...ASAT's Top Ten Favorite Current TV Shows
2. 30 Rock-Although the show is squarely aimed at folks living on the coasts, the level on comedy on the show is soooo much higher than anything else right now that the occasional pretentiousness is forgivable.
3. The Mentalist-It is basically House with detectives and more popcorn. Simon Baker and Tim Kang both deserve and Emmy noms.
4. The Simpsons-Family Guy fans can hate all that they want, but the show is still the best animated offering on TV. The writers still have everyone else beat for holding a mirror to American culture in a manner that doesn't seem dated a few years later (like South Park).
5. Dexter-Moral gray area aside, it is one of the better crime drama/mystery shows of the decade, although I hope that the fatherhood storyline doesn't get too stupid.
6. Top Chef-This is by far my favorite reality show, not so much for the contestants as for the food. Although I'm still miffed about last season's winner, I still can't wait for the next batch of shows (and for the upcoming Top Chef: Masters spin-off).
7. Friday Night Smackdown-'Cause sometimes I just gotta let the brain go into autopilot.
8. Southland-The show does a great job of how real people (LAPD cops and detectives) react in the face of a bureaucratic juggernaut. Look for Michael Cudlitz to get an Emmy nomination at some point during the show's run, assuming that it survives the Friday night death slot.
9. The Colbert Report-In comparison to The Daily Show, the student has become the master.
10. Medium- I like my large-breasted psychic shows to be at least somewhat coherent (I'm looking at you, Ghost Whisperer).
Hon. Mention-How I Met Your Mother, The Big Bang Theory, The Tudors, NCIS