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AFI Awards name 'Mad Men' and 'Breaking Bad' best TV shows of 2008

December 14, 2008 |  5:50 pm


Below are the top 10 TV shows of 2008, according to the AFI Awards. All of the following programs were snubbed after being on last year's list issued by the American Film Institute: "Dexter," "Everybody Hates Chris," "Friday Night Lights," "30 Rock," "Ugly Betty." Also missing are such new TV programs as "True Blood," "The Mentalist" and "The Starter Wife."

"Breaking Bad"
"In Treatment"
"John Adams"
"Mad Men"
"The Office"
"The Shield"
"The Wire"

The American Film Institute Awards TV jury was chaired by Richard Frank, AFI Trustee Emeritus. The jurors: Neal Baer, writer, producer; John Caldwell, UCLA; Jean Picker Firstenberg, AFI president emerita; Mary McNamara, L.A. Times; Kathleen Nolan, actor; James Poniewozik, Time; Del Reisman, writer, senior lecturer, AFI Conservatory; Matt Roush, TV Guide; Ellen Seiter, University of Southern California; John Shaffner, president, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; Beretta E. Smith-Shomade, University of Arizona; Tony To, director, producer.

Photos: AFI