The Top Television Shows of 2010

September 24, 2016

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Although the range of media freely available has escalated in the last 10 years, particularly in digital terms, there is still no stopping the growth of television. With 2010 bringing with it production budgets which are usually more inline with a movie shoot, the last year or two has seen some of TV’s biggest, most elaborate shows come to prime-time, with awards and audiences following too. With critics already looking ahead to 2011’s televised output, here are the top TV shows of 2010 in no particular order.

Starting with comedy, 2010 was a good year for some of the more established programmes. Curb Your Enthusiasm just finished its 7th season, despite its writer, producer and star, Larry David, almost continually suggesting the next series will be his last. Likewise The Office, the American spin-off of the Ricky Gervais British classic, has gone from strength-to-strength and now has a team of ex-Simpsons writers keeping it fresh each episode.

When it comes to hugely successful international television programs, dramas and sit-coms were the big winners in 2010 though. After 5 seasons of mind-boggling plot lines, mystery, frustration and flash-forwarding, Lost came to its final episode in 2010, which managed to wrap up many of the questions that have been raised over the last 6 seasons. Though not quite on the same record-breaking scale as Lost, another consistent hit throughout the last year is Dexter. Slightly twisted, gruesome and not for the faint hearted, this tale of double-life serial killer and forensics expert Dexter is in-line for a 5th season to start soon. Similarly, vampires haven’t just been making waves in the cinema in 2010 either, as True Blood can testify. This show, which portrays the difficulties and repercussions of humans and vampires co-existing in the same town, has reenergised the genre for prime-time television.

The irony of a hit TV show being based on a real-life hit advertising agency may be lost on some viewers, but Mad Men’s smooth dialogue, perfect casting and life-like portrayal of 60s America have already made it a cult hit.

Of course, a round up of the year’s highest-grossing TV shows couldn’t be complete without at least one place given to reality TV. American Idol returned for its 9th season in 2010, with producers already gearing up for 2011’s return, and similarly Dancing With The Stars has only seen the franchise grow in the run-up to 2011. Thanks to the rise in digital television and Sky HD boxes, it is easier for fans to now record the most popular shows and watch them, in hi-def, at a time that suits them.

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