10. So You Think You Can Dance, Finale, (4x23; FOX, 8/7/08)
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Don't underestimate simplicity. In a year that featured some of the consistently worst reality contestants across so many different programs, SYTYCD actually assembled a cast that was likable and capable without sacrificing telegenicness, and which culminated with its festive celebration of a finale. An uncomplicated night, to be sure, mostly free of irony, with four finalists captivating us in their own ways, buttressed by an extravaganza of guest dancers, all of which we could watch simply on the terms of pure dance. No losers this night, everyone came away winners.
Indie rating: Nawal - "Salama"