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The Office lauded in top TV list
The cast of The Office: An American Workplace
There have now been three series of the US version of The Office
The US version of The Office, real-time thriller 24 and animated comedy South Park have been listed in the American Film Institute's top 10 shows of 2006.

White House drama The West Wing - which bowed out this year - was included, along with Elizabeth I, the two-part mini-series starring Dame Helen Mirren.

The institute gave its top 10 movies as well, with 9/11 drama United 93 and Spike Lee's Inside Man on its list.

Clint Eastwood's Letters from Iwo Jima and parody film Borat were also picked.

This year's TV list was dominated by US drama, including the updated version of classic sci-fi adventure Battlestar Galactica.

The judges were impressed by crime drama Dexter, starring Michael C Hall of Six Feet Under as a forensics officer who is secretly a serial killer.

Dancing penguins

Heroes, a programme where all of the characters have hidden super-powers, made the top 10, as did violent gang drama The Wire, and American football series Friday Night Lights.

Cate Blanchett and Brad Pitt in Babel
Cate Blanchett's character was shot in the Moroccan desert in Babel

The institute's best films of 2006 - chosen by a different panel of judges to the TV list - featured Dreamgirls, the musical movie starring Beyonce Knowles and inspired by the 1960s pop group The Supremes.

There was recognition for Little Miss Sunshine, a comedy about a family outing to a beauty pageant.

The Devil Wears Prada, starring Meryl Streep, and animated penguin comedy Happy Feet both appear in the top 10.

And international drama Babel, with Cate Blanchett and Brad Pitt, and Half Nelson, the story of a teacher and his drug-addicted pupil, complete the list.

All 20 productions will be honoured at a special lunch on Los Angeles on 12 January.

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