John’s top 10 TV shows of 2010

This was the year when TV changed from low-definition to high-definition and from squares to rectangles (I still have a square, and I know I’m missing some things off to the sides, but at least I can hear everybody). Also, TV has never before been as accessible; unless it’s on a premium network, rare is the series that eschews free Internet broadcast (the fact that you can’t fast-forward commercials on the web is part of the appeal to advertisers, I’m sure).

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Fond farewell: ‘10 Things I Hate About You’ (TV review)

“10 Things I Hate About You” (7 p.m. Central Monday on ABC Family, one hour)

On air: 2009-10, one season

Why it was great: For some reason, traditional sitcom humor works for me only if it’s teenagers delivering the lines. When it’s adults, it all seems so juvenile. There’s something likable about teens who are quick with a quip yet also trapped in a high school setting (which can be absurd without sacrificing reality).

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5 random observations about current TV shows (Commentary)

1. “10 Things I Hate About You” recently returned, and it hasn’t missed a beat from its run last summer. Although it more openly admits to being aimed at all ages, “10 Things” is treading the path paved before it by “Lizzie McGuire” and “Zoey 101” — two other shows about teenagers with humor for adults. For example, when Kat complains about how the school is “violating our Constitutional rights,” Bianca says, “God, you’re like a live feed from C-SPAN.” It’s slightly too witty for believable teen-speak, but it’s just right for adults who find the clichés of teen worries equally relevant and absurd.

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