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.

NUMBER FIVE

WEEDS

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.

NUMBER FOUR

TRUE BLOOD

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.

NUMBER THREE

LOST

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!

NUMBER TWO

MADMEN

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.

NUMBER ONE

DEXTER

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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