Top 11 of 2011: Part Four

Broken Spork’s writers are presenting their best of the year in movies, TV, sports, music, and general awesomeness.

By Katie Price

11. Ryan Murphy

With both American Horror Story and Glee, creator Ryan Murphy has had quite an awesome year. Glee, despite being unbearably cheesy to the point of embarrassment, has pushed boundaries by portraying gay teen sex on prime-time (and including a killer Adele mashup.) It’s been a rough start of the hit show’s third season, but the second season finished strong earlier this year.

One of the best new shows of the fall, serial horror drama American Horror Story is killing it. Evan Peters is brilliant as Tate, a perfectly sympathetic monster, but I won’t go into detail, as the season was short and everyone should watch it… during the day… with the lights on. Also, the title sequence was created by same guy who did The Walking Dead‘s.

While I wish he would stop neglecting his first baby (Glee,) Ryan Murphy has a lot going for him.


10. Kardashians

Yea, I said it- because even if I hate them on most days, I’m still watching their train wreck of a life on TV and reading about them online and so is the rest of America. They’re just…. fascinating, in the worst way. (NOTE: I’m slightly brainwashed from working at BUZZMEDIA, the company that runs the famed family’s social sites, for the better part of this year.)


9. Parks and Recreation

Amy Poehler can do no wrong. With a comically gifted cast behind her, Phoeler makes Pawnee, IN one of the most loved places on TV this year. On top of that, “Treat Yo’self” has become my favorite catchphrase of 2011 and I want to treat myself with Donnatella and T-Mobile everyday.


8. British People

Harry Potter, the Royal Wedding, Pippa Middleton’s butt. Enough said.


7. Saturday Night Live

SNL picked things up a bit this year- the latest success being Jimmy Fallon hosting (which was predicted in Alec Baldwin’s holiday episode over a decade ago.) This year, Stefon became my best friend, I danced with Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig, and I gossiped with Gaddafi’s friends. For some reason, this year felt like there was more energy behind the hilarity than the last few years and I’m pumped for the rest of this season.


6. 50/50

Joesph Gordon Levitt makes for the sweetest and cutest cancer patient ever. This movie had so much heart that I didn’t even realize I was bawling my eyes out towards the end. (Yes, Seth Rogen proves he can make people cry.) It’s a story many know all too well told with humility and humor. I fell in love with 50/50 hardand even though it’s a bit too ‘real’ for some people, it’s one of my favorite movies this year.


5. Ryan Gosling

Anyone else notice only one straight guy on here? There’s only one guy worth making my list and it’s Ryan Gosling. Talk about setting the bar high- Ryan starred in several amazing films, broke up a street fight, had fans protesting outside People‘s headquarters when he wasn’t named ‘Sexiest Man of 2011,’ took Eva Mendez on a date to THE EIFFEL TOWER and most recently starred in a Funny or Die Drunk History. Swoon. This was Ryan’s year.


4. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

Mindy Kaling has always seemed behind the scenes amazing to me- not the kind of person who commands attention, but the kind who obviously works super hard and is silently happy with their life and the people she surrounds herself with. But with her new book, Mindy is the star. She basically writes like she talks, which is hilarious and I dig. Read it- you won’t regret it.


3. Bridesmaids

2011 was a big year for women in comedy and this movie kicked it off. Written by two chicks with the balls to say things women ‘aren’t supposed to,’ Bridesmaids was hilarious and showed Kristen Wiig in her first successful leading role. Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph and the rest of the cast didn’t disappoint either. Beating out stoner bro films like Knocked Up and Pineapple ExpressBridemaids has also become Judd Apatow’s highest grossing film to date. Also, it should be noted that Kristen Wiig is my spirit animal.


2. The Ladies of Pop

There are too many women who owned pop this year, that I had to lump them into one. Let me lay it down for you: Katy Perry- sold out world tour, five #1 singles, broke records; Robyn- SNL performance, the most mind-blowing live shows, “Call Your Girlfriend”; Adele- my favorite album of the year by far, I second everything Colin already said; Beyonce- pregnant with Jay-z’s baby (what?), “Countdown.” Basically, the ladies dominated pop music in a huge way this year and I loved it.


1. New Girl

Usually when a show is hyped as much as New Girl was, it ends up sucking- but New Girl is going strong- so strong it’s already nominated for a golden globe. Obviously, Zooey Deschanel is a babe, but in this show she proves she’s kind of funny too. The whole cast of New Girl is incredibly endearing and delivers so many great lines that I can’t even hear them all because I’m laughing too hard. With that being said, here are my 6 favorite lines so far:

– “I had figure skating lessons until I was 13, and then my mom sobered up and realized I was a boy.”

– “So head’s up, Paul’s coming tonight. And I just wanted to tell you that I’m gonna tap him like a maple tree. I’m gonna search him for some syrups. I’m gonna be having sex with him.”

– “The most sexy holidays are the 4th of July, Independence day obviously. Women’s history month, and Christmas.”

– “They found another black guy. ‘Labak Melno Virich.’ Means a better black guy.”

– “Jess, you can’t laugh at a naked man. And especially Nick. Nick is delicate. Like a flower. Like a chubby, damaged flower who hates himself.”

– “She used to get drunk and pass out on our porch. It was like having a hot alcoholic cat. I’d always leave water out for her.”



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