10. DOWNTON ABBEY
A soap opera dressed up like a prestigious drama. Not a great season, but it's still first-rate entertainment. Favorite moment: the snowy proposal.
8. THE HOUR
Like Downton, a good show with great costumes and production design. Favorite moments: any scene with Anna Chancellor.
7. GAME OF THRONES
For Peter Dinklage alone. And the episode with the siege. This is a show that I think will just keep getting better. Favorite moment: Tyrion Lannister becomes a man of action.
5. FRESH MEAT
4. MAD MEN
3. THE WALKING DEAD
This finally becomes the show I always wanted it to be. Favorite moment: The governor and Michonne resolve their differences.
One of the most innovative shows ever. Each week is like a mini-movie that can do anything it wants. Favorite moments: Parker Posey on the rooftop, and David Lynch as the late-show exec.
I'm always going to pick the thriller, especially if the thriller is this good. Knife-sharp suspense with unlikeable (sometimes) good guys and likeable (sometimes) bad guys. I'm only reviewing the first season here. No Showtime in this house. Favorite moment: the lie detector scene.