- The Wire
- The Shield
- The Sopranos
- Veronica Mars
- Boston Legal
- Prison Break
And that is that. 1-6 are all easy recommendations for this year. 7-11 had significant faults but were still worth the time spent. 12-13 I am neutral on. 14-15 can piss off.
Overall this was an outstanding year of television. I haven't been doing this long enough to compare it to past seasons but it feels like it could go toe-to-toe with most recent years.
Sadly 3 programs from the top 10, Deadwood, The Sopranos, and Veronica Mars, are already gone from next years list. Those will be big shoes to fill. Hopefully 24 can reestablish itself as a mainstay in the top 3, but outside of that I have to hope that something like John From Cincinnati or whatever else shows up in the Fall can be an instant classic. It gets even worse a couple years from now when I assume both The Wire and The Shield will also be gone. So this may just be the end of an era. Still I am not that pessimistic, there will be others to pick up the slack.