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  • Aug 24, 2009
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The Venture Brothers
Adult Swim scored a hit with me with this geek-centric parody of Jonny Quest. The references appeal to the cartoon fanatic, music lover and nerd within me.
Lois, Stewie, Peter, Brian, Meg, Chris & Brian
Family Guy supplants Simpsons as my #2 because well, sometimes some potty humor simply trumps social commentary.
The Simpsons
The nod has to go to this stalwart show which I've watched regularly since it premiered in 1989. More clever than funny in the past several seasons, the show continues to have legs.
American Dad
Seth MacFarlane is able to tap into the same sense of humor of many of us who grew up in the 80s and 90s. While the show started a little slow, it has at times exceeded Family Guy in its ability to induce ROTFL.
The Office
The first non-animated show debuts on my list. Clearly, humor trumps drama in my television watching preferences and Michael Scott and crew have found the right mix of discomfort and humor here. The show has easily surpassed the original UK version, which was simply too uncomfortable at times.
Chuck Logo
Chuck is the perfect blend of action and comedy set into a 80s-style action show with a running premise, but non-serialized, so that each episode can stand on its own. And to be fair, the eye candy abounds.
I'm a family man...but Eliza Dushku. Need I say more? Ok, how about Joss Whedon has a proven track record of creating shows that I end up addicted to. Hopefully, the history of cancellations doesn't continue though.
How I Met Your Mother
As much as I'd like to think I've moved past my fascination with "Friends"-like shows, this sitcom pulled me in with its flashback concept, but eventually the writing and Gen-X sensibilities have sold me.
The Amazing Race
So, it's a game show about travelling the world. I love it, though I despise reality shows, generally. But there's something about the fast pace and exotic locales which allow me to overlook my dislike of "Survivor"-clones and this is one of my favorite shows.
I'm not normally one for procedural shows. But this show distinguishes itself with a sense of humor and by including focus on the actual lives and characters. Most procedurals suffer from a lack of caring for the characters as they are all just cogs in the machine. The characters on Bones feel like people.
A longtime X-Phile, this show had the right stuff to pull me in. But the series-long story arc is pretty creepy and compelling. Definitely the better of the 2 J.J. Abrams shows on TV.
A pure adrenaline rush from start to finish. Jack Bauer can always entertain with his ability to deal and receive pain.
TV needed a show about superheroes. This started strong and grew weaker over time, but I hold out hope that the show will redeem itself.
Ghost Whisperer
Ok, yes, everyone needs some schlock to tug on your heartstrings. At least with the supernatural angle, it's not just melodrama.
What self-professed geek doesn't like the idea of using brains to fight crime. A sort of mathematics-based MacGyver with fairly high production values.
The cast of Glee
I watched the pilot episode and the show contains some fairly dark comedy interspersed with light-hearted high school theatrics. I definitely felt it was worth giving it a shot.
Parks and Recreation
I'm not sure we need another "Office" show. But the cast of characters is fairly strong and so far the show has been good for a few laughs.
Michael & Michael Have Issues
Is this the fifth or sixth show created by cast members of "The State." Both Michaels do a fantastic job of channeling the 12-year-old brat inside of the adult in us all.
Hold back the hate mail, but I loved this show at the beginning and I'm invested in learning how it all turns out. But the show became so annoying in the 2nd season that I have to force myself to sit through it. It has gotten better, but if it were cancelled tomorrow, I'd probably breathe a sigh of relief.
Reno 911!
Another grandchild of "The State." Arguably, the most successful one. The improv nature of the show means it can be hit or miss, but when it's on the mark, hold your gut for fear of cramping.
The Sarah Silverman Program
I admit to being a fan of Sarah Silverman's and this show reinforces my enjoyment of her off-beat humor and shocking commentary.
Good Eats
I'm addicted to this science-y version of a cooking show. Add in dashes of humor and pop culture references and you have a cooking show that isn't as dry as a cook book.
Warehouse 13
"Friday the 13th the Series" has been updated to the present day and voila...SyFy has given it to us. So far it's been a lot of fun and I'm still watching.
Legend of the Seeker
A TV series based on "The Sword of Truth" novels. I tried it and enjoyed it. But it's a guilty pleasure to be sure.
Cesar Milan
Ever since South Park lampooned Cesar Milan, I watched this show. And while I was amazed at first by his abilities, I actually feel like I've learned something through watching and I know that I handle my cousin's dog much better for it.
Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern
A little goofball of a food critic travels the world and eats...well...bizarre foods. If you thought the odd-eating contests in "Fear Factor" were something...check out what this guy eats voluntarily. I'd like to think I'd be adventurous if I was presented with a cooked cockroach.
Aqua Teen Hungerforce
A drug-trip of a show that can be hilarious, especially with repeated viewings. I actually rank this higher, but Cartoon Network runs it so often that I have to relegate it to the bottom for fear my DVR would quit if I moved this up.

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August 24, 2009
Excellent list. You run the full spectrum. No wonder disk space is always an issue :-) Glad to see Michael & Michael made the list. I hope Comedy Central shows them love.
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