Job hazard: At Christmas parties, everyone wants me to tell them what TV shows they really should be watching. Depending on the strength of the nog, I sometimes draw a complete blank. So this is the list — my top 10 for 2011 — that I’ll keep in my inside pocket for just such moments . . . — Hank Stuever
10. The Office (NBC). Nobody has said much about this, but, um — Steve who? The cast and writers have quietly rallied, filling the Dunder Mifflin power vacuum with Ed Helms and James Spader. An episode a couple weeks ago, in which Helms’s Andrew Bernard struggled to placate Spader’s Robert California by not-not giving California’s wife (Maura Tierney) a job, proves that the awkward quality that made “The Office” work before is still very much intact.Chris Haston/CHRIS HASTON/NBC
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