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AFI Names Its Top Ten Movies and Television Shows of 2009

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | December 14, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | December 14, 2009 |

By tradition, we don’t do our Top Ten Lists of the Year until the first week of the new year (giving us more time to catch those Christmas releases), but AFI has come out with its Top Ten of 2009, for both television and the big screen. Their top ten movies of the year give me some pause — either it’s a mediocre list, or 2009 really didn’t have better offerings, although to be honest, I did like all the ones listed below that I’ve seen, and I won’t quibble with them being on a top ten list; some of them (The Hangover), just wouldn’t be on my top ten list. I am glad to see some love for Sugar, though — a very under-appreciated gem. The inclusion of The Hurt Locker, in addition to its success in some of the other movie awards this week from city-wide film critics societies, suggests that it may give Up in the Air a run for its Oscar money (and deservedly so).

The Hangover
The Hurt Locker
The Messenger
A Serious Man
A Single Man
Up in the Air

As for the top ten television shows, well, I didn’t realize there were ten great shows this year, and this list sort of bears that out (plus, no “Dexter”? Or “30 Rock” or “Community” or even “Better Off Ted”? Shiiiiiit).

“The Big Bang Theory”
“Big Love,”
“Friday Night Lights,”
“Mad Men”
“Modern Family”
“The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency”
“Nurse Jackie”
“Party Down”
“True Blood”

Here’s a pretty montage, in case you’re into that sort of thing.

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