Friday, December 30, 2011


I’m not really into making lists about the best or worst things of a particular year. For instance, movies. I didn’t go out to the theatre to see enough movies to make a top ten list. If you’re just talking about movies, then I saw a lot of them on TV, but they were from a lot of different years. The same with books; I read them, but very few of them are new this year.

I did see a lot of the new TV shows this year. Many of them were really pretty crappy, but a couple on commercial TV stood out, such as Prime Suspect, the re-make of the British series, and Person of Interest, which is about two secretive men out to save the world. Thanks to TiVo, I discovered The Good Wife, a lawyer series with Julianna Margulies and Christine Baranski which has been on for a couple of years, and some guilty-pleasure shows like Covert Affairs, Suits, and Rizzoli and Isles, which are on cable channels. None of them is especially deep or insightful, but they’re fun and they’re giving actors and writers jobs in the business, and that’s a far cry better than the endless cycles of reality shows such as When Barnyard Animals Attack or Real Housewives of Sugar Ridge, Ohio.

Here’s an idea: if you, dear reader, would like to share your list(s), I’m all ears. In fact, I’d like to hear your recommendations for the best films, books, TV shows, or anything else you care to share for 2011. It would be fun to see what you have to say, and then I can look into them so that I can keep up.