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The Best New TV Shows of 2012

List Criteria: 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.

The Best New TV Shows of 2012 TV Programs
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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: 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: Olivia Munn, Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, Alison Pill, Sam Waterston + 4 more
    • Premiered: 2012
    • Number of Seasons: 1
    • Number of Episodes: 10
    • creator: Aaron Sorkin
    • Producers: Scott Rudin, Alan Poul, Aaron Sorkin
    • Network: HBO
    • Genres (Tv): Drama
    • Characters: Will McAvoy, MacKenzie McHale, Margaret Jordan, Neal Sampat, Charlie Skinner + 3 more
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    • Actors: Matthew Perry, John Cho, Tyler James Williams, Laura Benanti, Allison Miller + 5 more
    • Premiered: 2012
    • Number of Seasons: 1
    • Number of Episodes: 12
    • creator: Scott Silveri
    • Producers: Todd Holland
    • Network: NBC
    • Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy-drama, Comedy
    • Characters: Yolanda, George, Lauren, Ryan King, Carrie + 5 more
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    • Actors: Autumn Reeser, Scott Speedman, Robert Patrick, Dichen Lachman, Andre Braugher + 5 more
    • Premiered: 2012
    • Number of Seasons: 1
    • Number of Episodes: 13
    • creator: Shawn Ryan, American Broadcasting Company
    • Producers: Jean Higgins
    • Network: American Broadcasting Company
    • Genres (Tv): Drama, Action
    • Characters: Christine Kendal, Captain Marcus Chaplin, Kylie Sinclair, James King, Lieutenant Grace Shepard + 5 more
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    • Actors: Dennis Quaid, Carrie-Anne Moss, Michael Chiklis, Sarah Jones, Aimee Garcia + 5 more
    • Premiered: 2012
    • Number of Seasons: 1
    • Number of Episodes: 21
    • creator: Nicholas Pileggi, CBS
    • Producers: James Mangold
    • Network: CBS
    • Genres (Tv): Western, Drama
    • Characters: Deputy Dixon Lamb, Cota, D.A. Jerry Reynolds, Katherine O'Connell, Deputy Jack Lamb + 5 more
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    • Actors: Elizabeth Mitchell, Daniella Alonso, Giancarlo Esposito, Billy Burke, Zak Orth + 6 more
    • Premiered: 2012
    • Number of Seasons: 1
    • Number of Episodes: 11
    • creator: Eric Kripke
    • Producers: Bryan Burk, J.J. Abrams
    • Network: NBC
    • Genres (Tv): Action/Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Adventure film, Action + 2 more
    • Characters: Miles Matheson, Major Tom Neville, Ben Matheson, Monroe Militiaman, Maggie Foster + 6 more
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    • Actors: Monica Raymund, Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, Lauren German, Eamonn Walker + 12 more
    • Premiered: 2012
    • Number of Seasons: 1
    • Number of Episodes: 24
    • creator: Michael Brandt, Derek Haas
    • Producers: Dick Wolf, Peter Jankowski, Matt Olmstead
    • Network: NBC
    • Genres (Tv): Drama
    • Characters: Kelly Severide, Matthew Casey, Leslie Shay, Chief Wallace Boden, Gabriela Dawson + 9 more
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    • Actors: Hayden Panettiere, Connie Britton, Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Jonathan Jackson + 10 more
    • Premiered: 2012
    • Number of Seasons: 1
    • Number of Episodes: 21
    • creator: Callie Khouri
    • Producers: Dee Johnson, R. J. Cutler
    • Network: American Broadcasting Company
    • Genres (Tv): Drama, Musical
    • Characters: Juliette Barnes, Luke Wheeler, Maddie Conrad, Teddy Conrad, Gunnar Scott + 10 more
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    • Actors: Mindy Kaling, Bill Hader, Anna Camp, Stephen Tobolowsky, Amanda Setton + 8 more
    • Premiered: 2012
    • Number of Seasons: 1
    • Number of Episodes: 3
    • creator: Mindy Kaling, Howard Klein
    • Producers: B. J. Novak, Howard Klein
    • Network: Fox Broadcasting Company
    • Genres (Tv): Comedy
    • Characters: Mindy Lahiri, Morgan Tookers, Marc Shulman, Brendan, Beverly + 8 more
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    • Actors: NeNe Leakes, Ellen Barkin, Mary Kay Place, Justin Bartha, Georgia King + 5 more
    • Premiered: 2012
    • Number of Seasons: 1
    • Number of Episodes: 23
    • creator: Ryan Murphy, Allison Adler
    • Producers: Allison Adler, Dante Di Loreto
    • Network: NBC
    • Genres (Tv): Television comedy, Sitcom, Comedy
    • Characters: Jane Forrest, Bryan Collins, David Murray, Clay Clemmons, Frances + 5 more
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    • Actors: Mary McDonnell, G.W. Bailey, Raymond Cruz, Jon Tenney, Michael Paul Chan + 5 more
    • Premiered: 2012
    • Number of Seasons: 2
    • Number of Episodes: 7
    • creator: Michael M. Robin, James Duff
    • Producers: Michael M. Robin, Greer Shephard, James Duff
    • Network: TNT
    • Genres (Tv): Police procedural, Crime, Drama
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    • Actors: Rachael Taylor, Vanessa L. Williams, Helena Mattsson, Terry O'Quinn, Dave Annable + 5 more
    • Premiered: 2012
    • Number of Seasons: 1
    • Number of Episodes: 13
    • creator: David Wilcox
    • Network: American Broadcasting Company
    • Genres (Tv): Supernatural drama, Drama, Fantasy
    • Characters: Kandinsky, Henry Martin, Jane Van Veen, Brian Leonard, Alexis Blume + 5 more
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    • Actors: Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Zosia Mamet, Adam Driver, Jemima Kirke + 3 more
    • Premiered: 2012
    • Number of Seasons: 2
    • Number of Episodes: 20
    • creator: Lena Dunham
    • Producers: Judd Apatow, Lena Dunham, Bruce Eric Kaplan, Jennifer Konner, Dan Sterling
    • Network: HBO
    • Genres (Tv): Black comedy, Comedy-drama, Comedy
    • Characters: Hannah Horvath, Marnie Michaels, Adam Sackler, Shoshanna Shapiro, Ray Ploshansky + 3 more
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    • Actors: Franka Potente, Anastasia Griffith, Kyle Schmid, Ato Essandoh, Tom Weston-Jones
    • Premiered: 2012
    • Number of Seasons: 2
    • Number of Episodes: 11
    • creator: Tom Fontana, Will Rokos
    • Producers: Barry Levinson
    • Network: BBC America
    • Genres (Tv): Crime, Drama, Adventure film, Action, Costume drama
    • Characters: Elizabeth Haverford, Matthew Freeman, Eva Heissen, Robert Morehouse, Kevin Corcoran
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    • Actors: Dakota Johnson, Lucy Punch, Nat Faxon, Maggie Elizabeth Jones, Echo Kellum
    • Premiered: 2012
    • Number of Seasons: 1
    • Number of Episodes: 15
    • Producers: Peter Chernin
    • Network: Fox Broadcasting Company
    • Genres (Tv): Television comedy, Comedy
    • Characters: BJ Harrison, Ben Fox, Tommy, Maddie Fox, Kate Fox
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    • Actors: Jami Gertz, Max Charles, Lenny Venito, Toks Olagundoye, Simon Templeman + 6 more
    • Premiered: 2012
    • Number of Seasons: 1
    • Number of Episodes: 22
    • Network: American Broadcasting Company
    • Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy, Science Fiction
    • Characters: Max Weaver, Abby Weaver, Marty Weaver, Dick Butkus, Alien Woman + 6 more
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    • Actors: Kristen Bell, Don Cheadle, Nia Long, Dawn Olivieri, Megalyn Echikunwoke + 10 more
    • Premiered: 2012
    • Number of Seasons: 2
    • Number of Episodes: 24
    • creator: Matthew Carnahan
    • Producers: Jessika Borsiczky, Stephen Hopkins, Matthew Carnahan
    • Network: Showtime
    • Genres (Tv): Black comedy, Drama, Comedy-drama, Comedy
    • Characters: Jeannie Van Der Hooven, Clyde Oberholt, Marty Kaan, Monica Talbot, Jeremiah Kaan + 10 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: Rachel Nichols, Lexa Doig, Victor H. Webster, Roger Cross, Erik Knudsen + 9 more
    • Premiered: 2012
    • Number of Seasons: 2
    • Number of Episodes: 18
    • Network: Showcase
    • Genres (Tv): Action/Adventure, Drama, Adventure film, Action, Science Fiction
    • Characters: Kiera Cameron, Alec Sadler, Edouard Kagame, Matthew Kellog, Lucas Ingram + 7 more
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