Entertainment

Top 10 best TV shows of 2012 [SLIDESHOW]

Photo of Taylor Bigler
Taylor Bigler
Entertainment Editor

From “Homeland’s” insane plot twists to “The League’s” crude, disgusting and downright hilarious jokes, TheDC picks our favorite TV shows of 2012.

Click an image below for larger version.
  • Numerous TV critics hated on the fifth season of "Mad Men" and a lot of fans disliked Megan's story arc. But the last few episodes of the season were arguably the most emotional of the entire series, with Pete's sad affair, Lane's suicide and Don's did-he-or-didn't-he slip back into his old ways in the season finale.
  • "Community" has a small, but extremely loyal following and since good things come to those who wait, the series' third season was, perhaps, the comedy's strongest. For the devoted fans, the irreverent and subversive series feels like you are in on an inside joke. Fans were rewarded for sticking with the series with episodes like "Remedial Chaos Theory" and "Basic Lupine Urology."
  • FX's "The League" is seriously pushing the envelope with season four. The jokes are getting more disgusting and the plot lines are becoming more outrageous. But has there ever been a more ridiculous season premiere than Jenny demanding to be able to draft her fantasy football team while giving birth?
  • The second season of "Homeland" was definitely more insane and less realistic than the first, but it was still undeniably addictive -- why else would we have watched in anticipation each week?
  • The first few seasons of "30 Rock" remain the best, while a few seasons lagged there in the middle. The series' final season has regained some of its earlier strength including, of course, Liz Lemon getting married in a Princess Leia costume.
  • The first season of "Downton Abbey" was debatably better than the second, but you are heartless if you didn't shed a little tear of joy when Cousin Matthew came back from the war and then the doctors told him that his junk would in fact work.
  • "Parks and Recreation" is another NBC show with a relatively small but devoted following. Some of the series' best moments have come in the fifth season, particularly the Christmas episode.
  • After one-and-a-half seasons, "New Girl" has established itself as one of the best series on television due to its quick-witted writing staff and the chemistry of the leads. Whatever you think of Zooey Deschanel in the past, she has now emerged as a real talent capable of anchoring a genuinely sweet, often brilliantly funny sitcom.
  • "Happy Endings" is maybe the best large ensemble sitcom since "Friends," which is no small accomplishment considering how often that formula has been copied over the last decade. Stand-out comic actors like Damon Wayans, Jr. and Adam Pally make what could have been just an amusing trifle a real must-watch show.
  • "Archer" has some of the sharpest writing on TV since "Arrested Development" -- and as an added bonus, is even ruder and cruder since it's on cable. If you haven't yet entered the DANGER ZONE! you are missing out. There's still time to catch up with the whole ISIS gang -- season four starts in January.

Follow Taylor on Twitter