yes, it can be rather predictable but it looks like it may be a stayer.
Another disappointing second series though it is one of the very few shows I sit down to watch specifically so it must be doing something
good. The finale was dreadful but there were some great stories in there and they've killed off a few of the cast (pity it was the ones who could actually
act) so it'll be all fresh when it returns in a few months, hopefully.
7. THE SIMPSONSReturn to form?
Well, I don't really deal in cliches but it's applicable here. The most recent season has delivered the giggles not only thick and fast but also in an incredibly edgy fashion. So much so that over here in the UK one episode was screened after the watershed! The inclusion of the IRA in a recent story passed by the tabloids but made everyone who saw gasp in astonishment at what the writers got away with.
It's taken a while but I've finally succumbed to Piven & Co.
and their exploits. Disgustingly short (the season, not
Piven) at only 10 episodes, it left me wanting more. Especially as it ended with a dinkle~dippingly
shock~cameo from Martin Scorsese
. Also making me hoot was Stellan Skarsgård
who seemed to be channeling Werner Herzog
in his portray of a fascistic European director.
Some are calling this the best contraceptive on the planet. Well, I say 'some', mainly
just me. Who wants sprogs when this kind of thing happens every week? (Cue all of Cam's pals with kids getting on their high~horse.)
The premise should be as dull as every other sitcom the BEEB
churns out but the casting of the children is so
spot on that it makes my eyes write a letter to my brain each week congratulating it on its good taste. Even better are the parents, Hugh "Career Back On Track" Dennis
and the lurvely Claire Skinner
; though I do find myself shouting at them for their liberal parenting. Just lock them in a dark room after giving them a beating - that's
the British way!
4. THE IT CROWD
Definitely the weakest series so far and where
? But we did get Matt Berry
so all is not lost. The laughs were not as regular (or as hard, stop
it) but I get much joy out of seeing the gang together and the characters are now firmly set with Moss
becoming a national treasure. Plus
I fancy Katherine Parkinson
. Now, how do I register with FriendFace
3. PEEP SHOW
Like The Simpsons
, the writers seemed to have remembered what made the show good in the first place - laughs.
It was almost like a reset button with Mark's marriage in tatters. An addition to the cast that was greatly appreciated by this humble
blogger was Dobby;
played with some style by Isy Suttie
. The denouement
sets up the next series quite nicely and top marks for use of the phrases, "F**k Bunker", "It was old style paedo~ing, before it got a bad name" and "I need you tell me you believe in Crystal Skulls."
As you can tell, I'm not really a fan of the 'drama' or anything over 22 minutes but when I do like it, I like it lots.
Although I felt the finale was flat and nowhere
near as good as the previous few, this year saw flash~forwards
brought to the fore in a most beguiling way. My favourite of the new lot was Daniel
, who was as odd as that feeling you get when you think you've just woken up when, in fact, you've been at work for two and a half hours. When he teamed up with Desmond
for a time~traveling episode (of sorts) we were treated to the [Comic Book Guy] best episode ever. [/CBG]
1. THE OFFICE
The back~end of the previous season certainly suffered from the writer's strike and the break broke up the momentum. Thankfully, normal service was restored and the current season is lining up to be the best yet. Early on we had the lurvely Amy Ryan
as Michael's squeeze and their partnership could have filled each episode, such was their chemistry. Andy's story, though 'heart~breaking', tickles my frossick
pouch in a very real and meaningful way. It now has completely surpassed the original which gave birth to it and has become a different entity entirely.
2008 TOP 10 'NON~SCRIPTED' SHOWS10. AMERICAN IDOL
Oddly, I cannot stand THE X~FACTOR
but I find the trials and tribulations of the American a~holes
to be most entertaining. Thankfully the US seems to have enough crazies to keep the show going for some time yet.
A celeb~reality~competition that involved conducting an orchestra? Even more surreal than anything Vic 'n' Bob
could concoct, this BBC2
show was bizarrely compelling and I now feel qualified to discuss conducting, orchestras and, *coughs*
, baton use.
8. ONLY CONNECT
Although this is hosted by a woman with as much charisma as a snail with AIDS, she sure is purty!
Aside from that, this BBC FOUR
offering is an insanely
difficult lateral thinking quiz show that seems to feature teams made up of weirdos who form pub quiz teams by themselves, alone and drinking Cuke
7. CHARLIE BROOKER'S SCREENWIPE
For those not aware of this guy and his BBC FOUR
televisual analysis show, he's bit like me (in style) except with more swearing and wank gestures.
6. DRAGON'S DEN
It's beginning to wane and the inclusion of a band looking for money had me reaching to my phone and dialing Offcom
. Actually, I have it on speed~dial such is my Daily Mail
rage at everything I see on the BBC
5. PAUL MERTON IN INDIA
good as last year's ... In China
but charming and hilarious in equal measures. Take note Stephen Fry
4. THE APPRENTICE
Regular blogites will be all too familiar at my disdain for the boobs
that they manage to get into this show. But full marks to the production team nonetheless. This year no~one deserved to win, especially
not the eventual winner Lee
. That's not
what I'm talking about!
3. HAVE I GOT NEWS FOR YOU?
Brian Blessed. Tom Baker. Every week purlease.
2. HARRY HILL'S TV BURP
Maybe not quite
100% at the top of his game but two series in one year made my trousers redundant in a number of manners.
1. NEVER MIND THE BUZZCOCKS
Whereas Amstell is
at the top of his game. Too much good stuff to talk about from this year but it's a bit sad to see Bill Bailey
go and even sadder that the Russell Brand
episode remains un~aired. Offcom!
Possible Doc No. 11 & Companion?
To see the 'Best of' 2006, go HERE
. For 2007, go HERE
.'Til the next time,C.