Question of the week: what was the best TV show or movie you saw in 2010?


Quite a simple one today, and appropriate for the last QotW for 2010.

What was the best TV show or movie you saw in 2010?

It could be a TV series or movie. It could be just an episode of a TV show. It needn’t even be a new show, merely one that you saw for the first time this year. But whatever it was, let us all know.

You can refresh your memory by looking over my reviews A-Z, assuming I’ve reviewed it, and there’s always the weekly “what have you been watching?

Off the top of my head, I’d say personally

  • Inception – which is probably the best movie I’ve seen in the last one or even two years
  • In Treatment – which although slow to develop, really proved itself in its final week
  • Dexter – bar its final episode
  • Southland – the second season of which was just phenomenal (roll on season three)
  • Rubicon – for its last few episodes, which made it one of the best US spy series ever
  • Rev – just for proving the BBC can still do comedy
  • Sherlock – a brilliant first episode anyway
  • Community – which has had some brilliant individual episodes
  • Rome – finally caught up with it and loved the first season, although the second season was a disappointment

As always, leave a comment with your answer or a link to your answer on your own blog

  • Community. Came back with a bang in the New Year, never dropped in terms of quality during the second half of its debut season, then raced out the traps in season two.
    Clever storytelling, witty writing and a pop culture sensibility that’s knowing without being arch – a spiritual successor to Spaced. And with Donald Glover, a show that’s helped establish a genuine breakout star.

  • bob

    Hard… I am too crushed by Dexter‘s rubbish finale to even consider it for the prize! Community was pretty solid (and surprising). So I see why that ought to get a prize. But so was Fringe… in fact, the back half of season 2 stunned me completely and season 3 so far has been exceptional too. And something else that stunned me was Spartacus, especially given the atrocious start. And then there was Mad Men and I really think that was my favourite season yet (even if I did think it too comedic and farcical at times). And on the other side of the Atlantic, Misfits was just brilliant.
    But really, best show for me was Breaking Bad. Just so completely awesome. I am forever in awe of this show. It had some sublime action sequences this year and Hank and Jesse both blew me away with their performances.

  • Mark Carroll

    Mostly relying on Netflix, now at one disc at a time, I’m a bit out of date of course. I’m still waiting for Inception, latest Dexter, Rubicon, even Community. (Currently on Foyle’s War.)
    For me, best TV I (finally) saw probably had to be Life or Carnivale, both conveniently only two seasons so we now own them on DVD. I also rather enjoyed Stargate: Universe; I like science fiction, and I liked that it was a little more serious and darker than some past Stargate. I don’t think I watched anything that I found seriously compelling, though.
    My favourite films were probably Ink and District 9, though not enough to buy a copy. (Looking at my Amazon purchase history, I did buy copies of Franklyn, Watchmen and Ishii’s The Taste of Tea, but I’d probably first seen them before this year.)

  • Favourite film of the year for me has to be Toy Story 3, complete family entertainment, and had similar poignancy for us grown ups and eldest daughter who’s grown up with the franchise and doesn’t want to grow up herself. Lovely, lovely film, with some genuine edge of the seat moments, lots of wit, and some considerable pathos.
    I loved Ashes to Ashes, particularly the finale, and enjoyed Series 2 of Being Human, which didn’t quite match up to the first series, but was wonderful nevertheless.
    Dr Who with Matt Smith at the helm didn’t disappoint, but new series for me were definitely Sherlock, which I loved, and Rev, which was a wonderfully understated comedy.
    Just caught up with A Song of Lunch which I also thought was wonderful, beautifully shot, brilliantly acted, and a poignant story of self deception at the heart of it. Amazing how Alan Rickman always makes me like him even when he’s behaving like a total prick.
    I’m sure there must be other things I’ve enjoyed, but my brain total mush at the moment, so I can’t remember any more off the top of my head.

  • Mark Carroll

    Ah, great, Toy Story 3 will come on my daughter’s Netflix before long, I hope, and Ashes to Ashes on mine once it’s out on DVD (I hear it gets better after a shaky start), so hopefully we indeed have stuff to look forward to. And, yes, while I like Matt Smith as the Doctor, I really did like Sherlock, and I hope for more than the little we got so far.

  • George

    For TV
    Mad Men
    Storyville (BBC)
    and Sherlock
    Films? Meh… Piranaha 3d?

  • The first ep of Sherlock was AWESOME, the others less so but it holds promise. Similarly, whilst it was erratic there were some fabulous eps in the new DW series. The two part finale made my brain hurt but I’m looking forward to watching those again soon.
    Film wise, I liked Inception but I think it got a little too much hype. On the other hand, Skeletons was a real find: get it on DVD (I’ll probably now discover you raving about from ages ago won’t I…?)

  • Mark Carroll

    Oooh, I didn’t know of Skeletons at all, thank you. Netflix here has actually heard of it, no release date yet but at least I can tell their computers to remember it for me. Well, at least Inception’s out on DVD so I’ll get to see that soon.

  • The other David

    This Is Not My Life (last episode was kind of a disappointment, but a strong series none-the-less)
    Stargate: Universe (was _very_ disappointed to see it was canceled)
    The Song of Lunch (love Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman. An absolutely brilliant performance)
    The King’s Speech (while it seemed Geoffrey Rush couldn’t do an Australian accent [to my ears at least — correct me if I’m wrong], it was a thoroughly enjoyable picture)
    Downton Abbey (the timeline skipping was a little hard to bear [1912 to 1914?!], but a beautiful work of art)
    Doctor Who (it was hard seeing Tennant leave, but Matt Smith has really made the role his own. Kudos to Steven Moffat.)
    Sherlock (mentioned previously, but a brilliant reimagining of Sherlock in the 21st century. Kudos once again to Moffat.)