As everyone is posting their 2011 best of lists I want to talk about the best show I saw in 2010. Ted Griffin's Terriers was an FX series staring Donal Logue and Michael Raymond-James as unlicensed PIs in San Diego. They eke out a living solving small crimes, dog-napping, lost money, nothing dangerous. But things change in the course of the series and the PIs are in a fight for their lives. The writing, acting, and directing in this series is excellent. It is my favorite FX show, above The Shield, Justified, American Horror Story, and even It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia. If you are looking for a tv series to watch over the holidays you should watch Terriers.
Ted Griffin was a writer on The Shield and he wrote the screenplay for Ravenous. He is also the writer for the Ashton Kutcher movie Killers, and the Ben Stiller Eddie Murphy movie Tower Heist. Griffin's involvement in these films is enough for me to add them to my queue.