1. Mad Men - The great run of this show continued through its third season which was equally as terrific as the previous two. A Guy Walks into an Advertising Agency was one of my favorite episodes of the series so far, and included this wonderful scene that was rather chilling and crazy. This season had lots of good stuff including the episode that handled the JFK assassination, the opening of Pandora’s box, a goodbye to Sal, and the hitchikers. It remains the best show on television.
2. Curb Your Enthusiasm - Still the best current comedy series running. The Seinfeld reunion was a useful gimmick as it generated more interest in the show from fans of Seinfeld. But the real joy of the gimmick was reuniting Jerry and Larry together, who had a lot of fun on camera together. The scenes that were just the two of them talking provided some of the best moments. Putting Michael Richards and Leon in scenes together was also quite epic.
3. Parks and Recreation - This show’s first season was a bit of a struggle, but the show has really come together this year. It is easily the best of the NBC Thursday night comedies at the moment. Not only is the show hilarious, but it also features some extremely likeable characters. Ron Swanson has become the best character on the show (just look at some of his scenes on Hulu) and the rest of the cast is very funny as well (especially Aziz Ansari and Aubrey Plaza).
4. Friday Night Lights - Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton are two actors who almost seem too good to be on a television series. This show remains one of the best shows around despite the low ratings. Not as magical as the first season, but it provided a much needed twist at the end of season three to change things up a bit.
5. Chuck - Chuck + kung fu. The third season, which begins January 10th, should be something alright.