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Best of 2005: TV

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BEST NEW TV SHOW (ENGLISH):
HOUSE
Hands down, best of 2005. Period. Even though the show technically aired at the end of 2004, the bulk of episodes aired was in 2005. This show, like some of my other seminal favourites (Dark Angel, The X-Files) has made me cry, laugh, howl, and wet my pants - sometimes several times an episode, and sometimes all at once. It's got humour, tasteless jokes, serious business, and a just plain amazing cast and crew that never ceases to surprise me with its talent. OH, and did I mention one of the only female roles (out of three major ones), Cameron, is TOTALLY CAPSLOCK?

RUNNER-UP:
Point Pleasant
This show SHOULD NOT have been cancelled. Then again, Fox takes the hatchet to a LOT of shows that they don't give enough time to. Luckily they were given their 13 scheduled aired episodes and now put entirely to DVD. Then again, when you take into account the content (religious themes), I can understand why the network got antsy and shut it down.
Wonder Showzen
Think of the most offensive things there are currently in US culture. Okay, now think of a kid's show. Wonder Showzen would probably be the bastard child of both. And it needs to get back on network TV and off of seasonal hiatus.


BEST CONTINUING SHOW OF 2005 (ENGLISH):
Smallville
Going strong with season 4 and now season 5, these seasons with their arc storylines are proving to be the best for the show in its five year run so far. My favourite arc so far has been the Lana-as-Isabella arc, but a close second is Lex-Going-Bad-OH NOES arc which is happening this season.

RUNNER-UP:
None. Sadly.


BEST NEW DISCOVERY (ENGLISH):
A BIT OF FRY AND LAURIE
Hugh Laurie's work with Stephen Fry before he went on to do HOUSE. Hilarious stuff that I have no idea how it got past the BBC censors. They're kind of equal oppertunity offenders here. Four seasons, 26 episodes of work. Now if only they had it on DVD!

RUNNER-UP:
None.


BEST NEW TV SHOW (JAPANESE):
DENSHA OTOKO
It was a hit all over Japan in book form and movie form, but the story was best told through this short 11-episode TV drama series. The cast was excellent as was the adaptive screenplay episode by episode. It kicked the movie's ass and held consistantly at #1 ALL summer for Japanese television. It's the year of the Akiba.

RUNNER-UP:
Joou no Kyoushitsu
Teacher runs classroom like dungeon. Enough said.
Jouou
Aoi Sora's boobies make their first Japanese network appearance.


BEST CONTINUING SHOW OF 2005 (JAPANESE):
None.
Most Japanese shows are seasonal and last at most 12 episodes. It's really rare for them to have second or third seasons, unless they're taiga (historical period) dramas.


BEST NEW DISCOVERY (JAPANESE):
Vampire Gigolo (BLOODHOUND)
With a loose basis off of Kaori Yuki's manga of the same title, this show was made in 2003 or 2004 and was so awful and hilarious you couldn't look and you couldn't look away. At least I got a run for my money. I couldn't stop laughing the entire show.

RUNNER-UP:
DEKICHATTA KEKKON
One of Hirosue Ryoko's first dramas, and ironically enough, a story of what would eventually happen to her at age 23. Girl and Man have one night stand, girl gets pregnant, and from there both families fight the impending marriage.

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