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Best (Quality) Television Shows of 21st Century

Emily
The list author says: "While I like many guilty pleasure shows, these are the television shows I proudly embrace. The writing and acting is fantastic. The characters are dynamic. This list is all about excellence."
Veronica Mars: Season 1
Veronica Mars: Season 1
"The first (and best) season of this amazing drama.  The murder mystery plot is infused with comedy, love interests, great dialogue, and a fantastic father-daughter relationship.  This is hands down my favorite season of television ever."
Veronica Mars: Season 2
Veronica Mars: Season 2
"Another season, another mystery.  The show did not suffer a sophomore slump, delivering once again an amazing year of television.  (And a lot of great one-liners)."
Veronica Mars: Season 3
Veronica Mars: Season 3
"While season three struggled to find its footing on a new network with a new setup, it was still remarkably good.  A greater emphasis on the character Dick Casablacas created comedy gold!  By the end of the season (and sadly the series) Veronica Mars churned out two of its best episodes ever in "Weevil's Wobble But Never Fall" and "The Bitch is Back.""
Arrested Development: The Complete Series (Seasons 1-3 Bundle)
Arrested Development: The Complete Series (Seasons 1-3 Bundle)
"Arrested Development is now a cult favorite among young people.  If only that fan base had embraced it while it was on air.  Arrested Development is hilarious and original comedy without a laugh track (thank goodness) or any other sitcom devices.  The running jokes are priceless so I recommend you watch the series in order."
Friday Night Lights: Season 1
Friday Night Lights: Season 1
"I have never seen anything this well written and well acted on television before.  FNL captures small town life and high school perfectly.  Every scene seems real and authentic.  I cannot praise the writers enough.  The actors deserve accolades as well.  I would like to praise in particular Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton's relationship on the show.  The portrayal is flawless."
Everwood - The Complete First Season
Everwood - The Complete First Season
"The first season of this show is gut wrenching.  It is a touching drama that may not appeal to those who don't like shows that have you going for your tissues.  The acting is superb.  Following the journey of the Brown family after the death of their wife/mother is moving and always engaging."
Gilmore Girls: The Complete Series Collection
Gilmore Girls: The Complete Series Collection
"While Gilmore Girls did not end its seven season run at the same quality it began with, it was always a good show.  The show blended drama and comedy seamlessly. The mother-daughter relationship, full of quick witted dialogue, is a pleasure to watch.  I recommend watching it from start to finish so that you can see the truly remarkable  journeys of the Gilmores."
The West Wing: The Complete Series Collection
The West Wing: The Complete Series Collection
"Aaron Sorkin's writing style is not for everyone, but I for one, love it.  The West Wing is full of interesting storylines that make you think.  Just as the characters struggle through moral political gray areas, the viewer is forced to consider the same questions.  And while the writing is stellar, I can't leave out the acting.  The cast is phenomenal, from the leads to the guest stars."
30 Rock: Seasons 1-3
30 Rock: Seasons 1-3
"Comedy gold.  Alec Baldwin steals the show."
Parks and Recreation: Season 2
Parks and Recreation: Season 2
"While the first season of Parks and Recreation was lackluster, the show really found its footing in season two.  As part of an NBC lineup that included the Office and 30 Rock, it often outshined both of them."
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