#1 - The Walking Dead
Fuck. Yes. The only thing that sucked about the first season of The Walking Dead was that it was only six episodes long. Frank Grimes and co. will be returning soon with a thirteen episode season that is set to debut in October of this year. The show is driven by an outstanding ensemble cast and robust plot lines. Rumor has it that Stephen King will be writing one of the episodes in season two.
#2 - Mad Men
Thank God AMC and Matthew Weiner were finally able to come to terms on a deal. The fifth season of Mad Men will finally air in March of 2012, a whole 17 month since the last episode aired in October 2010. While the fourth season took a bit of a dip when compared with its predecessors, it was rather interesting to see the show's writers and creators explore the darker side of many of its characters. As long as they keep the booze flowing in the office, I am sure everything will be fine.
#3 - Shameless
The American remix of the BAFTA award winning show definitely did not disappoint in its first season. Another brilliantly assembled ensemble cast featuring William H. Macy, Joan Cusack, and a bunch of no names, Shameless has been able to blend slapstick humor with some pretty biting and intense drama. Macy is decent as drunken oaf Frank, roaming around from bar to bar in the Chicago slums, but Emmy Rossum (Fiona) and Cameron Monaghan (Ian) are the characters that kept me coming back for more. Season two has been ordered and will likely air in late 2011 or early 2012.
#4 - Weeds
Should the show probably have ended about two or three seasons ago? Yes. Has Andy basically been the one saving grace of the show the past few years? Yes. Is Mary-Louise Parker still a drop dead gorgeous super hottie? Yes. At this point, I just want to see how it all ends. The first few seasons were so good, back when Weeds was truly about the doldrums of life in the suburbs. Once season four and Mexico became involved, everything just started to turn wacky and break away from what had made the show so great. That being said, I am still excited to see what will hopefully be the show's last season. It premieres on June 27th.
#5 - Curb Your Enthusiasm
Thankfully, Curb is another show that I won't have to wait much longer for, as the eighth season is set to premier in early July. Larry David can do no wrong. He is as funny, witty, and cynical as ever. I liked the whole Seinfeld reunion arc from last season, and for awhile, I had thought Larry and Curb might exit softly into the night after that season ended. Thankfully it has not. I have a major pants tent going for the eighth season. Should be a blast.