33. 'The Newsroom'
Long before Aaron Sorkin borrowed the title for his HBO hate-watch dramedy, Canada's Ken Finkleman used it for this scathing satire on the off-hours banality and behind-the-scenes bad behavior of broadcast news. Finkleman's George Findlay is a TV producer and self-absorbed prick who tries to bed every woman he meets, weasel his way out of responsiblity with off-color doubletalk and would rather focus on his lunch than breaking a story; as the series went on, the writer-director-star's idol worship of Fellini would also push the character into being a symbol of middle-aged masculinity on the decline. (The Italian filmmaker's influence would be even more pronounced in Finkleman's follow-up series, More Tears.) Other characters, including the world's stupidest anchorman and a segment producer who's the sole voice of sanity, also brought the funny, but it's Finkleman's show from start to finish — a series that many still consider to be the smartest, best-written sitcom ever to come out of Canadian TV.—DAVID FEAR