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The Best TV Shows That Aired in 2012

List Criteria: TV shows that aired new episodes in 2012.

Now that 2012 is over, which shows stand out from the past year? Which just need to be wrapped up already? Vote now!

The Best TV Shows That Aired in 2012 TV Programs
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    • Actors: Lauren Cohan, Andrew Lincoln, Laurie Holden, Christian Serratos, Sarah Wayne Callies + 17 more
    • Premiered: 2010
    • Number of Seasons: 3
    • Number of Episodes: 35
    • creator: Frank Darabont
    • Producers: Gale Anne Hurd, Robert Kirkman, Frank Darabont
    • Network: AMC
    • Genres (Tv): Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Suspense, Drama, Horror Film, Thriller + 1 more
    • Characters: Rick Grimes, Shane Walsh, Michonne, Lori Grimes, Beth Greene + 17 more
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    • Actors: Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Natalie Dormer, Sean Bean, Peter Dinklage + 87 more
    • Premiered: 2011
    • Number of Seasons: 3
    • Number of Episodes: 34
    • creator: D. B. Weiss, David Benioff
    • Producers: D. B. Weiss, Mark Huffam, Frank Doelger, George R. R. Martin, Carolyn Strauss + 4 more
    • Network: HBO
    • Genres (Tv): Medieval fantasy, Drama, Adventure film, Epic, Action + 2 more
    • Characters: Cersei Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen, Joffrey Baratheon, Tyrion Lannister, Arya Stark + 85 more
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    • Actors: Emma Roberts, Jessica Lange, Connie Britton, Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates + 16 more
    • Premiered: 2011
    • Number of Seasons: 2
    • Number of Episodes: 20
    • creator: Brad Falchuk, Ryan Murphy
    • Producers: Brad Falchuk, Ryan Murphy, Alexis Martin Woodall, Tim Minear, Dante Di Loreto
    • Network: FX
    • Genres (Tv): Special Interest, Anthology series, Drama, Horror Film, Mystery + 3 more
    • Characters: Constance Langdon, Tate Langdon, Lana Winters, Sister Jude Martin, Fiona Goode + 24 more
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    • Actors: Kaley Cuoco, Mayim Bialik, Melissa Rauch, Jim Parsons, Bob Newhart + 10 more
    • Premiered: 2007
    • Number of Seasons: 6
    • Number of Episodes: 135
    • creator: Bill Prady, Chuck Lorre
    • Producers: Robert Cohen, Faye Oshima Belyeu, Peter John Chakos, Lee Aronsohn, Jim Reynolds + 6 more
    • Network: CBS
    • Genres (Tv): Television comedy, Sitcom, Comedy
    • Characters: Sheldon Cooper, Howard Wolowitz, Penny, Leonard Hofstadter, Amy Farrah Fowler + 10 more
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    • Actors: Katie Cassidy, Willa Holland, Stephen Amell, John Barrowman, Emily Bett Rickards + 6 more
    • Premiered: 2012
    • Number of Seasons: 1
    • Number of Episodes: 23
    • creator: Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Marc Guggenheim
    • Network: The CW Television Network
    • Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama, Mystery, Adventure film, Action + 2 more
    • Characters: Black Canary, Deathstroke, Roy Harper, Felicity Smoak, John Diggle + 6 more
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    • Actors: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Bob Odenkirk, Anna Gunn, Giancarlo Esposito + 9 more
    • Premiered: 2008
    • Number of Seasons: 5
    • Number of Episodes: 54
    • creator: Vince Gilligan
    • Producers: Karen Moore, Mark Johnson, Peter Gould, Melissa Bernstein, Stewart Lyons + 7 more
    • Network: AMC
    • Genres (Tv): Black comedy, Crime Fiction, Crime, Suspense, Drama + 2 more
    • Characters: Walter White, Jesse Pinkman, Gustavo Fring, Saul Goodman, Hank Schrader + 9 more
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    • Actors: Yvonne Strahovski, Julie Benz, John Lithgow, Mos Def, Michael C. Hall + 24 more
    • Premiered: 2006
    • Number of Seasons: 7
    • Number of Episodes: 80
    • creator: James Manos, Jr.
    • Producers: Clyde Phillips, Robert Lloyd Lewis, Timothy Schlattman, Daniel Cerone, Charles H. Eglee + 9 more
    • Network: Showtime
    • Genres (Tv): Black comedy, Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Police procedural, Suspense + 7 more
    • Characters: Dexter Morgan, Debra Morgan, Rita Bennett, Arthur Mitchell, María LaGuerta + 25 more
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    • Actors: Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Claire Holt, Shay Mitchell, Troian Bellisario + 32 more
    • Premiered: 2010
    • Number of Seasons: 4
    • Number of Episodes: 72
    • creator: I. Marlene King, Sara Shepard
    • Producers: I. Marlene King, Oliver Goldstick
    • Network: ABC Family
    • Genres (Tv): Teen drama, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
    • Characters: Aria Montgomery, Spencer Hastings, Emily Fields, Ella Montgomery, Ezra Fitz + 31 more
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    • Actors: Isaac Hayes, Matt Stone, Trey Parker, Mary Kay Bergman, Mona Marshall + 4 more
    • Premiered: 1997
    • Number of Seasons: 16
    • creator: Trey Parker, Matt Stone
    • Producers: Bruce Howell, Brian Graden, Eric Stough, Pam Brady, Matt Stone + 10 more
    • Network: Comedy Central
    • Genres (Tv): Animation, Television comedy, Sitcom, Satire, Animated cartoon + 1 more
    • Characters: Eric Cartman, Kenny McCormick, Kyle Broflovski, Stan Marsh, Chef + 5 more
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    • Actors: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Andrew Scott, Rupert Graves, Mark Gatiss + 5 more
    • Premiered: 2010
    • Number of Seasons: 3
    • Number of Episodes: 8
    • creator: Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss
    • Producers: Beryl Vertue, British Broadcasting Corporation, Piers Wenger, Steven Moffat, Charlotte Ashby + 5 more
    • Network: British Broadcasting Corporation
    • Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Police procedural, Crime, Drama + 2 more
    • Characters: Sherlock Holmes, Professor Moriarty, Dr. Watson, Mycroft Holmes, Molly Hooper + 5 more
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    • Actors: Sofía Vergara, Sarah Hyland, Julie Bowen, Ariel Winter, Nathan Lane + 10 more
    • Premiered: 2009
    • Number of Seasons: 4
    • Number of Episodes: 80
    • creator: Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd
    • Producers: Danny Zuker, Jeffrey Richman, Steven Levitan, Brad Walsh, Dan O'Shannon + 10 more
    • Network: American Broadcasting Company
    • Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Mockumentary, Family, Comedy, Family Film
    • Characters: Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, Claire Dunphy, Cameron Tucker, Phil Dunphy, Alex Dunphy + 8 more
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    • Actors: Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder, Kat Graham, Candice Accola, Paul Wesley + 8 more
    • Premiered: 2009
    • Number of Seasons: 4
    • Number of Episodes: 89
    • creator: Julie Plec, Kevin Williamson
    • Producers: Julie Plec, Kevin Williamson
    • Network: The CW Television Network
    • Genres (Tv): Paranormal romance, Supernatural drama, Supernatural, Teen drama, Drama + 6 more
    • Characters: Damon Salvatore, Elena Gilbert, Stefan Salvatore, Caroline Forbes, Katherine Pierce + 9 more
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    • Actors: Alicia Witt, Timothy Olyphant, Natalie Zea, Walton Goggins, Michael Rapaport + 12 more
    • Premiered: 2010
    • Number of Seasons: 3
    • Number of Episodes: 52
    • creator: Graham Yost
    • Producers: Graham Yost, Michael Dinner, Elmore Leonard
    • Network: FX
    • Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama
    • Characters: Raylan Givens, Boyd Crowder, Danny Crowe, Johnny Crowder, Arlo Givens + 11 more
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    • Actors: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Lance Reddick, Ari Graynor + 6 more
    • Premiered: 2008
    • Number of Seasons: 5
    • Number of Episodes: 100
    • creator: J.J. Abrams, Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman
    • Producers: Brad Kane, Patrick Ward, Jeff Pinkner, Bryan Burk, Joe Chappelle + 6 more
    • Network: Fox Broadcasting Company
    • Genres (Tv): Drama, Horror Film, Mystery, Thriller, Science Fiction
    • Characters: Olivia Dunham, Walter Bishop, Peter Bishop, Charlie Francis, Phillip Broyles + 6 more
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    • Actors: Lucy Liu, Natalie Dormer, Jonny Lee Miller, Vinnie Jones, Aidan Quinn + 5 more
    • Premiered: 2012
    • Number of Seasons: 1
    • Number of Episodes: 24
    • creator: Robert Doherty
    • Network: CBS
    • Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama, Mystery
    • Characters: Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, Irene Adler, Sebastian Moran, Tobias Gregson + 5 more
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    • Actors: Zooey Deschanel, Hannah Simone, Max Greenfield, Damon Wayans, Jr. + 2 more
    • Premiered: 2011
    • Number of Seasons: 2
    • Number of Episodes: 33
    • creator: Elizabeth Meriwether
    • Producers: Peter Chernin, Dave Finkel, Brett Baer
    • Network: Fox Broadcasting Company
    • Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy
    • Characters: Jessica "Jess" Day, Schmidt, Nick Miller, Winston Bishop, Cece + 1 more
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    • Actors: Alison Brie, Chevy Chase, Donald Glover, Gillian Jacobs, Paget Brewster + 6 more
    • Premiered: 2009
    • Number of Seasons: 3
    • Number of Episodes: 84
    • creator: Dan Harmon
    • Producers: Anthony and Joe Russo, Anthony Russo, Dan Harmon
    • Network: Comedy Central, NBC
    • Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy-drama, Comedy
    • Characters: Abed Nadir, Annie Edison, Jeff Winger, Britta Perry, Pierce Hawthorne + 6 more
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    • Actors: Tom Baker, Eric Roberts, Jon Pertwee, Paul McGann, William Hartnell + 37 more
    • Premiered: 1963
    • Number of Seasons: 26
    • Number of Episodes: 798
    • creator: Sydney Newman, C. E. Webber, Donald Wilson
    • Producers: Sanne Wohlenberg, Mal Young, Caroline Skinner, Peter Bennett, Steven Moffat + 19 more
    • Network: British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC America, BBC One, S4C, BBC HD
    • Genres (Tv): Action/Adventure, Drama, Adventure film, Action, Science Fiction + 1 more
    • Netflix Format: DVD
    • Netflix Genre: Television, Classic TV Sci-Fi & Fantasy, TV Sci-Fi & Fantasy, TV Action & Adventure, TV Classics + 1 more
    • Netflix Rating: NR
    • Characters: The Doctor, Sarah Jane Smith, K-9, The Master, Romana + 30 more
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    • Actors: Claire Danes, Morena Baccarin, Damian Lewis, Mandy Patinkin, Nazanin Boniadi + 12 more
    • Premiered: 2011
    • Number of Seasons: 3
    • creator: Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff, Alex Gansa
    • Producers: Avi Nir, Michael Klick, Ran Telem, Michael Cuesta, Howard Gordon + 2 more
    • Network: Showtime
    • Genres (Tv): Suspense, Drama, Psychological thriller, Mystery, Thriller
    • Characters: Nicholas Brody, Carrie Mathison, Dana Brody, Saul Berenson, Jessica Brody + 12 more
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    • Actors: Cobie Smulders, Alyson Hannigan, Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Segel, Bob Saget + 2 more
    • Premiered: 2005
    • Number of Seasons: 8
    • Number of Episodes: 184
    • creator: Carter Bays, Craig Thomas
    • Producers: Carter Bays, Jamie Rhonheimer, Kourtney Kang, Pamela Fryman, 20th Century Fox Television + 3 more
    • Network: CBS
    • Genres (Tv): Romance Film, Sitcom, Comedy-drama, Comedy
    • Characters: Barney Stinson, Robin Scherbatsky, Ted Mosby, Lily Aldrin, The Mother + 1 more
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