My access to cable TV was limited this year, and this limits what I was able to see in 2003 — keep that in mind. These are presented in no particular order.
- “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” No, I don’t buy the stereotypes that gay = stylish and heterosexual = hopeless, but this show goes beyond those triticisms and shows people coming together and acccepting one another. TV needs more of that. Plus, some of the tips are really excellent for anyone. Cheers, queers.
- “Ellen DeGeneres Show” My girl Ellen is back on TV and funnier than ever with her new daily talk show. Unlike Rosie, DeGeneres is actually nice, she sucks up to no one, and she’s genuine. Plus, I love her mom.
- “Arrested Development” Well, how about that? Broadcast-TV sitcoms can be original, creative and smart. And funny.
- “Angels in America” It’s about time they brought Tony Kushner’s stage masterpiece to the screen. Let’s hope America watched and got the message.
- “Oklahoma!” Cheers to the Public Broadcasting System outlets smart enough to air the “Great Performances” featuring the 1998 London revival of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic. Hugh Jackman’s electrifying performance as Curly is reason enough to watch it, but the rest of the cast is also outstanding. Bravo, PBS.
Honorable mentions: Garry Shandling and Brad Garrett’s Emmy Awards kiss, “24,” “Skin”‘s third — and last — episode, all of the “Law and Order”s, Hugh Jackman on “The View,” “Six Feet Under,” “The Amazing Race” and the victorious Chip and Reichen and Jerry BruckheimerPowered by Sidelines