These 10 best television shows 2010 will give you a good reason to avoid flipping the channel in boredom. These TV shows far surpassed other offerings because of their smart storytelling, interesting characters and unique plots. If you’re tired of watching reruns or mediocre television, check out these impressive shows from 2010.

  1. “Mad Men” This AMC series set in the 1960s stars Jon Hamm as Don Draper, the ads man whose mysterious past is slowly unraveled throughout the show. Season four took place in 2010 and featured some dramatic storylines and a shocking season finale.

  2. “Friday Night Lights” The fifth season of “Friday Night Lights” was one of the best television shows of 2010. The show excels in its exploration of its main characters and its realistic depiction of a small Texas town.

  3. “Dexter” The HBO show has only grown more popular in its fifth season. As one of the best television shows of 2010, the program attracts viewers because of Michael C. Hall’s charismatic performance as the serial killer that you can't help but love.

  4. “Modern Family” Even though this TV show was only in its second season during 2010, it has quickly become one of the most popular television shows. The story revolves around a group of diverse families filmed in mockumentary comedic fashion.

  5. “Breaking Bad” This show has garnered great acclaim as one of the best television shows of 2010 due to its smart premise, edgy plot lines and spot-on acting. Bryan Cranston continues to sweep award shows for his excellent portrayal of high school chemistry teacher who turns to meth manufacturing.

  6. “30 Rock” Tina Fey continues to deliver comedic magic in her show about a zany group of NBC TV writers, stars and executives. This television show saw its fifth season during 2010 and featured an ongoing romance between Fey’s character and Matt Damon, while fellow co-star Alec Baldwin romanced Elizabeth Banks.

  7. “Fringe” This television show ran both its second and third season during 2010. The show stars Joshua Jackson in a plot that revolves around the FBI’s “fringe” division, which investigates supernatural activities. The show is perfect for those who were “X-Files” TV fanatics.

  8. “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” Season six of this television show ran during 2010. If you like darker, satirical humor and more adult themes, you should catch up on this show.

  9. “The Walking Dead” AMC has been providing a steady stream of television shows and of 2010 was no exception. The first season of “The Walking Dead” premiered in 2010 and featured insane levels of guts, gore and zombie shootings. Beyond the gore was also a Western-like story of one police man's search for his family and safety in a destroyed world.

  10. “Community” This relatively new show from NBC is one of the best television shows and broadcast its second season in 2010. Joel McHale and Chevy Chase lead a motley cast of characters who all find themselves at a local community college.