Jeremy Likes TV

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TV Power Rankings: Week Of 7/4

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Quick note about the power rankings: This is a quick glance at what I consider to be the twenty best shows that have aired in the calendar year 2011 thus far. I’m only one man and, while I watch an obscene amount of television, I haven’t watched everything (yet) and as I get caught up, the results may fluctuate. Also, subpar episodes of a show on the list may drop it in the rankings just as exceptional episodes can boost it. I’ll try to post these rankings on a weekly basis. Previous rankings are in parentheses.

  1. (1)   Justified (FX) – Season 2
  2. (2)   Friday Night Lights (NBC) – Season 5
  3. (3)   Parks And Recreation (NBC) – Season 3
  4. (NR) Louie (FX) – Season 2
  5. (4)   Game Of Thrones (HBO) – Season 1
  6. (5)   The Vampire Diaries (CW) – Season 2 (2nd Half)
  7. (6)   Community (NBC) – Season 2 (2nd Half)
  8. (7)   Archer (FX) – Season 2
  9. (8)   The Chicago Code (FOX) – Season 1
  10. (9)   Cougar Town (ABC) – Season 2 (2nd Half)
  11. (11)   Bob’s Burgers (FOX) – Season 1
  12. (13) Childrens Hospital (ADULT SWIM) – Season 3
  13. (11) Parenthood (NBC) – Season 1 (2nd Half)
  14. (14) The Good Wife (CBS) – Season 2 (2nd Half)
  15. (12) Treme (HBO) – Season 2
  16. (15) South Park (COMEDY CENTRAL) – Season 15
  17. (16) Lights Out (FX) – Season 1
  18. (17) Doctor Who (BBC) – Season 6
  19. (NR) Teen Wolf (MTV) – Season 1
  20. (18) Chuck (NBC) – Season 4 (2nd Half)

NOTES:

  • Very little fluctuation in the rankings as summertime generally means less volume of shows on the air, but FX’s brilliant Louie enters the rankings in the top five on the basis of its incredibly strong first two episodes. Look for a review of the premiere within the next week.
  • Treme slumps a little from last week. It’s a David Simon project so it’s still worth watching but, at the halfway mark of the season (reminder: I’m not always going to be up to date on shows and these rankings reflect where I am at any given point during my viewing) I’m left wondering where we’re headed. It still has time to right itself and, keeping in mind that the first season didn’t really hit hard until the end of the season when John Goodman’s Creighton Bernette committed suicide, maybe a similar late emotional gut punch is on its way.
  • Teen Wolf  makes its first appearance at 19. Can’t help it — I just like this show.
  • Breaking Bad Countdown: 14 more days. Happy.
  • Friday Night Lights Countdown: Only two more episodes. Very, very sad.
  • Feel free to chime in on the comments with your thoughts on what may be too high or too low in the rankings.
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Written by jeremylikestv

July 4, 2011 at 8:00 am

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  1. This is going to seem like a joke, but I’m completely serious: Was the use of flatulence in “Louie” the best use of it since, oh, maybe “Blazing Saddles”?

    Jon Fassnacht

    July 5, 2011 at 6:57 am

    • Yes, it was. Did you see Jon Stewart’s interview with Louis CK on The Daily Show last week? I’m going to embed it with the Louie review when I finish it. He deconstructs the fart joke so brilliantly and literally has Stewart losing it. The best quote: “You don’t have to be smart to laugh at a fart joke but you have to be stupid not to.”

      jeremylikestv

      July 5, 2011 at 9:51 am

      • Yes. Great interview. I just realized that I watched the second episode a few nights ago after a night of heavy drinking at a neighbor’s house … and I remember next to nothing about it. I even looked up the episode synopsis and still nothing. I have some vague recollection of him spanking a girl and then her starting to cry. And that’s about it. Have to watch it again.

        Jon Fassnacht

        July 6, 2011 at 2:57 pm

      • Haha… you don’t remember that dude’s head flying off of his body? Definitely give it a re-watch.

        jeremylikestv

        July 6, 2011 at 6:29 pm


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