Ah, Thanksgiving. The time of year when we gather together to stuff ourselves -- and a turkey -- silly and slip into tryptophan-induced comas with our pants unbuttoned. Oh yeah, and give thanks! Well, having gorged on television all year long, we here at BuddyTV would like to express our gratitude for the things we're most thankful for this year on TV.
So heat up some cider, pause the DVR and dig into what our writers are thanking their lucky TV stars for:
I'm thankful for ...
the final season of Lost
. I know it's
not cool to like the way Lost
ended, but I thought it was amazing. Uplifting,
tragic and totally within the themes of the show, Lost
gave exactly what I
wanted in a way few shows could. It may not have answered every question, but Lost
answered the important ones in a way so beautiful that I don't care so much
about the rest of it.
I'm thankful for ... Chuck's embrace of a long-denied
relationship. Most TV shows, when faced with a will-they-or-won't-they
relationship, keep the characters apart as long as possible. But Chuck let
Chuck and Sarah give into their long-denied love this year. Not only that, but
we've gotten to see the relationship grow and change. Finally, a successful
example of romance on television!
I'm thankful for ... Kyle Massey on Dancing with the Stars.
Pretty much no one over the age of 15 had heard of Kyle Massey before this
fall. And then he danced. The guy we all expected to fizzle out within a few
episodes became the explosive star of Dancing with the Stars. And he was
good! Funny, friendly and ridiculously talented, Kyle Massey became everyone's
pick for greatness, even after the dancing ended.
I'm thankful for ... Louis C.K. Between his
arc on Parks and Recreation as Dave the cop, his new show on FX, Louie,
which moves between gut-busting humor and gut-wrenching pathos so easily
and genuinely that the only word I can use to describe it is
"brilliant," and his massive sold-out comedy tour, 2010 was Louis C.K.'s
year, and I couldn't be happier for him. I'm thankful that FX not only
gave this very funny comedian his own show, but trusted him enough to
give him free reign on it. The move paid off better than they could have
expected -- the show is almost unbearably good.
I'm thankful for ... Dan Harmon, and his Twitter feed. I have two things
to thank Dan Harmon for: Making Community my favorite show of 2010,
and, even when the show isn't on, being a constant source of
entertainment via his Twitter account. Harmon is a trailblazer of sorts
when it comes to using the site to interact with his fans (and insult
his detractors, which is often even funnier). He posts all sorts of
things, from behind-the-scenes photos and videos and insightful plot
commentary to poop jokes, always in a refreshingly candid and casual
way. Last week he even incorporated the name of his #1 Twitter troll
into the show as Jeff's date, "Gwynnifer." It was a clever little wink
on a clever, ever-winking show that has mastered how to use the internet
to fill out its world (all the characters have their own Twitter
accounts, too), and I can't get enough of it.
I'm thankful for ... The Walking Dead. It was about time zombies finally
got their own TV series. It's the big, fat cherry on top that AMC's The
Walking Dead is riveting, well-acted, expertly produced and awesomely
gross. I've finally found my Sunday night companion-piece to Dexter: double the suspense, double the death! I would lament that season 1 is
only six episodes, but this is about what we're thankful for, not what
we're whining about. And I'm just thankful The Walking Dead exists and
is already renewed for season 2 -- whenever that happens.
John KubicekJen Harper
I'm thankful for ... Cougar Town
's title. After a lot of discussion about
changing the show's title due to the fact that it has nothing to do with
cougars anymore, Cougar Town
kept the title but decided to poke a
little fun at itself by having new commentary in every title sequence
mocking the title. Every week there's a cool little inside joke, a nice
side dish of cranberry sauce to make the rest of the show that much
I'm thankful for ...
I'm thankful for ... Cancer. It's a terrible disease, but thanks to the
brilliant new Showtime comedy The Big C, cancer was somehow hilarious.
The crisp writing and Emmy-worthy performance by Laura Linney helped do
the impossible by making something so bad feel so good, just like a
third slice of pumpkin pie.
Mark Sheppard. Best known as Battlestar Galactica
Romo Lampkin among many, many other roles, Sheppard had a great 2010
with great recurring roles on Chuck
and Warehouse 13
, plus a
recently expanded role on Supernatural
. Like gravy on turkey, Sheppard
makes everything better, and with the recent news that he'll be
playing a huge role in the upcoming season of Doctor Who
, I am very
thankful that he is apparently trying to appear on every show that I
I'm thankful for ...
Pregnancy as seen on TV.
Thanks to shows like ABC Family's The Secret Life of the American
and MTV's 16 and Pregnant
and Teen Mom
, as well as new Real Housewife of Atlanta Phaedra Parks, I feel no need to
run out and purchase a copy of What to Expect When You're Expecting
Everything I need to know about pregnancy I'm learning from TV!
Important lessons like: Don't get knocked up in high school, don't punch
your baby daddy on national television (or ever, for that matter), don't impregnate the ex-girlfriend of the guy who impregnated your
girlfriend, do try to remember when your actual due date is, and don't participate in an awkward pregnancy photo shoot involving pickles. Phaedra also taught me that a doctor
in fact induce labor for a perfectly healthy woman and child at six
freakin' months. What a hilarious, tangled web we weave, Phaedra.
I'm thankful for ...
season 6 finale. Sure, it totally
confounded me, as past season finale cliffhangers had, but I felt like
the writers and creator Jenji Kohan had finally written themselves --
and Nancy -- into an incredibly compelling corner they couldn't feasibly
write themselves out of (without the help of aliens or "It was all just a dream!" scenarios). And I really can't wait to see how they weasel
their way out of this one -- somehow I think handing over evidence
against a drug kingpin won't get you out of a murder you've confessed
to, Nancy. Plus, with the very real possibility looming that season 7
may be the shows' last (tear!), I'm waiting on pins and needles for the
I'm thankful for ... Top Chef: Just Desserts
. As a longtime Top Chef
fan (oh the agony waiting for the Dec. 1 All-Stars premiere!), I knew I
would tune into the sweetened version of the show just to see what the
producers had whipped up. But I was oh-so-amused with the disco-dust
bedazzled spectacle that is Top Chef: Just Desserts
. Thanks to
crazypants Seth's nervous breakdowns (plural!) over the red hots "for
[his] mommy" and not being able to find his paper cups -- which actually
got him kicked off the show -- Zac's obsession with shiny objects, Morgan's shoe
fetish and Yigit's onomatopoeia name and deserving win, this show had all the makings of a
sugary sweet superstar of a show with way more drama (and buttercream) than the original.
What are you thankful for on television this year? Let us know in the comments below!
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