01/31/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Washington Post: Top 5 TV Shows Of 2008

Ebb was a more powerful force than flow on TV in 2008; splendid, seductive new shows were scarce if not nonexistent. Networks took risks on goofy premises and departures from the norm, but the departures were mostly quick to depart. The whole idea of a "TV series" in the old sense -- 24 weeks on, some reruns, then a return -- may be dying.

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