Ken Tucker is the TV critic at Entertainment Weekly.
Ken’s top 5:
1. “Homeland” (Showtime)
2. “Breaking Bad” (AMC)
3. “Louie” (FX)
4. “Girls” (HBO)
5. “Mad Men” (AMC)
1. What was the show of the year? “Homeland.” Season 2 even more harrowing, far more romantic, a tad more frustrating than Season 1; not for a second do I doubt it was the most intriguing drama of the year.
2. What was the best scene? “Homeland’s” “State of Independence”: Brody’s sweat-inducing (from him, from me) moments spent transporting, chasing after and killing the tailor, interrupted by phone calls from his wife about where the hell he was/what the hell he was doing. The life of a spy rendered as the purest desperation and the most mundane domestic drama, simultaneously.
3. Best performance of the year? Louie C.K., for the accumulation of echt-Louie behavior (worried, sour, angry, bemused, appalled, embarrassed, heartbroken) and for his portrayal of Abe Lincoln-as-Louie on “SNL.”
4. What was the funniest joke or line? “Everyone sounds like Meryl Streep with a gun to their head,” Mike Ehrmentrout, “Breaking Bad,” episode five.
5. Which series best evoked life in 2012? Stephen Colbert/”The Colbert Report”: Most weeknights, I entered the world of character-Colbert to make alternative sense of the election taking shape around me, and came away constantly impressed at Colbert’s daring attempt to make sense of life in 2012, how hostile and selfish and brave and crazy life was this year, and how decent a man real-Colbert seems to be.
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