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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.
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Arrow is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
Arrow Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey

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320 201
Elementary is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
Elementary Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn

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160 139
The Newsroom is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
The Newsroom Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr.

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189 193
Go On is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
Go On Matthew Perry, Laura Benanti, Julie White

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163 196
Last Resort is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
Last Resort Andre Braugher, Scott Speedman, Daisy Betts

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129 168
Vegas is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
Vegas Dennis Quaid, Michael Chiklis, Carrie-Anne Moss

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12 11
Revolution is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
Revolution Billy Burke, Tracy Spiridakos, Giancarlo Esposito

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98 164
Chicago Fire is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
Chicago Fire Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, Monica Raymund

9
142 192
Nashville is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
Nashville Connie Britton, Clare Bowen, Hayden Panettiere

10
100 193
The Mindy Project is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
The Mindy Project Mindy Kaling, Chris Messina, Ike Barinholtz

11
95 206
The New Normal is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
The New Normal Justin Bartha, Andrew Rannells, Georgia King

12
94 150
Major Crimes is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
Major Crimes Mary McDonnell, G.W. Bailey, Tony Denison

13
104 191
666 Park Avenue is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
666 Park Avenue Rachael Taylor, Dave Annable, Robert Buckley

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99 186
Girls is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
Girls Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke

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88 161
Copper is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
Copper Franka Potente, Anastasia Griffith, Kyle Schmid

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77 187
Ben and Kate is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
Ben and Kate Dakota Johnson, Nat Faxon, Lucy Punch

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55 126
The Neighbors is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
The Neighbors Jami Gertz, Lenny Venito, Simon Templeman

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59 111
House of Lies is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
House of Lies Kristen Bell, Ben Schwartz, Don Cheadle

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21 7
Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
eilish added Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

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40 52
Continuum is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
continuum Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lobo, Victor Webster

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102 215
Anger Management is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
Anger Management Shawnee Smith, Charlie Sheen, Noureen DeWulf

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38 47
Perception is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
anacaatarine added Perception Eric McCormack, Rachael Leigh Cook, Kelly Rowan

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13 6
Suits is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
eilish added Suits Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle

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17 61
Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
Beauty and the Beast Kristin Kreuk, Jay Ryan, Nina Lisandrello

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44 163
Emily Owens, M.D. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012

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18 53
Veep is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
Veep Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale

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15 43
Touch is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
Touch Kiefer Sutherland, David Mazouz, Gugu Mbatha-Raw

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39 181
The Mob Doctor is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
The Mob Doctor Jordana Spiro, William Forsythe, James Carpinello

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40 167
Malibu Country is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
Malibu Country Reba McEntire, Sara Rue, Justin Prentice

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8 14
Longmire is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
Longmire Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips

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44 171
Guys with Kids is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
Guys with Kids Anthony Anderson^! Jesse Bradford^! Zach Cregger

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37 44
Scandal is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
SusanSunnydays added Scandal Kerry Washington, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes

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0 9
Partners is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
Partners Kelsey Grammer, Martin Lawrence, Rory O'Malley

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33 44
Pretty Little Liars is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
prettiegyul added Pretty Little Liars Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale

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22 26
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3 13
Animal Practice is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
Animal Practice Joanna GarcĂ­a, Bobby Lee, Kym Whitley

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28 40
Avatar: Legend of Korra is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
david.tichy.15 added Avatar: Legend of Korra Janet Varney, P.J. Byrne, David Faustino

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24 150
Call The Midwife is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
Call The Midwife Vanessa Redgrave, Helen George, Laura Main

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7 8
The Good Wife is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
eilish added The Good Wife Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth, Josh Charles

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6 8
Unforgettable is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
eilish added Unforgettable Poppy Montgomery, Dylan Walsh, James Hiroyuki Liao

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27 169
Made in Jersey is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
Made in Jersey James Gandolfini^! Lorraine Bracco^! Edie Falco