Friday, November 03, 2006

2004-05: The best television season ever?

What was in the water that year?

A quick list of the shows that debuted in that season that are still on the air:

ABC:
Boston Legal
Desperate Housewives
Grey's Anatomy
Lost
Wife Swap

CBS:
CSI: NY
Numb3rs

The CW:
Veronica Mars

Fox:
House
Trading Spouses

NBC:
Medium
The Office

Cable:
Battlestar Galactica
Rescue Me

And I know I'm forgetting some.

Not to mention some pretty good canceled shows, Jack and Bobby being the favorite of mine. Plus, you had a lot of shows that were in their creative primes -- Arrested Development, Gilmore Girls, Scrubs, etc.

Now, of course, not everything on that list is an all-time classic, but the class of 04-05 is pretty darn good. And, what's more, most of those shows are solid hits or have fanatical cult followings (or, if you're Lost, both). Plus, these were shows that bucked against the dominant thinking of the time -- more serials and more reality shows please. I don't know how it happened, but I'm not sure it had happened before or will happen again.

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