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December 17, 2009

TELEVISION: Best of the Decade


Popular, but ...

“Entourage” (HBO) — Rich dudes hanging out together. Bro!

Six Reality/Other Shows

“Survivor” (CBS) — It’s had its ups and downs, but “Survivor” is the show that really started America’s love affair with reality television. At its best, it’s still one of the best.

“Top Chef” (Bravo) — A cable powerhouse, an invitation to better food, and competition taking center stage (far above manufactured drama).

“The Amazing Race” (CBS) — Seeing the world and racking up the Emmys, “The Amazing Race” might be the most consistent long-running (15 seasons) reality competition.

“Chappelle’s Show” (Comedy Central) — Hands down, the best sketch comedy of the decade.

“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” (Comedy Central) — This show’s been on the air for 13 years now. Remember when Craig Kilborn hosted? We do ... barely.

“The Colbert Report” (Comedy Central) — How the joke hasn’t gotten old by now is a testament to Colbert’s comedic brilliance.

Popular, but ...

“American Idol” (Fox) — It was captivating at first. Its ratings have dropped, but only slightly. It’s still the top-rated show on television. Sure, it’s a phenomenon and the starting point of thousands of water cooler conversations. But it treats music as a commercial product, rather than art, in a time when too many people can’t tell the difference between the two.

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