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The top 10 best new TV shows of the 2002-2003 season

Opinions by Shawn McKenzie 01/28/2003

All of these shows are shows that premiered in the Fall of 2002 and are mainly network shows.  Some of them have been cancelled since then, but at one time, we all had a chance to enjoy them.  Click on the links to read the full review.

10. "Do Over"-This show was funny and frustrating at the same time.  It had horrible continuity errors, like playing songs that hadn’t come out yet in the time period it was set in, or having the characters go to the premiere of The Empire Strikes Back (a movie that had already come out the year before the setting of the show.)  Why is it on my top 10 list?  I think the frustration added to the fun for me.  It aggravated and entertained me at the same time.  I don’t know if it has been cancelled (most likely it has), but if it comes back, check it out.

9. "The Twilight Zone"-Anthology shows have kind of sucked over the last couple of years, but this remake of the classic Rod Serling series was pretty good.  Forrest Whitaker is a decent host, I like the decision to do all new stories instead of remaking all of the old ones (except for a couple of upcoming February Sweeps episodes that are a "tribute" to the old series), and the guest stars so far have been great.

8. "Hack"-This show wasn’t what I originally thought it was going to be, but it has held up decently.  Other TV critics hated this show and predicted its demise, but it persevered.  David Morse is a powerful lead character, and the series is essentially his.  I still think Andre Braugher is severely underused, but hopefully that will change soon.

7. "Without a Trace"-I wasn’t too sure about this show at first, but the episode with guest star David Paymer losing his son on the way to a baseball game clenched me.  This show many times is much more entertaining than its competitor on NBC, "E.R."  I also find it admirable that they display an actual missing person at the end of each episode with the hopes that it might help find that person.

6. "C.S.I.: Miami"-This show hasn’t quite lived up to its amazing pilot episode, but it is still compelling.  I’ve always thought David Caruso made a powerful leading man on television, and the decision of Kim Delany to leave the show has only made it better.  Let’s hope they make Emily Procter the lead female character soon!

5. "Everwood"-I was so happy when they dropped the one thing that irritated me about this show…Treat Williams talking to his dead wife.  I hated that storyline on “Providence” (where Dr. Syd was talking to her dead mom), so I stopped watching that show after the first couple of episodes.  Since Dr. Brown is no longer pulling a Sixth Sense, and with Colin now out of his coma and shaking things up, the show has gotten addictive.

4. "What I Like About You"-Yes, this show is incredibly goofy and cheesy, but for some reason, it never fails to make me laugh several times.  Amanda Bynes and Jennie Garth have great chemistry together.  Garth proved she was a natural at comedy after a decade on “Beverly Hills, 90210.”  Finally, Simon Rex proved that he could not only avoid being annoying, and actually be funny.

3. "Birds of Prey"-After huge ratings numbers for its pilot episode, this show started to sink.  I have no idea why though.  While not every episode was top notch, it was still a great comic book show.  There was so much potential and so many opportunities for guest appearances by other superheroes (including more appearances of Batman himself.)  It is gone now, but I hope its demise wasn’t the demise of the development of more TV shows based on comic books.

2. "Firefly"-“The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.” may have been first to combine comedy with the science fiction and Western genres, but this show perfected it.  I saw the original pilot before it aired (as the series finale) and it didn’t blow me away.  As the series went on, it became so creative and entertaining that I couldn’t believe I didn’t give it a five TV rating originally.  I should never doubt the power of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” producer Joss Whedon again!  R.I.P. “Firefly.”

1. "John Doe"-I am constantly surprised that this series has hooked me so hardcore when it is a one-note gimmick (maybe it’s because I am a sucker for gimmicky shows.)  The only thing wrong with this show is that it has ruined “Monk” for me (I constantly think, “Why doesn’t Adrian Monk know everything?  John Doe does!”)  Don’t worry, I’ll still watch Mr. Obsessive-Compulsive Golden Globe winner…

What do you think of my choices?  What would you choose as the top 10 best new TV shows of the 2002-2003 season?  Please go to the Home Page and post your opinion on the Entertain Your Brain Message Board!

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