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Top 10 Best New TV Shows of 2003

Opinions by Shawn McKenzie 03/10/2004

I don't see every single show on every single channel, but I do watch more TV than most, so I think I'm fairly credible on what is good.  I especially try to catch every new show.  Some of the shows on my list have been cancelled already (or are in danger of cancellation), but they all premiered in the calendar year of 2003.  You may disagree with my choices, and that's fine, but know what I like.  See what you think.

10. Happy Family-This hidden gem has been consistently funny all season so far.  John Larroquette and Christine Baranski have good chemistry, and the grown-up kids are all hilarious.  I’m glad it is a modest hit, but I have a feeling that if it were put in a higher profile timeslot, it would be cancelled quickly.

9. The O.C.-This is a show that has gotten better and better as it has gone along.  Some people have said that it is unfair to compare this show to FOX’s ‘90s hit “Beverly Hills 90210,” but I think it is a compliment.  “90210” was the last good nighttime soap, until this show.  Seth Cohen is hilarious, and the unbelievable plotlines are fun to watch.

8. Wanda at Large-Unfortunately, this show has been cancelled, but for a season and a half, we had the unforgiving, un-PC opinions of the riotous Wanda Sykes.  Her rude attitude and uncensored mouth had me laughing every week.  The move to Fridays next to the awful “Luis” killed the show though.

7. Chappelle’s Show-He’s rich, b***h, and deservedly so.  We not only get a weekly dose of Chappelle’s stand-up act, but we also get some extremely unapologetic comedy skits.  I have a feeling that a sketch on a black, blind leader of the KKK might get protested on “Saturday Night Live,” but on this show, it fits perfectly.  Sure, it portrays stereotypes of white people, but unless you are actually offended, even white people (like me) would laugh at the jokes.

6. Dead Like Me-If you took out the language, this show could actually air on FOX, but I’m somehow glad that it is on Showtime.  Not that I want to see the deaths get more graphic, but the dark humor on this addictive show might not pack the same punch without the language.  The fact that the deaths are so outrageous and goofy makes this odd show more charming.

5. Arrested Development-I’m hoping that this show’s upcoming move to Wednesdays following “American Idol” will boost its sagging ratings, because it would be a shame to lose the funniest new show on TV.  I’m also hoping that its eventual Emmy nominations will save it as well.  I’ve always known that David Cross was funny, but who knew that Jason Bateman could crack me up?

4. Nip/Tuck-See my comments about this show here.


3. Jake 2.0-Another victim of bad scheduling, this geek-turned-superhero show was fun all the way up to its cancellation.  Sure, Jake could control computers with his mind to fight the bad guys, but he was powerless against a vampire with a soul, a President in an alternate dimension, a bachelor who went around kissing everyone, and a bunch of kids from Orange County.  I know that UPN has just so many hours, but why keep “The Mullets” and not this show?

2. Las Vegas-See my comments about this show here.

1. Joan of Arcadia-See my comments about this show here.

What do you think of my choices?  What would you choose as the best new TV shows of 2003?  Please email me at shawn@entertainyourbrain.com or go to the Home Page and post your opinion on the Entertain Your Brain Message Board!

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