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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    9
    added by: prettiegyul
  2. 35
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    2012 More
    10
    added by: david.tichy.15
  3. 34
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    11
    added by: RAVE
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    Scandal

    2012 More
    12
    added by: SusanSunnydays
  5. 32
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    1996 More
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  6. 31
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    Call The Midwife

    2012 More
    22
  7. 30
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    1985 More
    24
  8. 29
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    Made in Jersey

    25
  9. 28
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    2012 More
    27
  10. 27
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    2012 More
    28
  11. 26
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    Perception

    2012 More
    28
    added by: anacaatarine
  12. 25
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    31
  13. 24
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  14. 23
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  15. 22
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    35
  16. 21
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    36
  17. 20
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    Emily Owens, M.D.

    36
  18. 19
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    Beauty and the Beast

    37
  19. 18
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    2012 More
    40
  20. 17
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  21. 16
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    46
  22. 15
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    Copper

    48
  23. 14
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    Major Crimes

    48
  24. 13
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    50
  25. 12
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  26. 11
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  27. 10
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    Nashville

    2007 More
    57
  28. 9
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    2012 More
    58
  29. 8
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    2012 More
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  30. 7
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    Vegas

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  31. 6
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    2012-06-24 More
    80
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    2005-09 More
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    Elementary

    2012 More
    94
  36. 1
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