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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    James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco

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    Vanessa Redgrave, Helen George, Laura Main

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    Poppy Montgomery, Dylan Walsh, James Hiroyuki Liao

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    Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth, Josh Charles

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    Janet Varney, P.J. Byrne, David Faustino

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    Joanna García, Bobby Lee, Kym Whitley

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    Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale

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    Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot

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    Kelsey Grammer, Martin Lawrence, Rory O'Malley

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    Kerry Washington, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes

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    Anthony Anderson, Jesse Bradford, Zach Cregger

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    Sutton Foster, Kaitlyn Jenkins, Julia Goldani Telles

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    Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips

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    Reba McEntire, Sara Rue, Justin Prentice

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    Jordana Spiro, William Forsythe, James Carpinello

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    Kiefer Sutherland, David Mazouz, Gugu Mbatha-Raw

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    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale

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


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    Kristin Kreuk, Jay Ryan, Nina Lisandrello

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    Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle

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    Eric McCormack, Rachael Leigh Cook, Kelly Rowan

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    Shawnee Smith, Charlie Sheen, Noureen DeWulf

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    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

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    Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lobo, Victor Webster

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    Kristen Bell, Ben Schwartz, Don Cheadle

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    Jami Gertz, Lenny Venito, Simon Templeman

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    Dakota Johnson, Nat Faxon, Lucy Punch

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    Franka Potente, Anastasia Griffith, Kyle Schmid

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    Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke

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    Rachael Taylor, Dave Annable, Robert Buckley

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    Mary McDonnell, G.W. Bailey, Tony Denison

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    Justin Bartha, Andrew Rannells, Georgia King

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    Mindy Kaling, Chris Messina, Ike Barinholtz

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    Connie Britton, Clare Bowen, Hayden Panettiere

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    Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, Monica Raymund

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    Billy Burke, Tracy Spiridakos, Giancarlo Esposito

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    Dennis Quaid, Michael Chiklis, Carrie-Anne Moss

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    Andre Braugher, Scott Speedman, Daisy Betts

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    Matthew Perry, Laura Benanti, Julie White

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    the people's #1
    Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr.

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    Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn

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    Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey

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