December 11, 2011

News: 2011 AFI Awards Announced

The American Film Institute released its Top 10 of 2011 lists, and I wanted to share my initial thoughts on the television category. This year, the AFI decided to recognize the following television programs:
  • Boardwalk Empire
  • Breaking Bad
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • Game of Thrones
  • The Good Wife
  • Homeland
  • Justified
  • Louie
  • Modern Family
  • Parks and Recreation
I really cannot complain about the drama side of things since shows like Breaking Bad and The Good Wife have been critical darlings for years now, and I'm glad that Justified got some recognition for its vastly improved second season. I'm a little surprised that rookie shows, Game of Thrones and Homeland, made the list, but their selections are deserved. The only drama on the list that I'm not so sure about is Boardwalk Empire, but I haven't seen Season 2 yet, so maybe it's gotten better.

The comedies are another story. First off, I'm glad that Parks and Recreation was added to the list. I know that I don't write a lot about the show, but it is a consistently entertaining show that deserves more recognition. I started watching Season 1 of Louie, and I can understand where the love is coming from, so I'm fine with its inclusion as well. For the life of me, I don't get why Modern Family is listed once again because it's been struggling for the past two seasons. I'm not going to say that shows like Glee or Community are more deserving, but there has to be another sitcom out there that's better than Modern Family. Ah well.

What are your thoughts on AFI's list of the best television programs of 2011?


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