The 25 Best TV Shows Of 2012 (So Far)

11. Life's Too Short (HBO)

Star: Warwick Davis, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant

Life's Too Short, a Curb Your Enthusiasm-styled show about "showbiz dwarf" Warwick Davis' delusional hope for a mainstream comeback, was, yes, a one-joke affair: Davis thinks he's a bigger deal than he actually is, and everyone calls him out on that. But when that sole punch line is so regularly well riffed upon, as it was in this uncomfortably funny series, overseen by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, that's not a drawback.

Wisely, Gervais and Merchant kept Davis' arrogance fresh through having him play off of several spot-on celebrity guest stars, most notably Liam Neeson (playing up his tough guy reputation) and Johnny Depp (tapping into his eccentric qualities).

By the end of its limited seven-episode season, Life's Too Short didn't necessarily show much progression in Davis' faux life, nor did it introduce any second or third thematic jokes. Considering how much we laughed each time, we're perfectly fine with that.

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