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Top American TV Shows of 2011

2011 played host to the continuing of many fine US TV series - and the launching of a batch of new ones.

Hollie Woods, WDW Entertainment Reporter, went looking for the most popular and the most entertaining US TV shows of 2011.

Agree? Disagree? Have your say and tell us what you would have picked as YOUR Top 10 TV Shows of 2011.
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  1. Game of Thrones

    Game of Thrones (2011)

    29,623 views
    LAUNCHED IN 2011: For fans of George R. R. Martin's epic "A Song of Ice and Fire" fantasy series, no 2011 premiere is even close to as anticipated as the launch of HBO's "Game of Thrones." Series creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss have a daunting task in tackling the sheer narrative reach of Martin's series, which takes an almost "Godfather"-esque struggle for dynastic power and situates it within the pseudo-medieval kingdom of Westeros. HBO has done a terrific job of constantly reassuring fans that the franchise's complex tapestry will remain intact in the series, which features Mark Addy, Sean Bean, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey and Peter Dinklage. In terms of cast-size, budget and scope, "Game of Thrones" may be almost without recent precedent, so the challenge will be seeing how far the show's reach extends beyond the genre faithful. [REMINDER: We're also anticipating HBO's "Luck" and "Enlightened" and "Mildred Pierce," but even though all three are slated for 2011 premieres, HBO has no available pictures for any of them, which prevents their inclusion in a photo gallery.]

  2. Modern Family

    Modern Family (2009)

    11,301 views
    Ever since the start, Modern Family has received mostly positive reviews but the series took a giant leap with its second season, resulting in an overabundance of positive reviews. The witty and lovable characters and the sarcastic, dry humor is what characterizes "Modern Family". All the characters are lovable and always able to surprise us with a brilliant piece of comedy. A well deserved first spot if you ask me. Let's hope that "Modern Family" will stay with us for a long, long time. This cast should be in the Smithsonian as one of the best comedy troupes ever assembled. Bolstered by breakout stars Ferguson, Stonestreet, and Burrell, who've finally been given a chance to show us what they can do, Modern Family has a great mix of vets and new faces who display great chemistry no matter who is on screen.

  3. The Big Bang Theory

    The Big Bang Theory (2007)

    49,078 views

    The Big Bang Theory is an American sitcom created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, both of whom serve as executive producers on the show along with Steven Molaro. All three also serve as head writers. It premiered on CBS on September 24, 2007. The seventh season premiered on September 26, 2013.


  4. True Blood

    True Blood (2008)

    33,379 views

    True Blood is an American television drama series created and produced by Alan Ball. It is based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels by Charlaine Harris, detailing the co-existence of vampires and humans in Bon Temps, a fictional, small town in northwestern Louisiana. The series centers on the adventures of Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), a telepathic waitress with an otherworldly quality.


  5. Breaking Bad

    Breaking Bad (2008)

    7,075 views

    Breaking Bad is an American crime drama television series created and produced by Vince Gilligan. Set and produced in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Breaking Bad is the two-year-long story of Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a struggling high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer at the beginning of the series. He turns to a life of crime, producing and selling methamphetamine, in order to secure his family's financial future before he dies, teaming with his former student, Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul). The series has been labeled a contemporary western by its creator.


  6. Sons of Anarchy

    Sons of Anarchy (2008)

    16,360 views

    Sons of Anarchy is an American television drama series created by Kurt Sutter about the lives of a close-knit outlaw motorcycle club operating in Charming, a fictional town in California's Central Valley. The show centers on protagonist Jackson "Jax" Teller (Charlie Hunnam), the vice president of the club, who begins questioning the club and himself.


  7. 30 Rock

    30 Rock (2006)

    7,662 views

    30 Rock is an American satirical television sitcom that ran on NBC from October 11, 2006, to January 31, 2013, and was created by Tina Fey. The series, which is loosely based on Fey's experiences as head writer for Saturday Night Live, takes place behind the scenes of a fictional live sketch comedy series depicted as airing on NBC. The series' name refers to 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, the address of the GE Building, in which the NBC Studios are located. This series is produced by Broadway Video and Little Stranger, Inc., in association with NBCUniversal.


  8. Two and a Half Men

    Two and a Half Men (2003)

    34,778 views

    Two and a Half Men is an American television sitcom that was first broadcast on CBS on September 22, 2003. Starring Charlie Sheen, Jon Cryer, and Angus T. Jones, the show was originally about a hedonistic jingle writer, Charlie Harper; his uptight brother, Alan; and Alan's growing son, Jake. After Alan divorces, he moves with his son to share Charlie's beach-front Malibu house and complicate Charlie's free-wheeling life.


  9. Gossip Girl

    Gossip Girl (2007)

    84,947 views

    Gossip Girl is an American teen drama television series based on the book series of the same name written by Cecily von Ziegesar. The series, created by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, originally ran on The CW for six seasons from September 19, 2007 to December 17, 2012. Narrated by the omniscient blogger "Gossip Girl," voiced by Kristen Bell, the series revolves around the lives of privileged young adults on Manhattan's Upper East Side in New York City.


  10. Pan Am

    Pan Am (2011)

    3,852 views

    Pan Am is an American period drama television series created by writer Jack Orman. Named for the iconic Pan American World Airways, the series features the pilots and stewardesses of the airline as it operated in the early 1960s at the beginning of the commercial Jet Age.


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