It’s that time of year where I tell you which television shows were my favs and which were flops. A lot of the shows aren’t science fiction but they are close enough to be on this list. Genres you may see are science fiction, fantasy, horror, sitcoms, action and drama.
Favs of 2011
18. Chuck - I agree that it should be the last season. It was great while it lasted.
17. Grimm - It’s growing on me…
16. Big Bang Theory – Still funny but I wish they’d shake up the show a bit. It’s becoming predictable.
15. Sanctuary – The little show that could. I love this show because it’s a little gritty and definitely underground. Amanda Tapping as Helen Magnus is a great heroine.
14. Person of Interest - Great new show. Amazing action and mystery.
13. Falling Skies – Two words: Noah Wyle. Sometimes that’s all it takes.
12. Terra Nova – A lot of folks dislike this show. I think it’s fine. Getting to see Stephen Lang and Jason O’Mara “running around doing stuff” every week is a treat.
11. Warehouse 13 – We lost CCH Pounder but gained Kate Mulgrew. There was even a Jeri Ryan appearance. Sasha Roiz and Anthony Michael Hall were great additions as well.
10. Merlin – A solid hour of fantasy and it’s still funny and magical. I seriously want Arthur to understand that Gwen was enchanted!
9. Vampire Diaries – This season has been non-stop development. I love the pacing. It’s less Twilight-sappy and more like Buffy.
8. Once Upon a Time – Fairy tales told in a modern setting. I love the story, the characters, and most of all the costumes!
7. Supernatural – Did they just kill Bobby and Castiel in the same season? I’m still in denial.
6. Community – Geeky, funny, unpredictable and not stereotypical. I love how odd this show is. The characters are amazing.
5. True Blood – I am Team Alcide all the way!
4. Game of Thrones – Beautiful, intriguing, skanky, and disturbing all at once.
3. Eureka - Wacky scientists and exploding gadgets never get old to me. The holiday special was epic.
2. Doctor Who - The first half of the season was flawless. I fell in love with Matt Smith this year!
1. American Horror Story - I enjoyed the uniqueness of this show and the story made me anticipate watching every week.
Honorable mentions of 2011
We have to say goodbye to the shows that were great and were canceled before their time.
3. No Ordinary Family – The show that was awesome but no one watched. This one was worthy of your attention folks.
2. The Sarah Jane Adventures – This is the saddest of all cancellations because we lost Elisabeth Sladen. This was a no doubt a kids show but I’ve been watching it since Tennant’s appearance and loved watching it.
1. Smallville – The past few seasons have been outstanding. I was sad to see the show go but 10 years is a respectable run.
Flops of 2011
These are the shows that were just plain bad.
10. V – V is my favorite of the flops because it tried really hard. The marketing was excellent. While most of the story was uneven, when it was good, it was really good. The actors did a respectable job but the story should have stuck closer to the original V.
9. Bar Karma – I liked the idea of crowd sourced television but Bar Karma started off with a really thrilling mystery then slipped into one-off self contained shows that never really pulled the audience in.
8. Camelot – What was that? I watched it to the end but everyone hated this show.
7. Stargate: Universe – I don’t know what the hell was going on with this how. I tried REALLY hard to like this show. The effort was a strain. The effects were nice and there were some nice individual episodes but as a whole piece, let’s just say the cancellation was a relief.
6. Alphas – I just couldn’t care about this show.
5. Haven – The blandest show on television. I’d rather eat unsalted, cold instant mash potatoes than to watch this show.
4. Outcasts – It drew me in with Jamie Bamber, then they killed him. After that, I never understood what was going on.
3. Torchwood: Miracle Day – The “T” in Torchwood stands for train wreck, torture, terrible, tacky, tasteless, and take this somewhere else please!
2. The Event – They tried too hard to be a Lost replacement. It failed miserably. All it took was one episode for me to quit.
1. The Cape – I literally got sick to my stomach watching this. I bemoaned the carnival in the last season of Heroes. Why The Cape lead with a carnival setting is beyond me. I made it through the pilot and that was it. Worst. Show. Ever.