Top American TV Shows of 2011

Posted 4 years ago by Hollie_Woods
2011 played host to the continuing of many fine US TV series - and the launching of a batch of new ones.

Hollie Woods, WDW Entertainment Reporter, went looking for the most popular and the most entertaining US TV shows of 2011.

Agree? Disagree? Have your say and tell us what you would have picked as YOUR Top 10 TV Shows of 2011.
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  1. Gossip Girl

    Gossip Girl (2007)


    Gossip Girl is an American teen drama television series based on the book series of the same name written by Cecily von Ziegesar. The series, created by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, originally ran on The CW for six seasons from September 19, 2007 to December 17, 2012. Narrated by the omniscient blogger "Gossip Girl", voiced by Kristen Bell, the series revolves around the lives of privileged young adults on Manhattan's Upper East Side in New York City.

  2. The Big Bang Theory

    The Big Bang Theory (2007)


    The Big Bang Theory is an American sitcom created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, both of whom serve as executive producers on the show along with Steven Molaro. All three also serve as head writers. The show premiered on CBS on September 24, 2007. The eighth season premiered on September 22, 2014.

  3. Two and a Half Men

    Two and a Half Men (2003)


    Two and a Half Men is an American television sitcom that began broadcast on CBS on September 22, 2003 and ended on February 19, 2015 after twelve seasons. Originally starring Charlie Sheen, Jon Cryer, and Angus T. Jones, the show was about a hedonistic jingle writer, Charlie Harper; his uptight brother, Alan; and Alan's son, Jake. After Alan divorces, he moves with his son to share Charlie's beach-front Malibu house and complicate Charlie's free-wheeling life.

  4. Game of Thrones

    Game of Thrones (2011)

    LAUNCHED IN 2011: For fans of George R. R. Martin's epic "A Song of Ice and Fire" fantasy series, no 2011 premiere is even close to as anticipated as the launch of HBO's "Game of Thrones." Series creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss have a daunting task in tackling the sheer narrative reach of Martin's series, which takes an almost "Godfather"-esque struggle for dynastic power and situates it within the pseudo-medieval kingdom of Westeros. HBO has done a terrific job of constantly reassuring fans that the franchise's complex tapestry will remain intact in the series, which features Mark Addy, Sean Bean, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey and Peter Dinklage. In terms of cast-size, budget and scope, "Game of Thrones" may be almost without recent precedent, so the challenge will be seeing how far the show's reach extends beyond the genre faithful. [REMINDER: We're also anticipating HBO's "Luck" and "Enlightened" and "Mildred Pierce," but even though all three are slated for 2011 premieres, HBO has no available pictures for any of them, which prevents their inclusion in a photo gallery.]

  5. True Blood

    True Blood (2008)


    True Blood is an American television drama series produced and created by Alan Ball. It is based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels by Charlaine Harris, detailing the co-existence of vampires and humans in Bon Temps, a fictional small town in northwestern Louisiana. The series centers on the adventures of Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), a telepathic waitress with an otherworldly quality.

  6. Sons of Anarchy

    Sons of Anarchy (2008)


    Sons of Anarchy is an American crime drama television series created by Kurt Sutter, about the lives of a close-knit outlaw motorcycle club operating in Charming, a fictional town in California's Central Valley. The show centers on protagonist Jackson "Jax" Teller (Charlie Hunnam), initially the vice president of the club, who begins questioning the club and himself.

  7. 30 Rock

    30 Rock (2006)


    30 Rock is an American satirical television sitcom created by Tina Fey that ran on NBC from October 11, 2006 to January 31, 2013. The series, loosely based on Fey's experiences as head writer for Saturday Night Live, takes place behind the scenes of a fictional live sketch comedy show depicted as airing on NBC. The series' name refers to 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, the address of the Comcast Building, in which the NBC Studios are located. This series is produced by Broadway Video and Little Stranger, Inc., in association with NBCUniversal.

  8. Modern Family

    Modern Family (2009)

    Ever since the start, Modern Family has received mostly positive reviews but the series took a giant leap with its second season, resulting in an overabundance of positive reviews. The witty and lovable characters and the sarcastic, dry humor is what characterizes "Modern Family". All the characters are lovable and always able to surprise us with a brilliant piece of comedy. A well deserved first spot if you ask me. Let's hope that "Modern Family" will stay with us for a long, long time. This cast should be in the Smithsonian as one of the best comedy troupes ever assembled. Bolstered by breakout stars Ferguson, Stonestreet, and Burrell, who've finally been given a chance to show us what they can do, Modern Family has a great mix of vets and new faces who display great chemistry no matter who is on screen.

  9. Breaking Bad

    Breaking Bad (2008)


    Breaking Bad is an American crime drama television series created and produced by Vince Gilligan. The show originally aired on the AMC network for five seasons, from January 20, 2008, to September 29, 2013. It tells the story of Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a struggling high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer, who, together with his former student Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), turns to a life of crime, producing and selling crystallized methamphetamine to secure his family's financial future before he dies. The title is from a Southern colloquialism meaning to "raise hell". Breaking Bad is set and was filmed in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

  10. Pan Am

    Pan Am (2011)


    Pan Am is an American period drama television series created by writer Jack Orman. Named for the iconic Pan American World Airways, the series features the pilots and stewardesses of the airline as it operated in the early 1960s at the beginning of the commercial Jet Age.

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