TV Power Rankings: Week Of 7/11
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. Also? I just really like lists. I’m only one man and, while I watch an obscene amount of television, I haven’t watched everything (yet). I may burn through a month’s worth of a particular show in one week and the results can fluctuate as a result. These ratings are dynamic, thus, subpar episodes of a show on the list may cause it to drop the rankings just as an exceptional episode can boost it. I’ll post these on a weekly basis and you can find the previous week’s rankings in parentheses.
- (1) Justified (FX) – Season 2
- (2) Friday Night Lights (NBC) – Season 5
- (3) Parks And Recreation (NBC) – Season 3
- (4) Louie (FX) – Season 2
- (5) Game Of Thrones (HBO) – Season 1
- (6) The Vampire Diaries (CW) – Season 2 (2nd Half)
- (7) Community (NBC) – Season 2 (2nd Half)
- (8) Archer (FX) – Season 2
- (15) Treme (HBO) – Season 2
- (9) The Chicago Code (FOX) – Season 1
- (10) Cougar Town (ABC) – Season 2 (2nd Half)
- (11) Bob’s Burgers (FOX) – Season 1
- (12) Childrens Hospital (ADULT SWIM) – Season 3
- (13) Parenthood (NBC) – Season 1 (2nd Half)
- (14) The Good Wife (CBS) – Season 2 (2nd Half)
- (NR)Torchwood: Miracle Day (STARZ) – Season 4
- (NR) Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO) – Season 8
- (17) Lights Out (FX) – Season 1
- (NR) Falling Skies (TNT) – Season 1
- (19) Teen Wolf (MTV) – Season 1
Dropped Out: South Park, Doctor Who, Chuck
- New to the rankings this week are Torchwood: Miracle Day, the BBC project that’s being co-produced for its fourth series with pay cabler Starz (and I’ll have a look at this in the next day or so), the eighth-season return of Larry David’s misanthropic tour de force Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Falling Skies (reviewed here), which seems to be settling in nicely as the TV version of a summer blockbuster, for all of the good and bad that statement entails.
- What can I say? I should have known this by now but you never doubt David Simon. Like, ever. With two episodes left in the season (after having watched four or five in the past week) any fears I had about Treme‘s sophomore season have long since disappeared. I wondered where Simon was taking us, exactly, and the episode “Carnival Time” was not only possibly the best episode that the show has done to date, but it both captured perfectly the New Orleans Mardi Gras experience while also moving plotlines forward. And as for the emotional gut punch I was looking for? The aftermath of the brutal attack and rape of Khandi Alexander’s LaDonna provided some very strong emotional beats for both she and Lance E. Nichols (as her husband) to play and the last minutes of “What Is New Orleans” actually hurt to watch as writer George Pelecanos was once again called on by Simon to be, as Alan Sepinwall puts it, “the Angel of Death.” Treme has moved into (and deserves its place in) my top ten and I can’t wait to see how the final two episodes wrap up this excellent second season.
- Breaking Bad Countdown: 3 more days. Happiness increasing.
- Friday Night Lights Countdown: Only the final episode to go. I’m not ready for this in any way, shape, or form.
- Feel free to chime in on the comments with your thoughts on what may be too high or too low in the rankings.