Readers respond to our list of the 10 best shows on TV, Alec Baldwin's ''Red October'' memories, and more

By EW Staff
Updated March 19, 2010 at 04:00 AM EDT

Shutter Island

  • Movie

Legal Affairs
I could not agree more with EW’s ranking of The Good Wife as spring’s best television show. The writing, acting, and story lines all blend together perfectly. And the chemistry between Josh Charles and Julianna Margulies is palpable. I can’t believe this is the same Josh Charles who played a Clown Dog employee in the movie Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead — what a complete transformation!
Jennifer Sisoev
Anaheim, Calif.

Wife‘s executive producer said, ”Our biggest challenge is figuring out how little we can tell about the courtroom case and get by.” That’s the reason I stopped watching. The legal cases were getting such short shrift that that angle of the show became pointless and frustrating. They should fix that part of the show.
Brian Niven
North Valley Stream, N.Y.

Laugh-Riot Squad
Yes, Modern Family is great, but your list of spring’s 10 best shows unfortunately left out TV’s other comedy powerhouses: Community and Parks and Recreation. They feature two of the funniest ensembles on TV right now — highlighted by Community‘s Danny Pudi as pop-culture-spewing savant Abed and ParksNick Offerman as breakfast-food-loving Ron Swanson.
Carrie Raisler

  • Mental Workout
  • I think you were absolutely wrong about Shutter Island being too long and tedious. True, the film isn’t short, but it really makes you think. And without the many details that Martin Scorsese kept in the translation from book to film, the ending would not have had the same effect.
  • Katherine Harris
  • Kingsport, Tenn.
  • Schoolhouse Rock
  • Thanks for covering my favorite children’s show, Yo Gabba Gabba! Your article captured the energy, creativity, and buzz that make it like nothing else in the wasteland of kids’ TV. I love that our 3-year-old can name-check cool indie bands and beat-box with Biz Markie while also learning that it’s wrong to bite friends.
  • Jonna Parker
  • New Lenox, Ill.

Fame Monsters
How on earth did The Celebrity Apprentice make it to No. 1 on your Must List? Since when is a disgraced governor whose three minutes of fame were up a long time ago considered a celebrity?
C. Clark
Marshfield, Mass.

He Does Know Jack
Even after two decades, Alec Baldwin was and always will be the perfect Jack Ryan. He was exactly how I imagined the character. My husband and I still enjoy The Hunt for Red October as much as we did then. I only wish Baldwin could have played the role again.
Linda Zavodny
Duluth, Ga.

Episode Recaps

Shutter Island

  • Movie
  • R
  • 138 minutes
  • Martin Scorsese