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Top 10 TV shows of 2010

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Zombies in a scene from "The Walking Dead." Credit: Scott Garfield

1. “The Walking Dead,” AMC: This year’s biggest hit, “The Walking Dead” — Frank Darabont’s adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s long-running comic book series — did for zombies what “The Sopranos” did for gangsters.

2. “The Good Wife,” CBS: Julianna Margulies gives a tour de force performance as the stalwart wife of a philandering husband in this legal thriller.

3. “Men of a Certain Age,” TNT: Starring Ray Romano, Andre Braugher and Scott Bakula, “Men” is a startlingly satisfying series about three men tackling middle age and big life changes.

4. “The Big C,” Showtime: It’s stunningly difficult to create a series about a woman with terminal cancer and make it an uplifting and often funny series, but Laura Linney and her excellent co-stars managed to do just that.

5. “Glee,” Fox: While the second season doesn’t match the greatness of the first, “Glee’s” sophomore effort has been a musical sensation with smart song choices and great character moments. Is there a better guest actor than Mike O’Malley as Kurt’s dad?

6. “Warehouse 13,” Syfy: Filling the “X-Files” niche, “Warehouse 13” mixes the standard procedural with the supernatural. The second season has been better than the first, with grandiose ideas and lots of secrets and answers.

7. “30 Rock,” NBC: This perennial favorite is off-beat and silly, but still smart. Stars Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan and Tina Fey offer up memorable lines each and every week.

8. “Louie,” FX: For this critic and the 12 other people who watched it, Louie C.K.’s TV show was a brutal combination of comedy, awkwardness and rawness that is missing from TV. Those looking for the next “Seinfeld” or “Curb Your Enthusiams,” look no further.

9. “Parenthood,” NBC: “Parenthood” is all about moments and the dramedy always delivers. Take special notice of yet another stellar performance from “Six Feet Under” and “Sports Night” alum Peter Krause.

10. “Project Runway,” Lifetime: Lots of drama made this reality show destination television every week, from the smug treachery of winner Gretchen Jones to the unbelievable run by underdog Michael Costello.

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