20 "Late Night with Conan O'Brien"
Andy Richter left the show as Conan's sidekick in 2000. Some say things went downhill after that, but I believe Conan hit his stride in the years since, with a renewed emphasis on silly sketches and wacky humor. I'm withholding judgment on his "Tonight Show" until next decade.
19 "Pushing Daisies"
It's a shame that the very things that made "Pushing Daisies" such a delight are exactly what led to its premature cancellation - the gorgeous, storybook-style visuals, the almost (but not quite) too quirky dialogue and storylines, and the impossible-to-consummate romance between pie-maker Ned and his childhood sweetheart Chuck.
18 "Sex and the City"
HBO's account of four fashionable and sex-obsessed single women hit the airwaves in 1998, but its first season was also its worst. Actually, it wasn't until the final season, as the girls finally start to settle down (and Charlotte and Miranda marry Harry and Steve, the guys we always knew were perfect for them), that I realized just how attached I'd gotten to them. Miranda and Steve's lovely low-key wedding is still one of my all-time favorites.
17 "How I Met Your Mother"
The slightly annoying setup - Ted Mosby is telling his future kids about the events that led him to meet their mom - doesn't detract from this stellar ensemble comedy. It merits praise just for Neil Patrick Harris' Barney Stinson, a consummately stylish womanizer with a penchant for suits and catch phrases, but Jason Segel's Marshal is underappreciated as sweetly devoted friend and husband (that kind of thing's harder to pull off than it seems).
Sometimes it's nice to watch a show where you don't need to have seen every episode to understand what's going on. But that's just part of the appeal of this all-around fun spy comedy, which gives equal weight to reluctant super-spy Chuck and his CIA handlers as it does to the more pedestrian goings-on at Chuck's day job, a Best Buy-like box store.
15 "30 Rock"
I've never been as head-over-heels about a show as I was about the first season of "30 Rock", Tina Fey's mile-a-minute rendition of a sketch-show-within-a-show. In that first year alone, we got Liz's two best relationships, with the ridiculous Beeper King Dennis and her soulmate Floyd, plus an introduction to the meddling management style of Jack Donaghy and Tracy doing his funniest version of crazy. Go back and watch the comedic brilliance of the "Tracy Does Conan" episode, where we not only meet Dr. Spaceman and witness Tracy's stabbing robot, but we get one of my very favorite Jack quotes ("It's after six. What am I, a farmer?"). But try not to get too sad thinking about the erratic last couple of seasons.
14 "The Office"
It took awhile to warm up to the American rendition of UK's "Office." But about halfway through the second season of the Dunder-Mifflin-based mockumentary, when we started to see how gloriously different this version would be- and we got into some of the show's best dysfunctional romances, like Michael and Jan, Dwight and Angela, and Ryan and Kelly - I began to accept that liking this show didn't mean I was betraying the original.
13 "Parks & Recreation"
Some may say it's way too early in this show's run to award it such a high ranking, but I just couldn't help it. From the Leslie Knope's Hillary Clinton worship to the understated deadpan of Ron F-ing Swanson to Chris Pratt's Andy, whose delivery of the line "the president of the United States of America" very nearly killed me, this show has made me laugh louder and longer than anything in recent memory.
12 "Project Runway" on Bravo
Because I so adored the first five seasons of this reality competition, I'm going to break the rules here a little and pretend like this year's snoozefest of a season on Lifetime never existed. The Bravo years were the gold standard of what reality TV should be - charming hosts, interesting people doing interesting things, and just a hint cattiness to keep things fun.
11 "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"
Beyond the jaw-dropping, did-they-really-just-do-that plotlines, the real joy of watching FX's amoral, Paddy's Pub-based sitcom is knowing you're watching a group of real-life friends (and, in some cases, spouses) goofing around.