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Critics: Pushing Daisies Is the Best Show, Cavemen the Worst

I love checking out the results of the twice-yearly TV critics' polls, which help track which TV shows are on the rise and which, well, aren't in the eyes of critics around the country. The latest poll, which covers summer shows and the start of the current TV season, was just released, and ABC's Pushing Daisies made its first appearance on the list in the No. 1 spot.

Another new show, Mad Men, finished second, while Dexter ended up in third. Heroes showed signs of its rough fall, plunging from No. 6 in the last poll to No. 25 in this one. The Office and Friday Night Lights also stumbled a bit, but both stayed in the top 10 — and House made one of the biggest leaps forward, jumping from No. 15 to No. 7.

On the worst side, it probably isn't a surprise that Cavemen topped the list, with Viva Laughlin — which only aired two episodes — coming in at No. 2.

The most interesting to me: One show made appearances on both the best and worst lists. Want to know what it is, plus see the top 10 best and worst? Just


Critics seem to be utterly divided about Dirty Sexy Money. It was the only show to be considered among the best and the worst, ranking at No. 15 on the best list and tying for No. 7 among the worst.

You can check out the full list here, and here are the top 10 best and worst:

Best Series
1. Pushing Daisies
2. Mad Men
3. Dexter
4. 30 Rock
5. Friday Night Lights
6. Damages
7. House
8 (tie). The Office
8 (tie). Ugly Betty
10. Californication

Worst Shows
1. Cavemen
2. Viva Laughlin
3. Big Shots
4. Kid Nation
5. Carpoolers
6. K-Ville
7 (tie.) John from Cincinnati
7 (tie). Dirty Sexy Money
7 (tie). Phenomenon
7 (tie). Private Practice
7 (tie). The Bachelor
7 (tie). Anchorwoman

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