Top Ten TV Series on 2008


There are lists about Top Ten TV Series on US on 2008. It taken from two sources. Please leave your comments about those TV Series.

According ( don’t ask me the measure that used by Time)

1. The Shield

Talk about police brutality. The final season of FX’s groundbreaking cop show outdid itself in emotional violence, as the bill finally came due for Vic Mackey (Michael Chiklis) and his years of rationalized corruption. As his partner in crimefighting and graft, Shane (Walton Goggins), turned on him, the ensuing spiral of revenge destroyed the very families that the Strike Team had been skimming drug money to provide for. (In Shane’s case, his family’s destruction was heartbreakingly literal.) After seven years, the staggering finale of this drama allowed us to see Mackey’s history of misdeeds - and his complicated motivations for them - with fresh eyes. In a word: arresting.

2. Mad Men

The phenomenon of 2007 returned just as poignant and wry, and more complex than ever. Adman Don Draper (Jon Hamm) began 1962 at the top of his field, yet feeling old and outmoded in an age of Camelot, youth and changing mores. His efforts to hold to a code of honor at work clashed with his falling off the fidelity wagon at home. But the best parts of season 2 - which unfolded like a series of John Cheever short stories - were the development of the peripheral characters. Pete (Vincent Kartheiser) proved not just a weasel but a lost, damaged young man; Peggy (Elisabeth Moss) rocketed ahead as a rare female copywriter, while dealing with giving away her out-of-wedlock baby; and January Jones added layer upon layer to Draper’s wronged wife Betty, who could be both manipulative and sympathetic and turned out surprisingly strong. A banner year for mad men and women alike.

3. The Presidential Election

It had everything: sex (well, gender politics, plus that John Edwards scandal), controversy and out-of-the-blue plot twists. And from the debates to the conventions to Barack Obama’s primetime infomercial, the yearlong campaign brought record audiences to a drama with real stakes. The Daily Show and Saturday Night Live were at the top of their satirical game, Katie Couric came into her own as an anchor, and for all their risible gimmicks (like Anderson Cooper talking to holograms election night), cable news found a way to drum up viewers with issues meatier than shark attacks.
(Network, cable and online)

4.Dr Horrible’s Sing- Along Blog

The writers’ strike, which began in November 2007, was the worst thing to happen to TV in 2008. But the best thing to come of it was this eccentric, tragicomic musical, which - like the strike itself - helped redefine what could be called "TV." Conceived as a strike-time diversion by Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), it starred Neil Patrick Harris as the title character, a would-be supervillain applying for membership in the exclusive Evil League of Evil. Whedon released it online, where it became an iTunes smash and inspired a deluge of homemade Evil League of Evil application-videos by fans. Cramming hilarity, heartbreak and high notes into a half-hour, it reminded us that no labor dispute can keep a genius from using his powers for Evil, and for good.

5. The Wire

The Wire’s last season was not its best, but even subpar Wire blows the doors off 99% of TV. HBO’s sprawling saga of Baltimore started off as a cop show and became a vast social-realist novel of all the systems that make, and fail, American cities. Season 5 expanded its focus to the press, examining how a newspaper (here a fictionalized version of the Sun) can become too blind and decimated to notice the tragedies that The Wire had laid out for years. At the same time, the show wrote a poetic coda to its story of cops and gangsters, honoring and mourning the detectives and street kids who kept hope alive amid hopelessness. A combination of boozy Irish wake and searing hip-hop tragedy, The Wire put its story to bed, while helping us better understand the ongoing story of America.

6.Breaking Bad

Hey, America, who’s up for a bleak buddy dramedy about drug dealing and mortality? This drama — in which a chemistry teacher (Bryan Cranston) gets terminal cancer and pairs up with a delinquent ex-student to make crystal meth — sounds damn near un-pitchable. But thankfully, creator Vince Gilligan pitched and sold it, affording Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle’s Hal) the opportunity to transform himself in a surprise-Emmy-winning role. As nerdy, abrasive Walter White acclimates to the drug world to provide for his family after his death, Bad captures both the absurdity and the emotional reality of his situation.

7. Lost (already aired on Indosiar)

Season 4 of Lost audaciously told us up front where it was going to end: with the Oceanic 6 getting off the mysterious Island and returning to civilization (as revealed at the end of season 3). What we didn’t know was how and when — when being the big question, on a series that complicated its time-and-space-travel story deliciously. (How does a Frozen Donkey Wheel work, anyway?) Having spent the first half of the series flashing back to the characters’ pre-island lives, season 4 started flashing forward, revealing tantalizing glimpses of the post-Island future that we’re still trying to piece together. At season’s end, Jack learned that the Oceanic 6’s escape had disastrous consequences, and he vowed to return. We can’t wait to get back either.

8.Battlestar Galactica (already aired on Indosiar in dawn)

The closer Galactica came to Earth, the closer it came to God — or gods, or the absence thereof. The space saga took an even more philosophical and religious turn in the first half of its second season, as human leader/traitor Gaius Baltar got a new start as a Messiah figure; President Roslin continued to pursue her prophesied vision of leading her decimated people to the Promised Planet; and Starbuck was tortured by her own vision of the route to Earth, which put her in conflict with her leader. Meanwhile, the monotheistic Cylons took a break from trying to exterminate their human creators and had a devastating civil war, after which one camp joined with their former enemies to find Earth. When they arrived — and found the planet a nuclear wasteland — BSG left us with questions: Do the gods speak to man or to machine? And do we really want to hear what they’re telling us?
(Sci Fi)

9.Architecture School

Architecture is the field of creativity where art literally intersects with where and how people live. This reality series followed a group of idealistic Tulane students building a modernist house in a poor New Orleans neighborhood devastated by Katrina. The laying out of the creative process — from conception and design to driving nails — was interesting enough. What made the show special, and sometimes devastating, was how it also chronicled the residents of the neighborhood — some of whom would love to buy the house but could not qualify for even "affordable" loan terms, others of whom saw it as an unwanted avant-garde experiment imposed on a poor black neighborhood. More than any cable competition or makeover show this year, Architecture School was a blueprint of how theory collides with practice.

10. Chuck

It was a tough year for primetime comedies, in part at least because of the writers’ strike, which threw some sitcoms off their game in the spring (30 Rock) or forced them to compress their stories (The Office). So it’s worth recognizing one comedy that came back from the strike tanned, rested and recharged. This spy comedy always had a meringue of a premise (an electronics-store clerk becomes a spy after an email turns his brain into a supercomputer). But season 2, following an eight-month hiatus, developed the show’s characters and romantic heart while still keeping the funny. On the strength of Zachary Levi’s nerd-babe appeal, the title character became a more competent supernebbish while retaining his everygeek charm.

Accordng ( the measures is popularity among readers)

1. Lost ( 2004 -present) --> Already Aired on Indosiar

Rank Show : 9.1Image of Lost

After Oceanic Air Flight 815 tears apart in mid-air and crashes on a Pacific island on September 22nd 2004, its survivors are forced to find inner strength they never knew they had in order to survive. But they discover that the island holds many secrets, including a mysterious smoke...

2. Grey Anatomy ( 2005-present)

Rank Show : 8.9

3. Heroes ( 2006-present) --> Already aired on Trans-TV and Trans-7

Rank Show : 9.1

NBC has tentatively announced that they will be renewing Heroes for a fourth season, and that the season may consist of 18-20 episodes. As of now, the first volume of Heroes Season 4 will be called “Redemption”. (

4.Smallville (2001-Present) --> Already aired on SCTV and Trans-7

Rank Show : 8.9

We already know there are Season 9. Keep in touch in MyDailyPlanet, to the info.

5.Bones (2005-Present)

Rank Show : 9.0

6. House (2004-Present )--> Already aired on Indosiar

Rank Show : 9.2

See House’s articles ( Season Overview, Casting and Character etc) on MyDailyPlanet.

7. Scrubs (2001- present)

Rank Show : 9.2

8. Supernatural ( 2005-present) --> Already aired on Trans-TV and Trans-7

Rank Show : 9.2

9.Prison Break (2005-Present ) --> Already aired on ANTV and RCTI

Rank Show : 9.1

10. Gossip Girl (2007-Present) --> Already aired on Trans-7

Rank Show : 8.1

Note : Those TV Broadcasting that I mention on above are on Indonesia.


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