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TV Critics Love Mad Men, Hate Most New Shows


It was already pretty clear that Fall 2008 wasn't the shining beacon of good television we all wanted after the writers' strike, but the latest installment of TV Week's critics' poll pretty much drives the message home. Only one new show, HBO's True Blood, managed to crack the top 10, while all but one show on the list of worst series was a product of Fall '08.

Mad Men took first place on the best list, jumping up from second last time it was eligible. (The poll ranked shows airing between late June and early December.) The Shield took second, followed by 30 Rock and Dexter. True Blood was fifth.

As for the worst? Do Not Disturb topped that list, followed by Knight Rider, Kath and Kim, My Own Worst Enemy, and Crusoe — ouch for NBC!

My personal favorite entry is Chuck at No. 10 on the best list, up from No. 18 the only other time it was eligible. Check out the full list with explanations here, and to see the top 10 and bottom 11, just read more.

BEST SERIES
1. Mad Men
2. The Shield
3. 30 Rock
4. Dexter
5. True Blood
6. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
7. The Office
8. Pushing Daisies
9. Friday Night Lights
10. Chuck

WORST SERIES
1. Do Not Disturb
2. Knight Rider
3. Kath and Kim
4. My Own Worst Enemy
5. (tie) Crusoe
5. (tie) Hole in the Wall
6. (tie) Opportunity Knocks
6. (tie) Rosie Live
7. The Ex List
8. (tie) According to Jim
8. (tie) Gary Unmarried

Photos courtesy of AMC and Fox

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