The 10 Best Country Outlaws

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The rogue western figure has been making its way back into pop culture recently, not only with musicians like country artists like Jamey Johnson and Kacey Musgraves, but also in television and movies, most notably with the Elmore Leonard (RIP) adapted FX series Justified. Between Justified’s season finale Tuesday night and the Archer season surrounding Cherlene turning into an outlaw country star (“OUTLAW COUNTRY!”), here are our 10 favorite country outlaws.
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Top Ten Thursday: Top Ten TV Shows of 2013

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By all accounts, we are in the midst of a golden age in television.  In past years we have done a top 5 list for best television shows, when we could have easily done a top ten list.  This year, we are doing a top ten list when we could have easily done a top 20 list.  Just look at some of the shows that didn’t make the cut like Brooklyn Nine Nine, New Girl, Justified, Parks and Rec, Black Mirror, and Suits.  All quality television.  There is simply too much good TV; it is impossible to watch it all.  With all that being said, we did our best to give a well balanced list of the best TV shows of 2013.  Let us know what we missed, and as always enjoy the list.

10.  Veep

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Veep built on an uneven first season with a superb second season, proving ensemble comedy, rather than a single-star vehicle, is the way to go, Veep further developed its deep roster of characters.  Among others, it is great to see Matt Walsh finally get a chance to shine as a go to supporting character.
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Weak List Wednesday: Top 5 Television Programs of 2012

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2012 was a great year in television.  Unfortunately, that means the shows we are used to being great stayed great for the most part, without much new blood being thrown into the mix.  In fact, only one new show cracked our eight selections below (the top 5 plus each of our “just missed”).  New shows like The Newsroom on HBO, and NBC’s big-budget post-apocalyptic program Revolution were summarily awful (not that I expected too much out of Revolution, but come on, JJ Abrams has to have another hit in him at some point).  ABC’s Last Resort showed quite a bit of promise, with an intriguing premise and solid cast, but no one cared enough to tune in, so it already got the axe.  And the new sitcoms, my god the new sitcoms.  They were all awful.  So, back to the established shows to scratch our TV itch.  Enjoy, and as always, let us know what we missed, forgot, or even if you agree.

5.  Parks & Recreation

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Leslie Knope & Co. just keep the train rolling during the fourth and fifth seasons, after really hitting hitting its stride during season three.  The ensemble cast, anchored by Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman, Aziz Ansari, Chris Pratt, Aubrey Plaza, Adam Scott, and Rob Lowe has now been a cohesive unit for three seasons, making every interplay between the characters all the funnier.  Hopefully, people keep watching at a high enough level to keep this rare network gem on the air.
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