My top 5 TV shows of 2009

This is the first of my “Top 5” posts for the end of the year. Of course this one is about my top 5 TV shows. Let me know what you think! Tell me what shows should’ve been on the list, or how much you completely agree with me.. that’s always permitted.



Coming into this season (its 5th) I wasn’t expecting much out of Weeds. I felt the show had been sliding downhill after season two and it wasn’t coming back anytime soon. While the storyline is still outlandish and can only seem to blow up from here on out, the writing was the show’s saving grace. Season three and four had been a bit of a chore, but this season I couldn’t stop laughing again. It seems as if they gave Justin Kirk, who plays Andy Botwin, more air time and that was a great move. Without Andy the show wouldn’t exist. His character is basically carrying it, so I’d like to see how they move forward next season.



Coming into its sophomore season True Blood had a lot to live up to. It had quickly developed a cult following (as do most things Vamp, no?) and nothing short of brilliance would do. This season wasn’t any better than the first, and that’s not an insult. Too often shows try to one-up the last season and it catches up in the end when they can’t keep up with their own imaginations. I haven’t read the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris that spawned the series, but I’ve heard/read the show has decided to veer away from some plotlines, *cough* Lafayette *cough*, which is great; some characters should not die. That being said I hope Tara goes soon. Her storyline is plain tired and the show would be so much better off without her.



It seems like AGES ago that LOST was on TV and I’m sure if it had just ended I would be a little more torn about putting it in the three spot. This season (its 5th) we got a lot of questions answered and they’re setting the show up nicely for its final hoorah. The second half of the season seemed to be a little eventful than the first. Although I know they were just establishing why the characters were where(/when) they were, so the audience wouldn’t get even more confused. The best part about this show is the writing. It is so captivating and I know I’m being suckered into something, but I can’t stop myself from going back. I look forward to the final season. It’s a great time to end the show; they can answer questions how they want; and we can see the characters finally move on with their lives. Now that I’m thinking about it again, I can’t wait for it to start up in the new year!



MadMen is one of the best shows on television and it shows no signs of slowing down. It’s cast is astounding, its writing is astounding, it’s sets and wardrobes are astounding. I was tempted to give it the number one spot because it’s become somewhat of a culture changer. The style of dress is cool again, for men and women; people are MadMen’ing their avatars on Twitter; and it’s so interesting to look at a time before everyone, not just Americans, grew up. After the early 60s there was a definite political change in the air, and this past season it really began to emerge. I’m looking forward to what they bring next season, as there is a bit of a rebirth happening, professionally, and great upheavals in a few characters personal lives as well.



Ah yes Dexter is my most favourite show for 2009. This season (its 4th) was one of redemption, because like Weeds, the writing for the show had been sliding, almost to the point where I didn’t think it could come back and be great again. Now that I think of it, redemption is the wrong word. This season of Dexter surpassed all my expectations and should put Michael C. Hall and John Lithgow into serious contention for Golden Globes and Emmys. With the conclusion to this season, the writers took a definite risk doing what they did. That being said, there are some great parallels happening and to be honest, what was done, needed to be done, so this season was as good as any.

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6 Responses to My top 5 TV shows of 2009

  1. Glad to see that Dexter is number one! I definitely agree. I have been wanting to watch some of the others and now your blog has intrigued me even more!

  2. Naveen says:

    Great review … I haven’t had a chance to get onto Dexter, True Blood and Weeds, simply b/c of a time issue. I DO watch Mad Men and LOST and they are in my top 5 as well.

    Can’t wait for the shows to start back up again.

    Curious — all your shows listed are dramas (Weeds could be a dramedy) – any votes for fave comedies?

  3. Leanne B says:

    You knew it was only inevitable that I comment on a post about TV…let’s be serious.

    I definitely agree with Lost, Dexter and Mad Men, as those are both in my top 5 also.

    Some people have said that Lost has only gone downhill since season one. Season one was fantastic, yes, and was innovative and exciting. However, seasons four and five have both been excellent, and have set up the sixth and final season to be explosive and intense. The lack of Lost recognition at the Golden Globes is an abomination.

    Dexter, with the aid of John Lithgow, really exploded past most people’s expectations following a lackluster third season (sorry, Jimmy Smits). I’ve said this before, but if Michael C. Hall doesn’t get award recognition this year I will be seriously irritated.

    You’ve hit the nail on the head by emphasizing the cultural impact that Mad Men has had on society. More importantly, it is one of the most well-written and well-acted shows on the air. Matthew Weiner continues to set the bar higher and exceed expectations. I’m still irriatated that Elisabeth Moss got overlooked for a Golden Globe nod.

    While I agree that True Blood is good, it would probably fall into my top 10 and not top 5 only for letting the Maryanne storyline drag on for too long, and for making Sookie more annoying.

    I tried to get back into Weeds and it just wasn’t doing it for me. I wish they could have kept the storyline in Agrestic, at least somewhat.

    And maybe in the next little while I really will start my TV blog, so you can see my top of the year (yeah, it’ll be more than 5).

  4. H Chau says:

    I would have to CONCURRRRR with Madmen and Lost! The past season of Lost I was always left wanting more. Madmen… Joan 😉 Donald Draper 😉 😉


  5. Sean Bailey says:

    Jen: Glad you liked my #1 spot! And if you start watching and loving the other shows make sure to thank me! 😉 haha. Happy you’re liking the blog too!

    Naveen: Thanks! To be honest I watch mostly dramatic-ish shows. I do occasionally watch comedies, but not enough for them to be considered for this list 🙂 If I did, I’d say Glee, Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother would be up there. Glee would be on the list if the season had finished, but it’s only half way done.

    Leanne: Great comments Leanne! I hope this gives you the motivation to start your blog!

    Herdeep: Happy you concurrrr with my choices yo! Mmm Joan 🙂 What would your top choices be for shows that aren’t of the “reality” variety?

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