The Best New TV Shows of 2012 TV Programs
Ultimate List
18  reranks 8,242 votes 1,174 voters 22,534 views more info

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.
List is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
  • 18 ReRanks
    • Age
    • Region
  • See list ranked by
</> Rerank List
Score
  1. 14
    Up 100
    Down 176
    2012 More
    49
  2. 18
    Up 100
    Down 198
    2012 More
    40
  3. 1
    Up 455
    Down 151
    2012 More
    97
  4. 35
    Up 21
    Down 30
    2012 More
    9
    added by: david.tichy.15
  5. 34
    Up 17
    Down 19
    10
    added by: RAVE
  6. 19
    Up 86
    Down 176

    Beauty and the Beast

    36
  7. 12
    Up 76
    Down 174
    2012 More
    49
  8. 30
    Up 22
    Down 141

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Call The Midwife

    2012 More
    26
  9. 9
    Up 91
    Down 149
    2012 More
    57
  10. 16
    Up 85
    Down 149

    Copper

    47
  11. 2
    Up 300
    Down 190

    most listed
    Elementary

    2012 More
    94
  12. 21
    Up 44
    Down 151

    Emily Owens, M.D.

    36
  13. 13
    Up 97
    Down 167
    2012 More
    49
  14. 5
    Up 182
    Down 179
    2012 More
    77
  15. 28
    Up 44
    Down 160
    2012 More
    27
  16. 20
    Up 54
    Down 101
    2012 More
    36
  17. 6
    Up 161
    Down 180
    2012 More
    69
  18. 31
    Up 26
    Down 160

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Made in Jersey

    24
  19. 15
    Up 89
    Down 136

    Major Crimes

    47
  20. 25
    Up 40
    Down 157
    2012 More
    30
  21. 10
    Up 136
    Down 179
    2007 More
    56
  22. 24
    Up 39
    Down 157
    2012 More
    31
  23. 27
    Up 25
    Down 39

    ranked low on reranks
    Perception

    2012 More
    27
    added by: anacaatarine
  24. 36
    Up 21
    Down 33
    2010 More
    8
    added by: prettiegyul
  25. 4
    Up 258
    Down 229
    2005-09 More
    82
  26. 33
    Up 29
    Down 34

    ranked low on reranks
    Scandal

    2012 More
    11
    added by: SusanSunnydays
  27. 8
    Up 96
    Down 179
    2012 More
    57
  28. 23
    Up 37
    Down 172

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Mob Doctor

    2012 More
    33
  29. 17
    Up 64
    Down 164
    45
  30. 11
    Up 95
    Down 191
    2012 More
    54
  31. 26
    Up 13
    Down 23
    1996 More
    28
  32. 3
    Up 223
    Down 174

    the people's #1
    The Newsroom

    2012-06-24 More
    84
  33. 32
    Up 10
    Down 34
    1985 More
    23
  34. 29
    Up 14
    Down 44
    2012 More
    27
  35. 7
    Up 125
    Down 154

    Vegas

    64
  36. 22
    Up 35
    Down 43
    2012 More
    34
  37. 37 +

    Something missing? Add it!

Is this list missing something?
RANKERS WHO ADDED ITEMS

items 1 - 36 of 36

think you can do better?

Rerank This List
why?

got a blog or website?

embed this list
why?

viewers of this list also saw

more popular lists