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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?)
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:
Cheers to the good people out there who supported the Greendale gang in the @tvdotcom polls. I feel your clicks!— Danny Pudi (@dannypudi) January 3, 2013
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 TV.com 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!