Wednesday, May 4, 2011

100 Things I Love About TV

Inspired by my previous list of things I love about movies, I have decided -- and by "decided" I of course mean "been obsessively compelled" -- to compile a similar list for my other great pop culture passion: TV.  Same rules apply:  no particular order, just the first 100 things to pop into my head.  I tried to keep it to one thing per TV show, otherwise it would be overflowing with moments from Joss Whedon, Aaron Sorkin, and Bryan Fuller shows. As it is, I feel like my TV list isn't quite as varied as my movie list.   Please feel free to add your own thoughts in the comments below.

  1. Anya on Buffy the Vampire Slayer 
  2. Coach learning geography via song on Cheers 
  3. The evolution of Wesley Wyndham-Price on Angel 
  4. Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother 
  5. Londo's accent on Babylon 5 
  6. David Cross as Slow Donnie on Just Shoot Me 
  7. "Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal."
  8. Phil Hartman
  9. Evil genius Stewie on Family Guy
  10. Ben Linus on Lost 
  11. The "He said/she said" vampire episode of The X-Files 
  12. C.J. Craig on The West Wing 
  13. Steve's rants on Coupling
  14. Paris on Gilmore Girls 
  15. Dr. Cox's rants on Scrubs 
  16. The pure craft evident in the first season of The Wire 
  17. Mary Cherry on Popular 
  18. Creepy Anderson Cooper on The Mole 
  19. Teal'c and O'Neil in the time loop on Stargate: SG-1 
  20. Jackie calling Donna a lumberjack on That 70s Show 
  21. Jim Profit and the refrigerator box on Profit 
  22. The Dragon's Graveyard episode of Dungeons and Dragons
  23. Eric Close on Now and Again 
  24. Dave Foley on Newsradio 
  25. Walter Bishop on Fringe 
  26. Olive singing "Hopelessly Devoted" on Pushing Daisies
  27. Latka and Simka on Taxi 
  28. Les Nesman on WKRP in Cincinnati
  29. The Pepe Silvia bit on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia 
  30. The rapid-fire banter between Jeremy Piven and Paula Marshall on Cupid 
  31. The nearly overwhelming number of inside jokes and running gags on Arrested Development 
  32. The evolution of Bright Abbott on Everwood 
  33. Season (or series) long character and plot arcs
  34. "Fuzz: The Musical" on Mr. Show 
  35. The dollar bets on Ed 
  36. Erik and Tami Taylor's relationship on Friday Night Lights 
  37. Aaron Sorkin scripts
  38. Matt Keesler as The Middleman
  39. The finals week episode on Felicity 
  40. Liz's inability to escape her "future husband" Wesley Snipes on 30 Rock 
  41. Anyone calling Lana "Truckasaurus" on Archer 
  42. Hank's sister on Terriers 
  43. Captain Awesome on Chuck 
  44. Fiona on Burn Notice 
  45. The twisted humor of Titus 
  46. E.B. Farnum on Deadwood 
  47. Brittany S. Pierce on Glee 
  48. Jeffrey Donovan on Touching Evil 
  49. The tragicomic end of Mrs. Blankenship on Mad Men 
  50. The Heck children on The Middle  
  51. Zoe on Nurse Jackie 
  52. The Evil Leaper on Quantum Leap 
  53. Walter White's transformation into the hardcore Heisenberg on Breaking Bad 
  54. Tardy the Turtle on Greg the Bunny 
  55. Mac on Veronica Mars 
  56. Rocket Romano on ER 
  57. Darlene Connor on Roseanne
  58. "Actually, it's Miss Chanandler Bong."
  59. Garrity's musical dream sequence on Rescue Me 
  60. The Chance family on Raising Hope 
  61. Sam Puckett on iCarly 
  62. Jeff Probst stirring things up on Survivor 
  63. "The mind wobbles."
  64. Any time Tad screams like a little girl on Blue Mountain State 
  65. "I'm Larry, this is my brother Darryl, and this is my other brother Darryl."
  66. The Bennett/Givens feud on Justified 
  67. Dolphin Girl on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip 
  68. Sarah Drew
  69. Bernice belting out "Black man! Black man!" on Designing Women 
  70. People getting hit in the face by sneak attack obstacles on Wipeout 
  71. Hyper-optimistic Rob Lowe is literally my favorite thing about Parks and Recreation
  72.  "Well, she did save Chrismakuh."
  73. Watching background characters evolve into featured characters over the course of a series
  74. "City of Strangers" skit on Tracey Ullman Show
  75. David Tennant's Doctor.
  76. "Are you pondering what I'm pondering Pinky?"
  77. The Biscuit's numerous tics on Ally McBeal
  78. Jeffrey Combs as Weyoun on Star Trek: Deep Space 9 
  79. Wyleen discovering the Drama Club on Boston Common   
  80. The Scooby-Doo sight gag in the Spaced pilot
  81. "Not the momma, not the momma!"
  82. The Monarch and his minions on The Venture Bros. 
  83. Brett Harrison
  84. The Honors Students doing a production of "Hair" on Head of the Class 
  85. Rockefeller Butts on Knights of Prosperity 
  86. The evolution of Andy Sipowicz on NYPD Blue 
  87. "I'm not being sarcastic; nooooooooooooooo, this is just a little speech impediment."
  88. President Laura Roslin on Battlestar Gallactica 
  89. Supremely sarcastic middle child Alex on Modern Family 
  90. Ditzy sidekicks
  91. Ms. DiPesto's rhymes in the early days of Moonlighting 
  92. The Ophelia scene in Slings and Arrows 
  93. The klutzy girl's constant cry of "Rock on!" in My Guide to Becoming a Rock Star 
  94. The use of MacBeth and the Wyrd Sisters on Gargoyles 
  95. Jaye confronting her stalker on Wonderfalls 
  96. The Question on Justice League Unlimited 
  97. Naive Hiro meeting bad-ass future Hiro on Heroes
  98. Patrick Warburton
  99. "My hovercraft is full of eels."
  100. The joys of Mystery Science Theater 3000


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