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Monday, December 13, 2010

Commenting on Stephen King's 2010 Favorites

Stephen King put out a list of his top ten TV shows of the past year, with commentary. You can find his list, with pictures and his commentary, on the "recent interesting links" page. We've listened to this man ever since he dogged Stephanie Meyer's "writing." Just kidding. We've listened to him ever since he said, "I'm sick of people saying something is 'Harry Potter for adults.' Harry Potter is Harry Potter for adults." No, wait. We misremembered. We've loved him since our teenaged hands got a copy of The Gunslinger.

He usually has good taste in TV too. He turned us onto Breaking Bad a few years ago, so we will pay attention to his list. The commentary here is ours, duh.

Steve's List
10) Morning Joe - We've never seen it, but it sounds awful. Pat Buchanan is on it? You couldn't pay us to watch something with him, and both of us are Christians (Catholic counts as Christian).

9) Boardwalk Empire - Typical guy pick, Uncle Stevie, but we agree. For the most part.

8) Spongebob Squarepants - Stephen King WOULD like this. Ha. We've laughed at a few episodes before, but it's never been a favorite, even when we were kids.

7) Sons of Anarchy - We have GOT to catch up on that before next season. Way too many people we respect say that it's great.

6) Dexter - Not it's best season this year, but still enjoyable.

5) Damages - One of us has never seen it. The other one watched it like it was her job back in seasons one and two, but it got a bit too ridiculous for her. Should we catch up?

4) The Event - Ugh, disagree. Was he paid to plug this? It's been getting lots of promotion lately (in a lame attempt to save it), especially on E! Take away this life support and let it either survive on its own or die. IF ONLY it were comparable to LOST and 24.

3) Breaking Bad - Agree

2) The Walking Dead - We JUST started catching up on this (we've seen about 1.5 episodes), and so far, we agree. It's better than all the new shows combined.

1) Friday Night Lights - Surprising first pick from Stephen King (over the horror and other weird shows), but we approve. It's nice to see FNL get some love from a celebrity in its final (tear) season.

If you ask us, this list is missing The Vampire Diaries. If he can dredge up some love for Spongebob and Pat Buchanan.... And TVD is WAY more clever than The Event. TVD kept TV good for us this whole lackluster fall season.


  1. Some episodes are just grotesque in a silly way. And it's so LOUD. We hate their voices, especially Spongebob's. We like Patrick, Squidward, and Sandy though...

    It depends on the episode for us. That show goes from "Pretty Funny" to "Unbearable" fast.

  2. Someone must have hacked King's account. I can't believe he recommended "The Event". While I hope it improves it doesn't belong in the same breath as some of these other shows. May have to try out "The Vampire Diaries" someday...

  3. We think it's just his genre bias speaking. He just likes action/horror serials. He even loved Person's Unknown, lame ending and all.

    Stephen King would totally dig The Vampire Diaries. Jim Z probably wouldn't though. It's too...youthful and populated with teens. Jim Z likes serious fantasy. (LOTR over Dresden Files for instance). Besides, if you watched a show aimed at teenage girls, you would get made fun of, no matter how good it is (and it IS pretty darn good).

  4. Believe it or not, but I am reading The Dresden Files :). Not half bad, and a guilty pleasure.

    Thanks for the heads up on The Vampire Diaries. I will stick with True Blood, hoping it gets back to basics next season.

  5. ^Yay! Ern TOLD you it DF better (and a little more serious) as it goes along.... Those books are just too freakin adorable. Until Song of Ice and Fire gets another book, there's not much else out in current fantasy (that we know of) that we want to read.

    TVD is better than True Blood lately, teen series or not...Agree. We want season four to be nothing like season three.

  6. i'm so happy to see FNL on this list. its one of those rare shows that's good enough to be loved by people who don't like the genre.
    FNL does have one thing in common with all of these shows, a kind of gritty realism. for all that I enjoy TVD it is decidedly lacking of that particular quality, not because its supernatural- true blood has it(at least first half of the pilot, which is all I could stomach) Like all CW shows TVD is glossy.

    I am of course glad that SOA has secured a place on your to watch list.

  7. Good call on the gritty streak. Even Spongebob is gritty, haha.

  8. Sorry about the HIMYM review I thought they were off for the season like everyone else.

    Are you watching waking dead? i here thats it good but I wonder if its too dark for my taste..

    I'm suprised that Stephen King liked persons unknown, I gave up on it early on, but I have to give it credit for being one a small handful of shows to have a Muslim character. I was so happy with Bones when they did.

  9. -It's all good.

    -One of us just started watching the Walking Dead. It is good so far, but Ern can't watch it and eat at the same time, and that's saying something.

    -One of the things we like about Community is the nonstereotypical Abed.