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
Modern Family
Parks and Recreation

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

Comments (142)

  • Modern family is spelled modern family. No mistake there. Friday night lights is amazing. And what about sons of anarchy ? Def breaking bad.

    Comment by Jason – December 11, 2011 06:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Community!

    Comment by hello – December 11, 2011 07:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • No Community? What a crock.

    Comment by Josh Hill – December 11, 2011 07:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Community definitely deserved a mention. Easily one of the best comedies going.

    I would also add that Chuck deserved to be there, but I think the fact that I have been obsessed with the show since the beginning makes me biased.

    Comment by Eric – December 11, 2011 07:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Uh, what about Community?

    Comment by Gord Howie – December 11, 2011 07:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • You forgot Community as well as Wilfred.

    Comment by Annie's Boobs – December 11, 2011 07:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Community.

    Comment by Ben – December 11, 2011 07:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Community is no where to be found on this list. I think you meant to say Community. Otherwise this list is several Streets Behind.

    Comment by bubba kowslski – December 11, 2011 07:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I really wish Community were included in this list.

    Comment by Megan – December 11, 2011 07:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What about Community? The cast is the best no other show has that type of bond like Community does. RUDE!

    Comment by Meg – December 11, 2011 07:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I like this list, BUT you’re DEFINITELY missing Community! I don’t think Modern Family’s season this year touches its first, and Curb Your Enthusiasm has gotten old… while Community has only gotten better.

    Comment by Cathy – December 11, 2011 07:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I believe Community should be on your list!

    Comment by Kristy Clowson – December 11, 2011 07:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • You forgot Community !!!!!

    Comment by DarthLapin – December 11, 2011 07:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Cool cool cool, except for lack of Community.

    Comment by Abed – December 11, 2011 07:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think you might have forgotten Community. The best show on TV!!!!

    Comment by allen – December 11, 2011 07:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I would like to join many others in questioning a list of top television programming that does not include “Community”.

    Aside from that, the AFI list contains 9 shows I do not watch (I have given all but one of them a chance, so it is not just total ignorance). Either I have no ability to judge quality television (a possibility), or AFI has a narrow viewpoint and praises what it perceives to be (safely) edgy and daring. I know I don’t watch enough television to offer up a definitive list of what was the best over the past year, but I would like to think that not everything I watch is so much pablum.

    Comment by Timothy McNeil – December 11, 2011 08:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • community prease

    Comment by johnson – December 11, 2011 08:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Community, so much better than anything on tv right now.

    Comment by Savanna – December 11, 2011 09:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The list would be perfect if they hadn’t forgot Community. Accidentally I’m sure.

    Comment by Adrian – December 11, 2011 09:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Agree 99% especially parks and recreation its amazing and with Louie can’t wait when he comes back to parks and recreation bt I don’t agree with modern family I did. Like it last year bt this year it kinda sucks

    Comment by vane – December 11, 2011 10:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • COMMUNITY. yeah.

    Comment by tara – December 11, 2011 10:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Boo you whores. Where’s Community?

    Comment by Luke – December 11, 2011 11:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Community is better than any other show on TV. You’re foolish to leave it out.

    Comment by Laurel – December 12, 2011 01:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The running Beetlejuice secret story line alone should have Community listed. Don’t know what I mean…search for it on YouTube.

    Comment by Laber19 – December 12, 2011 02:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Community should be added. The episodes are amazing, it’s constantly getting great reviews and is hilarious but also amazing in that it has such relate-able characters and layers of deeper meaning in all the episodes allowing for a fun and enriching but also deep-meaning TV show. Please add it. Otherwise you’re streets behind >:(

    Comment by Rose – December 12, 2011 03:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How did Community not make the list?

    Comment by ADinGA – December 12, 2011 03:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Community’s ratings have dropped lower then the office without Steve carrell. The first season made the list. The show has fallen. It got benched cause fans weren’t watching. Why would it make this list? It’s the top ten out of hundreds of shows. All your shows are on it, just not top ten.

    Comment by mike – December 12, 2011 04:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Let’s see, What shows are missing from this list.

    Walking Dead
    Sons Of Anarchy.

    Thank you, and good night.

    Comment by Godzilla – December 12, 2011 04:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Am I the only person that loved Shameless?

    It was the perfect bit of dark comedy and made my Sundays with its Californication partner. Cali definitely wasn’t in its best season ever, but the writing is still sharp. Other shows that I thought had great seasons:

    * Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Almost every episode was a strong one. Fat Mac brought an extra bit of fun without becoming an a stupid gag.
    * Bored to Death had an amazing second season with its very New York brand of humor, although its third season that also ran this year wasn’t as good.
    * Dexter continues to bring good seasons. Julia Stiles helped to rescue a season that was in danger of falling apart. The Doomsday Killer arc has managed to capture a lot of the first season magic that has been missing.
    * Community. So tapped into the meta…

    On a whole though I can’t say any show on the list is a true dud although I’m not the biggest fan of Modern Family or the Good Wife.

    Comment by Brock – December 12, 2011 06:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Community > Parks and Recreations > Modern Family

    Comment by Lucas – December 12, 2011 11:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why are so many Community fans on here trashing P&R? Seriously, you don’t have to choose sides with those two, both shows need your support! I understand preferring Community to Parks since they are completely different styles of comedy, but Parks has been KILLING it this year and I get so annoyed with people who watch both that want to tear it down just to show support for Community. How about we get behind both shows and try to get NBC to bring back the best hour of comedy on television?

    Comment by RH – December 12, 2011 11:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • ITA! I love both Community and Parks & Rec and as far as I’m concerned fans of both shows should be supportive of each other. Both shows are in the same boat (although P&R has been getting award recognition so it is in a slightly better place). The ratings are not great, they are both teetering on the edge here. Rather than infighting, band together and love both shows.

      Comment by Ari – December 18, 2011 01:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This list sucks. There is no Fringe, Friday Night Lights, AHS, The Walking Dead… fail.

    Comment by Liz – December 12, 2011 11:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • If we’re basing the list on 2011 only, Then I don’t think Community should be on the list. The quality’s been all over the place, at most, it could only vy for 10th place.
    Take off TGW and Modern Family and replace them with 30 Rock and Community. Or nix Community and give a spot to The Big C.

    Comment by D – December 12, 2011 03:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’d replace Boardwalk Empire with Walking Dead, and Parks and Recreation with Suburgatory. Otherwise, I’m good.

    Comment by Sheldon W. – December 12, 2011 07:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Do you watch Boardwalk? Please tell me you are kidding. Maybe exchange the Good Wife with Walking Dead.

      Comment by AmandaW – December 13, 2011 08:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I watch every show on this list and agree with their choices. I would have added Friday Night Lights also and even though Community is a show I watch, it is too erratic at best to be included on a best of list.

    Comment by Terry – December 12, 2011 11:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • You forgot Community on this list!

    Comment by John – December 13, 2011 12:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • There is a notable lack of community from this list. Not impressed.

    Comment by iknowtv – December 13, 2011 03:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Where is Sons Of Anarchy in all of this? If you like drama,this is drama at its best! Katy Segal has been second to none,with her performances.

    Comment by Todd Hetrick – December 13, 2011 06:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • All three of my HBO shows made it! I don’t watch anything else on this list, so I cannot say how they are.

    Comment by AmandaW – December 13, 2011 08:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • AFI must have some brilliant people on the staff. Homeland is definitely one of the best shows on TV in a long time. It is good to see we have gotten back to entertainment with excitement with a show that makes us use our brains.

    Comment by LouiseBelinda – December 15, 2011 04:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Where is Community? What the Hell?


    Comment by SarahWinche – December 15, 2011 07:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How could you leave out Community?? What other comedy on television could do an episode based on chaos theory????

    Comment by Kaylee Kal – December 15, 2011 11:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What about Community???

    Comment by huh – December 21, 2011 01:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Pretty spot-on list!

    I am especially stoked to see the second season of “Justified” being recognized among the best in television. But I’m afraid the AFI needs to employ the Spinal Tap philosophy and “take it to eleven!” “Community” belongs on this list.

    Comment by Jenny – December 25, 2011 12:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

    Comment by Aiswarya – January 2, 2012 12:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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