Congratulations to The Guide, which chalks up 30 years as a print guide as part of the Sydney Morning Herald.
In this ever-changing landscape that is television, print and online, it’s encouraging that small screen criticism still has a valued place. As we were recently reminded, it’s great that the audience still values a print guide, and even notices it when it is absent.
Congrats to Greg Hassall, Michel Idato (pictured) and co. for enlightening us with their views, but special mention must go to Doug Anderson, who has written for The Guide since it launched in May 1982.
To mark the occasion, The Guide selects one show for each one of its thirty years.
These are shows deemed to give us a snapshot of our box and our audience tastes. They not that “some great shows, including Seinfeld, Kath & Kim, The West Wing and Paper Giants, didn’t make the cut – not for any failing of their own but due to an abundance of choice for the year in question.”
Personally I would have liked the list to have confined itself to Australian productions, but it’s still a good read.
Here are the choices for the last 10 years.
2002: The Wire
2003: Arrested Development
2004: Love My Way
2005: We Can Be Heroes
2006: The Chaser’s War on Everything
2007: Mad Men
2009: MasterChef Australia
2010: Downton Abbey
2011: The Slap
You can read the rest here.
David Knox has previously filed for Fairfax television guides.