Dave’s Fake Emmy’s: The Best of the 2009-2010 Season

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I started this post about the time of May finales, but never finished it. Then I forgot about the post until the real Emmy’s came up, and while I didn’t watch those, I still feel qualified to say why my opinions are better.

“Sounds like a great idea,” you’re probably saying to yourself, likely followed by: “God, that Dave is sexy, I’d like to give him my award.” My reply to that is: 1. What a weird euphemism for your sexual advances, Goki; and 2. Well, don’t get excited. My categories are made up, I have no set number of nominees, my actual awarding is very biased, my memory is potentially flawed, and I don’t have the widest breadth of taste out there. I watch comedies and … well, that’s it. My unwillingness to expand my viewing choices has rankled Spiffy once or twice in the past, but I might as well cap my TV watching somewhere. I have no doubt that there’s many great dramas out there that I’m missing out on, but I’ll survive without them. I have enough drama in my life, and while I often enjoy watching dramatic movies, when I turn on the TV for something other than sports, I’m usually in a comedy kind of mood. Having said all that … I think I put together a fun list.

So, here we go!

Best New Series

  • Bored to Death: I’d heard very little about this show before watching it all online, but I was highly impressed. A season of just 10 episodes makes it difficult for it to compete in this category, but I hope it catches on. Great cast, great future.
  • Community: NBC’s latest sitcom was not only an unqualified success, it streaked past Thursday night mainstays The Office and 30 Rock to anchor the network’s comedy lineup. It mocks the sitcom tradition while fully participating in it.
  • Glee: I was highly skeptical at first, despite the absolutely massive hype surrounding Fox’s smash breakout hit. I didn’t watch it at all until there were just three episodes left in the season. Finally, my girlfriend convinced me to try it (I’ve never claimed to not be whipped), and I must say, it’s delightful. The music is great, but more than the that, the cast is surprisingly charming. Sure, it’s predictable and a little trite at times, but it’s a fun ride, and a legitimate threat in this category.
  • Modern Family: I only recently finished watching this show, and it might benefit some from being freshest in my memory. But it’s a true treat no matter what the circumstances.

And the winner is … Community. Really, really tough race between it and Modern Family — both are refreshingly original takes on the old sitcom format, and spoiler alert, I already have them as the two best shows on TV. I ended up giving Community the slightest of edges just because it was able to go in so many different directions (from straight-up school comedy, to parodies on things like mafia movies and action blockbusters, to creative romantic comedy).

Best Theme Song

  • Theme from 30 Rock
  • Theme from Community: The only one with an actual song (“At Least It Was Here” by The 88)
  • Theme from How I Met Your Mother
  • Theme from The Office

And the winner is … Theme from How I Met Your Mother. I admittedly have no clue how to judge this category, but I’ve always had an affinity for the simplistic opening theme from HIMYM; it goes well paired with the various photos of the group in the opening credits.

Best Cameo

  • Will Ferrell, Shane Hunter, 30 Rock (twice, first in “Lee Marvin vs. Derek Jeter” and and again in “The Moms”)
  • Kobe Bryant, Himself, Modern Family (“Family Portrait”): Quick but funny.
  • Owen Wilson, Uncredited Student, Community (“Investigative Journalism”): Definitely not as funny as the other two nominees; mostly just the surprise of him coming in for a few seconds at the end of an episode that already guest starred Jack Black.

It would pain me too much to give Kobe anything, though he was quite funny in his 10 seconds on screen. So the winner is … Will Ferrell, as the lead in NBC’s ill-fated action show, Bitch Hunter. Tough to top “Put the mimosas down … BITCH!”

Best Guest Star (recurring)

  • Elizabeth Banks, Avery Jessup, 30 Rock: Banks, a total hottie, has made her mark with a couple brief stints on shows like Scrubs and movie roles like in The 40-Year-Old Virgin and especially Zack and Miri Make a Porno. But in 30 Rock this reason, she shined again as the sexy reporter vying for Jack’s affection, managing to be both funnier and better looking than romantic rival Julianne Moore.
  • Michael Sheen, Wesley Snipes, 30 Rock: Sheen has played everyone from Tony Blair in The Queen to the head vampire in the Twilight movies in his underrated career, but he proved his comedy chops as the poor romantic match that fate won’t let Liz get away from. His character’s name was a nice touch.
  • Louis C.K., Officer Dave Sanderson, Parks and Recreation: I didn’t think much about Louis’ appearances the first time through, but I appreciated them more upon watching the season over again. His awkwardness contrasted well with Leslie’s assertiveness.
  • Rob Lowe, Chris Traeger, Parks and Recreation: Lowe only appeared in the final two episodes, so I use “recurring” lightly, but I did enjoy him as the way-too-cheerful state auditor.
  • John Hodgman, Louis Green, Bored to Death: Hodgman was a fun character foil to Jason Schwartzman, even though every character or comedy bit he does still seems to be him playing the PC guy from those Mac commercials.
  • John Oliver, Professor Ian Duncan, Community: Oliver helped get Community off to a great start, then was absent for most of the season before killing again on the finale.
  • John Michael Higgins, Professor Whitman, Community: I’ll always remember Higgins as Wayne Jarvis, but he was great here, too, as the professor who’s way too influenced by Dead Poets Society.

No clear winner winner here, with Sheen and Oliver probably the top two, but I’m going with … John Oliver from Community. Oliver is blowing up right now, and appears destined to be the next top correspondent on The Daily Show to go on to stardom: Steve Carrell and Steven Colbert are already huge, and Ed Helms has done very well for himself. Rob Corddry has had a bit more difficult road, but hopefully is trending up after Hot Tub Time Machine.

Best Guest Star (single episode)

  • Will Arnett, Chris in “The Set Up,” Parks and Recreation: Amy Poehler’s real-life husband showed up to play her character’s blind date from hell. As always, Arnett rocked it.
  • Fred Armisen, Raul Alejandro Bastilla Pedro de Veloso de Morana in “Sister City,” Parks and Recreation: Another SNL person making an appearance, Armisen was great as the rude Venezuelan government official.
  • Steve Guttenberg, Himself in “Steve Guttenberg’s Birthday,” Party Down: After forgetting to cancel his catering reservation for a birthday party he’s no longer having, Guttenberg just invited the Party Down group in for a private party, giving advice on life and acting.
  • Jim Nantz, Himself in “Perfect Week,” How I Met Your Mother: Who else but Jim Nantz to interview Barney Stinson on the apex of his sexual achievements? Love how non-seriously Nantz apparently takes himself.
  • Neil Patrick Harris, Bryan Ryan in “Dream On,” Glee: As if it weren’t enough that he rocked HIMYM for another year, NPH appeared on Glee and gave it an infusion of humor while showing off his singing chops.
  • Tony Hale, Professor Holly in “Beginner Pottery,” Community: Another Arrested Development alum, Hale’s guest role was smaller but packed a punch with his anti-Ghost policy in pottery class.
  • Romany Malco, Male escort in “The Case of the Lonely White Dove,” Bored to Death: Malco is known for his roles in Weeds and The 40-Year-Old Virgin, among others; here, he stole the show as the highly cultured and insightful male prostitute whom Ted Danson picks up to test if he might be gay.
  • James Franco, Himself in “Klaus and Greta,” 30 Rock: Ask Franco to play a serious lead, and you’re rolling the dice. Ask him to play a quirky stoner type, you’re golden. He was gold playing himself on 30 Rock, using a fake relationship to deflect attention away from his true love, a Japanese body pillow.
  • Judy Greer, Denise in “Truth Be Told,” Modern Family: Probably a weaker nominee, but she was still funny as Phil’s sex-starved ex-girlfriend.

It comes down to Guttenberg, Nantz, and NPH for me in another highly competitive race. I’m going with … Steve Guttenberg, who reminded us why he was once such a star by being so ridiculously accessible and charming while playing himself in an understated comedic role. Plus, he’s in amazing shape (I’m calling steroids).

Worst Guest Star (single or recurring)

  • Kathy Bates, Jo, The Office (several): Annoying Southern accent and just annoying in general. Plus, ugly.
  • Andy Samberg, Carl, Parks and Recreation (“Park Safety”): Not bad at all, just disappointing that he wasn’t funnier (really only here because I wanted three nominees).
  • Jan Hooks, Verna, 30 Rock (“Verna” and “The Moms”): Ditto on everything from Bates.

And the winner is … Kathy Bates. Her appearances as Jo were not just annoying, but also indicative of the bigger problems that really drug down The Office in the second half of the season.

Best Animal

  • Monkey, “Zoo or False,” How I Met Your Mother: The episode that debated whether Marshall has been robbed by monkey or man concluded with an awesome King Kong homage.
  • Peacock, “Argus,” 30 Rock: Some funny stuff here, but nominated for actually provoking a rare, brief moment of genuine emotion as Jack used his inheritance (a peacock named Argus) to come to terms with losing his mentor, Don Geiss. Very well-done, quick scene that easily could have been overdone.
  • Dalmatian, multiple episodes, Community: One of the subtler running gags on Community involved the dean’s growing dalmatian sexual fetish.
  • Possum, “The Possum,” Parks and Recreation: Gotta enjoy a golf-course possum being “Pawnee’s Most Wanted.”

And the winner is … the monkey from HIMYM. The ending to that episode was great stuff.

Best Late Night Host

  • Jon Stewart, The Daily Show: Only Stewart can be such a comedic tour de force while switching frequently back and forth from offbeat sarcasm to legitimate political commentary. He’s turned a show on Comedy Central into one of the most effective political forums on TV, and his interview skills have evolved from funny, to competent, to downright ruthless when he wants to be.
  • Steven Colbert, The Colbert Report: Colbert is the master of satire, and while his act can run a little thin if watched too frequently, he’s great fun when he’s on his game.
  • Conan O’Brien, The Tonight Show: Conan was center stage for the ugliest late-night battle ever, eventually being bumped off his own show in an unreal melodrama. Rather than sulk, however, Conan used his situation for comedy fodder on his way out the door.
  • David Letterman, The Late Show: If anyone could relate to Conan, it was Letterman, and Dave knew it. As a third party, he was able to sit back and take pot shots at all sides to great effect.

And the winner is … Conan O’Brien. I have never seen a late night host have the kind of run Conan did as he was about to leave NBC. For the first time ever, I started watching late night every night, because Conan was just on fire, brutally mocking the ridiculous situation he was in from every angle. His last week of shows was the stuff of legend, culminating in a brilliant final episode that featured an awesome montage, a final speech where, in spite of everything, he exited on a classy note, followed by “Free Bird” playing him out. Definitely some of my favorite stuff from the past year.

Best Animated Series

  • Family Guy: Always a strong contender, to the point where it’s pretty much the default winner.
  • South Park: Already has a spot in the Hall of Fame next to The Simpsons (which I didn’t see much at all this year), but SP seems to have lost a big step, outside of a few episodes, mostly notably “200” and “201,”  the latter of which hit a home run with some serious social/political commentary, which is some of what the show has done best over the years.
  • Futurama: Just concluded its first season back after cancellation. Despite the layoff and the change in networks, the show still has it.

And the winner is … Futurama. Family Guy was probably funnier, but since I don’t remember many specific episodes, I’m just giving it to Futurama because I’m glad it’s back.

Most Disappointing

  • The Cleveland Show: FOX has long felt a need to try to round out its Sunday night lineup with all animated shows, and after multiple failed attempts, they decided to just do a spinoff of one of the network’s biggest money makers, Family Guy. Unfortunately, the show was awful, and I didn’t even bother watching it after the first several episodes. Like American Dad before it, Cleveland suggests that Seth MacFarlane struck gold once but might not again.
  • The Office: The show held its own for the first half of Season 6, buoyed particularly by Jim and Pam’s wedding. But in the second half, things really fell apart, laughs were fewer and further between, and the show was more annoying than funny. By the end, I found myself hoping Season 7 is the last one.
  • Really, that’s it for me. How I Met Your Mother had a down season overall, but still hit enough high notes that I’m not yet convinced it’s firmly in a downhill slide. Despite some initial disappointment, I thought 30 Rock actually had a pretty good year upon a second viewing through, with a couple bad episodes making it look worse than it really was.

The winner is … The Office. I watched mostly out of habit and hope for the old magic, but it really struggled.

Best Argument/Fight

  • Rabbit vs. Duck, “Rabbit or Duck,” How I Met Your Mother: One of the most out-of-nowhere scenes of the season was also one of the funniest, as the gang got in a vicious argument about whether ducks or rabbits were better.
  • Christmas fight (on December 10), “Comparative Religion,” Community: An actual fight, with the study group going up against a group of greasers to the tune of Christmas carols
  • Sports Shouting, “The Problem Solvers,” 30 Rock: A very brief segment that hilariously mocked Around the Horn and similar sports-debate shows.

The winner is … Rabbit vs. Duck, by a wide margin. I wish I could link to it (thanks for nothing, CBS), because it’s truly epic.

Best Musical Moment (non-Glee division)

In the interest of fairness, Glee, a show with at least three musical numbers per episode, has been moved to its own category.

  • “Layla” mafia montage, “Contemporary American Poultry,” Community: One of the best moments of Martin Scorsese’s mafia classic Goodfellas was his use of the lengthy instrumental at the end of the song “Layla” as the musical backdrop for people getting whacked. So when Community did its own mob-movie spoof, the counterpart to that Goodfellas scene, using “Layla,” was when I really lost it laughing.
  • “La Biblioteca” from “Spanish 101,” Community: The Spanish rap at the end of the second episode was the first of many great credit endings the show had this season.
  • “Somewhere Out There” from “Environmental Science,” Community: I fucking love An American Tail and Fievel Goes West, so Troy and Abed’s duet to lure their trained mouse pretty much blew my mind; the interspersing of the Señor Chang scene made it even better (the Shirley stuff was just OK).
  • “In the Moonlight,” from “The Incident,” Modern Family: I was already a fan of the show when I was watching this episode, the fourth in its debut season. By the end of this one, though, I knew it was going to be one of the best shows on TV. You should watch the episode itself first, for the hilarious surprise, but then also check out the extended version of the song in this web exclusive. Fairly addictive.
  • “Nothing Suits Me Like A Suit,” from “Girls Versus Suits,” How I Met Your Mother: HIMYM ended its 100th episode with a big musical number, with Barney singing about his preference for suits over pretty much everything else in the world. Very good stuff, but a little short of the other nominees.

And the winner is … “In the Moonlight.” Very tough between it and “Somewhere Out There,” but the song from Modern Family might be the best original comedy song from a TV show since HIMYM‘s “You Just Got Slapped” from the epic “Slapsgiving” episode a couple years ago.

Best Musical Moment (Glee division)

  • “Dream On,” duet by Matthew Morrison and Neil Patrick Harris from “Dream On”
  • “I Dreamed a Dream,” duet by Lea Michele and Idina Menzel from “Dream On”
  • “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” Lea Michele with ensemble support from “Bad Reputation”
  • “Bad Romance,” Glee ensemble from “Theatricality”
  • Journey medley, Glee ensemble from “Journey”
  • More than I could nominate; the music on the show is great.

And the winner is … Oh come on. It’s Journey.

Best Couple

  • Jim and Pam, The Office
  • Lily and Marshall, How I Met Your Mother
  • Phil and Claire Dunphy, Modern Family
  • Jay and Gloria Pritchett, Modern Family
  • Mitchell Pritchett and Cameron Tucker, Modern Family
  • Casey and Henry, Party Down
  • Rachel and Finn, Glee

And the winner is … Jim and Pam. Possibly the last stand for one of the all-time great TV couples, if The Office continues its slide. The baby stuff was mostly good, but really, it was the charming wedding episode with a beautiful ending that let them keep the crown. The way those two look at each other is enough to make the hardest heart believe in true love.

Most Attractive Woman

Finally, the portion of the show where I judge women like meat. I would do a similar category for men to show I’m not completely sexist, but we all know NPH would win.

  • Alison Brie, Annie Edison, Community
  • Dianna Agron, Quinn Fabray, Glee
  • Rashida Jones, Ann Perkins, Parks and Recreation
  • Jenna Fischer, Pam Beesly/Halpert, The Office
  • Julie Bowen, Claire Dunphy, Modern Family
  • Sofia Vergara, Gloria Pritchett, Modern Family

Brie and Agron are serious contenders, but ultimately, this one comes down to the Modern Family duo for me. Vergara is classic sexy, a la Selma Hayek in her From Dusk Till Dawn heyday. But Bowen combines sexy (see the “Funky Valentine” episode) with the kind of vague accessibility that is usually cliched as “the girl next door” — a phrase I’ve never liked, because I’ve certainly never had a neighbor who looked like Bowen. I guess the winner is … Sofia Vergara, but not by much. No bad choice here.

Best Episode (non-finale)

  • “Modern Warfare,” Community: The show’s epic spoof of action movies.
  • “Contemporary American Poultry,” Community: The show’s almost-epic spoof of mafia movies.
  • “Perfect Week,” How I Met Your Mother: NPH and Jim Nantz teaming up to bring a story of the triumph of the human spirit of sexuality.
  • “The Playbook,” How I Met Your Mother: Barney’s different strategies for picking up chicks are brilliant, from the Lorenzo von Matterhorn to the Scuba Diver.
  • “Niagara,” The Office: Jim and Pam finally get married; the hour-long episode had its flaws, but the end (linked above) made me tear up a little (not even exaggerating).
  • “Steve Guttenberg’s Birthday,” Party Down: The SciFi script, Henry’s acting, and the brilliance of Steve Guttenberg made this one seriously funny episode.
  • “Sister City,” Park and Recreation: Parks and Rec was a very consistent show without a lot of episodes that stood out as particularly brilliant, but this one with the Parks Department’s rivalry with its sister city officials from Venezuela was damn good.
  • “My Funky Valentine,” Modern Family: Similar to Parks and Rec, Modern Family doesn’t have many particular episodes that really stood out — mostly just great moments. But the Valentine’s Day episode was great, mostly the Phil and Claire roleplaying.

And the winner is … “Modern Warfare,” just barely over “The Playbook” and “Steve Gutternberg’s Birthday.” I have an affinity for over-the-top action movies, and this episode just absolutely crushed its comedic take on them.

Best Season Finale

  • “Pascal’s Triangle Revisted,” Community
  • “Family Portrait,” Modern Family
  • “Journey,” Glee
  • “Freddy Spaghetti,” Parks and Recreation
  • “Constance Carmell Wedding,” Party Down
  • “I Do Do” 30 Rock

And the winner is … “Pascal’s Triangle Revisited.” “Journey” is probably the toughest competitor, but I really loved the romantic drama in Community‘s finale.

Best Supporting Actor

  • Chris Pratt, Andy Dwyer, Park and Recreation: Fellow Parks and Rec actor Aziz Ansari gets most of the buzz/hype, but I actually thought Pratt stole the show, especially the second half of the season as his romantic tension with April developed well.
  • Neil Patrick Harris, Barney Stinson, How I Met Your Mother: A Hall of Famer in this category, NPH made a strong statement for his candidacy despite some overall decline from HIMYM thanks to his roles in episodes like “The Playbook,” “Perfect Week,” and “Of Course.”
  • Ted Danson, George Christopher, Bored to Death: I was more excited to see Jason Schwartzman and Zach Galifianakis in this show, but comedy veteran Ted Danson was great as the millionaire boss who still tries to be cool by wanting to do whatever his young friends are doing.
  • Tracy Morgan, Tracy Jordan, 30 Rock: Morgan is one of the funniest men on television, but didn’t have his strongest season, as his EGOT storyline was a little up and down. Still had some great moments, though.
  • John Krasinski, Jim Halpert, The Office: Another Hall of Famer, Krasinski has always been the barrier that prevented The Office from slipping from funny to annoying. Despite a solid season himself, Krasinski couldn’t stem that tide anymore this year.
  • Danny Pudi, Abed Nadir, Community: Pudi is perhaps the most critical to his show of any nominee, as Abed’s constant spouting of pop culture references has allowed the show to go where many shows/movies have gone before; he gives the show a self-awareness that allows for variations on old stories without seeming copycat.
  • Kim Jeong, Señor Chang, Community: Had a hard time deciding between nominating Jeong and Donald Glover as Troy, but Jeong adds such a snarky element to the show as “El Tigre.”
  • Ty Burrell, Phil Dunphy, Modern Family: Burrell lost at the real Emmy’s to fellow Modern Family actor Eric Stonestreet (Cameron), but I think Burrell is the best of the show’s great ensemble as the “cool dad,” Phil.

And the winner is … Ty Burrell in the toughest of all categories. NPH, Krasinski, and Morgan have dominated this category by far in recent years, but Pudi, Jeong, and Burrell were all outstanding in their first seasons. I could make a strong case for every nominee here, and if I’m being honest, Burrell might have won just by being the last one I’ve watched.

Best Supporting Actress

  • Alison Brie, Annie Edison, Community: Got better as the season went along, really stepping out “Debate 101,” which was also when I really noticed how hot she was.
  • Rashida Jones, Ann Perkins, Parks and Recreation: I’ve really liked Jones for a while, and while she mostly plays the straight man on Parks and Rec, her charm in undeniable.
  • Aubrey Plaza, April Ludgate, Parks and Recreation: Plaza was a bit of a breakout star this year as the super-cynical April. Like Chris Pratt, she benefited from the flirting between April and Andy.
  • Jenna Fischer, Pam Beesly/Halpert, The Office: Fischer is the Hall of Famer in the category, but she didn’t have just a ton of opportunities to shine this year.
  • Jane Krakowski, Jenna Maroney, 30 Rock: Krakowski is always good for several fun episodes each season.
  • Jane Lynch, Sue Silvester, Glee: Lynch really hit a home run this year, making the bitchiest character on television also one of the most likable.
  • Julie Bowen, Claire Dunphy, Modern Family: Bowen rocked as the on-the-ball mother of three, and played off the various members of the show’s ensemble as well as anyone.
  • Sofia Vergara, Gloria Pritchett, Modern Family: At first glance, Vergara looks like just a pretty face (and a great rack), but her comedic timing is actually outstanding. She’s a natural.

And the winner is … Jane Lynch. The Modern Family duo is right there as well, especially Bowen, but Lynch stole the show in nearly every episode of Glee.

Best Actress

  • Gillian Jacobs, Britta Perry, Community: Jacobs was very good as the strong-willed female lead, showing just enough hints of vulnerability to make her relatable.
  • Tina Fey, Liz Lemon, 30 Rock: Fey has owned this category the past few years, and while she was strong again this year, I think a couple fresher characters slipped by her just a bit.
  • Amy Poehler, Leslie Knope, Parks and Recreation: After a weak/short first season, Parks and Rec became a major player this year thanks to Poehler finding the right formulas to consistently get laughs. She’s walking the funny/silly line perfectly, like Steve Carrell did in the heyday of The Office.
  • Lizzy Caplan, Casey Klein, Party Down: Because the show is hidden away on Starz, not enough people have gotten to see how great Caplan is.
  • Lea Michele, Rachel Berry, Glee: Michele can be funny, but is also over-the-top in her intentional melodrama sometimes. Still gets a nomination just for her amazing, amazing singing voice.

And the winner is … Amy Poehler. This category has gotten a lot stronger, and Poehler stands out just ahead of Caplan and Jacobs.

Best Actor

  • Jason Schwartzman, Jonathan Ames, Bored to Death: Schwartzman gives understated performances that suit the show perfectly. Could come very close to winning with a longer season.
  • Adam Scott, Henry Pollard, Party Down: I heard he’s leaving this show for good, and too bad, because he is absolutely killer as the former actor turned cynical caterer.
  • Joel McHale, Jeff Winger, Community: I became a fan of McHale’s from The Soup on E!, but I had no idea his comedic talents went this far.
  • Patrick Warburton, Jeff Bingham, Rules of Engagement: I’ve actually only seen his show twice, and overall, it’s pretty meh. But Warburton himself is a treat, even if he will always be Puddy from Seinfeld.
  • Josh Radnor, Ted Mosby, How I Met Your Mother: Not his strongest season, but always fun. Particularly good in “Jenkins.”
  • Alec Baldwin, Jack Donaghy, 30 Rock: Like Radnor, had a slight down season, but got stronger near the end while juggling Julianne Moore and Elizabeth Banks.
  • Matthew Morrison, Will Schuester, Glee: Genuinely funny and likable, but especially a great voice.

And the winner is … Joel McHale. Adam Scott is right up there too, as is Schwartzman. But McHale carried his show on a level beyond any acting nominee in any category.

Best Series

  • Community
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Glee
  • How I Met Your Mother
  • 30 Rock
  • Party Down
  • Modern Family

And the winner is … Community. Modern Family is again a close runner-up, with Party Down and Parks and Recreation not far behind. One reason why Community inches ahead? The way it built up all season. I loved Modern Family, but you could have watched the season finale after the pilot and probably not been confused at all. Accessibility is certainly a good thing, but you’d like to see more payoff after 20-some episodes. Community, meanwhile, had the typical dramatic finale, but as it did all season, achieved the sitcom staple without seeming cliche. Am I nitpicking? Absolutely. But you kind of have to nitpick to decide among such good shows.

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7 Responses to “Dave’s Fake Emmy’s: The Best of the 2009-2010 Season”

  1. Andy’s Femmy (Fake Emmy’s 2009/2010) Response « Eat More Comics Says:

    […] Inspired by David’s post, I ended up writing 7 pages in Word, so I thought that merited an entirely new page rather than a simple reply to the original  […]

  2. Gokitalo Says:

    I’d polish Dave’s Oscar.

    Just sayin’.

    Quick one sentence commentary: my sister (and all of her college roomates) love Modern Family, Conan’s Tonight Show montage was a thing of beauty, “Best Animal” deserves an official Emmy category, Futurama is great even if some of the new episodes were kind of dodgy in quality, Sofia Vergara was awesome at the Emmys (“The Big Bang! I like it”), Abed and Troy are one of the best comedic duos in recent memory, and I thought Glee made up its own songs until I actually watched it and though I was mildy disappointed, those kids’ve got awesome pipes and Rachel is hilarious, even though I thought the show was somewhat overrated, although maybe that’s an unfair comment to make after watching about 1.77 episodes.

    Also I am sad that Chuck did not make the list and that The Simpsons can’t make the list these days and that Scrubs probably won’t be able to make the list again.

  3. Gokitalo Says:

    And I know we were talking about Emmys. Shut up. Just *sniff* shut up…!

  4. spiffyithaca Says:

    Your sister has good taste.

    Rachel is more annoying than funny, in my mind.

    Chuck is in the genre of drama/comedy, dramedy, and it takes some serious buzz/ratings/gimmick to get you noticed if you’re not a straight comedy or straight drama or whatever. It wouldn’t have a hope to get nominated as an drama, and most comedies really are half hours even today. Glee is the exception, and it had all the forementioned things in its favor (buzz, ratings, gimmick).

  5. davidry214 Says:

    I’m unconvinced Goki’s sister has good taste. Goki, ask her if she’s ever seen anything with Miley Cyrus in theaters. I have a sneaking suspicion that the answer will prove my point.

  6. spiffyithaca Says:

    She’s seen the Hannah Montana movie in 3-D, which further proves her great taste.

  7. davidry214 Says:

    How do you know what Goki’s sister saw in theaters?

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