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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    Katie Cassidy, Stephen Amell, Willa Holland

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    Lucy Liu, Natalie Dormer, Vinnie Jones

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    Olivia Munn, Jane Fonda, Jeff Daniels

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    Matthew Perry, John Cho, Allison Miller

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    Autumn Reeser, Scott Speedman, Robert Patrick

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    Elizabeth Mitchell, Tracy Spiridakos, Daniella Alonso

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    Carrie-Anne Moss, Dennis Quaid, Michael Chiklis

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    Monica Raymund, Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney

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    Mindy Kaling, Anna Camp, Bill Hader

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    NeNe Leakes, Ellen Barkin, Justin Bartha

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    Lena Dunham, Gillian Jacobs, Allison Williams

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    Vanessa L. Williams, Rachael Taylor, Helena Mattsson

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    Dakota Johnson, Lucy Punch, Nat Faxon

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    Mary McDonnell, G.W. Bailey, Jon Tenney

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    Franka Potente, Anastasia Griffith, Kyle Schmid

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    Jami Gertz, Max Charles, Lenny Venito

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    Kristen Bell, Don Cheadle, Nia Long

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    Charlie Sheen, Martin Sheen, Selma Blair

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    Rachel Nichols, Lexa Doig, Victor H. Webster

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    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Andrew Scott

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    William Forsythe, Jordana Spiro, Ċ½eljko Ivanek

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    Kristin Kreuk, Nicole Gale Anderson, Shantel VanSanten

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    Rachael Leigh Cook, Eric McCormack, Kelly Rowan

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    Gina Torres, Meghan Markle, Gabriel Macht

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    Sophia Bush, Amanda Peet, Marg Helgenberger

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    Reba McEntire, Lily Tomlin, Sara Rue

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    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale

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    Jamie Lynn Sigler, Anthony Anderson, Jesse Bradford

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    Kiefer Sutherland, Maria Bello, Danny Glover

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    Vanessa Redgrave, Jenny Agutter, Miranda Hart

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    Janet Montgomery, Kyle MacLachlan, Megalyn Echikunwoke

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    Kerry Washington, Tony Goldwyn, Bellamy Young

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    added by RAVE
    Vera Farmiga, Nicola Peltz, Freddie Highmore

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    Aubrey Plaza, Lisa Edelstein, Maria Bamford

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    Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell

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    Poppy Montgomery, Jane Curtin, Dylan Walsh

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    Julianna Margulies, Alan Cumming, Archie Panjabi

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