Top TV of 2010: The Critics’ Picks

by | December 27, 2010 at 9:45 AM | Special Features, TV News

Boardwalk Empire, Mad Men, 30 Rock, The Good Wife (HBO/AMC/NBC/CBS)

Boardwalk Empire, Mad Men, 30 Rock, The Good Wife (HBO/AMC/NBC/CBS)

Everyone – and by everyone, we mean you, the users – has their list of the 10 best TV shows of 2010. Based on the numbers, we know you loved “NCIS,” “Glee,” “The Pacific,” “The Walking Dead,” and “House,” among other shows. We also know the bittersweet feelings you had bidding farewell to “Lost” and “24.” And from all the comments on posts to this blog over the year, we know you, our users, are TV experts with strong opinions. As a result, we thought it wouldbe  fun for you to compare your list of favorites with the top 10 shows of the year that critics have compiled. Take a look at these lists from TIME magazine, Salon, New York magazine, TV Guide Magazine, and others, and let us know your thoughts on what they got right, what they overlooked, and what your top 10 list would look like.

Below, the individual ranked Top 10 lists.

TIME Magazine (James Poniewozik):
1. “Breaking Bad” (AMC)
2. “Mad Men” (AMC)
3. “Parks & Recreation” (NBC)
4. “Louie” (FX)
5. “Boardwalk Empire” (HBO)
6. “Party Down” (Starz)
7. “The Pacific” (HBO)
8. “The Good Wife” (CBS)
9. “Rubicon” (AMC)
10. “Terriers” (FX)
(Read the full story here)

New York Magazine (Emily Nussbaum):
1. “Community” (NBC)
2. “Mad Men” (AMC)
3. “Terriers” (FX)
4. “30 Rock” (NBC)
5. “In Treatment” (HBO)
6. “Louie” (FX)
7. “The Good Wife” (CBS)
8. “United States of Tara” (Showtime)
9. “Boardwalk Empire” (HBO)
10. “Treme” (HBO)
(Read the full story here)

TV Guide Magazine (Matt Roush):
1. “Mad Men” (AMC)
2. “Modern Family” (ABC)
3. “Lost” (ABC)
4. “The Good Wife” (CBS)
5. “Temple Grandin” and “The Pacific” (HBO)
6. “Breaking Bad” and “The Walking Dead” (AMC)
7. “Glee” (Fox) and “The Choir” (BBC America)
8. “Boardwalk Empire” (HBO)
9. “Sherlock” (PBS)
10. “Justified,” “Terriers,” “Damages,” and “Louie” (FX)
(Read the full story here)

Entertainment Weekly (Ken Tucker):
1. “Breaking Bad” (AMC)
2. “Fringe” (FOX)
3. “The Good Wife” (CBS)
4. “Parks & Recreation,” “Community,” and “30 Rock” (NBC)
5. “Mad Men” (AMC)
6. “Justified” (FX)
7. “Friday Night Lights” (NBC/DirecTV)
8. “Modern Family” (ABC)
9. “Men of a Certain Age” (TNT)
10. “Work of Art: The Next Great Artist” (Bravo)
(Read the full story here)

Salon.com:
1. “Community” (NBC)
2. “Boardwalk Empire” (HBO)
3. “30 Rock” (NBC)
4. “Men of a Certain Age” (TNT)
5. “Louie” (FX)
6. “Parks & Recreation” (NBC)
7. “Mad Men” (AMC)
8. “Bored to Death” (HBO)
9. “The Walking Dead” (AMC)
10. “Modern Family” (ABC)
(Read the full story here)

AFI:
1. “The Big C” (Showtime)
2.”Boardwalk Empire” (HBO)
3. “Breaking Bad” (AMC)
4. “Glee” (Fox)
5. “Mad Men“(AMC)
6. “Modern Family” (ABC)
7. “The Pacific” (HBO)
8. “Temple Grandin” (HBO)
9. “30 Rock” (NBC)
10. “The Walking Dead” (AMC)
(Read the full story here)

Do you agree with the critics? What were your favorite shows of the year? (Check back here for updates when more lists are released.)