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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    Arrow is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012


    Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey

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    Elementary is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012

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    Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn

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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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    Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr.

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


    Matthew Perry, Laura Benanti, Julie White

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


    Andre Braugher, Scott Speedman, Daisy Betts

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


    Dennis Quaid, Michael Chiklis, Carrie-Anne Moss

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


    Billy Burke, Tracy Spiridakos, Giancarlo Esposito

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


    Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, Monica Raymund

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    Nashville is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012


    Connie Britton, Clare Bowen, Hayden Panettiere

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    The Mindy Project is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012


    Mindy Kaling, Chris Messina, Ike Barinholtz

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    The New Normal is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012


    Justin Bartha, Andrew Rannells, Georgia King

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    Major Crimes is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012


    Mary McDonnell, G.W. Bailey, Tony Denison

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    666 Park Avenue is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012


    Rachael Taylor, Dave Annable, Robert Buckley

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    Girls is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012


    Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke

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    Copper is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012


    Franka Potente, Anastasia Griffith, Kyle Schmid

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    Ben and Kate is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012


    Dakota Johnson, Nat Faxon, Lucy Punch

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    The Neighbors is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012


    Jami Gertz, Lenny Venito, Simon Templeman

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    House of Lies is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012


    Kristen Bell, Ben Schwartz, Don Cheadle

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    continuum is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012


    Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lobo, Victor Webster

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    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

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    Anger Management is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012


    Shawnee Smith, Charlie Sheen, Noureen DeWulf

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    Perception is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012

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    Eric McCormack, Rachael Leigh Cook, Kelly Rowan

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    Suits is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012

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    Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle

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    Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012


    Kristin Kreuk, Jay Ryan, Nina Lisandrello

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    Emily Owens, M.D. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012


    Emily Owens, M.D.

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    Veep is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012


    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale

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    Touch is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012


    Kiefer Sutherland, David Mazouz, Gugu Mbatha-Raw

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    The Mob Doctor is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012

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    Jordana Spiro, William Forsythe, James Carpinello

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    Malibu Country is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012

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    Reba McEntire, Sara Rue, Justin Prentice

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    Longmire is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012


    Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips

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    Bunheads is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012

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    Sutton Foster, Kaitlyn Jenkins, Julia Goldani Telles

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    Guys with Kids is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012

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    Anthony Anderson, Jesse Bradford, Zach Cregger

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    Scandal is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012

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    Kerry Washington, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes

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    Partners is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012

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    Kelsey Grammer, Martin Lawrence, Rory O'Malley

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    Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot

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    Pretty Little Liars is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012

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    Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale

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    Animal Practice is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012


    Joanna García, Bobby Lee, Kym Whitley

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    Avatar: Legend of Korra is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012

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    Janet Varney, P.J. Byrne, David Faustino

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    The Good Wife is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012

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    Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth, Josh Charles

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    Unforgettable is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012

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    Poppy Montgomery, Dylan Walsh, James Hiroyuki Liao

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    Call The Midwife is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012


    Vanessa Redgrave, Helen George, Laura Main

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    Made in Jersey is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012


    James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco

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