The year 2010 just whizzed by. I didn’t get to write that many entries on this blog. I didn’t get to watch as many episodes and shows as I wanted to. Still, it meant that it was a good year for me personally. I went out more (worked, traveled, learned) instead of staying locked up at home watching shows; so I’m not complaining. On the other side of it, however, I haven’t been watching all the shows I planned to watch, so I’m no longer what you would call an authority (or a decent source, at least) when it comes to the best television 2010 had to offer.
But… Since it’s been an annual thing for me to write a year-end recap (This is officially my 5th year of doing this.), I’ll just do my best to provide my own narrow-minded view of the television I did get to watch over the course of this year.
Before we get down to business…
OLD/NEW: IN A NUTSHELL
I’ve said what I needed about the new fall shows I’ve gotten attached to in previous entries. So I’ll just do some tweet-like entries to tell you a little bit about the freshmen crop of shows I like.
NIKITA. It’s gripping and action-packed. Plus, it reintroduced us to Devon Sawa. What more could you ask for?
RAISING HOPE. It’s reminiscent of My Name Is Earl’s white trash comedy when it was still good. Plus, the baby is cute.
HAWAII FIVE-0. The chemistry between the leads keeps me interested. And Alex O’Loughlin finally has a hit television show. We should support it.
Then, just so no one bites my head off if I missed one or two shows that “just had to be recognized because it was sooo great” etc. Here are quick mentions of the shows I still love but haven’t caught up to yet.
FRINGE. DEXTER. MAD MEN.
Also, there are those shows that I’m still hanging on to. In general, the television season is off to a great start. Grey’s Anatomy and Desperate Housewives have me glued to the story arcs again. How I Met Your Mother, 30 Rock, Chuck and The Big Bang Theory, among others, continue to be staples in my regular “must-see TV” list.
In addition, we said goodbye to one particular show that I’m happy to have been watching. Lost finally ended with a finale that had everyone talking.
And now for the longer entries…
FORCES OF REALITY
I don’t really watch reality shows. American Idol has pretty much run its course; and any and all of MTV’s “reality” dramas don’t interest me. But because of the return of an old favorite, a more interesting sophomore season for another, and the all-star edition of a popular show, I’ve been tuning in.
THE AMAZING RACE ASIA. The format of The Amazing Race never gets old. It’s fast-paced and exciting, plus the production values alone make for great television. The Asian edition has me hooked since season two. The show didn’t return for more than a year, so I’m thrilled it finally aired its fourth season last September. Both teams that represented the country were pretty strong. More than that, a Philippine team finally won! Again, congratulations to the Richards for bringing home the victory this time around.
THE SING-OFF. Raw talent. That’s what you get from this show. It’s American Idol without the gimmicks. The show’s second season got my attention; and the participating groups are all deserving to be part of the show. The Sing-Off is just pure, with a format that relies heavily on the capabilities of the human voice. It has awesome production numbers week after week and amazing performances from the finalists. They never failed to impress me. This show got me hooked despite its short, five-episode run.
TOP CHEF ALL-STARS. The 8th season of this Emmy award-winning show just started a few weeks ago; but I’m so happy I’ve tuned in. Not only are the challenges interesting, the episodes have been filled with drama and shocking eliminations. I haven’t really been a religious follower; but now I’m getting what all the fuss is about.
VAMPIRES STILL RULE; AND ZOMBIES ARE JOINING IN
The hottest supernatural shows are making sure that the vampire craze will not die down anytime soon. True Blood continued its streak of delivering blood, gore and sex in its third season. With the addition of werewolves and fairies, there are no signs of faltering. On a more wholesome, albeit still dark note, The Vampire Diaries proves that it didn’t just ride the vampire craze. The show has taken a life of its own; and has provided week after week of fascinating mythology that drove the stories and its characters even more than it did last year.
And after a long wait, we finally have a zombie series in the form of The Walking Dead. It’s scary. It’s bloody. It’s simply awesome. And despite only having six episodes in its first season, the show has cemented itself as a force to be reckoned with come season two.