Kyle's Career Filmstrip: TV Series and Movies

Dec 2, 2009

FNLs Makes Top Ten Shows of the Decade

BoD: Best TV Series [Top 10]

It’s been one hell of a decade for television. The past 10 years saw the explosion of reality programming, the rise of cable and the deterioration of NBC.

With an embarrassment of riches to choose from, we decided to rank the top 10 programs and then separate the next 40 in four distinct tiers of descending quality.

We also picked programs based on their representational value for the decade. So you won’t see the likes of “Buffy,” “Friends,” “The X-Files” or “Dawson’s Creek” on this list because they’re clearly “’90s shows.”

8. “Friday Night Lights”: The football-crazy small town setting of Dillon, Texas, is so fully and perfectly realized that it renders story developments that would seem schmaltzy on other, lesser shows genuinely powerful. Anchored by the brilliant performances of Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton, “FNL” proves quality can triumph over poor ratings and an inexplicable lack of awards.

We whole-heartedly agree!

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