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Crix Pix Mix I: Best of the '00s

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A while ago I posted about having to send in nominations for a critics’ poll of the best shows of the ’00s (I was asked to pick six for each category), and solicited your thoughts on the same question. The poll was for Variety, and the trademagazine released its list of nominees (the winners will be voted on later). 

Did your picks make the list? Did mine? Here are Variety’s nominees. After the jump, the shows and actors/actresses Tuned In voted for:

Here’s the ballot I submitted to Variety. My choices that also made Variety’s list are in bold:

COMEDY SERIES Freaks & Geeks, Arrested Development, The Office (US), South Park, The Daily Show, Gilmore Girls

DRAMA SERIES Deadwood, Lost, Battlestar Galactica, Mad Men, The Wire, The Sopranos

ACTOR, DRAMA Ian McShane, James Gandolfini, Kyle Chandler, Michael Chiklis, Gabriel Byrne, Bryan Cranston

ACTRESS, DRAMA Edie Falco, Chloe Sevigny, Kim Dickens, Mary McDonnell, Connie Britton, Glenn Close (Damages and The Shield)

ACTOR, COMEDY Neil Patrick Harris, Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Steve Carell, Ricky Gervais, Alec Baldwin

ACTRESS, COMEDY Jessica Walter, Tina Fey, Lauren Graham, Mary-Louise Parker, America Ferarra, Cynthia Nixon

Random notes: 

* Why did I ask you for five nominees when Variety asked me for six? No reason. I just thought six would seem like a weird number. (It did to me.) And I assumed people would nominate more if they wanted to anyway. [Update: According to Variety, they picked six to match the Emmy nominations’ number, beginning with 2009.]

* I checked with Variety, and it is indeed the US version of The Office, not the British one, that made their list. 

* The Variety omission that really broke my heart was Freaks and Geeks. I’m guessing (hoping) that it’s airing early in the decade hurt it. That, or my fellow critics are out of their minds.

* Also, Jessica Walter doesn’t even make the Just Missed list? A travesty. 

* And I feel really guilty not having voted Buffy or FNL for Best Drama. But (1) I don’t know which of my six I’d take off [and it’s a credit to the decade’s drama bench that it would probably be The Sopranos] (2) Buffy’s first three seasons were behind it, and (3) Landry did kill that dude.