TV.com's Top 100 Everything of 2012, Vol. 3: Items 80-71

This Top 100 list is a bit like an advent calendar for television because you come back just about every day to see what goodies we've got in store. And if you press the DVD-drive eject button, a piece of chocolate will come out! (If it doesn't work, then you probably need to update your system software.) This third round covers the 70s, and we're dangerously close to getting to the good stuff. Not that the following items aren't good, but c'mon, the 70s? Who has time to make a list of things this long besides the loser (Tim) who's typing this out right now?

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.



80. Damages says bye-bye


When Damages was airing on FX, it wasn't unusual to see it on several critics' Best Shows Of the Year lists. But poor ratings forced it to leave basic cable and spend the last few years on DirecTV where it continued to be a strong alternative to less daring fare. It's a shame it didn't stay in the spotlight, but it's destined to be one of those rediscovered gems that lives a long life as a streaming option on AmazoHuluFlix for many years down the line.



79. Tarrlok's duel with Korra


The great, intense action sequence in the episode "When Extremes Meet" topped itself with a doozy of a shocker: Tarrlok can bloodbend without a full moon!



78. Glee's big break-up


We don't want to give too much away, but in the episode "The Break-Up," someone broke up. Oh screw it, EVERYONE broke up. The only thing that's consistent about Glee is that it's inconsistent, but this episode proved that when it hits its marks, it can be great. And sad. Really, really sad.

Previously: Glee "The Break-Up" Review: Welcome to Splitsville (Population: Everyone)



77. Louie and the valley of the dolls


Nothing shows a father's devotion to his children like sawing off the top of a doll's head, peeing on it, and painting its face with melted crayons.

Previously: Louie's Season 3 Finale: Finding It, Half a World Away



76. Ike Barinholtz, cleanup hitter


He may not yet be a household name (unless your household is particularly awesome), but chances are you know his face: Not only did Barinholtz's Russian pitcher (and "top DJ") contribute to an already excellent third season of Eastbound & Down, his late addition to The Mindy Project as a male nurse with a sordid history quickly became one of the biggest reasons to watch the new Fox comedy. Our wish for 2013? For Ike Barinholtz to appear on EVERY show at least once.



75. Fringe's "And now for something completely different..." moment


Given Fringe's penchant for the bizarre, you'd think this kind of thing wouldn't be abnormal, but when a tripping Walter Bishop was plucked from the ground by cartoon hands and inserted into an animated homage to Terry Gilliam/Monty Python we were shocked and delighted. Despite seeming drastically different on the surface, the more we think about it, the more Fringe and Monty Python are alike in their love of things that are completely different.

Previously: Fringe "Black Blotter" Review: Don't Try This at Home, Kids



74. El Chupacabra on Comedy Bang Bang


Nick Kroll (The League) stopped by IFC's improv-podcast-turned-fake-talk-show as an outlandish Mexican radio DJ who loves to re-explain things and promote the internet in what one TV.com editor (Tim, the weird one) has deemed the funniest thing on TV this year. Add to that Jon Hamm's perfect straight-man routine, Reggie Watts' bizarre whatever he does, and Scott Aukerman's gentlemanly demeanor, and it's like the grading curve for the rest of comedy just got screwed.



73. Revenge gives the best engagement gift of all time


When Victoria Grayson half-sneeringly handed Emily an immaculately wrapped present and casually mentioned that Emily should hold off on opening it, we knew right away the contents wouldn't exactly be a Tiffany bracelet. But it wasn't until a few episodes later—after Emily and Daniel had broken off their engagement—that the all-but-forgotten gift was finally unwrapped, and what did it contain? NOTHING. Nothing at all! Victoria smirked something about how she knew Emily and Daniel wouldn't last, but all meaning was lost because we were too busy laughing at that woman's audacity. That empty box was lined with satin and everything. Nothing like a labor-intensive $100 craft project to really put the neighbor lady in her place!

Previously: Revenge's Season 1 Finale: Emily Is Batman



72. Hot damn, it's Venus van Dam


FX hyped this Sons of Anarchy moment as a surprise cameo, but that sort of thing rarely lives up to expectations. That is, until Walton Goggins (The Shield, Justified) walked into the room with big ol' fake titties, a sassy attitude, and assless chaps as Venus van Dam, a transsexual employed by SAMCRO to blackmail a whale of a man. Rumor has it Goggins didn't let the rest of the cast see him 'til they started filming, leaving star Charlie Hunnam barely able to get his lines out as two very large prosthetic mounds bounced in his face.

Previously: Sons of Anarchy "Orca Shrugged" Review: Blackmails and Shemales



71. Will Ferrell tries to sell you beer


This Super Bowl ad (which unfortunately didn't run nationally) for the beer that you only start drinking because you've already downed 15 good beers—and all the rubbing alcohol in the house is gone—is Ferrell at its best.


Check back tomorrow for items 70-61!


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Dont get me wrong, I am glad that Korra is on this list, but the battle! COME ON! When Korra airbended and defeat Amon (Noatak) was WAY better than that pity little batlle.
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Hot damn, it's Venus van Dam this with a doubt is top five, 72 72 72 72 REALLY TV.COM STAFF you get an ESPN Come on Man award !!!!
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Hey, today (Friday, Dec 21) is a weekday, right? So where's the 70-61?
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Walter's Trip :)
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Respect for the advent calendar analogy!
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Fringe's weird segment or Louie's weird segment? Both are soo awesome!
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Whatever happened to comedy bang bang? Did the season end, is it on a long hiatus, or what? It was a good show and the only thing I had to look forward to on Fridays tv wise.
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Holy fucking shit. The tranny girl on SOA was Goggins? Wow. That makes it more funny.
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You gotta be kidding, right? How come you didn't recognize him???
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Well, he had boobs lol.
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Loved that empty box I laugghed so hard when she opened that!!!! I really loved that song on Glee, it was very beautiful and simple and suited the episode perfectly. Oh and any inclusion of the epic animated awesomeness that is The Legend of Korra is amazeballs!!!!!!
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The "Black Blotter" episode of Fringe was nothing short of awesome.
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That box of nothing was epic
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I didn't even know Damages came out with more episodes after Season 3, because that's all that aired here in Canada. I'll have to find the dvd's of the final 2 seasons and catch up with what I missed!
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It's really worth it, you should definitely catch up with it!
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Well, I know a video store where I can rent Season 4 but Season 5 isn't yet available on dvd and no release date has been set! Guess I have no choice but to wait.:-)
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Well, it's kind of a bummer, really, but it's definitely worth waiting.
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That segment from Louie had me laughing harder than anything I'd ever seen on the show. Truly, some of his best work right there. Also, Walton Goggins KILLED it as Venus. Two big thumbs up to his two big (albeit lopsided) titties!
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That Revenge scene is pretty much the greatest thing ever written. It inspired me to give everyone boxes of nothing for Christmas.
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Oh, Walton Goggins, you beautiful sonovabitch.
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Venus van Dam had me laughing so hard. It felt a little out of place for the show as a whole, but man was it awesome, hilarious and memorable.
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You think it was a little out of place, really? There's so much crazy shit on SOA! I loved that cameo!
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Good call on Comedy Bang Bang. It's not coming back for another season, is it?
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This is a good one!

Todays top 100 segment comes down to: Revenge's empty box vs. Fringe's Monty Python inspired acid trip.

AND THE WINNER IS ... Fringe! (There's no way that came as a surprise.)

I love Victoria Grayson and her empty engagement gift giving awesomeness just as much as the next Chardonnay drinking gal on Sundays at 9:00pm (probably even more), but have you seen my username? Walter tripping has always been a staple of Fringe, and the writers gave us one last psychedelic hurrah before the final season comes to a close. "Black Blotter" had dead lab assistants, green fairies, seeing ones darker self, emotional and poignant memory projections, and one glorious Monty Python inspired romp that led Walter to the Black Umbrella. After 5 seasons of pushing the boundaries of conventionality, Fringe proved once again it is a master of the absurd and bizarre. My bias may be showing, but I think Walter's acid trip deserved top 50 status.

"Val-deri, Val-dera, Val-deri, Val-dera-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha ..."
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I realize that there was no other choice for you're #1 in this installment, but I am thrilled with your runner-up pick....which, as luck would have it, is MY #1 choice! :-)
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cookoorikoo cookoorikoo
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That trippy moment in Black Blotter had me WTFing in a big way so naturally a classic Fringe moment, one of the shining moments of Season 5 so far too.

Same goes for that crazy scene on SOA. It made for a funny episode during a kinda depressing arc after losing *SPOILER* Ope
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Ike from Madtv?
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Venus van Dam is way too high on this list. Surely it's at least a top 25.
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Venus van Dam is probably one of the funniest things that's ever happened on the Sons. That scene was completely priceless.

On Revenge, everything Victoria does is awesome. I actually like her more than Emily.
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Not surprised, I mean Emily is kind of a bore and annoying sometimes. Nolan and Victoria are the best things of the show.
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Oh the expensive box of Nothing! Classic Revenge moment. I wish I had the gall to do something like that but I'm entirely too nice to ever be able to pull that off, let alone w/o feeling guilty and apologizing profusely afterwards which defeats the purpose.

The Breakup was pretty good. Great singing moments too. Blaine's emotional Teenage Dream cover and the group singing The Scientist were some of the best Glee routines to date.
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I can't even with the Revenge engagement gift. Every time I'm reminded of that I burst out laughing. Loudly. It was just so freaking fantastic.
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KORRA :)
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Victoria's engagement gift was just priceless, imo. Revenge is awesome.
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