30 Rock (2006-2013)
Blerg! What will I do without Liz Lemon and her antics on Thursday nights?! It’s been rough, I can tell you that, since 30 Rock ended its seven season run in January. Over the years, 30 Rock hosted a very impressive roster of guest stars, but they never relied on it like so many shows do in their final years, to boost ratings. The Emmys, Globes and SAGs piled up – 30 Rock was a regular award-winning machine! I mean, Alec Baldwin won a SAG award every year the show was on the air for Male Actor in a Comedy Series. Never before has that been achieved. 30 Rock will be remembered in syndication for many years to come, and I think it’s a safe bet the show will be used as a template in the future for quite a few pilots.
The Office (2005-2013)
The launching pad for Steve Carell. How many shows can take credit for that? (Well maybe his time on The Daily Show as a correspondent from 1999-2005). The Office showcases the brilliance of a true workplace comedy – scenes outside of Dunder-Mifflin were limited and it worked! Hosting a fabulous ensemble cast, actors have come a long way since their humble beginnings on NBC. Mindy Kaling has her own fabulous sitcom and book, Ed Helms has made us laugh in The Hangover and is joining National Lampoon in the upcoming Vacation as Rusty Griswold, and of course, those returning to TV for highly anticipated pilots, Craig Robinson, Ellie Kemper and Angela Kinsey! How could I finish this post without mentioning something we all love: a great TV romance of Sam and Diane caliber – Jim and Pam. We were all pulling for them for the first few seasons, and now they’ve got a family! The Office wraps up its ninth and final season in May 16th.
Cash Cab (2005-2012)
No longer will I be roaming around New York City hailing cabs in hopes of being picked up by the Cash Cab. Guess I should pick up a MetroCard on my next visit to The Big Apple. For six seasons, Ben Bailey picked up unsuspecting fares on the streets of New York with his mobile game show. This was my late night go to show. I love trivia shows; I am a trivia junkie. Alone in my room late at night, guessing clues aloud. That’s my jam. Alas, Cash Cab had to come to an end – guess I am stuck with my other trivia show go-to, good ole Jeopardy.
I loved Damages. Real drama. Real mystery. Fantastic performances. Great writing and directing. It was all there. If you haven’t seen Damages, on FX for its first three seasons and DirecTV for the remaining two, I highly recommend Netflix-ing it. Glen Close and Rose Byrne nail it. Coworkers become rivals and the tension between the two is gripping. One of the brilliant things about Damages was that every season was loosely based off of an actual, highly publicized, legal matter (Madoff, Wikileaks, Enron, etc). This show was at the top of the drama genre, truly fantastic and will be greatly missed.
Don’t Trust The B In Apartment 23 (2012-2013)
Don’t Trust The B In Apartment 23 may have only lasted 26 episodes, but it was funny! Not up to par of some of ABC’s other shows, but it did have one of the better pilots of 2012. I’ve been a Krysten Ritter fan, ever since seeing her on Breaking Bad and the short-lived Starz show Gravity – I think she’s got it. And the Beek from the Creek! Yes ladies, James Van Der Beek stared as an over-sexed, over-Hollywood version of himself. It was a great idea and may have been the best part of the show.
I think if you had told anyone in the beginning of the 2008-2009 TV season that CW’s 90210 would last five seasons, they would have been surprised. In the past, reboots of the sort have not fared well (I think we all remember the Melrose Place reboot and Charlie’s Angels), but 90210 stuck it out! Maybe the return of Lori Loughlin and Jennie Garth boosted ratings from those who were fans of the original, who knows. None of 90210’s stars have made the break for the big screen, but they hit it big with this reboot and that’s an accomplishment in its own. 90210 will be remembered for breaking free from the reboot curse!
Gossip Girl (2007-2012)
Really, ladies, who of us hasn’t signed a text “xoxo, GG” since Gossip Girl hit it big in 2007? I have. Voiced by Kristen Bell, who I think we all find cute as a button, Gossip Girl introduced us to heartthrobs Chase Crawford, Ed Westwick and Penn Badgley, as well as budding fashion mavens Leighton Meester and Karl Lagerfeld’s muse and Ryan Reynold’s new wife, Blake Lively. Gossip Girl brought the drama, it brought the lavish lifestyle and it brought the mystery of who GG even was. Don’t fret – all was revealed in the end. Headed by the creator of The OC (oh, how I miss season 1 of Marissa, Ryan, Seth and Summer… another article), GG moved the teenage scandal to the east coast and brought the prep. Oh, did it bring the prep- headbands and khakis galore. I remember reading the books in middle school and feeling the buzz at the all-girls school I was attending at the time about the coming TV show. People stuck with the saga. Teenage girls sometimes grow out of shows, but girls I knew stuck with GG.
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