Oh no, we just realized something: There’s only one week left in our Top 100 Everything of 2011 countdown! It’s been so much fun, maybe we should do this all year long in 2012? Let’s see, 52 weeks in a year, 50 items a week, that’s… TV.com’s Top 2,600 Everything! Consider it done. J/K, it will NOT be done, but even if it were done, Whitney probably still wouldn’t make the list.
We’ll be posting 10 items each weekday through December 30, so check back often to see what made the cut!
50. Mos Def’s performance as Brother Sam on Dexter
Despite what you may think of Season 6 as a whole, Mos Def’s turn as Brother Sam was a truly inspired, Emmy-worthy performance. Before he was ignominiously killed off (ugh, this season!) he and Dexter shared a number of lengthy, thrillingly thoughtful conversations on the nature of faith and in particular the ability of a bad person to redeem him or herself. For the first time in a long time, an actor appeared on Dexter who could stand to-to-toe with Michael C. Hall, and as a viewer it was nothing short of thrilling to behold.
49. Up All Night‘s mini Married… with Children callback
It was brief. It may not even have counted as a real callback, but it happened. In “Working Late and Working It,” Ava and Reagan watched some 1980s flashback footage of a fight between Ava and her ex-boyfriend, and Reagan’s former self looked a LOT like Kelly Bundy. Just saying.
48. Wilfred to Jason Gann: “Stay!”
If you’ve ever seen the original Australian version of FX’s Wilfred, you know there’s only one person who can play the stoner pooch: Jason Gann. Thank the Kangaroo Gods that he’s the man behind both versions and that he stars in FX’s take, because he makes the show. Just to blow your mind a little bit, here’s a clip from the Australian version. It almost feels like Wilfred’s been cheating on us with another series!
47. Glee changes the world in nine seconds
We know them now as Klaine, the most adorable couple in the universe, but until this moment, they were simply Kurt and Blaine, Golden Boy and groupie, and the bottomless chasm of longing that separated the two. Well, not so much, it turns out. In Season 2’s “Original Song,” Blaine finally admitted why he chose Kurt as his duet partner for Regionals: “There’s a moment when you say to yourself, ‘Oh, there you are. I’ve been looking for you forever…You move me, Kurt, and this duet would be just an excuse to spend more time with you.'” Then he planted The Kiss. Nine long seconds. You can hate on Glee, but just knowing that millions of conservative parents were gasping in horror as their children were squealing with delight right next to them gave us some kind of hope for the future.
46. Bones makes an important announcement
After making us wait and wait and wait and wait and wait for Brennan and Booth to take things to the next level, they basically skipped the next level entirely (figuratively and literally; we barely saw any of the, uh, “act of leveling up”). But who cares, ’cause Bones has a baby on the way! And as the ladies say, “Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!”
45. Happy Endings‘ tricks and treats
ABC’s comedy about six friends has somehow gotten the “six friends are friends” sitcom right where so many others have failed, and we can make a case that the best holiday episode of anything this year was the series’ “Spooky Endings,” featuring Max and Penny’s mother-and-son costume, someone dressed as ZZ Top Gun, and a “Turn Over” note joke.
44. Cougar Town gets a surprise extra
It wasn’t enough for Community to break down its own fourth wall; it also had to punch holes in the drywall of other shows. Abed’s appearance on Cougar Town was the product of one character’s dream and two cool showrunners (Dan Harmon and Bill Lawrence) making it happen. And then Community repaid the debt by inviting two Cougar Towners to visit Greendale. Community makes TV that’s more than TV.
43. Dalia’s mascara blink on Suburgatory
One of the strongest new sitcoms this year features one of the weirdest supporting characters we’ve met in a long time: Dalia, the Gucci giraffe of the suburbs. Though normally detached and stiff, Dalia got to show off her physical comedy skills when Tessa challenged her to blink like a normal human being.
42. Fresh new “How do you do?”s
The TV credit sequence is a true craft, a method of conveying an artist’s intent rather than a drab device for telling you who’s on a show. It’s the TV equivalent of an album cover, and this year brought with it some great ones. Particularly of note were the openings for Boss, New Girl, and the one featured below.
41. Andy Rooney’s 60 Minutes sign-off
You may not have agreed with him (the staple remover is a better invention than staples? Come on!), but goodness gracious were his well-intentioned complaints entertaining. For some Americans, he was as much a part of Sunday evening as watching football, and he gave his last gripe on October 2 at the age of 92. He took his last breath just over a month later. We miss you, Andy.