Julianna Margulies has finally found a post-ER vehicle that suits her wounded-woman-warrior affect perfectly: As the wronged wife of a philandering husband (Chris Noth at his hangdog best) jailed for alleged political corruption, Margulies' Alicia Florrick conveys pain, anger, and chin-up perseverance without ever dipping into self-righteousness.
After you've seen Ken Tucker's top 10, click over to his Watching TV blog to see his expanded list: Best TV shows of '09: Nos. 11-20
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EW's critic ranks his favorites of the year, a mix of newcomers (''Glee,'' ''Modern Family'') and old standbys (''Mad Men,'' ''True Blood''). Plus: His picks for the worst TV shows of the past year.