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Best of 2011: TV

The perfect year-end wrap-up for people who hate year-end round-ups

Maxim.com's Best Of 2011: Gaming | Movies | TV | Gadgets | Web

Funniest Show of the Year
Louie

(Photo Credit: FX; Watch on Hulu)

Runners Up
Workaholics

(Photo Credit: Comedy Central; Watch it on iTunes)

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
(Photo Credit: FX; Watch clips on Hulu)

Happy Endings

(Photo Credit: ABC; Watch on Hulu)

The League

(Photo Credit: FX; Watch on Hulu)

Best New Comedy
Up All Night 

(Photo Credit: NBC; Watch on Hulu)

Best Drama
Breaking Bad

(Photo Credit: AMC; Watch on Netflix)

Runners Up
Sons of Anarchy

(Photo Credit: FX; Watch Clips on Hulu)

Justified

(Photo Credit: FX; Watch Clips on Hulu)

Friday Night Lights

(Photo Credit: NBC; Watch on Hulu)

Best New Drama…Until the Infuriatingly Shitty Finale Fucked It All Up
Homeland

(Photo Credit: HBO; Watch on Showtime)

Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror
Game of Thrones

(Photo Credit: HBO;  Buy season one on Amazon)

Runners Up
Fringe

(Photo Credit: Fox; Watch on Hulu)

Alphas

(Photo Credit: Syfy; Watch on Hulu)

Best New Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror
Falling Skies

(Photo Credit: TNT; Watch on TNT)

Best Reality
Top Shot

(Photo Credit: A&E Television Networks; Watch Clips on Hulu)

Runners Up
Pit Bulls and Parolees


(Photo Credit: Animal Planet; Watch on Discovery)

Hard Time

(Photo Credit: National Geographic; Watch on Hulu)

IRT: Deadliest Roads

(Photo Credit: A&E Television Networks; Watch on Hulu)

Worst Reality Show in the History of Reality TV
Toddlers and Tiaras


(Photo Credit: TLC; Never fucking watch this show)

Best Animated Series
Archer

(Photo Credit: FX; Watch Clips on Hulu)

Runners Up
South Park


(Photo Credit: Comedy Central; Watch on Hulu)

The Simpsons

(Photo Credit: Fox; Watch on Hulu)

The Ricky Gervais Show

(Photo Credit: HBO; Watch on Amazon)

Least Animated Series
Charlie Rose


(Photo Credit: CBS; Watch on Hulu)

Most Irritating, Season-long Question That No One Cared About the Answer To (tie)
“Who killed Rosie Larson?” (The Killing)

(Photo Credit: AMC; Watch on Amazon)

“Where’s Sophia?” (The Walking Dead)

(Photo Credit: AMC; Watch on Amazon)

Best Answer To Any Question Ever
“What is pussy furry?” (Jeopardy)

Look, We Like Jim Parsons As Much As The Next Guy, But You're Really Going To Give Him The Emmy Over The Repeatedly-Snubbed Steve Carell For His Last Season On The Office? Really?!

(Photo Credit: NBC; Watch on Hulu)

Most Improved
Boardwalk Empire

(Photo Credit: HBO; Buy season one on Amazon)

Biggest Letdown
The Walking Dead

(Photo Credit: ;Watch Clips on Hulu)

Rules of Engagement is Still On the Air, But This Show Is In Distress? Really?!
Community

(Photo Credit: NBC; Watch on Hulu)

Most Welcome Return
Beavis and Butthead

(Photo Credit: MTV; Watch on Hulu)

Most Welcome Exit (tie)
Oprah


(Photo Credit: Retna Ltd)

Kate Plus 8

(Photo Credit: TLC)

Least Welcome Exit
Ned Stark's (Sean Bean's) head on Game of Thrones
(Photo Credit: HBO; Buy season one on Amazon)

The Best News of 2011, Television or Otherwise
Arrested Development to get a fourth season on Netflix

Prediction for 2012
The Internet is awash in disgust over how shitty the new Arrested Development is and how they should have let it rest. Maxim.com sits back with an I-told-you-so shit-eating grin perched on our faces.

Best On-Screen Meltdown
Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino bashes his own head into a wall on Jersey Shore

(Watch on Hulu)

Best Off-Screen Meltdown
Charlie Sheen's descent into tiger blood-soaked, goddess-loving madness gets him fired from Two and a Half Men

(Photo Credit: Kristian Dowling)

Best Reason to Get Into Stuffy Period TV Movies
Evan Rachel Wood goes full-frontal in Mildred Pierce

(Photo Credit: HBO)

Best Series Send-Off
Smallville

(Photo Credit: Warner Bros.; Buy the complete series)

Worst Series Send-Off
Entourage

(Photo Credit: HBO; Watch on Amazon)

RIP Fireguys
Rescue Me

(Photo Credit: FX; Watch Clips on Hulu)

Most Understandable TV Mercy Killing
Larry King

(Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Saddest Minka Kelly News During An Otherwise-Great Year of Minka Kelly News
Charlie's Angels get canceled, Friday Night Lights goes off the air, her character gets the boot on Parenthood

(Photo Credit: NBC)

Best Thing To Do
"Treat yo self" (Parks and Recreation)

Best Musical Performances on TV
Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert cover Rebecca Black's "Friday" on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
 

Best Social Assassin
Larry David

(Photo Credit: HBO; Buy season seven of Curb Your Enthusiasm on Amazon)

Worst Societal Assassin
Kim Kardashian


(Photo Credit: E! Entertainment;Watch on Hulu)

Show Most Likely To Feature A Character Having Sex In A Rubber Suit
American Horror Story


(Photo Credit: FX;Watch on Hulu)

Runner Up
Hot in Cleveland


(Photo Credit: TV Land;Watch on Hulu)

Funniest TV Robots
Zingbot (Big Brother)

(Photo Credit: CBS;Watch on iTunes)

FunnyBot (South Park)

(Photo Credit: Comedy Central;Watch on Hulu)

Least Funny TV Robot
Ashton Kutcher (Two and a Half Men)


(Photo Credit: CBS;Watch on CBS)

Best Show We Watch in Spite of Its Crappy Title
How I Met Your Mother

(Photo Credit: CBS;Watch Clips on Hulu)

Least Appealing Show Title Unless You’re Really, Really Drunk
Lady Hoggers


(Photo Credit: A&E Television Networks)

How Did Our Dad Get A TV Show?
Hillbilly Handfishin'

(Photo Credit: Animal Planet)