AFI's Top 10 of '11: Homeland, Game of Thrones, Justified and Louie Among First-Time Honorees

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Freshman dramas Homeland and Game of Thrones have been named among the top 10 TV programs of 2011 by the American Film Institute.

Also being recognized for the first time by the AFI are Louie, The Good Wife and Justified. Repeat honorees include Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad and Modern Family.

Justified Video: Raylan, Boyd and Tons of Guns!

The AFI will fete the honorees at an invite-only luncheon on Jan. 13 in Los Angeles.

The complete list of 2011 selections is below:

Breaking Bad
Boardwalk Empire
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
Homeland
Justified
Louie
Modern Family
Parks and Recreation

What do you think of the AFI’s picks? Which snubbed shows should be demanding a recount?



Comments (142)

  • Great list other than snubbing Community.

    Comment by Brian – December 11, 2011 02:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • agreed!

      Comment by Nathan – December 11, 2011 07:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Spartacus… NO WAY Modern Family or Community they try too hard to be funny

      Comment by Shib – December 12, 2011 08:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • my thoughts exactly!

      Comment by suzanne – December 12, 2011 05:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • They misspelled “Community” as “Modern Family.” They’ll fix that soon, I’m sure.

    Comment by Jonathon – December 11, 2011 02:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yeah I noticed that, too…

      Comment by Rachel – December 11, 2011 02:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Do you want me to get you a chair while you wait? You could be waiting for a while…

      Comment by Caro – December 11, 2011 02:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • At least they got Parks & Rec right.

      Comment by Vivian Volkoff – December 11, 2011 05:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’m getting really sick of people making that spelling error.

      Comment by SonR – December 11, 2011 07:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Um… what!? No Friday Night Lights in it’s EMMY WINNING year? Preposterous!

    Comment by Whit – December 11, 2011 02:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • FNL, the televisual version of a sleeping pill. As for the Emmy, well crap always gets awarded, how else do you explain the lead actor of the Big Crappy Theory getting award(s)?

      Comment by Tania – December 12, 2011 11:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Umm, because he’s awesome?

        Comment by KevyB – December 15, 2011 12:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Woooo Parks and Rec!

    Comment by mawhi – December 11, 2011 02:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Fringe anyone?

    Comment by Anna – December 11, 2011 02:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Well, seeing as the only EMMY FNL won was for acting, I’d say that doesn’t really factor into anything.

    Comment by Jon – December 11, 2011 02:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • FNL also won for writing. At any rate, it deserves to be on this list.

      Comment by BR – December 11, 2011 03:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • In my opinion CHUCK should be added to the list…But then again i’m hooked..lol. The way I see most of these shows listed are “One-trick ponies” …Chuck is drama,action,comedy,etc… A true list would have CHUCK, Community, Big Bang Theory, Castle, etc.. lol.

    Comment by Tater – December 11, 2011 02:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Big Bang Theory isn’t a one trick pony then?

      Comment by DJ – December 11, 2011 03:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I didn’t say that BBT wasn’t a “one-trick pony”…I said Chuck wasn’t…I just feel that BBT deserved to be on the current list In my opinion…

        Comment by Tater – December 11, 2011 10:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • A true list? So any list that doesn’t favour your opinion isn’t truly representative of good television then?

      Comment by Captain – December 11, 2011 04:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I guess I should have bolded the first 3 letter of my post that said In My Opinion…and the shows that I stated(excluding BBT) were shows that are continually underated and deserve better treatment by their networks…While I no my opinion dosn’t change the current list..It still doesn’t remove my right to have an opinion of what a “true list” IN MY OPINION would be composed of…..and while i’m sure many other would disagree that is their right as an individual. It just bothers me how so many great shows gets overlooked because of overhyped/over-rated shows… Again this is my opinion.

        Comment by Tater – December 11, 2011 10:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What about Sons of Anarchy?

    Comment by Mc – December 11, 2011 02:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • ^^This

      Comment by Andrea – December 12, 2011 12:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • ABSOLUTELY Sons of Anarchy! They’ve been consistently overlooked and this is a travesty!

      Comment by Kimberly – December 12, 2011 03:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m a bit disappointed that Community isn’t on this list considering what an amazing second/third season it had. I actually really enjoy Modern Family, but I don’t think it deserves to be ranked above Greendale

    Comment by Stephanie – December 11, 2011 02:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I have not understood the continued love for Modern Family. The first season was excellent because it was so fresh and new, three seasons in they are just rehashing the same predictable story lines. Community had a really solid second season and has produced some exceptional episodes for the 3rd.

      Comment by Asha – December 11, 2011 05:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I could not agree more with this statement. You are 100% right on.

        Comment by Kari G – December 11, 2011 07:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • “Community”? Where’s “Community”?

    Comment by Ashley – December 11, 2011 03:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Community??? I agree with the other shows but besides Community the list is pretty good

    Comment by kyle – December 11, 2011 03:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Consistently hearing good things about these shows, though the only one I watch (have time for–in addition to the other shows I’m already committed to) is The Good Wife. Still, I feel like I’m missing out…
    If people could recommend a single show from the dramas included, what would it be?

    Comment by Saint Alicia – December 11, 2011 03:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’d say Homeland. It’s a great show with superb writing and the best acting I’ve seen on TV in a long time. Also, only 10 episodes have aired so you don’t need to do a lot of catching up. :)

      Comment by Johnn – December 11, 2011 03:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Except for every Homeland episode is like a mini-movie and is so dense it might actually take a while to get through. When I got behind I couldnt watch a few in a row, I needed a break between episodes, but its still really good. I would recommend that or Justified.

        Comment by Ben – December 13, 2011 11:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Personally, I think Breaking Bad is one of the best shows ever to appear on television. It is a very gritty drama and I don’t know if that is your cup of tea or not. If you enjoy political/CIA drama, then it doesn’t get much better than Homeland.

      Comment by Bad Breaker – December 11, 2011 03:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Breaking Bad is probably the best drama on here but it just finished season 4 and it’s not really a show you can jump right into. Homeland is nearing the end of its first season so that’s much more doable in catching up. Also Justified that finished Season 2 is great also.

      Comment by Mark – December 11, 2011 03:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • And you wouldn’t want to jump right into BB because every episode is a masterpiece.

        Comment by jennrae – December 12, 2011 02:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Breaking Bad, for sure.

      Comment by R – December 11, 2011 03:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • ^^Thanks for the feedback, folks. Homeland it is :) (maybe I’ll get to Breaking Bad over the summer).

      Comment by Saint Alicia – December 11, 2011 06:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Friday Night Lights and The Killing

    Comment by Elle – December 11, 2011 03:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • No Walking Dead??

    Comment by Ed – December 11, 2011 03:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The 2nd season of the Walking Dead is horrible so far.

      Comment by John – December 11, 2011 04:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • False

        Comment by Tu – December 12, 2011 05:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • As a person that has read all the comics, I only liked the first episode of Season 1. The second one has been much better save a few episodes. The character development is massively deeper and its no longer in danger of devolving into a mindless action flick.

        Comment by Brock – December 12, 2011 06:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Agreed, that show got terrible quick. Sad too, cause season 1 was amazing.

        Comment by Nick – December 12, 2011 08:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I agree. It became more about love interests than the issue at hand…zombies. Who has time to worry about who slept with whom, when there are zombies walking all over?

          Comment by AmandaW – December 13, 2011 08:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • No…there’s 3 tricks on Big Bang Theory, now.

    Comment by Beth – December 11, 2011 03:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What??? not Greendale and it’s HumanBeings?? Please Chang your minds and put Community on the list.

    Comment by Nat – December 11, 2011 03:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • WOOHOOO! Way to go Parks and Recreation! Definitely my favorite show of the year. It deserves all the credit it gets and I just wish more people were watching this gem of a show!

    Comment by brittany – December 11, 2011 03:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I kindly disagree.

    Comment by Sue – December 11, 2011 03:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • COMMUNITY

    Comment by Brennan – December 11, 2011 04:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love seeing Justified on this list. Absolutely fantastic show. Not getting enough publicity because of its network. The end of the second season was excellent. I’m afraid that I’m going to miss Margo Martindale next season; between her character and acting she was one of my favourite character arcs in recent memory (Ted Danson on Damages and John Lithgow on Dexter also come to mind).

    Comment by Andrew – December 11, 2011 04:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So glad The Big Crappy Theory is not on this list. Most overrated show of the past 10 years.

    Comment by Johnny D – December 11, 2011 04:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The Big Crappy Theory? That was an attempt at humour? Just making sure I got you.

      Comment by Dude – December 11, 2011 04:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • And yet, funnier than The Big Bang Theory. The lack of canned laughter in the background is always a plus.

        Comment by Johnn – December 11, 2011 04:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I’m not saying its the best show on TV, or that it doesn’t have its share of problems, but it’s important to note the Big Bang Theory tapes in front of a live audience.

          Comment by facts are important – December 11, 2011 05:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • The Big Bang Theory is one of the worst, unfunny comedies on TV and its good ratings are an example of how stupid people are.

        Comment by Frank1983 – December 11, 2011 05:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • And that is exactly how I feel about Glee.

          Comment by Renee – December 11, 2011 06:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Finally, someone speaks the TRUTH! The most overrated unfunny series around. The Big Crappy Theory…lol…good one. ;)

      Comment by Tania – December 12, 2011 11:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The only show on this list I watch is Modern Family but it seems like a pretty predictable list. Mostly acclaimed cable shows and Emmy-bait with few run-of-the-mill entertainment shows.

    Comment by Captain – December 11, 2011 04:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Good list IMO besides the exclusion of Community. Besides that, truly a solid list.

    Comment by Sarah El – December 11, 2011 04:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • And to note that on the list, I watch Game of Thrones, The Good Wife, Homeland, Modern Family, and Parks and Recreation. All of them (though maybe Modern Family) definitely deserve their places on this list.

      Comment by Sarah El – December 11, 2011 04:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Take off Curb Your Enthusiasm, put Community in its place and: perfect list!

    Comment by Johnn – December 11, 2011 04:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You’re kidding, right? Curb is one of the funniest and most intelligent comedies on TV. Not saying Community is a bad show (It’s a great series, actually) but Curb is amazing and deserves to be there.

      Comment by Peacedude – December 11, 2011 05:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I’m not. Curb is not a bad show, far from it actually, but it is on its eight season and starting to show signs of wear. And it has won before, so it would be nice to give a “new” show a chance.

        That, or take off Modern Family. Just as long as Community makes it.

        Comment by Johnn – December 11, 2011 05:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’m a recent Curb convert and I found last season to be brilliant. The Michael J Fox season finale was probably one of the funniest episodes of TV I’ve ever seen.

      Comment by Brock – December 12, 2011 06:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hell on Wheels is a fantastic show

    Comment by Thuy – December 11, 2011 05:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sons of Anarchy ?

    Seriously Sutter and Company are really dismissed on all awards.
    For this reason I find this list to be preposterous.

    Comment by SkyCro – December 11, 2011 05:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Seriously, Sons of Anarchy? Good lord.

      Comment by Tania – December 12, 2011 11:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Uh where is Community?

    Comment by Amy – December 11, 2011 05:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • community?

    Comment by joe – December 11, 2011 06:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Community!!! Without it your list deserves no respect.

    Comment by FVClaudio – December 11, 2011 06:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Community. Enough said.

    Comment by Nik – December 11, 2011 06:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • WHERE IS COMMUNITY?

    Comment by Xiomara – December 11, 2011 06:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • No Community? Really? It’s hands down the best show on television.

    Comment by John Lewis, Jr. – December 11, 2011 06:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I like Community but that comment is ridiculous. Community is a little too up-and-down to be on the list, sometimes within the same episode. Like the recent foosball episode. They make a huge point of saying how overdone the whole “breaking something and trying to replace it” thing is then totally take that in a new direction… meanwhile in the other storyline use the equally overdone “we actually knew each other as kids” trope and do absolutely nothing with it. And neither plots were all that funny. Also on tap this year: The unhilarious Pierce’s bigoted dad, Troy’s plumbing skillz, most of Chang’s security guard stuff, and ALL of John Goodman’s stuff. If anything, I think this year is more disjointed than last year.

      Comment by KevyB – December 15, 2011 12:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Glad to see Justified on the list.

    Comment by Renee – December 11, 2011 06:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Where’s Community!? GREATEST SHOW EVER and its not on this list! Make some noise Human Beings! Tweet and hashtag – #savegreendale, #savecommunity, #occupygreendale!

    Comment by Dillon – December 11, 2011 06:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Uhmm where are the Greendale Human Beings. I dont watch a lot of these shows but I can tell you for sure that Community deserves to be on here way more than the other two I watch (Modern Family and Parks and Rec)

    Comment by Chris – December 11, 2011 06:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • what about Community? hands down one of the most original and creative comedies.

    Comment by daryl sakimae – December 11, 2011 06:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • To quote Ron Swanson, “I still think awards are stupid…but they would be less stupid if they went to the right people.”
    Glad to see Parks and Rec on the list. It’s nice to see talented people’s hard work and skill recognized.

    Comment by ajl – December 11, 2011 06:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Im sorry but where is Community. Easily the best show this year, Modern Family has gotten much worse than season one and Parks and Rec isnt great anymore. Come on vote for the Human Beings!

    Comment by Bob – December 11, 2011 06:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Uhh, where is Community? They Britta’d this list.

    Comment by Austin – December 11, 2011 06:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Where’s Community?

    Comment by pau – December 11, 2011 06:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wow it looks like someone Britta’d this list, good job forgetting the greatest TV show currently on the air!

    Comment by Paula – December 11, 2011 06:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yay for Breaking Bad, Parks and Rec, Louie, and Modern Family! BUUUUUUUT – Seriously? How did leave out Community. Community and Breaking Bad are the most intelligent, well-written, well-acted, well-directed, well-shot, well-edited, well-soundtracked, all around best shows ever. You got one! How could you possibly miss the other? AFI, you totally shafted Community, not cool.

    Comment by Sarah Fiebiger – December 11, 2011 06:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The list is definitely lacking without Community.

    Comment by Jen – December 11, 2011 06:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Parks & Rec, but no Community!?! Community of the only show that deserves six seasons and a movie!

    Comment by Cirquelar – December 11, 2011 06:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Boss is the best show this year!!!!!

    Comment by Jomana S. – December 11, 2011 06:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How is Community not on this? It’s the best show after Louie.

    Comment by Matt – December 11, 2011 06:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Community

    Comment by Mary – December 11, 2011 06:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sons of Anarchy

    Comment by Mary – December 11, 2011 06:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Since FNL’s final season aired on Directv last year, it’s possible it wasn’t eligible this year.

    Comment by maureen – December 11, 2011 06:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Where is Community? Yet another award that is ignoring the most critically acclaimed show on television (or second behind Breaking Bad)

    Comment by Lisa – December 11, 2011 06:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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