‘Food Party’
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Top 10 good things about TV in 2009

‘Food Party’
By Robert Lloyd, Times TV Critic

“Food Party, a puppet-filled, cardboard-and-glitter surrealist cooking show (sort of), lasted only six episodes on IFC, about 10 minutes each, but was easily the most exciting thing I saw this year -- poetic, goofy, beautiful, strange. (IFC)
‘Bored to Death’
HBO’s “Bored to Death” is a Brooklyn lit-scene bromantic faux-noir stoner comedy about the attitude of doing right. (Paul Schiraldi / HBO)
‘Parks & Recreation’
NBC’s institutional small-town comedy “Parks & Recreation” mocks its characters but not their aspirations or optimism. (Mitch Haddad / NBC)
‘Doctor Who: The End of Time’
Television is often a social event, but there is nothing quite like seeing it in a crowd of 4,000, as happened when a trailer for “Dr. Who: The End of Time” was shown at Comic-Con. Roared approval for Catherine Tate was especially gratifying. (BBC)
ABC’s bantering detective show “Castle” is a reliable simple pleasure, with overgrown-boy mystery writer Nathan Fillion especially charming in his scenes as father and/or son. (Craig Sjodin / ABC)
‘Torchwood: Children of Earth’
“Torchwood: Children of Earth,” Russell T. Davies’ compression of a “Torchwood” third season into five consecutive nights on BBC America, hit its creepy peak when the aliens revealed why they’d come for our children: to get high. (BBC)
‘Men of a Certain Age’
Three friends face 50 in TNT’s “Men of a Certain Age.” Here we have people who talk the way people talk (mostly). And familiar TV faces (Ray Romano, Scott Bakula, Andre Braugher) are used to effective new ends. (Alan Markfield / Turner Network)
‘The Good Wife’
CBS’ classic-cut legal drama “The Good Wife” intertwines the personal and professional but never smells like soap. (John Paul Filo / CBS)
‘Party Down’
The well-cast portable ensemble comedy “Party Down,” on Starz, follows a small band of caterers through a range of parties. It was the better of the two shows this year to feature Jane Lynch. (Colleen E. Hayes / Starz Media)
‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’
The “Seinfeld” stealth reunion, packed inside the season (perhaps the series) finale of Larry David’s solo HBO show “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” was a multilayered ode to second chances, and a pretty good episode of “Seinfeld” besides. (Doug Hyun / HBO)
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