Best of 2012: What Shows Would You Nominate for "Best Overall Series"?

As we first mentioned last week, we'll be closing out the year with a "Best of 2012" voting extravaganza. But before we begin, we'd like your help in selecting the nominees for some of the major categories, if you please.

Last year, we received several questions from users asking how we select "Best of the Year" nominees. In the past, we've simply brainstormed them as a staff, but this year we'd like to hear from you, too. While we won't be able to run a poll for every single category, we'll definitely be sure to cover the "biggies."

Next up, we have the "Best Overall Series" competition: Which shows, new or established, do you think deserve a spot on the ballot? Let us know by voting in the poll below—the only criteria is that the show aired in 2012, and you can write in any potential nominees you don't see listed (at least until we get tired of cleaning up ineligible entries and close the write-in option. You've been warned). Then, check back in early December to find out who made the cut and vote for your favorite.

UPDATE: This poll is closed! Check back in early December to vote on the final list of nominees!


We'll be posting additional nominee polls in the coming weeks; are there any special categories you'd like to see in this year's "Best of 2012" feature? Let's hear your ideas in the comments below!

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Dec 07, 2012
The Legend of Korra <3 <3 <3 BEST CARTOON EVER!!!
I LOVE AVATAR <3
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Dec 07, 2012
YOUNG JUSTICE
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Dec 05, 2012
Young Justice is on the top of the list, this is way excited Merry Christmas to me and all the Young Justice fans. If that really happens where it gets top choice I'm having a YJ marathon very soon only thing missing will be the new episodes that I'd love to see on CN that would make my day better. CN, for this hiatus u owe us fans a marathon of Young Justice.
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Dec 04, 2012
There does seem to be some confusion. The poll IS still accepting votes. Haven was #1 all weekend & through today (yay!) but suddenly a cartoon is on top. If you have already chosen your list I'd like to know so I can stop bothering people to vote for Haven.
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Dec 04, 2012
Young Justice #1 yay! Too bad the polls closed long before...
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Nov 29, 2012
Oh well, that is really irritating now. Leverage is back and the poll reopened again. What do we have to think of this?
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Nov 29, 2012
You said this poll was closed, but it is still accepting votes. Glitch?
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Nov 28, 2012
Yay! Thanks for putting Leverage back!!
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Nov 27, 2012
Hope you had a great Thanksgiving. Somewhere I read you'd be back at 26th. So, could someone please tell us what happened to Leverage???
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Nov 27, 2012
Hello! Leverage ended up in sixth place, between The Walking Dead and Sherlock. We've discovered a bug that's preventing it from displaying in the results list, but we're working on fixing it. But it hasn't disappeared even though it appears that way!
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Dec 07, 2012
??????????????????? Whathowever - disappointing. Mostly about not having any explanation to it. And even the ohter polls seem to do what they want as they show different numbers every hour. I mean not always increasing... Just ?????????????????????
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Nov 27, 2012
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Nov 27, 2012
Thank you so much for your answer. Appreciate!
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Nov 28, 2012
No problem!
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Nov 30, 2012
How comes that the poll seems to be open again?
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Nov 26, 2012
Leverage was 6, when I was trying to sign in and now is not there, praying that is good news.
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Nov 27, 2012
Hello! Leverage ended up in sixth place, between The Walking Dead and Sherlock. We've discovered a bug that's preventing it from displaying in the results list, so we're working on fixing it. But the show hasn't disappeared even though it appears that way.
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Nov 26, 2012
Leverage, we need Leverage, we ALL need Leverage.
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Nov 26, 2012
I would love to know what happened to LEVERAGE, it was there earlier when I voted, but we Kaniacs are very upset because no one vote now, IS THIS REALLY FAIR TO US? We were up close to the top and then just disappear? You really ned to fix it, PLEASE!!
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Nov 27, 2012
Sorry for the copy/paste, but this way everyone gets a response... Leverage ended up in sixth place, between The Walking Dead and Sherlock. We've discovered a bug that's preventing it from displaying in the results list, so we're working on fixing it. But the show hasn't disappeared even though it appears that way.
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Nov 26, 2012
yea, by the time I could get signed in it disappeared. Not happy!
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Nov 27, 2012
Sorry for the copy/paste, but this way everyone gets a response... Leverage ended up in sixth place, between The Walking Dead and Sherlock. We've discovered a bug that's preventing it from displaying in the results list, so we're working on fixing it. But the show hasn't disappeared even though it appears that way.
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Nov 26, 2012
What happened to Leverage?
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Nov 27, 2012
Sorry for the copy/paste, but this way everyone gets a response... Leverage ended up in sixth place, between The Walking Dead and Sherlock. We've discovered a bug that's preventing it from displaying in the results list, so we're working on fixing it. But the show hasn't disappeared even though it appears that way.
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Nov 27, 2012
Thanks so much for letting us know.
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Nov 28, 2012
You bet!
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Nov 26, 2012
Where did Leverage go? I'm sure it has been among the top 25!!!
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Nov 27, 2012
Sorry for the copy/paste, but this way everyone gets a response... Leverage ended up in sixth place, between The Walking Dead and Sherlock. We've discovered a bug that's preventing it from displaying in the results list, so we're working on fixing it. But the show hasn't disappeared even though it appears that way.
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Nov 30, 2012
I just saw your answer! Thank you for clarifying!
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Nov 26, 2012
What happened to Leverage? It was 6th last time I looked!!!
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Nov 27, 2012
Sorry for the copy/paste, but this way everyone gets a response... Leverage ended up in sixth place, between The Walking Dead and Sherlock. We've discovered a bug that's preventing it from displaying in the results list, so we're working on fixing it. But the show hasn't disappeared even though it appears that way.
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Nov 28, 2012
Thank you!! Appreciate the time spent to find out what happened.
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Nov 26, 2012
Hi everyone, we're closing this poll now, but thanks so much for voting! You can see your top picks above; check back in early December to vote on the final list of nominees!
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Nov 30, 2012
How comes that the poll seems to be open again?
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Nov 27, 2012
And what happened to Leverage....
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Nov 27, 2012
Sorry for the copy/paste, but this way everyone gets a response... Leverage ended up in sixth place, between The Walking Dead and Sherlock. We've discovered a bug that's preventing it from displaying in the results list, so we're working on fixing it. But the show hasn't disappeared even though it appears that way.
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Nov 26, 2012
Wow Leverage was 6th place what happen
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Nov 27, 2012
Sorry for the copy/paste, but this way everyone gets a response... Leverage ended up in sixth place, between The Walking Dead and Sherlock. We've discovered a bug that's preventing it from displaying in the results list, so we're working on fixing it. But the show hasn't disappeared even though it appears that way.
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Nov 26, 2012
What happened to Leverage as I no longer see it on the list?
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Nov 27, 2012
Sorry for the copy/paste, but this way everyone gets a response... Leverage ended up in sixth place, between The Walking Dead and Sherlock. We've discovered a bug that's preventing it from displaying in the results list, so we're working on fixing it. But the show hasn't disappeared even though it appears that way.
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Nov 26, 2012
Castle
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Nov 26, 2012
Why are the dramas like all above the comedies?
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Nov 26, 2012
comedies can be good, but not the life-altering good that can (though seldom is) presented in a drama.
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Nov 25, 2012
I have tried voting for Person of Interest for the past 4 days. Votes aren't happening.
I hope all our votes are recorded by showing them here instead? Hello? Anyone there?
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Nov 25, 2012
TV.COM - HOW COME NONE OF US CAN VOTE ABOVE? IS THERE A SPECIAL PASSWORD WE DON'T KNOW?
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Nov 27, 2012
What browser are you using?
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Nov 28, 2012
Hi - Internet Explorer; is there hope?
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Nov 28, 2012
There's definitely hope; we do support IE (however, our ears have stopped working thanks to that incessant dubstep commercial). How old/new is the version you're using?
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Nov 30, 2012
(So sorry for delay getting back to you - Bro is in hospital. Thanks for hanging in there with me)!
It looks like I have Windows Internet Explorer 9.
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Nov 25, 2012
or secret handshake?
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Nov 25, 2012
fringe, anna torv, joshua jackson and john noble are the only ones who get my votes!!!
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Nov 25, 2012
Since not recording/saving any of my votes I'll post here.....
1.) FRINGE hands down!
2.) Homeland
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Nov 27, 2012
What browser are you using?
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Nov 25, 2012
Why are my votes not recording? How do you actually submit your vote? I am clicking on my selection but there is no submit button and once I refresh page my vote is removed and vote tally is back where it was before I voted?
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Nov 25, 2012
Damn I watch a total of 37 of the shows listed here. #needalife heh
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Nov 25, 2012
Breaking Bad is hands-down the best show on TV. Fringe has awesome dedicated fans, and is doing really well on these (and other polls, like the Ewwy awards).
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Nov 26, 2012
No Community is the best show on TV. I doubt Breaking Bad is bad though, lol Community characters watch Breakin Bad
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Nov 25, 2012
ps DEXTER too
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Nov 25, 2012
The Walking Dead all the way
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Nov 25, 2012
"Walking Dead". It has characters you care about, fantastic dialog, AND kick-butt action!!!
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Nov 26, 2012
wow, Community too! lol
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Nov 24, 2012
AMERICAN HORROR STORY DAMMIT!!! Okay so it might not be the best show to the general population but it is an addicting series and should be ranked higher. Every season is like watching a long ass batshit crazy movie with amazing acting and so many interesting characters that you never want to stop watching and see where the plot goes next. Highly recommend it.
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Nov 25, 2012
Personally I find it even better than The Walking Dead.
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Nov 24, 2012
Interesting... you seem to have pretty much every show listed, including a Canadian show Continuum. But you dont have another Canadian show "Arctic Air"?
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Nov 24, 2012
Falling skies not brilliant but would like to see it on the list to see how popular it is. funny how Last resort has been cancelled but look at where it is in this poll. No one is going to agree on the poll entirely but it shows the diversity of peoples interests. for eg I HATE greys anatomy but it is what, in it's 8th season?
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Nov 23, 2012
Am I blind -- haven't read comments -- or did you leave off ROYAL PAINS?
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Nov 23, 2012
Grimm is so good right now.totally deserves to be even higher on the list.
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Nov 23, 2012
OMG, how is TVD getting more votes than Revenge?
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Nov 23, 2012
lol why is Revolution on here?
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Nov 23, 2012
How are you supposed to vote on these polls? You tick the box and then what? There's no submit button...
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Nov 24, 2012
when you click the box, it counts your vote...
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Nov 26, 2012
That's what I thought, but when I refresh, the vote goes back to the original count before I voted...
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Nov 23, 2012
I couldn't believe no one put Scandal on the list. Added my favorite show myself.
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Nov 23, 2012
The Good Wife is an intelligent, well written show and with great actors, it should be higher up.
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Nov 23, 2012
Why can't I write in Being Human (UK)?
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Nov 22, 2012
TSCC is/was still the best.
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Nov 22, 2012
Why is Sherlock on this list, there was no new episodes this year.

Just voted for Spartacus: Vengeance, can't believe it wasn't on there! O_O
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Nov 25, 2012
Please, no more Sherlock. Everything is great about it, production-wise (even the cast is somewhat good), but then you think about what went on in the show - and realize it's (as) stupid, as stupid gets.
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Nov 22, 2012
I do not understand the high position of Supernatural. I saw about 4 for pieces of that sh.t and I am sure it is a real sh.t.
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Nov 22, 2012
True Blood? True Blood...f..k-you!
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Nov 22, 2012
True Blood????????
Best Show ever!
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Nov 22, 2012
True Blood should be in the place of The Vampire Diaries.TVD is a overrated senseless show tailor made for typical American teens.
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Nov 22, 2012
Also surprised to see "Shameless" and "Spartacus" were not even on the list!
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Nov 22, 2012
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Nov 22, 2012
Breaking Bad. Why does anyone give Walking Dead more than they give Breaking Bad? BB is easily the best show on right now, and TWD, while it is good, it's very overrated.
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Nov 22, 2012
Game of Thrones is amazing visually and casting wise, but the screenwriting sucked this last season. Don't believe me? Read Clash of Kings and see for yourselves.
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Nov 22, 2012
I tried to watch it but after the first six episodes of falling asleep I gave up. It's pretentious and very boring.
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Nov 22, 2012
Totally agree, GOT is one boring as ass show (and i tried both seasons!)
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Nov 22, 2012
For those who've read the books, it's very interesting seeing the story come to life, BUT it's also very annoying when they fuck it up, like creating gratuitous sex scenes that don't even exist on the books instead of showing really important pieces of the story and introducing rather important characters.
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Nov 22, 2012
Best episode of 2012, Best Opening Sequence, Show With the Most Attractive People, Best Ensemble Cast, Best Show that ended in 2012
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Nov 22, 2012
^this
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Nov 22, 2012
You guys must add SPARTACUS to the voting list!!!! Because this show KILLS THEM ALL!
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Nov 22, 2012
No one seems to understand that you can vote for shows that aren't on the list. The list shows the 100 shows that have received the most votes so far. Spartacus apparently has less than 43 votes. I find it hard to believe that it would have had less than 500 if it had been on the list when the voting started.
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Nov 22, 2012
Fringe and Game of Thrones. Supernatural (mostly) for the past glory.
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