My Top Five TV Shows of 2012

Photo by  .reid.

Photo by .reid.

I know, I know, this TV has nothing to do with 2012, but I liked the retro-style photo and I'm sticking with it. Now back to modern times. I honestly am impressed with how many interesting TV options are out there right now. It wasn't so long ago when everyone was hooked on LOST and House, those two pretty much being the extent good shows to get addicted to. These days I can barely keep up with all the shows I want to watch and when I look at nominations for various TV awards it really seems like a tough call, as so many nominees are deserving of recognition for their work. Here is a top five countdown of my personal favorites this year. Be sure to let me know what yours are in the comments below!

5. "The Big Bang Theory"

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I cannot believe I did not discover this show until this year! I have just recently caught up on it (whew, five and a half seasons!) and it's probably the funniest show I've ever watched. It also speaks to my nerdy side, which is a very welcome bonus, and I actually learn things because of it from time to time. I'm pretty sure I'm the last person to get on The Big Bang Theory bandwagon, but just in case I'm not and you haven't been watching this, let me tell you: you are missing out!

4."Downton Abbey"

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This delightful British period drama takes place in the beginning of the 20th century and follows a multitude of characters, most of them residing in the enormous country estate of Downton Abbey. The series demonstrate both sides of the coin, showing the lives of the aristocracy and their servants. The cast is fantastic, the dialogue is great, the costumes and setting are gorgeous. The only reason this show isn't higher up on my list is because the story has been on and off, which is upsetting after the amazing first season. I'm not sure what is going on with the direction the creators are taking, but I do hope the series will only get better - it's great to see something as classy and intelligent on TV.

3. "Dexter"


From adorable and funny geeks to British aristocracy to a vigilante serial killer... That escalated quickly! But who can resist a show about a cop who is actually a killer with a moral code and raging family issues? I clearly can't. While this season the writing might have been questionable at times and our favorite killer is getting far too careless compared to how the series started, I loved the dynamics between the characters and it felt like everyone was on top of their acting game. I am a big fan of Deb (played by Jennifer Carpenter) and I was so excited to see her presence grow and have such an important role this year. I'm going to be so sad when the show ends in 2013.

2. "The Walking Dead"

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I have to be honest: season 2 might have left me angry and unhappy, but season 3 has me on board all the way and it's only halfway done! If you read my blog you have probably seen me praising the mid-season finale and know that I cannot wait for the show to return in February. This season already aired some of the most intense episode of the entire series, the plot keeps getting thicker, the pacing is great and the acting is amazing. Andrew Lincoln is beyond words. The Walking Dead has me at the edge of my seat this year like never before.

1. "Game of Thrones"

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HBO's Game of Thrones has been my favorite show for the past two years. I just can't get enough of its dark fantasy world! Bravery, honor, passion, ruthlessness, cruelty, love - it's all there. While I didn't think this season was as mind-blowing as the first one, I still thought it was very strong and I will watch this show over anything else on TV. Every character goes through so much and every choice they make is life or death. Nobody is safe, as we have learned in previous episodes, and that keeps me guessing about what comes next like nothing else - the plotting against each other has no boundaries here. The series wouldn't be complete without some epic antagonists, but when it comes to villains I don't think there has ever been a character more hated than Joffrey. I've been counting days until season 3 and I'm sure I'll love every minute of it, just as I have with the first two seasons.

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