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My Top 5 TV Shows of 2012

5. Modern Family


I am aware that Modern Family is not the be all and end all of TV Sitcoms.  The set-ups for humorous lines and situations are ridiculously convoluted and contrived.  But despite that, they are still funny.  And lets face it, there’s not really a wealth of comedy gold on the airwaves right now.

4. How I  Met Your Mother

The Pre-Nup

It sounds like most fans are unhappy with the way this show is going.  However, I only came on board through reruns a year or two ago, so I guess I haven’t been strung along as much.  I actually still quite enjoy this show and I enjoyed the episodes this past year just fine.  The last one with the proposal turned out really good, and you can definitely see them start to wrap things up.  I do wish this was the last season though, as it feels like its time.

3. Breaking Bad


First off: no spoilers please!  I’m not actually entirely caught up yet.  I only had a chance to see up to the train heist episode (and what a heist that was).  But I must say that seeing where this show is going is quite exciting.  I really liked the Season 5 opener as it really intrigues me to see how Walt ends up where he does.  Great show.

2. Game of Thrones


As a huge fan of A Song of Ice and Fire, of course I am thrilled with the HBO show.  However, as a fan of A Song of Ice and Fire,  of course I was a little disappointed with the season season.  After such a strong debut year, the sophomore season seems to have dipped in quality, as well as move away a bit from the book series.  That said, it is still by far one of the best shows on television, and the episodes Blackwater was the best hour of TV on any show all year.

1. Community


Ah, Community.  How I miss you.  Yes, 2012 only saw 12 episodes, but it was enough to clinch top spot on this list.  And when you have such spectacular episodes like the Law and Order spoof Basic Lupine Urology, the pillowfight war documentary Pillows and Blankets the almost entirely 8bit Digital Estate planning, and the 1984 inspired Digital Exploration of Interior Design, how can you go wrong?  With the departure of Dan Harmon and the lack of support from NBC, the future looks bleak for the Greendale Seven.  But at least we’ll always have paintball.

8 Responses to “My Top 5 TV Shows of 2012”

  1. I don’t watch any one of these shows, but I hear they’re all good. Great list.

  2. I’ve just started with Breaking Bad and I’m already loving it, very excited to see where it goes. I also agree with Modern Family. The more you watch, the more you see it’s flaws but it’s still one of the best comedies on TV in my opinion.

  3. Watched Breaking Bad via Netflix in a streaming marathon and I am hooked. Love me some Game of Thrones and I have seen a few episodes of Modern Family but do not watch that on the regular. Have you checked out Sons of Anarchy? cheesy fun

  4. Great list.

    HIMYM lost me somewhere shortly after Marshall’s dad died. It was still good, but I just didn’t seek it out, until it got to the point where I didn’t care that I was missing it anymore.

    Breaking Bad is on my going-to-get-to-it-eventually list. I’m hoping for this year.

    The other 3 shows I’m in full agreement with. I think Game of Thrones edges out Community, just barely, based on it never, ever, feeling stagnant, whereas Community S3 had one or two floundering moments in the midseason.

  5. The only show I watch here is Game of Thrones and I’ve only seen the first season. I loved it though and the second season is being reshown in the UK next week and I can’t wait to see it!

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