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Veronica Mars
She's a teenaged girl! Who solves crimes in her spare time! Sounds dumb, right? That's probably why practically no one (outside of TWoP, as the viewer Tubeys made all too scarily clear) watched the first season of a show that, despite being on UPN, was on every critic's short list for best show of the year. Veronica spent the season overcoming the social ostracism caused by her sheriff father's apparent bungling of the investigation of the murder of Veronica's best friend, Lilly Kane. Throw in an unsolved rape, an alcoholic and runaway mother, and a former boyfriend who dumped Veronica with no explanation, and you'd have a pretty depressing show, if not for all the funny lines and compelling human interaction and Veronica's own unerring determination that nothing stand in the way of her pursuit of the killer. The high quality and critical acclaim convinced UPN to stick with creator Rob Thomas despite the show's abysmal ratings, but really, how could they not? Even Harry Hamlin rocked on Veronica Mars. -- Couch Baron

The West Wing
The good new is that the sixth season of the show was much better than the execrable fifth season. Of course, that was a pretty low bar to overcome, and we still had to endure plenty of awful moments. The worst? It's hard to say. It might have been Leo's heart attack in the woods. Or the near-invasion of Canada. Or perhaps super-spy Kate watching on as Leo stumbled around drunk in Miami. Or Josh and Toby having a slap-fight. Or maybe it was the asteroid. The point is, there was an embarrassment of riches when it comes to pointing out the bad moments. But the single best moment is easy to identify: the camera, spinning and dancing through a gala event to the tune of Dave Brubeck's "Take Five," all while a grieving Toby spills his heart out to the wise and beautiful Mel Harris. And that single moment was enough to make up for all the bad things about the season. Except, perhaps, for the asteroid. -- LTG

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Veronica Mars
She's a teenaged girl! Who solves crimes in her spare time! Sounds dumb, right? That's probably why practically no one (outside of TWoP, as the viewer Tubeys made all too scarily clear) watched the first season of a show that, despite being on UPN, was on every critic's short list for best show of the year. Veronica spent the season overcoming the social ostracism caused by her sheriff father's apparent bungling of the investigation of the murder of Veronica's best friend, Lilly Kane. Throw in an unsolved rape, an alcoholic and runaway mother, and a former boyfriend who dumped Veronica with no explanation, and you'd have a pretty depressing show, if not for all the funny lines and compelling human interaction and Veronica's own unerring determination that nothing stand in the way of her pursuit of the killer. The high quality and critical acclaim convinced UPN to stick with creator Rob Thomas despite the show's abysmal ratings, but really, how could they not? Even Harry Hamlin rocked on Veronica Mars. -- Couch Baron

The West Wing
The good new is that the sixth season of the show was much better than the execrable fifth season. Of course, that was a pretty low bar to overcome, and we still had to endure plenty of awful moments. The worst? It's hard to say. It might have been Leo's heart attack in the woods. Or the near-invasion of Canada. Or perhaps super-spy Kate watching on as Leo stumbled around drunk in Miami. Or Josh and Toby having a slap-fight. Or maybe it was the asteroid. The point is, there was an embarrassment of riches when it comes to pointing out the bad moments. But the single best moment is easy to identify: the camera, spinning and dancing through a gala event to the tune of Dave Brubeck's "Take Five," all while a grieving Toby spills his heart out to the wise and beautiful Mel Harris. And that single moment was enough to make up for all the bad things about the season. Except, perhaps, for the asteroid. -- LTG

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