Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Year's Best Wrap-up

I got a call over the weekend telling me how I got it wrong with my year's best Top 10 list and how the caller disagreed with virtually all my choices.

The caller was my dad. He left the country a couple days later.

The timing of his leaving was purely coincidental and should in no way be construed that I can't take criticism.

But it just goes to show you that people can have vastly different cultural tastes, even within the same family.

Perhaps I should have clarified my Top 10 list this way: These are the 10 hours of TV I, Phillip Ramati, The TV Guy, can't miss at all, for any reason. If I do, furniture will likely be smashed.

That's not to say I don't enjoy the other shows I didn't put on the Top 10. As I wrote previously, "Ugly Betty" or "Scrubs" or any of them could have easily been included. But even though I don't want to miss any of those episodes, I feel that if I did, I'd still survive.

I can't say the same if I missed an installment of "The Shield" or "Battlestar Galactica." Some criticized my choice of "The Sopranos" in the Top 10, but at the end of the day, I still look forward to watching a first-run episode more than just about anything, because of the potential of what might happen.

And there are plenty of shows out there that I hope to catch at some point, like "The Wire" (produced by some of the same people that did "Homicide: Life on the Street," my all-time favorite American cop show) or "Dexter."

I like to watch a show from the beginning. I like to see story arcs in the order they are supposed to go and characters develop over time. In some cases, like "Lost," for example, you simply can't watch it out of order and be able to follow what is going on.

But in other cases, I think it simply adds to the enjoyment of the show. For example, I didn't catch "Buffy" when it first came out, mainly because I had no desire to see a TV show based on a crappy movie. Clearly, though, the TV series was a completely different animal.

I could have jumped on the "Buffy" bandwagon during any one of its subsequent seasons, but I decided to wait. I'm glad I did. I was able to catch up on repeats once FX started airing episodes, and it made for a better viewing experience watching the various characters develop over time.

Maybe that will happen with other shows currently on the air, which I never caught the first time around for whatever reason.

TUESDAY'S BEST BETS: Your favorite TV critic (at least, your favorite that isn't named Matt Roush or Mo Ryan) is a little worn out from being the only working reporter for real news during the holiday season. So the holiday TV break isn't all a bad thing, especially since new episodes will hit the airwaves just after the new year. Look for some comments late this week or early next week on new series such as "Dirt" and "Knights of Prosperity."

In the meantime, it's not all reruns. You can try to catch "Big Day" (ABC, 9 p.m.) while it's still on the air (which likely won't be that long).

Also, two more new episodes of "My Boys" (TBS, 10 p.m.) hit the air. This series is more enjoyable every week, though I stress that no sportswriter I've ever met has a career like P.J.'s, in which you get every night off to play poker with your friends. I try to look past all that, however.


Zodin2008 said...

Yes, I was curious if you were watching "My Boys" and it's interesting how much more free time PJ has then you do. That being said, we really like the show and it's become a nice little addiction the last several weeks while most of our favorite shows are in winter hybernation.

But what really makes this show so good is the lead is extremely likeable (Jordana Spiro) and the supporting cast is hilarious. The weakest castmember, comed wise, is probably her 'girly' girlfriend, but she's necessary to the dynamic of the show.

As for your top 10 list, I couldn't agree with you more. It's YOUR list and while "House" wouldn't even make my Top 50, it's still your list and I have been surprised the vitriol from "The Wire" crowd. As I said yesterday on an earlier post of yours, with the exception of "House" and "24", my Top 10 and top 20 list is pretty much in line with yours.

I also ranked "Battlestar Galactica" the ebst show of the year.

One show I put in my 2006 Top 10 list on an earlier post but neglected to comment on wasa show you admittedly didn't get into or make a strong attempt to get into and that was "Invasion".

Considering how huge the drop off was from the pilot episode of "The Nine" (plus the ratings for "The Nine" were always worse then "Invasion"), it makes it even more painful to have seen "Invasion" sent packing. It's also what blows me away even more about the success this year of "Heroes". Talk about an anamoly. A fantastic Science fiction series on Network Television that actually gets ratings and doesn't involve William L. Peterson or Mandy Pantinkin using forensics!

But considering that "Invasion" did air in the first part of 2006, I had to include it in my Top 10 list.

I also agree with you that NO comedy comes even close to "The Office". But wow...NBC may not get the ratings but they are doing something right in terms of quality...all 4 male leads from their 4 NBC Thursday comedies were nominated for Golden Globe Awards.

That's pretty outstanding and NBC should be encouraged to stick wtih quality no matter how many dull CBS procedurals America watches instead.

Phillip Ramati said...

Thanks for the note, Zod. Rose of The Telegraph's Macon Love blog is still trying to organize our very own board game decathlon.

I forgot to add Happy Kwanzaa and Happy Boxing Day to the end of the blog.

freshdipt said...

just saw your post when trying to find out more about Knights of Prosperity and was wondering who out there has seen My Boys. i saw the trailer for it on tbs during one marathon or another this weekend and it looks good. then i realized the season finale is coming up so ive pretty much missed the whole season. boo.

that being said, knights looks pretty hilarious -- i saw two clips from the pilot on YouTube and they're pretty hilarious. The cast seems to fit together well too -- no huge names sticking out....

Phillip Ramati said...

Dipt, I have also been looking forward to Knights of Prosperity, but won't get an advanced copy because ABC refuses to send me any.

I will, however, have a posting dedicated to the show next week.

As for My Boys, keep your eyes out on TBS, since they tend to repeat a lot of their shows at different times. They may do some sort of marathon during the holiday.

freshdipt said...

phillip, thanks for the response. I was thinking the exact same thing about My Boys, especially since that is TBS first piece of original sitcom programming if im not mistaken. perhaps there will be a marathon of some sort.

as far as Knights goes, I saw a BUNCH of promos this weekend during bowl games and the review verbatims were very positive. Here are the YT links I was talking about that are clips from the pilot:



love the goalie from the second one. haha.

Phillip Ramati said...

Thanks for the links, Dipt. I'll be talking about Knights on Wednesday, Jan. 3.