Best TV of the Decade – Part Three

Time to continue on with the list, with entries 10 through 6. To read the introduction with honourable mentions, go here, and to read entries 15 through 11, go here.

One note: I added at the end of each entry (besides #11, because the series didn’t lend itself to this kind of analysis) a quick mention of what I felt were the best season and episode for each series. These were honest attempts to make a few more declarations on the shows, but I’ll admit, I didn’t kill myself picking my favourites. I’m working completely from memory, so there’s a good chance that for some of them, another episode might actually be better. So feel free to share your opinions on them and anything else I write here.
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Top 25 Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The Top Five.

This is it, the end of the list. If you were saving your comments for the list in full, speak now. I don’t really mind if few people were reading this, it was fun to put together either way. If you wanna see all the screen caps I made, including episodes that didn’t make the cut, you can see them HERE. If you want them for yourself, feel free to take them. It’s not like I own the copyright. Just don’t hotlink.
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Top 25 Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Numbers 10-6.

Here it is, the start of the top ten. A quick note to be made here is that I didn’t miss number 8. Number 7, “Graduation Day” is a two-part episode, and thus is a tie. It is both number 7 and 8 on the list, or, 7a and b. If I were only doing a Top Ten, then I’d probably just rank it as one episode, but since this is a Top 25, I figured that they should take their own spots on the list as a tie. To see what ranked 15-11, click HERE.
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Top 25 Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Numbers 15-11.

Numbers 20-16 can be seen HERE.
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Top 25 Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Numbers 20-16.

Time to continue with the Big List. The reason why I’m breaking it down into 5 groups of 5 is that I worry that no one would read the whole thing if I posted it at once. Most would start off reading it, then they’d scroll down, maybe read an episode they love, then scroll some more. Of course, that could still be happening, but breaking it up increases the possibility that some people might read the whole deal. To read what ranked 25 through 21, click HERE.
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Top 25 Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Numbers 25-21.

One of my favourite reads this summer has been Noel Murray’s posts about the first two seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer for The Onion’s AV Club. Murray is a first time viewer of the show, and reading him discover the brilliance of one of my all-time favourite shows has been a fun way of re-living the series, so if you haven’t already, I highly recommend you check out his posts (which finished up today, to be continued with season three some time around December).

Inspired by this trip down memory lane, I thought I’d re-post my Top 25 Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer list that I originally wrote way back in 2005. While an older piece of writing (and thus possibly not as strong as my current writing), it’s still one of my favourite blog posts ever, both in terms of how much fun it was to put together and pride in how in turned out. Read on past the jump to find out the first five episodes to make the list, along with some of my reasoning at the time for the post. Numbers 20-1 will follow shortly (or, depending on when you’re reading this, have already been posted).
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POST #42: Comics

Along with being obsessed with watching TV and movies, and listening to music, I’m also a comic book reader. I have been off and on since I was kid, amassing a pretty big collection along the way. I don’t collect like I used to, and I’m not anywhere near as passionate as I once was, but I still follow a handful of titles.

After several years of dormancy, I drawn back into comics on my honeymoon, when I spotted a Wizard Magazine with the announcement that Joss Whedon was set to write for X-Men comics. I’m a huge Whedon fan (I think Buffy the Vampire Slayer might be the best TV show of all-time), and had been a huge X-Men fan for a large part of my life (I think one of my runs goes about 200 issues straight). So I bought the magazine, which led me to go back into comics stores to be the Astonishing X-Men series that Whedon was writing.

Later, through downloading, I came across Y: The Last Man, after reading an interview with its writer and creator Brian K Vaughan on the Onion AV Club. I quickly fell in love with the series, devouring the 25 or so issues that I had downloaded, and then getting all the trades so I could have them for my own.

That led me to another Vaughan series, Ex Machina, which is brilliant in its own right. Figuring that Vaughan could do no wrong, I went ahead and bought the first hard cover collection of Runaways, and learned that I was right (it turns out that I wasn’t quiet right… his earlier work for Marvel with their characters weren’t as great as his own creations. I didn’t quite care for his Mystique series, and only read one trade of his work on Ultimate X-Men). Both books remain on my pull list, even after Vaughan left Runaways and was replaced by… Joss Whedon!

So I proved that I’ll buy anything written by these two (including Vaughan’s excellent Pride of Baghdad graphic novel and fun Escapist mini-series), but I didn’t stop there. After reading tonnes of praise and buying a preview issue for 25 cents, I finally checked out Fables by Bill Willingham, and found myself loving it almost as much as Y: The Last Man. I’ve decided to just collect that one in trades though, since the monthly issues are often unsatisfying one by one.

Once it was announced that Whedon was releasing a new Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics series that would function as a season eight (with Vaughan following up with the next arc of stories), it was quickly added to my reserve file, bringing the total of monthly series I currently collect to six. And they’re all fantastic.

So comic book readers, is there anything else out there that I should check out based on these tastes? Who’s the next Vaughan or Willingham that I’m not reading?