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