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Thursday, 29 March 2012

Q1 2012 Awards: Top 5 Best TV Episodes, Best TV Series

Looking at the best pieces of television in the past three months!
Now I've posted my Top 5 Best Films of this packed first quarter of the year, it's time to look to the best efforts on the small screen. Here's my list of the Top 5 Best Individual TV Episodes of this quarter, and also my award for the most consistent show that earns the Best TV Series title...
5. HOUSE: NOBODY'S FAULT (5/5)- Despite a handful of pretty underwhelming medical romps surrounding it, this particular episode of House finally branched out from the status quo, handing us a startling twist with Chase's fatal attack and fully representing its ramifications with the introduction of the inquistior. I really hope this level of quality can be attained towards and including the upcoming show finale!
4. GLEE: ON MY WAY (5/5)- Tonight saw what was undoubtedly one of the best episodes of Glee ever air on Sky1. From Karofsky's attempted suicide to Rachel and Finn's parents' startling decision to avert their wedding to the monumentally disturbing car crash, there really was not an element of the adventure to fault, and the song selection was at its absolute best.
3. SHERLOCK: THE HOUNDS OF BASKERVILLE (5/5)- There really is something to be said for Sherlock episodes all making up the Top Three, and thus nothing bad should be thought of The Hounds Of Baskerville for being at the 'bottom' of its season rankings. Yes, the pacing was a litlte off, but in terms of adapting a classic tale to a modern day context, it doesn't come much better than what Mark Gatiss pulled off in this chilling horror-esque jaunt.
2. SHERLOCK: A SCANDAL IN BELGRAVIA (5/5)- If you ever get the chance to read the novel A Scandal In Bohemia, you should do so not just to see how Arthur Conan Doyle originally portrayed Irene Adler, but how little material Steven Moffat had to work with and thus how ingenious his season opener was. Cumberbatch and Freeman gave it their all here, and Lara Pulver was just the icing on the cake as the Woman. Let's get her back next year, eh?
1. SHERLOCK: THE REICHENBACH FALL (5/5)- But all of the four predecessors on this list pale in comparison to the televisual masterpiece that was Sherlock Series Two's finale The Reicenbach Fall. Seriously, can you think of any work of fictitious media in recent times that has proved as much discussion and controversy and utter love as this? I can't, and that people are still discussing just how he did it really is testament to Steve Thompson's wonderous innovation and daring ambition.
WINNER: SHERLOCK- Well, was it really ever going to be anything else? I've sat through three months of great dramas, comedies and reality TV shows (okay, so maybe the latter weren't exactly great), yet nothing I've seen after the three almightly ninety-minute episodes of Sherlock aired in the New Year has ever managed to top that surprise, those thrills and the utter captivation that lasted with me throughout the run. I don't think I've ever been as eager to buy a season DVD boxset as I was Sherlock: The Complete Second Series, and that the series integrates and merges with the original run so effortlessly and meaningfully really does show how masterful a creation Moffat, Gattis and Thompson have concocted. Bring on Series Three, but before that I look forward to seeing whether the likes of House, Glee, An Idiot Abroad, Derek, Merlin or Doctor Who can top this anytime soon!

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