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The Best New TV Shows of 2012  

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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
Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Colin Donnell
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Elementary is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Jon Michael Hill
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The Newsroom is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr.
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Go On is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
Matthew Perry, Laura Benanti, Julie White
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Last Resort is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
Andre Braugher, Scott Speedman, Daisy Betts
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Vegas is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
Dennis Quaid, Michael Chiklis, Carrie-Anne Moss
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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
eilish added Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs
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Nashville is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
Connie Britton, Clare Bowen, Hayden Panettiere
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Revolution is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
Billy Burke, Tracy Spiridakos, Giancarlo Esposito
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Suits is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
eilish added Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle
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Chicago Fire is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, Monica Raymund
12
Girls is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke
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Copper is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
Franka Potente, Anastasia Griffith, Kyle Schmid
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Major Crimes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
Mary McDonnell, G. W. Bailey, Tony Denison
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666 Park Avenue is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
Rachael Taylor, Dave Annable, Robert Buckley
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House of Lies is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
Kristen Bell, Ben Schwartz, Don Cheadle
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Continuum is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lobo, Victor Webster
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The Mindy Project is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
Mindy Kaling, Chris Messina, Ike Barinholtz
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Scandal is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
SusanSunnydays added Kerry Washington, Henry Ian Cusick, Columbus Short
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Perception is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
anacaatarine added Eric McCormack, Rachael Leigh Cook, Kelly Rowan
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The New Normal is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
Justin Bartha, Andrew Rannells, Georgia King
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Anger Management is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
Shawnee Smith, Charlie Sheen, Noureen DeWulf
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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
Kristin Kreuk, Jay Ryan, Nina Lisandrello
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The Neighbors is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
Jami Gertz, Lenny Venito, Simon Templeman
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Avatar: Legend of Korra is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New TV Shows of 2012
david.tichy.15 added Janet Varney, P.J. Byrne, David Faustino