Top 50 Shows - Numbers 40 to 36

Category: By Rev/Views

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40: Extras (2005 - )

"Oh, come on love, you're like a dead horse, put a bit of minge round it!"

Extras is a rather brilliant little show from Ricky Gervais, I'm not really sure there's much need to tout it as most people have seen it. Every episode is complete gold, but the real shine are the performances from Ashley Jensen (as Maggie) and the various guest starring roles that occur. The episodes stand and fall depending on the performances of the stars in the episode, but so far every single one has been willing to lampoon themselves with great gusto. Patrick Stewart remains a favourite of mine, he was superb as a horribly perverted version of himself. 8.9
imdb: 9.0

39: Green Wing (2004 - 2007)

"Join me again next week on this episode of "Let's make no fucking sense" when I will be waxing an owl."

Green Wing is a delightful little show, it's essentially a sketch show with dramatic continuity. While it's set inside a hospital there is almost no medical action in it at all, almost no medical references either. Instead it's a non-stop barrage of the sureal, bizzare and out-right funny.

While many of the characters and situations are brilliant. It's Michelle Gomez as Sue White who I find the funniest, some of the stuff she spouts is simply jaw droppingly funny. I was astounded to discover that the following line (one that had me laughing in the asiles) was actually improvised.

"Do you want to have sex with me? I mean, do you want to just have, do you want to just fuck me now? Do you wanna do that? Do you wanna just get your cock out and fuck me now? How about that, yeah? Shall we, here... on the table? Yeah, how about whopping it up my ass, what about that Mr. Secretan? Not Doctor... but Mister. Yeah? One above Doctor, how about that yeah? Mr. Secretan whopping up the staff liaison's ass."

How can you not love a show that has characters ranting like that at each other? 8.8
imdb: 9.2

38: Heroes (2006 - )

"I'm Back!"

Yes, arriving in at number 38 is everyones second favourite superhero show, Heroes. The show has a fairly simple premise. Ordinary people plus super powers minus costumes equals ratings winner. The show is very clever in many ways, but for me it can't get much higher in the rankings than the high 30s because it's flawed in so many ways. The writers leave no end of loopholes, have characters conveniently forgetting to be imaginative with their powers and managed to totally balls up the first part of the second season with poor pacing.

But, the show is still brilliant to watch, mostly because of two men - Zachary Quinto and Jack Coleman as Sylar & Noah Bennett (aka Horn Rimmed Glasses Guy) respectively. It's these two characters who really drive the show and have the most interesting plot lines and personalities. Sylar is by far and away the most imaginative 'hero', capable of using powers he's gained in a variety of creative manners all in the quest for additional abilities/power. Noah on the other hand is very much a ruthless agent and killer, but this is tempered with a softer family side. He'd do anything for his family and has speciall affection for his adopted daughter Claire.

Ultimately, while the show is fun to watch. It's not perfect as the writers often seem to be full of good ideas, but unable to execute them in a satisfying manner. Also it sucks that the action scenes in the show just... aren't. The end of season one was very anti-climatic in particular. 9.4
imdb: 8.4

37: Band of Brothers (2001)

"I treasure my remark to my grandson who asked, "Grandpa, were you a hero in the war?" Grandpa said, "No... but I served in a company of heroes"."

Some have called this show, Saving Private Ryan - the tv show. But I feel that's doing this masterpiece a disservice. The show is based on the true accounts of Easy Company's experiences during the second world war. As it's based on reality the threat of death lays all around the characters, despite the fact that every episode has interviews with the survivors of the war it keeps the identities of the interviewes secret until the end of the show.

The events that occur in the show are incredible, there are both heartwarming scenes and ones that will stay with you forever as incredible or shocking. The chaos of the war and the horror that the people who participated in it is palpable. This show doesn't glorify war, it simply shows you for what it is. 9.2
imdb: 9.6

36: Battlestar Galactica (2003 - )

"The mob is not usually in the habit of electing ungodly apostates who denigrate people of faith."

Time Magazine, Rolling Stone and New York Newsday called this the best show of 2005 (I disagree), but BSG is one of the few remakes that has actually managed to work. Most of the time remakes are terrible but BSG is an exception.

Now BSG has made it into the mid 30s because I'm not really a fan of sci-fi as such. I could take it or leave it as a genre. But BSG has some most excellent characters and moments in it, especially during the first two seasons. Both of which are phenomemal in their pacing, writing and action. Sadly the third season is a little more spotty, at times its brilliant but at others it's just dire.

Fortunately the writers appeared to get their act together by the end of season three and have started strongly in season four.

imdb: 8.1 9.2

More tomorrow. If anyone is reading this that is.


1 comment so far.

  1. chris 24 July 2009 at 08:56
    i am a huge fan of Sci-fi genre and Battlestar Galactica TV show is my favorite in this genre u are right season 1 and 2 were just great but i also like season 3 of this show

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