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Top Moments: Rethinking Kanye West, the Beatles and The Event

Kanye West, Glee

Television made us rethink what we thought to be true this week. The Event told us that dead people were alive. The Good Wife reintroduced a sex scandal we long thought over. Mad Men's Joan crushed our dreams of seeing her couple up with Roger Sterling. Glee's Chris Colfer reimagined the Beatles. And an artful performance by Kanye West allowed us to reconsider Saturday Night Live as a venue for progressive musical happenings. Welcome to Top Moments: Up Is Down Edition.

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Top Moments: '90s Nostalgia with Letterman, Justin Timberlake and Glee

Glee, Justin Timberlake

Let's get in the way-back machine and remember the '90s — when David Letterman teased Oprah Winfrey at the Oscars, hip-hop and Britney Spears topped the charts, and an adorable scamp named Jennifer Love Hewitt stole America's heart on Party of Five. Television this week recalled those heady days. Letterman finally revealed the incident that started his feud with Winfrey. Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake crafted a joyous medley tracing the rise and reign of hip-hop. The Glee crew called Spears an "icon." And Hewitt unleashed an unexpectedly bravura performance on Law & Order: SVU. Welcome to Top Moments: Remember the'90s? Edition.

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Top Moments: Mistaken Identities on House, Letterman and Sesame Street

House, Katy Perry

This week, TV had a case of mistaken identity. On Law & Order: SVU, Joan Cusack played a grieving mother who of course also appeared to be the suspect. Cougar Town's Jules found a new therapist with serious truth issues. Olivia's evil twin made a pass at her unrequited love on Fringe. Sesame Street forgot that Katy Perry is a scantily clad pop star. Joaquin Phoenix revealed that he is, in fact, an actor and not the subject of a documentary. And the cranky doc on House let it slip that he's actually a big old softie. Welcome to Top Moments: Mistaken Identity Edition.

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Top Moments: Child's Play on Parenthood, America's Got Talent and Entourage

Eminem, Jackie Evancho

Kids did the darnedest things on TV this week. High school student Oscar pursued an affair with both mother and daughter on 90210. Little ones on Parenthood and One Tree Hill got confusing answers to their inquiries about sex. Jimmy Johnson rallied against youth on Survivor: Nicaragua. Eminem and Vince acted like children on Entourage. And precious Jackie Evancho, who came in second on America's Got Talent, occupies the first position in America's heart.

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Top Moments: Seeing Red on Top Chef, Vampire Diaries and Mad Men

Jon Hamm, Ian Somerhalder

Television this week needs an American Red Cross telethon, stat! Jax's blood boiled on Sons of Anarchy. Top Chef's Kelly had no time for first aid, so she encased her bloody finger in a rubber glove. New Jersey's Real Housewives displayed remarkable sangfroid with a less-than-genuine hug. Vampire Diaries' Caroline, and not Jeremy, changed her life by drinking vampire blood. And Mad Men's Don Draper blunted his profound mourning with impromptu fisticuffs and a dangerously heightened blood-alcohol level. Welcome to this week's Top Moments: Let It Bleed Edition.

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Top Moments: The Whole Truth on Real Housewives, Rachel Zoe and Kate Plus Eight

Kate Gosselin, Teresa Giudice

This week on television, people revealed their true feelings. True Blood's Eric made it clear that he intended to kill Russell. Weeds' Nathalie Newman confessed that she's back in the drug trade. David Letterman opened himself up to Michael Douglas upon hearing about his cancer treatment. Tom Colicchio called a fellow chef a nerd. Real housewife Teresa Giudice lost her mind. Rachel Zoe expressed her love for client Kate Hudson. And little Mady Gosselin doesn't care that her mother is famous; she can still roll her eyes at her just like the rest of us. Welcome to Top Moments: How Do You Really Feel? Edition. read more

Top Moments: Jimmy Fallon, Will Arnett and Ricky Gervais Keep Things Light

Jimmy Fallon

Nothing moves things along like a song. It always works for double Emmy winner Glee, and it worked for Late Night host Jimmy Fallon as he hosted a light, fast-moving Emmys. Deft comic turns from Stephen Colbert, Will Arnett and Ricky Gervais kept the proceedings lively — as did a few surprises on the winners list. Welcome to Top Moments, Emmys Edition.

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Awkward Top Moments with Letterman, Kardashian and Little Sally Draper

Kim Kardashian and David Letterman

TV made us uncomfortable this week. America's Got Talent's "male Lady Gaga" made it hard for us to keep a poker face. Danielle Staub continued to upset us with her misguided parenting practices. Kim Kardashian is a clean freak. Ten-year-old Sally Draper was aroused by The Man from U.N.C.L.E. And David Letterman will not stop talking about Jay Leno. Welcome to Top Moments: Discomfort Level Edition.

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Top Moments: Breaking the Rules with Dance, Talent and Chicken Cutlets

America's Got Talent, Mad Men

There are certain rules in normal human life, and this week, TV broke most of them. Top Chef filleted Rule No. 4: Be graceful in defeat. The Early Show trampled Rule No. 6: Don't add insult to injury. And Jersey Shore made a mockery of Rule No. 9: When a fake boob-thing pops out of a girl's top, try to be sort of cool about it. Only America's Got Talent remembered the most important rule of all, Rule No. 1: Don't assume stuff about people. Welcome to Top Moments, breaking-the-rules edition.

9. Sorest Losers: Top Chef's Kenny responds to his team's loss by throwing winning team member Alex under the bus. Kenny's teammate Kevin, meanwhile... read more

Top Moments: TV's Accurate Portrayal of Love on Jersey Shore and The Bachelorette

The Jersey Shore, The Bachelorette

If there's one thing that TV gets right, it's the realistic depiction of romance — right? This week was like looking in a mirror. Vinny Chase began a not-so-chaste flirtation with a porn star on Entourage. Sookie protected her True Blood lover by staking his vampire maker. Mad Men's Don Draper treated his secretary like a whore. And, as the ballad of Angelina and Pauly D sounded its final mournful note, two sprightly young things named Ali and Roberto swept in to renew our faith in true love. Just like real life, but with better art direction! Welcome to Top Moments: Romantics and Cynics Edition.

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