Ten good (and mostly new) things in TV this year.
"Food Party" (IFC). Puppet-filled, cardboard-and-glitter surrealist cooking show (sort of) lasted only six episodes, about 10 minutes each, but was easily the most exciting thing I saw this year -- poetic, goofy, beautiful, strange.
"Bored to Death" (HBO). Brooklyn lit-scene bromantic faux-noir stoner comedy about the attitude of doing right.
"Parks & Recreation" (NBC). Institutional small-town comedy mocks its characters but not their aspirations or optimism.
Watching the "Doctor Who: The End of Time" trailer at Comic-Con. Television is often a social event, but there is nothing quite like seeing it in a crowd of 4,000; roared approval for Catherine Tate especially gratifying.
"Castle" (ABC). Bantering detective show is a reliable simple pleasure, with overgrown-boy mystery writer Nathan Fillion especially charming in his scenes as father and/or son.