'Chuck,' 'Mad Men,' 'Sons of Anarchy,' 'Dollhouse' plus at least four new comedies made the cut
No. 5: 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'
How did the addition of a reunion for a show this critic never liked help yield one of the finest seasons of a show this critic has usually preferred in short, partial-season doses? Hard to know, but bringing back the cast of "Seinfeld" didn't just boost ratings for "Curb Your Enthusiasm." It also helped carry the show to a season so consistent that my attentions never flagged. I previously mentioned the "Racial Sensitivity" episode of "Better Off Ted" as the season's best half-hour comedy episode, but "The Bare Midriff" episode of "Curb" may have been a close second, as Larry David and company somehow found a way to combine love handles, troublesome urination and Jesus into an episode that also included a murderous flashback, Richard Lewis with a baseball bat and one of the most weirdly satisfying perfect-circle conclusions imaginable. But if that didn't work for you, how about the absurdly inappropriate conclusion of "The Table Read," involving Larry's friendship with a nine-year-old girl? Or J.B. Smoove's "Danny Duberstein is good at two things..." monologue to Michael Richards? The seventh season of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" was so full of memorable moments I can only end with one question: Do you respect wood?