1. Justified
    Criminally underrated. And, in my opinion, some of the best writing ever on TV. Graham Yost's faithfulness to Elmore Leonard's vision is remarkable. And Walt Goggins should be nominated for every award. And Timothy Olyphant should always wear that hat. ALWAYS.
  2. Friday Night Lights
    Did it go off the rails a bit in season two? Sure, but overall the writing on this is so tight, the character development so rich, the storytelling so involving, it's worth watching every minute.
  3. Breaking Bad
    So cliché. So true. Some of the cinematography alone feels like high art.
  4. Arrested Development
    I can't even think of a single reason why you might not have already watched this.
  5. Veronica Mars
    Is it a guilty pleasure? Sure, but not that guilty. This is a smart and funny show, sometimes cheesy, but Veronica Mars remains the best TV role model for young women in my life.
  6. Catastrophe
    The combination of Rob Delaney and Britain's amazing Sharon Hogan is fantastic -- and hilarious. My only gripe is that there are only six episodes so far.
  7. Freaks and Geeks
    A delight. So many great performances from so many great up-and-comers.
  8. Party Down
    This is where Rob Thomas went after they canceled V Mars. Ensemble comedy at its very best. Incredible cast. (Lizzie Caplan, Adam Scott, Jane Lynch, Ken Marino, Ryan Hansen, Martin Starr.) Great writing. Should never have been canceled.
  9. Southland
    Again, criminally underrated. So. Good. Arguably the best cop drama of the last decade. And I would watch Regina King read the goddamn phonebook, she is such a gem.
  10. Better off Ted
    Another fantastic show that should never have been canceled. The skewering of American corporate culture is unparalleled. Plus it's really goddamn funny.
  11. Gilmore Girls
    TOTAL guilty pleasure. But I don't care.
  12. Nurse Jackie
    Okay , admittedly, it's not for everyone. But it is the most realistic portrayal of an addict I think I've ever seen on television. And the supporting cast is sublime -- Anna Deveare Smith! Merritt Wever!