1. Misfits (Created by Howard Overman) Last year’s choice for second-best television series got a superhero boost to #1 in 2011, thanks to a marvelously executed (and space-time continuum-defying) love story and a plethora of dirty jokes. “Monkey slut” needs to be on a T-shirt already!
2. Happy Endings (Created by David Caspe) It’s wild to imagine to imagine that this hidden gem spent its first season being burnt off two episodes a week on ABC’s May schedule, with slim to no chance of a second season. Thankfully, the TV Gods gave it a real shot at survival this fall after Modern Family, and it’s arguable primetime’s wittiest, most charming comedy!
3. United States of Tara (Created by Diablo Cody) Diablo Cody and Steven Spielberg’s family dramedy in which Toni Collete effortlessly plays four, five, and, in its third season, SIX characters rode a creative high in its final season, with the inclusion of Tara’s first lethal alter. Undoubtedly the best “family” show on television, it’s a shame to see it go.
4. Modern Family (Created by Christopher Lloyd & Steven Levitan) Last year’s top series on my list manages to maintain the charm of its freshman and sophomore seasons, as well as bring the laughs!
5. Ringer (Created by Eric Charmelo and Nicole Snyder) You can say the Sarah Michelle Gellar freshman serial drama is flawed by its two-dimensional characters and its contrived plots that make even soap operas look boring, but you can’t say those weekly twists don’t pack quite a punch!
6. American Horror Story(Created by Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk) Cable’s most bizarre and yet consistently engaging hybrid of family drama and psychological thriller was at times so disturbing, you’d never believe it was conceived by the guy who brought us Glee.
7. The Vampire Diaries (Created by Kevin Williamson & Julie Plec) The vampire craze may have well overstayed its welcome, but Diaries' tightly-plotted, hook-heavy supernatural drama is surprisingly addicting and more reminiscent of Buffy than of Twilight. Nowhere close when it comes to quality and characterization, but that Katherine sure is a spitfire!
8. Weeds (Created by Jenji Kohan) The long-running dramedy saw a much-needed creative revival in its sixth season, which carried on into its seventh. It seems the saga of Nancy Botwin and her monumentally bad decisions isn’t ending anytime soon…
9. Being Human (UK & U.S.) (Created by Toby Whithouse) Airing a third series in Europe and a freshman year stateside, the supernatural drama somehow worked on both ends this year, once again proving the premise of a werewolf, ghost, and vampire living together looks a lot better than it sounds. It’s all about execution.
10. 2 Broke Girls (Created by Whitney Cummings & Michael Patrick King) Comedian Whitney Cummings may be under fire for her self-titled multi-cam sitcom on NBC, but her CBS series starring Kat Dennings is a much-needed breath of fresh air for a lineup that reeks of Two and a Half Men.