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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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XDeexDeeX XDeexDeeX 9 years
Dang...I think the Office shouldu've been #1. I love that show..
MostlyMindingMe MostlyMindingMe 9 years
Dexter is definitely one of the best shows on Television, and I think it's going to transition pretty well to CBS. Seems they had already been filming clean versions of episodes, so they must have known this was a possibility. Good news for all involved. I'm going to get my girlfriend to start watching.
techkim techkim 9 years
Pushing daisies is the best I will by it when it comes on DVD. As for the worst list I agree. A little bummed about big shots mostly because I liked see Christopher Titus again.
MarcDom7 MarcDom7 9 years
K-Ville is a ratings failure, so it doesn't seem that most regular people really like it. Don't jump on the critics simply because there's a discrepancy.
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
emmytee — I thought the same thing about The Wire, but I think it's only off the list because the show only covers July-December 2007 and The Wire wasn't on then. I bet it will turn up on the poll in the spring.
TeeTee036 TeeTee036 9 years
Love Dexter and House. Glad they're both in the top ten, yay!
emmytee emmytee 9 years
I like Pushing Daisies, but don't think it is THE best. I would put Dexter, FNL, and 30 Rock above it. Actually, I would put The Wire at #1 on the best list. It blows my mind that it didn't even make the list. I thought Cavemen was a LOT better than expected. Definitely does not deserve to be #1 worst.
Nouveau-Jackie-O Nouveau-Jackie-O 9 years
K Ville is a great show! But, what else can you expect can we expect from critics? They don't know what real tv viewers like.
briggs313 briggs313 9 years
I'm so glad Pushing Daisies got #1 ... i tried so hard to convince people how good of a show it was and this will certainly help! I miss it ... yay for FNL too!
redheath redheath 9 years
Pushing Daises def deserves the win there!
Lie Lie 9 years
Dexter should be nr 1!!! I love Dexter.
clareberrys clareberrys 9 years
john from cincinnati was Definitely the worst show EVER!!! Didn't understand it at all! I LOVE pushing daisies! But I liked carpoolers too I thought it was funny!
luvmehateme luvmehateme 9 years
I agree Melissa Rae, I LOVE Big Shots!!!! Michael V is hot and I even like Chris Titus in this one...Like Sex and the City for men. And I also LOVE Men in Trees, but I guess better to be on no list than the worst list, huh??? Hmmm, no mention of Rock of Love with Bret Michaels??? :)
Melissa-Rae Melissa-Rae 9 years
I loved Big Shots. :( It was great to see Michael V on TV again.
Neural Neural 9 years
MsCatch22: I may be one of the only other watchers of "Cavemen" who didn't abhor it. The Pinkberry episode was quite funny. Oh well. Seems we're gonna lose on this one!
VennieB VennieB 9 years
the only one on the worst shows list that i actually like is "private practice"'s a guilty i understand why others don't like it...
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
I agree!
alllacedup alllacedup 9 years
YES! I love love love love love Pushing Daisies. It is an adorable show with great actors, great writing, funny storylines- I could go on forever. I'm in agreement with the Best Show. It rocks!
yiddidea yiddidea 9 years
Pushing Daisies is the best new show to come out in years, so YAY for the #1 spot!
celeb_obsessed25 celeb_obsessed25 9 years
I love Pushing Daisies, so I'm glad it's #1. WTF is up with Caveman? I was surprised they would even air a stupid show like that. Considering how selective networks are, I was shocked to see that kind of crap on tv
JennaV JennaV 9 years
Dirty Sexy Money is on the worst list? Please!
simplycutebecka simplycutebecka 9 years
Pushing Daisies is excellent, I love it. Barry Sonnenfeld always does top work. Well worth a look.
jwramr jwramr 9 years
Pushing Dasies is ok but definitely NOT #1!
lilegwene lilegwene 9 years
Yay! I agree with Pushing Daisies as #1. It is original and fun! Plus Lee Pace is wonderful. A lot of other shows (ahem Gossip Girl) are just the same plot reworked. That being said, I enjoy Gossip Girl and would like to see it on the list; along with Cashmere Mafia even though its just a reworked SatC!
lala788 lala788 9 years
i sew and love all the shows from the best list , i wish that Californication is in a more high place. about the worst list i haven't watch anything from that list , only Carpoolers - who sucks.
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