After 55 Million Votes, the Winners of's Best of 2012 Are...

By Tim Surette

Jan 03, 2013

We can post all the best-of-the-year lists we want, but what really counts is the collective voice of the people. And boy were you guys loud.Our Best of 2012 readers' poll notched almost 55.5 million (million!) votes when all was said and done. Voting began on December 5 and the polls closed at midnight yesterday, meaning we now have WINNERS, which we're super pleased to announce here.

Best Overall Series

Showtime's modestly rated and plentifully illegally downloaded terrorism drama just beat out AMC's Breaking Bad in the big category, but let's be honest here. You can't go wrong with either of those shows at the top. Community's weird and wonderful fans broke through the muck of off-screen drama and the fact that the show only aired half a season in 2012 to rally the comedy to third place, and the new-and-improved The Walking Dead took fourth. You guys have good taste.

Best New Series

Creator Kyle Killen and star Jason Isaacs earned a bittersweet late victory, as the drama was canceled after its single season despite rave reviews from critics. This category was a blowout, with second-place Arrow receiving just over a third of Awake's total. Are you listening, NBC?

Bonus: Here's Killen's acceptance speech, from Twitter:

Best Drama Series

The British invaded and propelled Benedict Cumberbatch's sleuthy drama to first place, narrowly beating out the British accents of Game of Thrones. This was really a two-show race, as the combined totals of the rest of the group would still have come in third.

Best Comedy Series

Greendale pride came through in a photo finish, beating The Big Bang Theory by a 7,000-vote nose in a late rally. This was the David vs. Goliath battle of the year, as TBBT can fart and still get better ratings than Community, but in the end, the passion of Community fans was just too much.

Best Animated Series
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

All bow before the power of the Bronies! This was an ass-kicking, plain and simple. MLP trotted its way to more than five million votes and made glue out of second place The Last Airbender: Legend of Korra, which scored 578,145 votes.

Best Dramatic Actress
Jessica Capshaw, Grey's Anatomy

The power of the Internet is a powerful thing, and apparently Jessica Capshaw has harnessed it. When we were compiling nominees, we asked readers to contribute write-in candidates and Capshaw shot to the top. Once official voting started, she stayed there. But just barely! In our closest decision, Capshaw just edged out Once Upon a Time's Lana Parrilla by less than 23,000 votes, just a wee bit considering they each tallied more than 3.1 million votes. Is it worth noting that Claire Danes finished dead last in this category?

Best Dramatic Actor
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock

With a name like that, he better win. The very deserving star of Sherlock edged out the fandom of Leverage's Christian Kane in a tight two-man race. But I have to point out something that irks me: Joshua Jackson finished ahead of John Noble in the Fringe-off. Every year we spend hours and hours campaigning for an Emmy nod for Noble, yet JJ gets more votes? No offense to the talented Mr. Jackson, but this seems like a step backward for the Noble 2013 initiative.

Best Comedic Actress
Alison Brie, Community

Brie and co-star Gillian Jacobs finished 1-2 in the funny ladies category, which means it's a good time to link to the lingerie pillow fight photo shoot they did for GQ. (Hey, I've linked to that for things far less relevant. Just don't forget to come back here and finish reading this article. Oh poo, you're gone already, aren't you?)

Best Comedic Actor
Danny Pudi, Community

Abed beat The Big Bang Theory's Sheldon (Jim Parsons) in the Battle of Asperger's, with Pudi's co-star Donald Glover placing a close third. Sorry, Google didn't return any results when I searched for "Danny Pudi Donald Glover lingerie pillow fight."

Bonus: Here's Pudi's acceptance speech, from Twitter:

There are plenty more categories to sift through, such as Best Sci-Fi/Superhero Series, Best New Character, and Biggest Badass, so head over to the Best of 2012 feature page to see who won what.

Congratulations to all the winners (and those oh-so-close second places)! We here at thank everyone for voting and sharing our passion for television, and this couldn't have been the success it was without you. You power our site, and for that we are eternally grateful. Here's to a wonderful 2013 for all of us!

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  • jbeauchamp17 Jan 07, 2013

    Also, Jessica Capshaw should not have been allowed to be a candidate, let alone win it.. She is not the lead actress, she is only supporting and is not one of the major players. As good as she may be (I don't know, I haven't seen the show), she should not get nominated for Best Actress. That is a category reserved for leading ladies, and Jessica is not a leading lady. And it's not like there is a shortage of leading ladies in television (not to mention it is criminal that Claire Danes can finish last in this poll).

  • belial013 Jan 06, 2013

    55 million votes ? ... i wonder how many it would be if you could only vote once per account and account creation was disabled while the voting lasted... i would be surprised if it was 55 thousand :)

  • TeddyBearZA Jan 06, 2013

    ugh, not the ones I voted for :(

  • indy2011 Jan 05, 2013

    Sickened so I am not one decent show was in the list.
    And no one is going to change my mind.

  • LeahLefler Jan 05, 2013

    Is it worth noting that I had to look up Jessica Capshaw? :)

  • TeddyBearZA Jan 06, 2013

    so did I

  • Acrobit Jan 05, 2013

    Most of us did, but once *I* did, I realized she's alright...which kinda goes to the point, eh?

  • JT_Kirk Jan 04, 2013

    Hey, my top-level comment from yesterday is missing, not the first time that's happened lately (most of the time they reappear days later like they were never gone, not just me, but people responding to me I notice since they'll be in my Notifications one day and not the next).

    Anyway, one of the things I wanted to point out is that there were 4.5 million votes for My Little Pony despite The Hub not being viewed by that many households ever. Next year I think it needs to be locked to 1 vote per IP, or better yet, 1 vote per account.

  • ElisaDiaz Jan 04, 2013

    I also have seen one of mine disappearing, must be a technical issue as you say.

    I have a fixed IP, but I believe some people can have a new IP by rebooting their rooter. And accounts, they can create more than one. But both systems are a lot heavier for hacker-wannabes than the current one. So I am all for the change. Hope they will consider it.

  • JorgeDiaz4 Jan 05, 2013

    I admit it would be nice if they would make it IP locked at least.

    Granted everyone in the poll could have cheated that way, but yeah, I like it that MLP won, but I would rather be sure of how many voted for real because as it is, we don't really know, it might have won by a lot for real (half the votes) or by most of the votes, we'll never know unless they fix these polls...

    But really, it doesn't matter since many of the animated series that were on the list are aweosme, i'm a big fan of korra too myself.

  • JT_Kirk Jan 05, 2013

    Literally over 4 times as many votes were received as households have ever watched the show on The Hub, you can't tell me that wasn't a serious cheat-down.

  • BattleChili1 Jan 05, 2013

    I do believe it was cheating, but I do think that some fans of the show don't watch the hub.

  • torontogirl98 Jan 04, 2013

    Yay for Awake and Community both are my favourites, well deserved!

  • CarolineHylto Jan 04, 2013

    Didn't even mention the chuck & Dr. who wins--those have some powerful fandoms as well :)

  • AprilFox Jan 04, 2013

    Awake, not surprised, it was an excellent series, scratched my head at a few of the other winners though.

  • totomomo182 Jan 04, 2013

    I am so glad Awake won
    bring it back NBC

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