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

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
Homeland

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
Awake

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
Sherlock

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
Community

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 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!

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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).
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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 :)
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ugh, not the ones I voted for :(
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Sickened so I am not one decent show was in the list.
And no one is going to change my mind.
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Is it worth noting that I had to look up Jessica Capshaw? :)
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so did I
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Most of us did, but once *I* did, I realized she's alright...which kinda goes to the point, eh?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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I do believe it was cheating, but I do think that some fans of the show don't watch the hub.
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Yay for Awake and Community both are my favourites, well deserved!
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Didn't even mention the chuck & Dr. who wins--those have some powerful fandoms as well :)
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Awake, not surprised, it was an excellent series, scratched my head at a few of the other winners though.
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I am so glad Awake won
bring it back NBC
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BRING AWAKE BACK !!!!!!!!!!!
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Game of Thrones is still the winner in my heart.
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I think Sherlock is the best show (as limited in number as it is...and the second episode of each season was utterly retarded), but this vote spamming system invalidated any and everything that won. If anything, the polls should've read "OMG Which show has the craziest fanatics? Show us RITE NAO."

So I guess I'm saying both 'yay Sherlock' and 'w/e.'
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Who is this Capshaw person? I have never heard of her and I would think if she were important I would have. Tim, I agree that the fact that Danes did finish last speaks volumes about the relevancy of this pole! Cough cough, McGowan, Close, Lange, Gunn?
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And replace McGowan with Bryne.... oh my. That's what happens when you drink and post! haha
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oops - poll... embarrassed!
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She is in Grey's Anatomy ! The lesbian in relationship with Dr Torres! It is not the main actress ( ellen pompeo, sandra oh...) but she has a secondary role ! Watch a full episode to see her 2 min ! She is not essential to the show tv ( Sorry The Jcappers but sincerely it's true) Even if Iove Arizona Robbin she is not (Yang or Meredith ou even LEXIE OMG LEXIE )

she is NOT the best actress tv drama of the Year !

And where is Dexter ????? i love Dexter
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Jessica Capshaw, a fine actress but with a very small and mostly unsubstantial role on GA is a ridiculous choice for best actress
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*nod*
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Community FTFW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Nothing is consistent! Crazy fans voted 100,000 times each perhaps! It's just about anything! No sense! The great tv show are not cited and supporting actors: best actor or actress! Ridiculous!
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I watched the entire 2 seasons of Homeland in these last four days and I have to wholeheartedly agree that show deserves best show. I encourage all of you over 18 to do yourself a favor a see what happens when great acting and even better writing collide. It's fantastic.
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tv .com secretly loves ponies, otherwise they would only be able to say "After 50.4 million votes!"

Equestria thanks you for the mention. Love and tolerate, my friends.
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"Danny Pudi Donald Glover lingerie pillow fight." - this NEEDS to happen!!
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We HAD the pillow fight last season. Weren't you paying attention?
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There was no lingerie involved in that!
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lol reading the comments...u guys do know what tumblr is right? once i spread word of this awards on there it went crazy...all the winners are winners because of fandom, people that eat sleep these shows, they don't just write reviews they write scripts, fanctions, create entire blogs and gifs...all dedicated to shows n sherlock, community and supernatural will win everytime ...i love community its good its not the best but its original in the fact that nothings original...but hands down..sherlock...that show is amazing nothing beats that show...ever.
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This polling was clearly rigged in some cases, cough ponies cough. Next time users should only be allowed to vote once.
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I have clear evidence of Pony and Korra fans discussing how to use scripts to boost votes in this poll. I don't care who won, something just needs to be done next time so everything is fair.
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Yeah, clearly we need to implement photo ID for pony voting.
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so only ponies need photo ID but everyone else gets in free? I call racism!
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...Call Prejudice... no racism...
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COMMUNITY!!!!!!! I love that show to death! So glad it won in so many categories!
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I voted once for each poll and became more and more disillusioned as I went on. Obsessed fans and bots dictated the lion's share of the outcomes. Best Overall Series seems to be the only category with a semblance of relevancy.

Please, Tim & Co., next year avoid this farce and only allow people to vote once per poll. Sacrifice the site traffic for some actual meaning.
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I am total agree with you ! Some crazy fans voted 100 or 200 000 Times ! It is ridiculous
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Ditto. Once per day limitations are more than fair. Rabid MLP fans will have to come up with a new strategy to ensure their primacy next year.
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Total agreement - I suggest allowing people to vote once a day if this is all about having them coming back every day (at this time of the year, when there is not much going on). Once a day is enough for that purpose.
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Although I voted differently on these aside from Awake for 'Best New Series', I wont disagree with the first four mentioned in this article: Homeland for Best Series, Awake, Sherlock for Best Drama, and Community for Best Comedy.

The one thing I'll say is that I can't quite understand when a "Best Overall" show isn't also the winner of "Best (their genre)", such as Homeland winning Best Overall Series but not winning Best Drama. Do some fans think it's not a drama? This happens with almost all awards shows, and not just for TV but also movies and music... like when Kanye West acted like an ass and interrupted Taylor Swift at the VMAs a few years ago: Beyonce wins Video of the Year but doesn't win Best Female Video? Unless a lot of voters think she's a dude, logically, it makes no sense to me. I can understand how it may happen -- maybe some only voted for Best Overall and didn't vote for Best Drama -- but, in this case, the difference is HUGE. Homeland gets 1.4 million votes for Best Series but only 20k for Best Drama? Meh. I guess in this case, it may be because Sherlock wasn't a nominee for Best Series and I don't remember if there was a write-in option for it... maybe if it were, it'd have won easily. *Shrugs*
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No awards for Archer or any mentions either. Good taste? What with the Pony show you mean? Korra is over 9000 times better than that pony bullshit, and Archer isn't even mentioned. Yeah, that's some good taste alright.
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MLP isn't bullshit, it's horseshit. Duh!
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Archer is... an acquired taste. A good one, though. Netflix it, everybody. Except for the youngsters, of course, who'll be busy looking for more Alison Brie/Gillian Jacobs footage instead.
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All of you have good taste.
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Just a tiny little typo, Asperger not Asberger.

(Many of my friends and just random stragers have compared me to both Sheldon and Abed, including my cousin Abed and co-worker Jim)
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Fixed. Sorry about that.
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Do you have a beard and a mustache?
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correct, it is Asperger, thanks for that remark
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And this is why I didn't bother voting. Fandom is the driving factor rather than people actually taking a subjective look.

Alison Brie isn't half as funny as nearly any woman who's come out of SNL as a featured player. Ana Gasteyer comes to mind as a less obvious one.

I just finished watching Sherlock and wow was that show over-hyped by people here and IMDB.

With The Walking Dead anywhere near the top, the exact opposite of "you people have good taste" proves true. And while Homeland is semi-great and all, I don't think it's the best. I tuned out on at least 2 episodes this season.

Good for Danny Pudi though, with Community as his vehicle he can be incredibly funny. Of course you all know he was in Road Trip: Beer Pong though, right? Just sayin'.

So in conclusion, this is just another bullshit spectacle with no accountability or dialogue. Congratulations on being as irrelevant and disappointing as network award shows.

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Danny Pudi's previous acting experience has no impact on his impressive performance in community.
Homeland is critically acclaimed.
And Sherlock is a wonderful adaptation of the source material, with great visual effects(from the camerawork to the way it displays texts)
When you compare Sherlock to Elementary you see how truly well it has done.
Just because you dislike Sherlock, Homeland, The Walking Dead and Community does not mean they have no merit or that anyone who watches them is somehow ignorant or tasteless.
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I like Homeland, Community, and even Sherlock. Though Sherlock has giant gaping problems that you have to be obtuse to ignore.
Danny Pudi is, like I said, Incredibly funny in Community. I however have a problem with the fact that in all likelihood he was voted to the top because of Community, and not necessarily on his own merits. Like Alison Brie who is far and away from being the funniest woman, if even particularly funny at all. I think people were voting for her boobs. and I'm not talking about the monkey.
I love your reading and comprehension skills though, jumping to conclusions that I in no(t) (every)way asserted to.
*Post Script* I got more up-votes than you, so suck it.
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All it did was ask a bunch of random people what shows they preferred and their views didn't agree with yours--the horror!
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These aren't critics, these are people and to be honest so what if they like different shows? A fandom is really just a group of people who really like a show. So, those people are more likely to go out of their way to answer a poll to prove that their favorite show has merit.
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mmm... I don´t support this kind of voting system because it gives too much importance to the vote of teenagers that don´t care what they install into their computers, and I think that is wrong for a website like this. However, i do not support neither the idea that there is a "better taste" concept that has to concur with a particular person's opinion. Any of the shows could have been first. They all had quality enough to be first. In my opinion, the great pity is that we cannot know what the general reader thinks. It's like it doesn´t matter. Sad.
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It was actually just one person that voted over 55 million times.
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... for MLP.
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Im pretty sure I only voted a few thousand times...
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LOL
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wow, were we allowed to vote more than once? because it seems people had too much time on their hands. I don't watch a lot of these.
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All in all most of the winners were reasonably deserving; I was worried early on when some very dubious competitors took early leads. However it is disappointing that most people can't distinguish between 'Favourite' and 'Best'. Take Jessica Capshaw, a fine actress but with a very small and mostly unsubstantial role on GA is a ridiculous choice for best actress. Similarly for Pacey finishing ahead of Aussie John Noble.
I can't help wondering if the vote-as-often-as-you-like polls were implemented because maximising traffic on the sight is commercially preferable to polls which have meaning.
I did vote a few hundred times and hope that that made some impact.
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I am totally agree with you ! TOTALLY !!!
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The voting was getting a lot of buzz on Twitter. You're welcome! - me and my 40+ followers
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Yay, Person of Interest's John Reese and Harold Finch. Way to go.
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yeeeeeah Sherlock!!!!

I didn't vote...was it 1 person, 1 vote...or were people able to vote as much as they wanted? If as much as you want, I imagne people using those programs, where it auto clicks for you,so for me,that really doesn't say, if someone is THE MOST deserving winner.
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Sherlock and Community got love. All I can ask for.
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Did I miss the great Gala event for the Best and Worst New Characters according to their respective polls? That's worth mentioning too!
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Mostly pretty great from what I see, but HOW DID CLAIR DANES COME LAST. Good grief.
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And Homeland came first in overall series, I dare say for the results that Claire Danes had nothing to do with the success of the series then LOL
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Talking about "Best of 2012", what ever happened to the Dead pool results? Did I completely miss the great black tie gala event where the winners of Dead Pool 2012 are announced?
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Nope, that's on the way too!
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I don't watch any of those shows.
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You don't watch Homeland, Community, and Sherlock, and you didn't watch Awake?

... Aside from a couple of other shows, what else is on TV?
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to be fair, it isn't October 19 yet.
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start watching Sherlock...2 seasons so far and each has only 3 episdoes. They last 1h30min and it is f-ing AWSOME show and for each episode worth that 1h30min!
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Congratulations Jessica Capshaw!
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Awake bitches!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I'm not sure I agree with letting people vote as much as they want (and I reported a message or two encouraging the use of bots), but I'm happy with the results for the two categories I cared about. It'd be a much more accurate representation if you limited it to one vote per account/IP address in the future.
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I don't have a problem with the winners but it mostly just shows that these shows/people have the most fans with nothing better to do than vote repeatedly for an internet poll.
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"After 55 Million Votes"... lol very Ryan Seacrest of you...
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I don't understand. Can someone please explain to me how My Little Pony is an awesome TV show? I just...don't get it.
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It's just like other good tv shows/cartoons, It targets children (girls mostly) but also their parents. The writing is full of subtle jokes that adults/teenagers can get. They don't treat their audience like idiots, the characters are very appealing and they have a wide variety. It's really just a matter of taste, if you either:

-Like good quality animation (how fluid and vivid it looks).

-Like cartoons with very good music (be either songs or instrumental background musics).

-Like well-written cartoonss

You should give it a shot. Yes it's very colorful, yes it is ponies, so what? If it's good and you like it, you win something else to entertain yourself with, if you don't like it, well you don't like it and that's that.
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I'm sure some Bronies will be along momentarily to tell you, at length, why it's so awesome. Any show that casts John de Lancie (Q from Star Trek, Discord in MLP), is okay in my books though.
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nah, just watch it
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Agreed :) Korra is also an awesome show, oh and Community!
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I voted once, realized bots were involved, and just ignored it the rest of the time. I'm mostly happy with the winners, but I don't feel like they truly matter due to tampering.
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Yeah well. Here's to hoping that this was the last year where your vote isn't account-locked or at LEAST IP-locked.
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Same here. Waste of time.
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People don't realize it, but this is how Skynet got started. One day, influencing television polls, next thing you know, trying to wipe out humanity.
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Ditto here.
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