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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


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

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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glam-sugar glam-sugar 8 years
Mad Men is really good, it's one of the few shows I watch.
nutrihuney nutrihuney 8 years
I wish this list could save Pushing Daisies! I guess I will just have to watch my DVDs over and over to get my fix.
linds1019 linds1019 8 years
I liked My Own Worst Enemy.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
I'm happy for Pushing Daisies and True Blood!
daise daise 8 years
Also, where was Grey's Antaomy? - I guess the crazy this season was a little too much for the critics to handle- oh well, I loved it anyhow (I just hope the thing with Lexie and Sloane goes somewhere (any takers?)
daise daise 8 years
I'm sorry, but why on earth did Pushing Daisies get cancelled again? - it was fresh and cute as hell! Love me a bit o Lee Pace and Anna Friel! The whole cast gave me a goddamn toothache!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I love true Blood, and you have to take it as a fantasy show not reality, therefore most "situations" and conversations will seem cheesy to those who dont like that genre.
MindayH MindayH 8 years
I love TRUE BLOOD, and so glad for the Chuck jump. I really like the office, but thought this season was the worst so far, so I am surprised it did so well on this list.
Beauty Beauty 8 years
Vic Mackey lives!
emmebeth emmebeth 8 years
I can't believe so many people like True Blood. The acting is so cheesy!
bransugar79 bransugar79 8 years
hey do you think that Pushing Daisies might get helped out by being number 8?? O k grasping at straws time has officially begun :)
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Yay for Mad Men and Friday Night Lights. Awesome!
JCP0240 JCP0240 8 years
Happy to see FNL on the best. It's too bad that this list only has shows that air between June and December, therefore leaving Lost out.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I love True Blood. And I completely understand why Kath and Kim are on the worst list. I really haven't seen the others.
annalisa annalisa 8 years
Happy for Mad Men and True Blood!!!
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