Top 8 of ’08: Debbie Chang’s Best Shows of the Year
Privileged is the best new show of 2008. The star, Joanna Garcia, is not quite Lauren Graham, but Privileged fills the whole in our hearts left when Gilmore Girls went off the air. The dialogue is fast-paced and snappy, and all the characters are so winsome and relatable. If you’re not watching this show yet, you should definitely start.
It’s no secret that I love most of the programming on the CW, but Supernatural is a different kind of CW show. It consists of equal parts drama, horror and comedy, but in the end, it’s so much more than the sum of its parts. This current season is really upping the ante in terms of suspense and pathos, and I really can’t wait to see how the epic battle between the angels and the demons turns out, and what role the Winchesters will play in everything.
Chuck keeps getting better and better. Although the episodes follow the usual formula of Chuck, Sarah and Casey fighting the bad guys after Chuck flashes on something, this season, we’ve gotten a lot of backstory about both Sarah and Casey, which makes the show much richer. Probably the best Chuck moment of 2008 for me was when Chuck managed to save the world by playing an old arcade game to the musical stylings of Rush’s “Tom Sawyer,” truly the music of the universe.
#5 Pushing Daisies
Television suffered a terrible, terrible loss when Pushing Daisies didn’t get renewed. There is no other show quite like it, from it’s fantastical sets to its clever dialogue. Wednesday nights with Pushing Daisies has always been the highlight of my week; soon, I won’t know what to do with myself.
#4 Gossip Girl
The thing that truly makes me love Gossip Girl with all my heart, besides the wonderful background character of Dorota and the snarky voiceovers by Kristen Bell, is the relationship between Blair Waldorf and Chuck Bass. These two steal every scene that their in, and their on-screen chemistry always smolders. To me, Blair and Chuck are Gossip Girl.
#3 It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
I’m not quite sure why I like watching It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. I usually spend Thursday nights at 10pm cringing uncomfortably at the antics of The Gang, but somehow, I just can’t live without it. The writers on Sunny are not shy about the subject matters they bring to each episode, whether it be the eating of human flesh to the kidnapping of their illegal immigrant neighbors to makeover their home, extreme-style. Green Man!
#2 30 Rock
Thanks to her Sarah Palin impressions, Tina Fey’s popularity has skyrocketed this year. But fans of 30 Rock have known for a long time how talented, funny and hard-working Tina Fey is. 30 Rock is an interesting mix of low- and high-brow comedy, as well as everything in between. The show never fails to entertain and absolutely deserves all the accolades it has received.
#1 How I Met Your Mother
You can see from my list that I enjoy lots of comedies, and in my opinion, How I Met Your Mother is the best one of them all. The show is responsible for introducing many new phrases to our popular lexicon, from the the Vicki Mendoza diagonal to “Lawyered!” The writing is not only laugh-out-loud funny, but is also so true-to-life that we can enjoy the show on many different levels, not just the hilarious ones.
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