Jenny & Megan’s Top Ten from 2009

News has been pretty slow these past few days, and I was sitting here looking for some decent stuff while watching a rerun of Glee. I started thinking that Jenny & I should do a slight run down of our Top Ten Favorite Moments or shows from television in 2009. It’s been quite a year on TV and life so here we go. Feel free to agree, disagree or comment on your favorites below!

10 –
The premiere of Make It or Break It on ABC Family June 22, 2009. Some might find this surprising, however considering June is primarily when TV is wrapping up for the season, ABC Family came through for us with an all new series that really rocks. I wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I do, but what can I say I’m a sucker for teen drama, tales of perseverance and triumph. Not to mention how fabulous it’s been to see Candace Cameron Bure back on TV again.

When the information came out last season about The Vampire Diaries, I knew immediately that I would have to watch. I enjoyed the entire first half of the season, and the mid-season finale was amazing. Stefan and Elena finally make love, and it’s wonderful, but then she sees the picture of Katherine and runs, ending up crashing her car and having a mysterious figure stalking towards her. She screams and the show goes to black. Bah! Must I wait a few more weeks for a new episode??

If you have not watched Lifetime’s new show, Drop Dead Diva yet you are crazy. This show mixes humour, with life lessons to become not only endearing but entertaining as well. I didn’t think I’d like it, but the sweet story mixed with the witty dialogue really does make you want to tune in week after week. Try it out when it returns for it’s second season in 2010. (PS- the guest appearances by Rosie O’Donnell and Paula Abdul were both hilarious, giving this show bonus points!)

Like Megan, two of the new shows this season really stood out for me. Being a fan of the original NCIS, I knew I would enjoy NCIS: LA, but I never expected to enjoy it as much as I do. Of course, the smoking hot 2 male leads don’t hurt! The cast has great chemistry and it’s just different enough from the original, without being cheesy (like CSI: Miami), to make it a hit in my book and my husband’s. On the comedy side, who knew when Modern Family first came out that it would be as hysterical as it is?? I love Julie Bowen (have since Ed) and the rest of the cast is almost flawless. It never fails to have us both in stitches.

NCIS: Los Angeles not sucking. Simple but true. Spin-offs aren’t always a success, and if anything they’re usually not as entertaining as the first, but color me surprised when I found myself getting more interested in LA as opposed to NCIS. In fact I will go on record as saying that I like NCIS: LA more than the original except for Abby ( Pauley Perrette) because she’s my favorite character from either show. I’m not sure what it is exactly but the team on NCIS:LA just works, from Chris O’Donnell to that brilliant actress Linda Hunt, who plays Hetty, It’s a winner in my opinion. Well done CBS!

Since its beginning, Chuck has been one of my favorite shows. When last season’s storyline was wrapping up, I wasn’t sure how they would go about keeping the show fresh. Two words: Intersect 2.0! It left me crazy, wanting to see the new moves Chuck Bartowski knows, and my heart clenched, knowing that the new relationship Sarah and Chuck had started wouldn’t be going any further, at least for now!

Private Practice’s season 2 finale through to the current episodes in season 3, it’s been ON FIRE! In the beginning I just sort of liked it, but mostly watched for Kate Walsh (Grey’s Anatomy), Amy Brenneman (Judging Amy), and Chris Lowell (Veronica Mars) . Now I watch it weekly, where as before I could care less if I missed an episode or two. Both the medical cases and drama in the doctor’s lives are compelling and Shonda Rhimes has really got her groove worked out for the series.

The mid-season finale of Burn Notice (my very favorite show!) in August was nail-bitingly good. My heart was breaking for both Michael and Fiona when she made the decision to go back to Ireland. Then when she was nearly killed because of Strickler, Michael’s rescue was sexy, hot, scary and terrifying all in one. Diego is dead! There’s a new player on the scene. Gah! I have yet to see an episode of this show that disappoints me in any way, and this one certainly didn’t even come close to that! Bring on a new episode Jan. 21st!

The season finale and season premiere of Grey’s Anatomy, corny but true. I was a mess when we realized that John Doe was actually George (T.R. Knight) and we watched Alex fall apart at the thought that Izzie was actually dead. It’s not everyone’s favorite show, and for awhile it had lost it’s way, but I’d have to say that the last few episodes of Grey’s for 2009 have shown us that the show can find it’s way back to it’s former lovable status.

There is really no single thing I can say about Bones this season. There are a lot of excellent things that have happened between Bones and Booth, but the reason this makes my list is that this season, TPTB have decided apparently to make slow but steady progress in the relationship between the pair. Almost every episode gives us a bit of something between them: when they dropped off Booth’s grandfather, Bones stripping him down (*naughty*), end of the episode at the bar and the conversation with the touches, Booth basically admitting to Gordon-Gordon Wyatt that he loves Bones and the scene at the marksmanship test… I could go on. Eesh! πŸ˜€

I was a little late to join the bandwagon for The Big Bang Theory but I’m on it now. Jim Parsons (Sheldon) is fantastic as is the rest of the cast. The characters are charming and hilarious, a definite win-win combination. It’s a smart comedy, yet still translates for everyone. If you haven’t watched it yet, you are missing out!

I will be the first to admit that I HATE series finales. It took me two years to watch the last two episodes of my favorite show of all-time, Alias. I know that the finale last season of Scrubs wasn’t a series finale, but honestly, it should have been. It was such a wonderful episode. Classic Scrubs, but beautiful, sweet, poignant… If that had been the series finale, it would have ranked in the top three, at least, for series finales in my mind. In fact, Scott and I enjoyed it so much, and thought it was so perfect, that we decided in our minds, it WAS the series finale, and we aren’t watching this season. heh

Showtime really pushed the limits with Nurse Jackie and their efforts paid off. Edie Falco (The Sopranos) was brilliant in this role making us want to love her dark, twisted pill popping character. I also really enjoyed Peter Facinelli’s (Twilight) character Dr. Fitch Cooper. His role as the hot doctor with the inappropriate boob grabbing when he’s nervouse, was perfect! This show made me gasp in shock at what they got away with, while making me laugh at the situations that Jackie found herself in. For example when she flushed that ear down the toilet. I was in hysterics! πŸ˜€ The second season will be premiering in 2010 and I for one cannot wait!

Glee. There isn’t much else I can say about this show. Continue reading for a much better reason for this show to be on the list! Honestly, I quit watching a few episodes because of the pregnancy storylines. It was too messed up and depressing for me. LOL But I slowly got dragged back into it and had to go back and watch the episodes I missed, because the show is just too damn funny, even when it’s fucked up and sad. LOL

Modern Family is pure comedic gold. ABC has hit it out of the park with this new series, that is filmed in a ‘mock-umentary’ style . I love the characters , they are all a mirror of the families in today’s society. The actors really bring this show to life and make it a must see every week. It’s a show that in my opinion will become a classic in the years to come.

This was the season of Russell on Survivor. Scott and I started off HATING the man. He was a misogynistic, arrogant, ass of a man and it seemed like I would spend the entire season hating him, just like I did Coach on last season. But as much as I still don’t like the man, I have to admit that he played the almost perfect game of Survivor. He was cunning, smart, sneaky and persistent. No one else, after 18 seasons before this, has ever found an immunity idol without a clue to go on. And he didn’t do it just once! The man is an insane game player and if he isn’t on next season’s Heroes vs Villians, then something is terribly wrong. He made an otherwise lackluster season into appointment tv.

The forever tantalizing True Blood really had it’s ups and downs last season but there were more ups then downs. The downs included, the Maryann storyline going on forever but it was a bonus that the actress Michelle Forbes who played Maryann was fabulous with what she was given. The other huge good point was the addition of Deborah Ann Woll, as the newbie vamp Jessica, she was insanely brilliant and I loved watching her. Overall, Season 2 kept me wanting more, and I am so excited for the premiere of season 3 in June 2010 including the addition of hottie Joe Mangiello (One Tree Hill) as the werewolf, Alcide. πŸ™‚

Trinity. Killer. The words put excitement and fear into the heart of any Dexter fan. John Lithgow was stunning and brilliant as the Trinity Killer this season and the show itself was in fine form as well. The season finale, with the baby, Harrison, sitting on the bloody floor and Rita dead in the bloody bathtub, was heartbreaking and exciting. Where will they take next season?? How will Dexter handle Rita’s death? Will he become a single father? OMG, it’s almost too much to think about! Gah!

The number one spot on MY 2009 list goes to …drum roll… Glee ! Are you really surprised?? πŸ˜€

Glee has entertained us from the first moment those quirky kids joined up to sing Don’t Stop Believing to the fall finale when Rachel (Lea Michele) gave us goosebumps singing Don’t Rain on My Parade. I have laughed so hard I’ve cried and I’ve cried so hard I’ve laughed at myself. Finn (played by fellow Canadian Cory Monteith) has won over many hearts including mine πŸ˜‰ with his sweet voice and his not so rhythmic feet (let’s face it the boy isn’t as smooth of a dancer as his co-stars but he could step on my feet anytime!). Mercedes (Amber Riley) had my eyes watering when she sang And I am Telling You and Sue Sylvester (played by the amazingly talented Jane Lynch) has made gasp in shock at some of the things she’s said. For example, in the episode Preggers Sue says,

“And to the naysayers who say you can’t strike children on their bare buttocks with a raw bamboo stick I say, ‘YES WE CANE.”

For real? Horrible, but I admit I giggled because it was so shockingly Sue. Basically, if you haven’t watched yet I strongly urge you to do so, because to anything else would be depriving yourself of pure Glee

The number one spot for me has to go to Criminal Minds. Ok, ok. Please don’t throw food at me!

There have been a lot of things I don’t like about this season of the show. I am a HUGE Morgan fan and an even bigger Morgan/Garcia shipper. I hate Kevin Lynch. I hate Tamara Barnes even more. (I love the actor and actress for both the roles, but the characters… argh!) I even had begun to hate Morgan as he sat in as Acting Unit Chief. The episode before the 100th was fantastic, and then 100 had me on the edge of my seat. The wrap-up of the Foyet storyline was sensational, and even though I knew ahead of time that Haley was most likely going to be the one that died, it was still heartbreaking and shocking. My heart just wept for Hotch and his little boy, Jack. Then the next episode, Hotch is back and in charge, so Derek is much more relaxed and much more like the Morgan I fell in love with. He also still has some of the confidence he seemed to gain when he was in charge, which is sexy in and of itself. So yeah, Criminal Minds has to grab my top spot, simply because of that. Hate me if you will. πŸ˜‰

There you have it everyone. This is our list of top moments of 2009, but we’d love to hear some of yours! Happy New Year!

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7 Responses to Jenny & Megan’s Top Ten from 2009

  1. Anonymous says:

    It’s so funny because I had toyed with Criminal Minds and Bones for both those reasons! lol. I really want Booth/Bones relationship and I want a Morgan/Garcia relationship too.

    – Glee is messed up but it’s perfection too!

    I couldn’t agree with you more Jenny πŸ˜€ lol.

  2. Megan says:

    Okay I’m not Anonymous.. that was me. Lol. Stupid computer. πŸ˜€

  3. Cristina says:

    Thanks for the post Megan and Jenny…I agree with almost all of these moments especially Glee…I even made sure I have that night off just so I can watch it…thanks for doing what you guys do on this site

  4. Jenny says:

    Hehehe I knew we’d have several in common, Megan! πŸ˜€ I agreed with lots of yours, actually, but had several I wanted to add. Figured since we had 20 slots, we didn’t have to agree 100%. πŸ˜‰

    You’re welcome, Cristina! We both enjoy it, that’s for sure. πŸ˜€

  5. Samantha says:

    I agree with make it or break it, vampire diaries, bones, glee. Now you got me wanting to try out Modern Family for sure. This year i also loved Supernatural, One Tree Hill even though there are a bunch of storylines I do not like one bit.(Cough cough alex and julian). Loved the hills season

  6. Samantha says:

    Also Californication was great though of course he had to hurt Karen again ugh. Cougartown is funny & entertaining. Castle & Greek = Amazing. Secret Life also amazing. Mercy was also pretty good. And last but not least Flashpoint. Ok think i picked enough favorites. Anywho, I hope everyone has an amazing new year!

  7. Jenny says:

    I agree about Supernatural, One Tree Hill, Castle & Cougartown. I love all of those, although out of the four, Castle is my can’t miss fave. I just had to pick and choose for favorite moments for the list! lol