1. "Friday Night Lights" (NBC/DirecTV) • For five seasons, "Friday Night Lights" was both the simplest and most complex show on TV. It felt like real life, and real life is complicated. Sure, it was about football and family, but it treated both with nuance, intelligence and heart. And the on-screen relationship between husband and wife Eric (Kyle Chandler) and Tami Taylor (Connie Britton) will go down as one of the most relatable in TV history. "FNL" could have been at the top of any best-of-TV list since 2006, and it was absolutely the best show of 2011. The superb series finale felt like saying goodbye to good friends..
2. "Breaking Bad" (AMC) • This dangerous drama took us along with a good man (Bryan Cranston) whose best intentions have led him to a place so dark he could endanger the life of a child to protect himself and his family.
3. "The Good Wife" (CBS) •This show just keeps getting better. The mix of fascinating legal drama and even more fascinating personal drama is superb.