TV Program The Best New TV Shows of 2012

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List Rules Television shows that premiered during the year 2012

The best new TV shows of 2012 are, plain and simple, the new shows debuting in 2012 that don't completely suck. These 2012 new TV shows, be them sitcoms, period pieces or dramas, each brought something special to the table to lock in viewers and evade early cancelation. They may not all be instant classics but these new 2012 television shows definitely have some potential.

Filling the spaces formerly held by last season's crop of bad sitcoms comes a whole new bunch of comedy shows hoping to make viewers chuckle. "Go On" on NBC saw the return of Matthew Perry as a sports-talk radio show host, "The Mindy Project" brings the hilarity of Mindy Kaling to her own post "The Office" show and "Ben and Kate" on Fox provides laughs with the brother-sister pair.

On a more serious side, titles like "Last Resort" follow the crew of an American military submarine, "Nashville" takes viewers to Music City and "Elementary" provides a new take on Sherlock Holmes care of Lucy Liu and Jonny Lee Miller. Similarly, "The Newsroom" features Jeff Daniels as a news anchorman in the HBO series, "Arrow" channels the DC Comics character The Green Arrow and "Revolution" visits a post-apocalyptic world without electricity in other dramatic new TV shows.

Whether these shows will go the distance and become some of the best TV shows of recent memory or go quietly into the night as TV shows that should be canceled, these new 2012 shows at least for a moment entertained.
Arrow is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
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Arrow


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Actors: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey

Premiered: 2012

Number of Seasons: 1

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Elementary is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
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Actors: Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn

Premiered: 2012

Number of Seasons: 1

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#39 on The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching

#6 on The Best Current CBS Shows

#32 on The Best Shows Currently on the Air

#43 on The Best TV Crime Dramas

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The Newsroom is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
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The Newsroom


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Actors: Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr.

Premiered: 2012

Number of Seasons: 1

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#141 on The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch

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#78 on The Best Series Finales

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Go On is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
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Go On


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Actors: Matthew Perry, Laura Benanti, Julie White

Premiered: 2012

Number of Seasons: 1

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#1539 on The Greatest TV Shows of All Time

#78 on The Best NBC TV Shows of All Time

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#29 on The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows

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Last Resort is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
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Last Resort


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Actors: Andre Braugher, Scott Speedman, Daisy Betts

Premiered: 2012

Number of Seasons: 1

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#1527 on The Greatest TV Shows of All Time

#114 on Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies

#172 on TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time

#18 on The Best Apocalyptic And Post-Apocalyptic Fiction TV Shows

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Vegas is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
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Vegas


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Actors: Dennis Quaid, Michael Chiklis, Carrie-Anne Moss

Premiered: 2012

Number of Seasons: 1

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#1289 on The Greatest TV Shows of All Time

#255 on TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time

#6 on 2013's Canceled Shows

#37 on The Most Anticipated Fall Shows of 2012

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Revolution is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
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Revolution


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Actors: Billy Burke, Tracy Spiridakos, Giancarlo Esposito

Premiered: 2012

Number of Seasons: 1

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#38 on Non-Reality TV Shows That Should Be Canceled

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#95 on The Best Teen Drama TV Shows

#353 on The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch

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Chicago Fire is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
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Chicago Fire


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Actors: Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, Monica Raymund

Premiered: 2012

Number of Seasons: 1

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#34 on The Best Current Adventure TV Series

#26 on The Best Current Action TV Series

#108 on The Best Shows Currently on the Air

#39 on Non-Reality TV Shows That Should Be Canceled

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