Here are my picks for the best TV shows of 2011 (existing or new-doesn’t matter). Interestingly 2011 was the year of book or previous show US adaptations.
Some of the judging factors are: character development, overall creativity, acting, secondary plot development, etc.
This is obviously my personal opinion but I’m very interested to see if you agree. Please comment!
Despite some negative reviews regarding the use of Colin Hanks in the apocalyptic killing spree this season, it’s still the best written show on T.V with twists and turns and exceptional character development. Part of this is due to the book series its based upon, but even so, it’s brilliant. Main writers: Jeff Lindsay and James Manos Jr.
2. Game of Thrones
This show came out of nowhere. Also based upon a famous book series, the incredible cinematography and story telling in this series is unbelievable. I can’t wait for season 2!!
Main Writers: George RR Martin, David Benioff, D. B Weiss.
This new series on Showtime blew me away in Season 1 due to the intense character development, intriguing plot lines and acting. Another one I can’t wait to see again. See my review for it here: http://www.worldoffilmcraft.com/2011/12/why-you-should-visit-your-homeland/ Main Writers: Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff.
This show moves a million miles a minute and leaves you feeling like you LIVE in their house with them because the acting and development is so strong. Of course, they had a previous successful UK show to take off from, but you can’t deny Emmy Rossum and William H. Macy brilliance. Main Writers: Paul Abbot, John Wells, Nancy Pimental.
5. Boardwalk Empire
Dude they killed Jimmy this season!!! This show has balls. Go back to the time when gangsters and flappers were all the rage in at the Atlantic City Boardwalk. While season 1 took a little bit of time to get up and running, season 2 was fantastic. Main Writers: Terence Winter, Nelson Johnson, Bathsheba Doran.
6. True Blood
I’ll never miss an episode of True Blood so this show will always be on my top 10 list. The acting is top notch, the characters are super developed at this point, and Alan Ball just kicks supreme TV ass. Also, based upon a book series (Stackhouse novels). You cant lose when you have a season full of naked Alex Skaarsgard. Main Writers: Alan Ball, Charlaine Harris.
7.Eastbound and Down
I’d have friends that would key my car and throw stones at my house if this wasn’t on the list. I agree, it’s a feisty balls to the wall show. Anything goes with the dialogue and they definitely take it there. While the plot isn’t as strong as other shows, I love the acting and development of Kenny–the loser who doesn’t realize how bad of a loser he is. Main Writers: Danny Mcbride, Jody Hill, Ben Best. Here’s an old review I wrote about it http://www.worldoffilmcraft.com/2010/06/eastbound-down-is-moving-on-up-to-the-east-side/
8. Sons of Anarchy
This show has some hardcore fans that post every week on facebook about how it’s “SOA” time. That gives you an idea about how popular it is. I mean, it’s about bikers. So you can’t go wrong there. Main Writers: Kurt Sutter, Dave Erickson, Misha Green.
9. The Walking Dead
I think this surprised everyone with its 6 episode run on AMC last year in 2010. It came back for the second run in 2011 and did not disappoint. The show has a loyal following. Take a look at my first review for it here: http://www.worldoffilmcraft.com/2010/12/amcs-the-walking-dead-review/ Main Writers are: Charlie Adlard, Frank Darabont, Robert Kirkman.
10. American Horror
Ryan Murphy’s second project to Glee is American Horror on FX. It’s got all the great elements of a good show and I keep hearing more and more people getting into it. He’s smart for doing a horror show for FX and combining it with a great cast, great dialogue and some spooky shit. Jessica Lange really is the icing of the cake for this one. Main writers are: Brad Falchuk, Ryan Murphy.