AFI (the American Film Institute) recently announced their top ten television programs of 2006. They do this every year, and the thing I like about it is that they don't feel the need to rank them. It is, simply, their top ten favorites. The list is good, but I'd make a few changes. We'll get to that in a second.
AFI takes into account every TV show that has been on the air since January 2006 and, therefore, can contain shows that ended last May. They also incorporate miniseries into their list, although they don't usually include many in their top ten.
The full list is after the jump.
AFI's TV Programs of the Year
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
THE WEST WING
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I can't speak for Dexter
or Elizabeth I
; I have yet to check either out. However, I would add Lost
to the list. Lost
has received some largely unwarranted critical backlash since its breakout premiere season, something that can be attributed to the massive hype the show receive when it burst onto the scene. Grey's Anatomy
probably suffers from too much commercial success, although I'd probably find a spot for it on my list.
I love that AFI is honoring both The Office
and South Park
. Comedies, whether it be film or television, rarely receive their just critical due. 24, The West Wing
, and The Wire
are all more than deserving. Heroes
and Friday Night Lights
are the most surprising members of the list, to me at least.
What do you think? What's your list?
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer