Best and Worst of 2008: Debbie's list
by Debra McDuffee, posted Jan 2nd 2009 9:00AM
How can we enter a new year without celebrating the last year's best and worst TV? Not a lot of the new shows were impressive, but I've been entertained for the last year, so I can't complain.
In making out my lists, I realized I must be a half-full type of gal, because even my worsts aren't that bad, and I had a heck of a time coming up with them.
So, here are my lovin'-life, lovin'-TV best and worst lists for 2008:
Best new show -- Leverage
Man, I love everything about this show -- the chemistry between the characters, the quotable quotes, the clever jobs, the flashbacks. It's the most entertaining hour on television right now. Thank you, TNT!
Best TV headcase -- Zeljko Ivanek
As Ray Fiske in Damages and Jason, the hostage-taker in House's "Last Resort," you'd think Ivanek might be a little off-kilter in real life. Top it off with the role of Dr. Linus Wagner, the killer in The Mentalist pilot, and you've got yourself a professional headcase.
Best voice-over -- Dexter Morgan of Dexter and Michael Westen of Burn Notice take it for the tie
How can I choose between the two most perfectly crafted, intelligent and witty voice-overs on TV right now?
Best soundtrack - Life on Mars
I stand by my position that the best songs were written before 1980, making this soundtrack of a show set in the '70s flawlessly entertaining.
Best quote -- Dr. House, House, M.D.
"Aren't there other ways I could get pregnant? Like sitting on a toilet seat?" - Female patient
"Absolutely. There would need to be a guy sitting between you and the toilet seat, but yes. Absolutely." - House
Best sustained laugh provided by a sitcom -- naked poses in How I Met Your Mother
"The Naked Man" is one of my favorite episodes of How I Met Your Mother, and when Barney and Ted were on the phone, trading naked man poses, I laughed, deep and long. This was the cancer-preventing laugh of the year for me.
Worst new show -- Do Not Disturb
In all fairness, I never got past the pilot of this one, because it was so horribly bad. Maybe the other two episodes they aired redeemed Jerry O'Connell's reputation? I bet they were as good as Arrested Development. OK, end sarcasm.
Worst new show based on a book -- True Blood
I know, it is critically acclaimed. People love it. Just not me. The quick, snappy book series with the feisty Sookie ruined me for this slow-paced, dark series.
Worst spent hour of my TV life -- watching Rosie Live!
From the duet with Liza Minnelli to Gloria Estefan dancing with Rachael Ray and a giant turkey, I want that hour of my life back.
Worst season premiere of a great show -- "Do I Know You?" -- How I Met Your Mother
Waiting all summer long for the funniest sitcom on TV to come back is hard enough. But when they hit you with a lackluster premiere, full of Ted whining and Barney pining, it is very disappointing.
There you have it: my list, for better or for worse.