28. 'Twitch City'
Although David Cronenberg wasn't involved in this short-lived Canadian show about a TV-addicted shut-in played by Don McKellar, the Torontonian auteur's stamp is all over it; imagine Videodrome remade as a half-hour comedy. Although McKellar conceived it as an "anti-sitcom," it's more like an art-house abstraction of the form: Each of the early episodes revolves around a variation on the same plot, the monotony broken by intruding episodes of a daytime talk show hosted by The Kids in the Hall's Bruce McCulloch. (Fellow Kid Mark McKinney later took over the character, without explanation.) In its second and final season, the show, which also starred Deadwood's Molly Parker and Battlestar Galactica's Callum Keith Rennie, grew increasingly self-aware — culminating in "The Planet of the Cats," an episode-length fantasy in which cats rule the planet while humans wear collars and crunch kibble.—SAM ADAMS