The Best and Worst of 2007: Bob's list - VIDEO
Wow, another year has gone by. I just started getting used to writing "2007" on my checks last week and here we are in 2008. Happy New Year everyone! And don't tase me, bro!
I think this was actually a really good year for television, even if it does look like it's going to a short season. I think the best of the year and the worst of the year really stand out. Here's my list below. I'm sure you have your own opinions.
1. Mad Men (AMC): Simply put, there was no better drama this past season (sorry Sopranos). This isn't just "great television," it might just change what the networks might put on in the next few years. It drops us into a world (in this case, a top ad agency in 1960 New York City) in a way very few shows are able to do. It has a flawless cast, intelligent writing, and a jawdropping, orgasmic production design. With this, AMC might just become the new HBO (they passed on this show but put on John From Cincinnati - ahem). Great to see it get a second season and a bunch of Golden Globe/SAG Award nominations. (And here's why Jon Hamm deserves a Golden Globe and an Emmy.)
Even the opening credits are mesmerizing.
2. 30 Rock (NBC): So funny it almost hurts. Seriously, the writing on this show is just so uniformly great that this show has eclipsed The Office as my favorite comedy on TV right now. Alec Baldwin deserves a Lifetime Achievement Award for that therapy role-playing scene in the "Rosemary's Baby" episode alone. I love this show.
3. Heroes (NBC): Yeah, yeah, I know, people are saying that the show "isn't as good as the first season." I think that has to do more with the fact that the structure and stories aren't as fresh and "oh my God" as the first season (even if Tim Kring has apologized for the first part of the season). This show is still a ton of fun, and those last two episodes before the strike kicked in were classic Heroes. Think about it: even if you weren't thrilled with the first handful of eps, aren't you dying to know what happens next?
4. Burn Notice (USA): I'm a big fan of 80s action dramas that feature the lone hero going up against bad guys and helping the little guy. This reminds me of those classic shows. Jeffrey Donovan is great in the lead role, and any show that has Bruce Campbell in it is Must See TV (and it's on Thursdays too!).
5. Lost (ABC): This show got better as the season went along (goodbye Nikki and Paolo!), and that mind blowing final scene in the season-ender made up for the lame parts of the season (I even knew the ending and I was still shocked).
6. Chuck (NBC): Funny how many of my top shows of the year are on NBC, even though the network rarely cracks the top ten ratings with scripted shows. I honestly thought that viewers wouldn't be in the mood for a light adventure series with sci-fi/spy overtones, but they seem to like it. One of the most enjoyable shows on TV right now.
7. Countdown with Keith Olbermann (MSNBC): Somebody has to say the things he is saying. His "Special Comments" are musts for anyone who cares about what's going on nowadays. I wish he had more guests on that opposed his views, but his show is really getting to the heart of many important matters. It's also clever and funny.
8. Jericho being renewed: I'm kind of a cynical guy and I thought there wasn't going to be any way that this show would come back. Stuff like that just doesn't happen. Looks like it does.
9. Wimbledon Final - Federer vs. Nadal (NBC): Watching the MacGyver of tennis, Roger Federer, go up against the EverReady Battery of tennis, Rafael Nadal, was like watching sex between two people who are really good at sex. Only they're doing it on grass with rackets in their hands. I have no idea of that image makes any sense. I'm just saying that this match was truly exciting.
11. Miss Teen USA contestant on maps! My favorite video of the year. No other comment is necessary. Take it away, Miss South Carolina!
1. The Insider, ET, Access Hollywood, TMZ, etc: Yes, these shows make my list every year, and they deserve to be on it every year. They're the cancer on the television landscape.
2. Dr. Phil: No explanation necessary.
3. John From Cincinnati (HBO): I was really looking forward to this show. It was from David Milch, it had a good cast, it featured surfing and mysterious happenings. Boy, did it suck. Yeah, the people who liked it will tell me that I just didn't understand it. Well, I don't think anyone did, and that includes the writers, directors, and cast.
4. Viva Laughlin (CBS): Suddenly, Cop Rock doesn't seem that bad.
5. Pirate Master (CBS): I think this was CBS' way to have an extra season of Survivor without having an extra season of Survivor. But it was really lame.
6. Marie Osmond: Mother of God, can she please go away? From her endless appearances on the tabloid shows and, well, every other news program on television, to her fainting (cough) spell on TV to her crying to her appearance on Larry King to selling dolls on QVC, this was the year we overdosed on the girl who's a little bit country. Who would have though Marie Osmond of all people would be one of the most talked about celebs of 2007?
7. Britney Spears dance on MTV: I know, leave Britney alone! Actually, this is probably the most normal thing she did all year, but it was still painful to watch.
8. Nancy Grace is now a parent. Yikes.
9. The writers strike: The only reason I didn't put it higher is because I'm still holding out hope that it will be resolved in time to save the season.