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


Actors: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey

Premiered: 2012

Number of Seasons: 1

Also Ranked

#19 on The Best Shows Currently on the Air

#21 on The Best TV Shows Streaming On Hulu

#54 on The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch

#15 on The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows

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


Actors: Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn

Premiered: 2012

Number of Seasons: 1

Also Ranked

#33 on The Best Shows Currently on the Air

#20 on The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows

#88 on The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time

#58 on The Best Serial Cop Dramas of All Time

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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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The Newsroom


Actors: Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr.

Premiered: 2012

Number of Seasons: 1

Also Ranked

#28 on The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

#94 on The Best Series Finales

#14 on The Best HBO Original Series

#81 on The Greatest TV Dramas of All Time

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


Actors: Matthew Perry, Laura Benanti, Julie White

Premiered: 2012

Number of Seasons: 1

Also Ranked

#35 on The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows

#61 on The Best NBC Comedies of All Time

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