This is a list of entertainment (mostly, if not all, TV) I love that I know not enough people have experienced that if you’re looking for something to check out in 2012, you should give it a shot.
1. Mad Men – Four seasons in and every single season has won the Emmy for best drama. But since it is a cable drama on AMC, I know that there are plenty of people who have not seen this show. Do yourself a favor and watch. All of the show is available on Netflix Instant Watch.
2. Breaking Bad – The other best drama on AMC. Mad Men is a compelling ensemble show while Breaking Bad is spectacular deconstruction of a single character for the most part. Such a great show.
3. Community – The show is on hiatus on NBC right now. This is my most favoritest show. It makes me laugh so consistently hard and it also balances the funny with some genuine sincereity that is incredibly rare for a sitcom. I know its rapid fire jokes and style of comedy might not be for everybody, but it’s got a great cast and a it’s a wonderfully versatile show. I love it so much.
4. The Wire – If you haven’t seen this show, you owe it to yourself. It feels significant. It’s compelling. It’s ridiculously layered, but easy to follow. It’s gripping and heartbreaking and the best show HBO has ever produced.
5. Party Down – A terrifically funny show about a catering business in Los Angeles that employs failed and/or struggling actors. Only about 20 episodes of this show were made but they are all fantastic.
6. Firefly – If you don’t think Westerns and Sci-Fi can mix well, think again. Such a shame this show never got a fair shake on Fox. Speaking of which…
7. Arrested Development – Arguably the funniest show of the last decade. And with a return of the series planned for 2013 and a potential movie also in the rumor pipeline, what better year than 2012 to dive into this series?
8. Friday Night Lights – This was an outstanding series. I know for a fact that not nearly enough people watched this show. You don’t even need to be a big fan of football to really enjoy this show. It’s more about the characters and the stories they’re involved in than the game of football. I’m going to miss the story of Coach and Mrs. Coach and their family and friends in Dillon, TX.