It’s never before been so hard to pick the 10 best shows of the year, as streaming services deliver strong short series on a regular basis, and cable and network TV have mostly kept pace with the quality. Some staple entries have dropped out of my top 10 not because they got worse but simply because they were supplanted. Here are 10 shows worthy of special mention even in this age of Peak TV.
“Inside Amy Schumer” (9:30 p.m. Tuesdays on Comedy Central) is only in its third season, but in my opinion Schumer has already secured her spot as the funniest female comedian working today. As with all sketch shows, the success rate isn’t 100 percent, but each episode yields a remarkably high percentage of laughs as Amy and her writers and actors parody everything from vintage movies to “Seinfeld”-ian minutiae to the ridiculous way men and women behave toward each other.
In the spirit of the Olympics, here are my medal picks for Summer TV 2012 (all times Central):
“Futurama” (9 p.m. Central Wednesdays on Comedy Central) has been around long enough now that it’s starting to contradict its own backstories. Since most “Futurama” fans are also “Simpsons” fans, we’re accustomed to this. Notoriously — on series where time passes but characters stay the same age — there are stories showing Homer and Marge getting married in the 1970s and the 1990s.
“Futurama” made a habit of exposing — in a funny way — all that was wrong with the world when it ran from 1999-2003 on Fox. But for me and many other “Futurama” fans, all will seem right with the world when the show returns with its two-episode season premiere at 9 p.m. Central Thursday on Comedy Central.
Comedy Central found a pretty cool way to celebrate the 10th anniversary of “Futurama.” The network announced on Tuesday that it’s bringing the 1999-2003 Fox series back to the airwaves for at least 26 new episodes starting next year. Read Zap2It’s news story here.