Well it’s all over. After a month of voting, the Hitsville Best Of 2011 poll is closed, your choices have been counted and we finally have our end of the year lists. First up, television…
Your pick for the TV show of the year is Community! The currently benched sitcom has garnered more plaudits and praise in two and a bit seasons than most shows gain in a lifetime, and they’re much deserved. Community is the spiritual successor to the likes of The Simpsons and Spaced; a conduit for all of pop culture with a biting sense of humour and a big heart. Season Three has met some unfavourable reviews from fans and critics alike, but that hasn’t stopped it from becoming your Show of 2011. Let’s just hope NBC see sense, pay attention to the Save Community campaign (#sixseasonsandamovie) and let the show continue for at least another season.
From one show with a rabid fanbase to another. Doctor Who under Steven Moffat keeps going from strength to strength, which alienates some but enraptures most others. Matt Smith has made for a great Doctor, with a fantastic group of companions, whilst this year’s episodes are up there with the very best (The Impossible Astronaut, A Good Man Goes To War and The God Complex all made for compelling viewing). For what’s meant to be a teatime children’s sci-fi show, Doctor Who punches well above its weight and ambition to match. Things look good for the upcoming Christmas Special.
The return of The Walking Dead was marred with controversy; the departure of showrunner Frank Darabont, AMC making changes to the show (cutting the budget; zombies should be heard, not seen; more shooting inside), but you’ve voted it the third best show of the year. With Season Two extended from six episodes to thirteen, TWD has expanded in scope and given its story time to breath. The first half of the season has just finished and made some interesting diversions from the original comic story; how this affects the rest of the series will be one hell of an interesting watch.
QI is fast becoming a national institution, and comes in fourth place thanks to you. Witty, warm and always fun to watch, the Stephen Fry-hosted panel show is guaranteed to teach you at least one thing whilst it’s on. Featuring a vast array of top comedy talent (and Alan Davies), it’s probably the best quiz show around right now.
Seems like you lot have one big guilty pleasure. The X-Factor is awful, garish, loud and tacky… but it’s also brilliant. Simon Cowell’s brainchild too much fun not to watch. The gossip, outlandish outfits, controversy, awful song choices; it makes for horribly compelling viewing. This year’s run has been no different with Frankie Cokeuphisnozza, Misha B and that Kitty thing all baring the brunt of the public’s dislike, Kelly Rowland providing the most entertainment and Marcus being the clear winner for weeks now. It’s crazy, but the only thing better is Twitter during an episode.