The Best New TV Shows of 2012 TV Programs
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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.
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    Elizabeth Mitchell, Tracy Spiridakos, Daniella Alonso

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    added by eilish Poppy Montgomery, Jane Curtin, Dylan Walsh

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    added by david.tichy.15 Aubrey Plaza, Lisa Edelstein, Maria Bamford

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    Lena Dunham, Gillian Jacobs, Allison Williams

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    Kristen Bell, Don Cheadle, Nia Long

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    ranked low on reranks & added by anacaatarine Rachael Leigh Cook, Eric McCormack, Kelly Rowan

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    most listed Lucy Liu, Natalie Dormer, Vinnie Jones

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    Katie Cassidy, Stephen Amell, Willa Holland

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Vanessa Redgrave, Jenny Agutter, Miranda Hart

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    Jamie Lynn Sigler, Anthony Anderson, Jesse Bradford

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Made in Jersey

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