The Best New TV Shows of 2012 TV Programs

The Best New TV Shows of 2012

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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.


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    Katie Cassidy, Willa Holland, Stephen Amell

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    Lucy Liu, Natalie Dormer, Jonny Lee Miller

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    Olivia Munn, Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer

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    Matthew Perry, John Cho, Tyler James Williams

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    Autumn Reeser, Scott Speedman, Robert Patrick

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    Dennis Quaid, Carrie-Anne Moss, Michael Chiklis

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    Elizabeth Mitchell, Daniella Alonso, Giancarlo Esposito

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    Hayden Panettiere, Connie Britton, Clare Bowen

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    Mary McDonnell, G.W. Bailey, Raymond Cruz

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    Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Zosia Mamet

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    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale

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    Kiefer Sutherland, Maria Bello, Danny Glover

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    William Forsythe, Jordana Spiro, Wendy Makkena

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    Lily Tomlin, Reba McEntire, Sara Rue

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    Kerry Washington, Tony Goldwyn, Khandi Alexander

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    Sophia Bush, Amanda Peet, Marg Helgenberger

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    Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Claire Holt

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    Aubrey Plaza, J.K. Simmons, Lisa Edelstein

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    Julianna Margulies, Alan Cumming, Christine Baranski

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    Vanessa Redgrave, Jenny Agutter, Miranda Hart

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    Janet Montgomery, Kyle MacLachlan, Stephanie March

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