The ABC television series LOST is one of the great success stories of the aughts. The show was deemed a colossal failure before it even began by advertising companies, was notorious for being the most expensive pilot ever shot at the time, and even led to the firing of the network executive who developed the idea. Yet the pilot would go on to amass 18.65 million viewers in the U.S. (Kissell, 2004) and soon became a world wide phenomena, airing in over one hundred and seventy different countries and being titled the second most popular show in the world by appearing in the most top ten in more countries than any other show other than CSI: Miami (BBC, 2006). With ratings like that, the question of whether LOST counts as a cult television series gets brought up frequently. While LOST may not work with the traditional definition of cult, when one takes into account the metamorphosis of the term cult and what it means in relation to the current state of television, it becomes intrinsically clear that yes, LOST is cult television. In fact, LOST is a quintessential example of modern network cult TV that provides a case for why cult TV matters as it brings fans together to create dedicated communities, while also serving as a model for the future of industry.
The last week of December I counted down to the new year by introducing a feature I refer to as the Remotely Interesting Retrospective. All week long I wrote about my First Tier and Second Tier series of the year, along with the Other Shows I watched and a collection of the Bits & Pieces I sampled. And while we’re now a week into 2012 I thought I’d post one extra part of the Retrospective. After writing about every 2011 show I watched in the year, I thought it might be fun to do a bonus article on the various shows I caught up on in 2011, despite them not having aired that year. With this last post I’ll have written about every single show/episode I watched in 2011. Hope you’ve enjoyed my 7,000 plus words on my 2011 viewing experience and thanks overall to everyone who read Remotely Interesting during its first year run. It’s been quite the success in my book and I look forward to doing this for as long as I can.
We’re nearing the end of December here meaning it’s time for everyone to say goodbye to 2011 and welcome in the new year. And what better way for a TV criticism site to let go and move on then by introducing what I further to as Remotely Interesting Retrospective. I originally planed on making a set top ten list with a number one show, but the fact of the matter is this year was so great for TV content that it’s nearly impossible to choose a singular series as number one. Instead I’m breaking my favorites down to First Tier and Second Tier shows. Any of the five shows in the First Tier could easily be number one given the episode or the timing. The Second Tier is to highlight five shows that were particularly outstanding this year and deserve some extra recognition. In addition to a top ten list I will be writing my thoughts on every series, and there’s a lot of them, that I watched in 2011 to let you know how they fared this year. And don’t worry, all the write ups will remain spoiler free, dealing with only broad strokes rather than fine details, so go ahead and read without fear. Without further ado I present to you what I consider the five “second best” series of the year.