The AV Club recently ran out their best of the decade articles for the uh-ohs decade. I thought I’d throw some of my thoughts in there on the fly. I’m sure I’ll forget several episodes, shows, character and TV events which merit a mention, but I’ll do my best.
I was shocked by how many of these best TV episodes of the decade that I hadn’t seen and hadn’t thought to see. But there are definitely some that reminded me that there’s a bunch of good DVDs I can still rent to watch while working out (e.g., The Corner, Brotherhood and Sons of Anarchy.
The AV Club’s list only included the best episodes from shows that weren’t considered “premier” shows. Some notable inclusions on the list included:
- 24, “Day 1: 11:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.” (May 21, 2002)
- Alias, “Phase One” (Jan. 26, 2003)
- House, “Three Stories” (May 17, 2005)
- It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, “Sweet Dee’s Dating A Retarded Person” (Oct. 11, 2007)
- Dollhouse, “Epitaph One” (July 28, 2009)
In particular, I was pleased to see “Epitaph One” on there. I just finished watching the first season of Dollhouse (I should have a review up at some point). Most striking on my completion of the DVDs is how much better Epitaph One was than anything else in the first season and it really was the type of TV pilot that gets people going. I imagine that Dollhouse probably was a borderline pickup for a second season and shooting Epitaph One was probably a pilot for a second season, in many regards.
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