The Daily Show with Jon Stewart -
I haven't seen anything so smart (nor read anything so, they have a book u know) in quite some time. Suffice it to say 4 times a week I get to see my pessimism and cynicism eloquently and comically portrayed by the talented Daily Show folks.
The Colbert Report -
Well yet another Daily Show alum with smarts and wits of his own and a natural in front of the camera to boot. He was always one of my favorite correspondents and has managed to turn a 30 second mock commercial into a highly original, riotous, facetious, and ground breaking satire.
We can all use a daily dose of "Truthiness" ®. Bravo.
The West Wing -
I've only recently gotten into the re-runs of this "porn for liberals". I used to find it too fast paced, but I gave it some time and the writing is absolutely superb and the characters, even the minor ones, are developed skillfully. I wonder if the fictional administration's policies didn't quite mesh with my politics, I'd enjoy it as much.
Da Ali G Show
and Curb Your Enthusiasm - call them comedic and mentally orgasmic
Sopranos - one hour weekly with writing and production worthy of an Oscar
Quirky Little Shows That Could:
Arrested Development - Curb Your Enthusiasm meets Three's Company + David Cross
Chappelle's Show - Sketch comedy the likes of which I haven't seen in quite some time. Reminiscent of early SNL, early In Living Color, and Mr. Show.
The Office with Steve Carrel - Quirky and entirely inappropriate humor to die for. You either get it or hate it. I think quite possibly the best mid season replacement I've ever seen.
Monk - OCD put to good use
Big Shows That Can:
Lost - Twin Peaks meets Giligan's Island- well sort of and the hottest chick I've seen in quite some time
Heroes - Even better than the first season of Lost.
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip - A little sappy at times, but exquisite writing and acting. Did we expect anything less from Aaron Sorkin?
Crime Dramas That Stand the Test of Time:
Law and Order- esp. The Steven Hill episodes.
In the future postings I'll tackle political shows, old standbys, and sports shows. Time to sleep zzzzzzzzzzzz