modern family jesse tyler ferguson lily eric stonestreet 320 'Glee,' 'Mad Men,' 'Modern Family' only holdovers on AFI's Top TV of 2010Each year the American Film Institute honors the “most outstanding achievements in film and television.”

On Sunday (Dec. 12), the AFI released its Top 10 Films and Top 10 TV Programs of 2010. Here are their picks for TV (in alphabetical order because the American Film Institute does not rank the programs):

“The Big C”
“Boardwalk Empire”
“Breaking Bad”
“Mad Men”
“Modern Family”
“The Pacific”
“Temple Grandin”
“30 Rock”
“The Walking Dead”

The only holdovers from last year’s list are “Glee,” “Mad Men” and “Modern Family.” It’s a big year for new programming, as half the list are freshmen or one-off shows. “30 Rock” and “Breaking Bad” have made the list previously, but were not on the list a year ago.

It was also a big year for AMC on the AFI list. “Rubicon” was the channel’s only original program not included. ANd as far as premium channels go, HBO kicked Showtime’s butt by a score of three shows to one.

A luncheon for the honorees will be held in Los Angeles on Friday, Jan 14, 2011.

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."