Best of 2004: Television
By Jeffrey Epstein
Wanna know what you should be tuning into? Here�s a recap of the five best television shows of the year.
1. Desperate Housewives
We hate to say �told you so� (oh, who are we kidding�we love to say �told you so�!), but we had this show pegged from the get-go. With fabulous actresses, hunky actors, genius dialogue, camp value for days, and a creative team that includes two homos (show creator Mark Cherry and executive producer Michael Edelstein), Housewives is a guilty pleasure we don�t feel bad about in the least.
Another gem from a gay creator (Ryan Murphy�the man behind Popular). The plastic surgery drama that�s much more than just skin deep did a fantastic take on transgender issues (hellooo, Famke!) and featured Joan Rivers and Vanessa Redgrave as guest stars. Plus, we got a lot more of Julien McMahon�s butt, and that�s enough for us.
Is it wrong that we find ourselves deeply attracted to Sawyer (Josh Holloway), the resident bad boy of this desert island drama? As if he wasn�t enough to keep us watching every week, the rest of the stunning cast (we have never been on such a charismatic plane trip), amazing plot twists, and unending mysteries have us hooked. We�re just hoping one of the castaways turns out to be gay.
4. The L Word
This show is so frickin� good, we want to become lesbians. OK, maybe not that. But we love watching Jennifer Beals and her gal pals pal around Los Angeles in Showtime�s hit series. So what if we best relate to love-em-and-leave-em Shane? That doesn�t make us bad people, does it? It�s everything a good queer soap should be.
5. Veronica Mars
Finally a suitable replacement for those of us Buffy addicts longing for a kick-ass female heroine ever since Sarah Michelle Gellar saved the world one last time. Kristin Bell�s Mars is a smart and sassy high schooler by day and private dick the rest of the time�and making UPN�s ratings rise on a weekly basis. All she needs now is a fabulous gay sidekick.