Before you start yelling about the egregious omissions from this list (and there will be many, I'm sure), know that these are just one TV addict's favorite shows of the past 10 years - and there's only so much TV one person can watch.

Before you start yelling about the egregious omissions from this list (and there will be many, I'm sure), know that these are just one TV addict's favorite shows of the past 10 years - and there's only so much TV one person can watch.

These are the shows I raced home to catch, set the DVR to record all, bought on DVD to watch again and again. Some of them, I spent hours pondering and discussing and reminiscing. Others, I flipped on when I was just too tired to think.

So take a look and please, by all means, hop on over to the comments section and tell me what I missed, what I was wrong about, what I was right about and what I should add to my Netflix queue immediately.


50 "Six Degrees"

Does anybody besides me even remember this show? No matter, the short-lived 2006 drama from TV guru J.J. Abrams about six New Yorkers with interconnected lives was enjoyably addictive, and boasted a great cast (Campbell Scott's gruff single dad was the most intriguing). After cruelly bouncing it around on the schedule, NBC axed it due to low ratings. I'm sometimes sad that I'll never find out what happened with all these characters.


49 "Notes from the Underbelly"

My very favorite take on pregnancy starred Jennifer Westfeldt and Peter Cambor Lauren and Andrew, a hip young married couple who decide to have a baby. It wrings an awful lot of laughs out of a topic you think would get old after one episode, while tackling some of the true-to-life fears of all pregnant women (will having a baby derail my career? Will I ever be able to wear my old clothes - and shoes - again?). Rachael Harris' cynical best friend keeps things from getting too saccharine.


48 "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip"

"Studio 60" gets a bad rap because it failed massively after getting tons of media hype. Not only was it a new show from TV mastermind Aaron Sorkin, it was one of two shows to premiere in 2006 focusing on a fictional late-night comedy show. (The other being "30 Rock," and I think we all know who won there.) I actually enjoyed the premise, the acting and the writing, so I never got all the hate.


47 "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire"

The British import exploded in popularity in 2000, ushering in a new era of prime-time game shows, like "Deal or No Deal" or "Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?" Unlike those inferior shows, this one actually requires contestants to know something to win. Plus without it, we'd never have had Oscar-winner "Slumdog Millionaire."


46 "Spaced UK"

This eccentric Brit-com is where "Shaun of the Dead"'s Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright got their start. Besides Tim and Daisy, a pair of slackers posing as a couple so they can save money on rent, you get excellent characters like Marsha, the alcoholic landlady, and Brian, the archetypal tortured artist.


45 "I Love the '80s"

Think back, if you can, to a time before "I Love the New Millennium," "I Love the '90s: Part Deux" and "Best Week Ever." Back when the little-known-comedian and D-list-celebrity talking heads format was something novel and entertaining. In 2002, VH1 debuted the very first iteration of "I Love the '80s," and I tuned in night after night after night to reminisce about everything from Atari to "Who's the Boss?" to Huey Lewis and the News.


44 "Martha"

My devotion to crafty maven Martha Stewart is admittedly ridiculous (when this daily talk show debuted, I used to Tivo every episode and watch five hours straight of Martha on the weekends). But I stand by my belief that Stewart's show outshine's rival Oprah's in just about every way, plus there's no better place to find recipes and craft ideas that are guaranteed to impress. (Honestly, though, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" could've just as easily taken this spot.)


43 "Andy Barker, PI"

Unjustly axed after just one season, the clever detective spoof was the better of the two Andy Richter-helmed sitcoms, starring Conan's former sidekick as a CPA who mistakenly stumbles into a career as a private investigator.


42 "Yo Gabba Gabba"

Because I have a kid, I've watched my share of kids shows. And this is the only one I would recommend a childless adult check out. Half the fun of watching Nick Jr.'s trippy music-fest is spotting guest-star indie-rockers like The Roots, MGMT and Ladytron.


41 "Good Eats"

If you don't know how to cook, there's no better place to start learning. Alton Brown's Food Network show doesn't just show you how to make a dish, it explains the science behind cooking, and the reasons why certain cooking techniques work with certain ingredients. New viewers might be put off by the slightly embarrassing visual flourishes, but I just consider them part of the charm.