Janne the Director’s Top 10 Best TV Shows of 2011
Yeah, I have been watching TV a lot more than movies this year but still: not that many new shows. I’ve had a phase where I’ve watched old Saturday Night Live episodes, The Munsters and Mission Impossible. I believe I wrote something about it before… in 2010.
You will quickly notice the absence of shows like Game of Thrones (because it feels like the plot is decided by a nerd with a dice), 30 Rock (that I loooove but it’s not new anymore) and Swedish shows (because Swedish shows still haven’t figured out how to make drama).
Anyways! These are the best NEW shows I’ve watched 2011:
It takes a hybrid of “24” and Susanne Bier’s Brødre (Brothers) to get me out of my Damian Lewis-closet. He usually comes off as a talking ginger Easter Island head but not here. And my love for Claire Danes has been kept a secret ever since Terminator 3 but finally I can say that I like them both.
Everybody who knows me knows that I know nothing about sports except naming sport athletes who gotten away with murder, rape or drug use. But as a huge Norm Macdonald fan I watched this religiously and didn’t need any sport knowledge at all to enjoy the show… until those fuckers cancelled it.
3. Fresh Meat
I haven’t watched Peep Show yet but I better give it a shot since I loved this. It’s like watching a house full of… us.
I bet there isn’t a town in the world that doesn’t say; ”oh it’s JUST like my hometown!”. Even though most of the characters Fred Armisen plays on Saturday Night Live have been killed this year it’s comforting to know that he got more of them – and that they are not all crazy dictators.
5. The Trip
A show about Steve Coogan and some guy I barely recognize on a trip through the English country side – eating food. Great concept since, as you might already know, I love Steve Coogan. And I love trips. But I hate food. Not just English food but any kind of food. You can blame religion as much as you want but I believe that if all of mankind quit eating we would have world peace within a few weeks.
Fraiser dying… slowly… Of course I’m watching that! The pilot direct by Gus van Sant didn’t hurt either!
I should really, really, really, really, really, really, REALLY hate this. It’s trying way too hard to be scary and fails 9 times out of 10 because they edit it like this:
Somebody [QUICK BOO CUT!] walks into [QUICK BOO CUT!] the room [QUICK BOO CUT!] and [QUICK BOO CUT!] yawns [QUICK BOO CUT!] [QUICK BOO CUT!].
There are more ghosts in the show than there is living breathing characters that should just MOVE THE FUCK OUT OF THAT HOUSE! But… I’m intrigued anyway. Jessica Lange is a fun drunk GMILF and there are some fun twists and turns plotwise.
8. New Girl
Fell in love with this from the start but after a few episodes the cute quirkyness kind of morphed into dumb and annoying. Still got it’s moments though.
9. Up All Night
…is very ”meh” most of the time but I follow it anyway because now and then we get a crazy awesome Will Arnett and that third episode with Will Forte was so great that I hope for a second fix like that…
10. Allen Gregory
I admit I pretty much just added this to make this a full Top 10-list… I have watched a lot more but these are the ten new shows I actually follow. Allen Gregory is a bit too much full of itself which can be FINE if you got something to say.
I almost added Beavis and Butt-Head to the list… I knoooow it’s old but I feel that the 14 year break the show took makes it okay for me to add this – but rules are rules if they are my rules. I hated the old show (but oddly enough loved the movie) and (also oddly enough) like the new one. That episode where Christian dumfucks explain to them that they don’t have to learn things in school that is too complicated (like evolution) is so good I wanted to lick it.
My absolute favorite this year is actually a Swedish show investigating the Swedish school system called Världens Bästa Skitskola (The World’s Best Crap School). It’s like a healthy mix of the good parts of Michael Moore and Spurlock mixed with The Wire. Yeah – THAT good. It’s entertaining AND pisses you off at the same time.
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