Why Does the AFI Hate Network TV?

Um…because the shows on network TV suck?

Yeah, that works for us.

AFI awards

So anyway, the American Film Institute, which is a Very Big Deal in, you know, American film, and keeps a lot of aging writers, directors, et al gainfully employed as teachers and consultants, has taken it upon itself to publish a list of the 10 Best TV Shows of 2012

And, out of those 10 shows, exactly 1 of them is on a broadcast network. (And it’s an overrated, unrealistic, unfunny piece of garbage to us…but that’s not the point, right?)

Anyway, here they are:

  • “Modern Family” (ABC comedy series)
  • “American Horror Story” (FX miniseries)
  • “Louie” (FX comedy series)
  • “Breaking Bad” (AMC drama series)
  • “Mad Men” (AMC drama series)
  • “The Walking Dead” (AMC drama series)
  • “Game Change” (HBO TV movie)
  • “Game of Thrones” (HBO drama series)
  • “Girls” (HBO comedy series)
  • “Homeland” (Showtime drama series)

We agree with a couple of the choices – LOUIE and BREAKING BAD – but the others? Well, let’s put it this way: What does the American Film Institute know about TV?

Check back with us after Christmas, when TVWriter™ will list its 10 best, just for fun. (And because it’s easier than listing the 10 worst.)