TV.com's Top 100 Everything of 2012, Vol. 1: Items 100-91

Another year, another 100 items we've crammed into a list of things that made us hug our TVs, and today marks the official start of our attempt to summarize our TV year, 10 items at a time. We've tried to spread the wealth, but some shows were so good in 2012 that you might see them more than once. Is this list totally and completely and absolutely definitive? number 96 isn't necessarily better than number 97, but you can bet your left ear that number 1 is probably better than number 100.

We'll trot out our picks 10 at a time, every weekday through the end of the year, so check back regularly to see what else made the cut or to learn how to count down from 100.



100. Revolution says what we were all thinking


We (Tim) has given NBC's post-apocalyptic drama a hard time mostly because the show deserves it, but there was one moment in the series' mid-season finale that both fans and hate-watchers could agree on. In the best episode of Revolution thus far, teen heroine Charlie stood waiting for Uncle Miles to escape the fortress of Sebastian Monroe, and when Miles emerged from danger he was greeted by Charlie's cartoonish cheeseburger grin. How did Miles respond? "Run, you idiot!" Also great: Charlie getting punched in the face in previous episodes. Like, repeatedly.

Previously: Revolution "Nobody's Fault But Mine" Review: Stupidity Decelerated



99. A dude EXPLODES on The Secret Circle


That was so cool.

Previously: The Secret Circle "Sacrifice" Photo Recap: Crack Fiends



98. Falling Skies' harness factory


TNT's alien-invasion drama made a lot of mistakes in Season 2, but one thing it got right was this pretty scary sequence showing us how young'uns get their alien backpacks. Sea cucumber-like things go down an alien waterslide and slap themselves right onto restrained kids' backs. Maybe it was the creepiness, maybe it's just because we love to see children being tortured.

Previously: Falling Skies "Young Bloods" Review: Kids Incorporated



97. Barney catches us up on seven seasons of How I Met Your Mother


In the same amount of time it takes most shows to get through their opening credits, Barney Stinson recapped the important parts of the CBS comedy to date. If this show had Barney telling the kids the story of how their mother was met instead or the rambling adult Ted, this long-running series wouldn't have lasted one episode.

Previously: How I Met Your Mother "Farhampton" Review: The Pursuit of a Lifelong Treasure of Destiny



96. The end of Gossip Girl


It's over, it's finally over! The show that was reviewed in text-speak acronyms and that taught sex to the nation's children lumbered through its listless final season this year, putting a cap on the show that the media wanted everyone to like more than they did. The CW series will always be remembered as a show that people talked about more than watched, and it's final finale was terrible and hilarious. Also: That person was "Gossip Girl"? Yeah, sure, we saw it coming, but still.

Previously: Gossip Girl's Series Finale: We Are All Gossip Girl



95. Ron Swanson vs. Ben's dad in the Battle of the Shrimp


SEAFOOD MAN CLASH 2012! Parks and Recreation hosted a macho showdown between its resident tough guy (Ron Swanson) and TV's favorite tough guy, guest-star Jonathan Banks (Mike from Breaking Bad), over the last bacon-wrapped crustacean at the buffet. It was a quick joke, but one of those cross-TV moments that makes this show so sharp.



94. Finch and Reese get a new roommate


CBS's Person of Interest isn't meant to be taken seriously at all times. So when Reese forcefully adopted an attack pooch that only spoke Dutch from some lowlifes who didn't appreciate it, it was a gag we only expected to last the rest of the episode. But Bear (that's the dog) stuck around and has transformed the Dynamic Duo into Terrific Trio in one of the more unexpected, and pleasant, new additions to a show this year.



93. Dewey Crowe loses a kidney, goes on a spree


One of Harlan County's redneckiest rednecks woke up in a bathtub, one kidney lighter, in "Thick as Mud," a fun tangent during Justified's third season. The twisted organ extractor had a simple task for Dewey: Come up with $20,000 in cash in four hours, and he could get his kidney reinstalled. If not, then he'd be one less hillbilly headache for Raylan Givens. Of course Dr. Givens asked dimwitted Dewey to try peeing, and when he did, the case was solved: The kidney was there all along.

Previously: Justified "Thick as Mud" Review: Do the Dewey



92. Elementary's opening credits


Network television has mostly abandoned the art of the opening sequence, but Elementary went old-school with these dizzying, Rube Goldberg-esque credits that represent the elegant yet complex mind of the series' detective whiz protagonist.



91. White Collar, flesh-colored everything else


In a September episode of the USA drama, subtlety took the week off and gratuitousness substituted in when Peter and Neal got half naked and sweaty for our entertainment. It was a boxing match between Matt Bomer and ladies' decency everywhere, and Bomer won in a first-round TKO.

Previously: White Collar "Gloves Off" Review: Hunk Tussle!


Check back tomorrow for items 90-81!


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I most certainly must agree with the Dewey part from "Justified". That was wild. Can't wait for the new season.
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Actually, it was Peter that won so that he could go to the secret meeting and then be able to arrest the bad guy.
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Damnit I can't read this... Stupid CBS not being on Hulu I don't want person of interest spoilers.
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Yay for Person of Interest and Bear, a great addition for Reese and Finch.
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Bear is adorable. I agree, he's a great adition to Person of Interest.
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Yes, Miles candor when talking to the show's prettiest idiot is part of why I find this show so sucktacularly hilarious.
- R.I.P TSC. You had potential. Exploding dudes and crystal skulls. You shall be missed.
- Matt Bomer pwetty!
-Yes, love that opening to Elementary. I miss openings. Ever since Lost they just killed all of them and I kinda miss them. :(
- BEAR!!!! It needs to be said that I'm not a huge fan of German Shepards but I freakin LOVE that dog!!!So happy he stayed on. It's officially the Fantastic Five with the pooch.
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I love items 98 and 93: Oh God, how creepy that scene on Falling skies was! I think this series is usually from average to bad, but they make up for its lameness with things like this one from time to time.
Dewey Crowe and the kidney: that was hilarious!
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Very happy to see that I'm not the only one who likes Elementary's opening credits! The tune is catchy and puts me in the just the right mood to watch the show.
PS Happy Holidays, everyone!
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Yay thanx for putting Barney's 52 seconds recap! I asked for that last time!
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The Finale of GG should be way way way higher also Elementary opening should be at least to top 50!!!
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I did not know about that Revolution moment. So thank you for introducing that into my life. And kudos for including Barney's recap of the last 7 seasons. Ted should really learn the art of succinct storytelling.
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A suggestion - please do not provide the link for episode reviews after each segment...it does not look good!
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Go Bear :)
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Seriously, Charlie grinning is a LOLcat. All that screengrab needs is the caption "I can haz cheeseburgers?"
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Hooray for Bear! And I quite agree on Elementary's opening sequence.
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I don't even like dogs... BUT BEAR IS SO AWESOME!! Haha. He makes me laugh all the time.

And Matt Bomer... Yeah, he's sex personified. I could watch that gif all day...

I also really like Elementary's opening. It's one of the few that I don't skip through when watching after the fact. It's just fun to watch.
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It's a shame about TSC....(and Last Resort for that matter)
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I had not paid any attention to Elementary's opening before... It is not bad, because it is short and elegant. I guess in the current times, when opening sequences tend to be "not so good", this one had to make the top 100!
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Everybody picked POSITIVE things to say about the shows, yet Tim still had to get some cheap laughs at Revolution's expense. I sense lots of unresolved issues there. Tim's humor is getting very old...
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Is it weird that I get more excited for this than Christmas?
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Drat, I forgot to submit to this year's list. Oopsie. Luckily, a few of the things I would've submitted made it to the list: Bear; Elementary's opening credits. I wasn't going to submit it, but Peter and Neal shirtless was definitely a highlight of 2012. *rowr*
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LOL ... I forget that you guys did this. Oh, I've missed Top 100. Glad you included Secret Circle even though it was axed? Jury is still out on that one as to why.
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I miss The Secret Circle... And Barney is always hilarious - his recap is one of my favourite moments of HIMYM.
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this is a great list can't wait to see the rest tomorrow.
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I loved the kidney episode on Justified! I'm glad you guys included it.
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Really confused why the homepage thumbnail for this is a pic of Emily Thorne when there's nothing from Revenge here.
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Cos she'll be in the top 10!
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This isn't the Top 10.
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I was wondering the same thing. But I guess she's just that amazing.

Emily Thorne: "I am the Batman."
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BEAR!

Also, the #100 item on the list is hilarious! "We (Tim)" - LOL
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Dewey's spree on Justified WAS great, as was Barney's quick recap of HIMYM. And GOD, Matt Bomer is SO FUCKING HOT! I think he may be the sexiest man alive. ;) I love great opening sequences like Elementary's and Game of Thrones's.
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Price's White Collar gifs are fantastic. Another reason to watch the show. Price should be on the list.

Also, generally I dislike animals on tv shows. And I am not sure whose idea it was to bring Bear to POI. But they are a genius and deserve a raise.
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you were right: n.96 is NOT better than n.97...
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i am SO excited that Bear made this list!!! in the beginning i thought i'd hate it, like it SHOULDN'T work, but that dog is just too awesome....loved seeing him growl at the guy who touched Finch...not as good as having Reese with him but damn close:)
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So glad the 100's back. This is going to be an intriguing couple of weeks.
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This list is one of my favorite things every December! Unfortunately, I don't watch any of the shows mentioned today (except the occasional episode of HIMYM, but not enough to really appreciate Barney's recap).
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I like to crown a winner in these first few Top 100 segments. It's the one I like the most (of the 10 that are listed), regardless of where it's ranked.

This Top 100 segment comes down to: TSC's exploding dude vs. Bear (the Belgian Military dog).

AND THE WINNER IS ... Bear!

I love dudes exploding via dark magic just as much as the next guy (probably even more), but Bear has somehow made one of my favourite shows on TV even more awesome. I've also owned two German Shepherds in my life, so, yeah, dogs trump exploding dudes every time.
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I agree with you 110%. I love dogs, but more often than not, when they are introduced into a series, it's only to become a victim of some cruel killer!

It was an absolute relief to see Bear become a part of the program. Great work!
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Remember when that random thug screamed "shoot the dog!" a few episodes back? For a few moments my heart stopped beating! (I also immediately wanted to inflict bodily harm on that guy!) It's so amazing they've made Bear a permanent fixture on the show. There must be a dog lover on the writing staff. :)
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Jonah Nolan said the staff are all dog lovers and that's why they wrote Bear in, of course, he's great with Reese and Finch.
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I know right! I stopped breathing, with a cookie (because yes I snack hard while watching POI) poised right before my wide open mouth...and then nothing happen to Bear and all was right in the world and business as usual. I'm not even a German Shepard fan because I'm tiny and big dogs freak me out, but I freaking LOVE Bear.
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Bear is a Belgian Malanois Shepherd dog, but close, as they look a lot like German Shepherds, and share the same characteristics.
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Ha! I felt completely the same way about that scene! I remember turning to by husband and yelling "I swear, if they kill that dog, I'm done with this show!" Crisis averted. Here's hoping Bear survives to see many seasons to come.
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So, I'm guessing exploding dogs wouldn't be a good thing...
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And when you stop and think that some of the opening to Elementary works as an homage to Disney's The Great Mouse Detective, your brain sort of explodes in delightful ways.
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Noel, why are Stephen Amell's abs not on the list!? Or will they be somewhere higher?
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I can only assume they'll be someplace higher, likely items 6 through 1.
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Ron Swanson v. Mr. Wyatt was fantastic. Jonathan Banks needs to come back to Parks. Dewey losing his kidney was one of the funniest things I have seen on TV. And Bear is so great on Person of Interest, I love that he responds to Dutch.
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The three shows you mentioned are the only three I watch in this 10. So thumbs up!
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Golden G...I mean Gossip Girl beat out an exploding person? That's just wrong.
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you didn't watch the show moron , go give your irrelevant opinion to a brick wall ; )
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The fact that Gossip Girl ended is a reason for celebration that couldn't have been omitted.
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The show ended, which was a bit of a big deal (at least that's what I'm told). So it's a way to honor the dead (show). Hmmm.... but the exploding person also died. Ok, you win, stanking.
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It's interesting to me how Bear, Dewey Crowe, and Matt Bomer all convey cuteness, but in three completely different ways.
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So glad that TSC was on the list!! Yeah I definitely think that the dude exploding was awesome!
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I would pay so much money to see a Justified spin-off, "The Dewey Crowe Show". Somehow, I envision it as just an hour of Dewey running around to the Benny Hill music.
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It was Reese, not Finch, who "forcefully adopted" Bear.
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Yeah, you right.
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Fixed!
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Granted, I don't watch "White Collar", but what does the great Community episode 'Pillows and Blankets' have to do with it?
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Community makes EVERYTHING better. Happy October 19, everyone!
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Confusing. Please explain, thank you
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Copy/paste error, we swapped in the correct link.
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