TV.com's Top 100 Everything of 2012, Vol. 4: Items 70-61

Old delusional people halfway to senility say the 60s are the new 40s, and we're inclined to agree. That's what happens when TV is as good as it was in 2012. We can already imagine the comments: "[Random entry] is ranked at [random higher number that doesn't do it justice]?!?" Yes indeedy. There was so much to get excited about this year that we may need do a Top 1,000 next year, even if it means we'll have to get started on it NOW. In the meantime, here are the new 40s!


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.



70. Go On's sensitive side


Want to know a good way to convince someone NOT to watch a sitcom? Describe it as a "sad comedy." But sad comedy is exactly what works for NBC's Go On, a series that aims to make its audience cry, both through laughter and poignant looks at sadness. What makes the show is truly unique—especially for network television—is how that sadness permeates the series. There are no comedy beats, minutes can pass without a single joke, and montages can be heartbreaking. But episodes always end up feeling uplifting as the show's true theme of healing shines through.

Previously: NBC's Go On Is Touchy, Feely, Funny
Previously #2: Q & A: Go On's Creator Talks Love, Laughts, and Tears



69. Mr. Everywhere, Mark Pellegrino


As talented as he is, we almost don't want TV's go-to guest star to get his own starring gig because we love seeing him pop up all over the place. In this year alone he played Lucifer on Supernatural, the ghost of a vampire on Being Human, and a Fulchrum agent on Chuck. He also played a radical author in Hemingway & Gellhorn. And then he played a mob boss AND the mob boss's grandson on Castle. And then he played a were-coyote (sorta) on Grimm. And he recurred as a militia commander who let a bunch of his men run out into the open, one by one, so a sniper would run out of bullets on Revolution. And most recently, he played a grumpy husband who tried to have his wife killed on Person of Interest. Keep up the good work, MP.



68. Stephen Amell's personal trainer


Whoever shapes the Arrow star is good at their job. And what's more, the show itself is one of the standout new offerings of the fall.

Previously: Arrow Series Premiere Review: Pretty Close to a Bullseye
Previously #2: Poll: Who Are the Best New Characters of the Fall 2012 TV Season?



67. The suspense surrounding A's big "reveal"


Pretty Little Liars' Season 2 finale promised to finally unmask A... and of course it lied. Anyone who'd read the books knew that Mona was merely part of a bigger "A team," and even folks who didn't read the books could tell it was coming. But the suspense and excitement that led to reveal made "UnmAsked" one of the best episodes of the series.

Previously: Pretty Little Liars' Season 2 Finale: The "UnmAsking"



66. Drugs, Part 1: On purpose


TV engaged in some serious substance abuse this year. Roger Sterling dropped acid in the memorable Mad Men episode "Far Away Places," Walter Bishop dosed himself in "Black Blotter," and the Workaholics guys finished out the LSD trifecta on a business trip. Even some witches on The Secret Circle got ripped on the made-up Devil's Spirit. Just a few examples of some good, responsible mind and body expansion on television.



65. Drugs, Part II: Accidental


But you know what's even better? TV characters getting drugged accidentally, by themselves or someone else. Harold Finch danced with a microwave while on ecstasy on Person of Interest, Tommy got body-blazed after eating pot candy on Ben and Kate, and Shoshanna smoked CRACK on Girls. Remember kids, it's only okay when it's funny; don't do drugs unless it's going to be hilarious for others.



64. Veep's office rapport


It usually takes a cast at least a few episodes to jell, but the ensemble of HBO's new political comedy emerged from the womb ready to crack wise together. Led by Julia Louis-Dreyfus (who officially crushed the Seinfeld curse), the group features the grown-up version of My Girl's Anna Chlumsky, My Boys's Reid Scott, improv master Matt Walsh, Arrested Development's Tony Hale, and hilarious newcomer Timothy Simons. Their backgrounds may be different, but you'd never know they haven't been besties for years.

Veep Series Premiere Review: Hail to the She-ief



63. Disney adds another animated winner


Mickey's newest outstanding animated program is Gravity Falls, one of the best new animated series of the year. The two main characters, voiced by Jason Ritter and Kristen Schaal, are young siblings who play with time machines, magical arcade games, and clones in their uncle's weird Oregon town. Plus, in an awesome nod to the series' mystery-solvin' nature, the intro to each episode features audio loops that, when played backward, reveal clues necessary to unlock a cryptogram in the closing credits... which in turn offers hints about the next episode. Whooooooa.



62. Wilfred makes "Progress"


This "special" episode of FX's surprisingly psychological comedy had everything we could possibly ask for: questions pertaining to Ryan's sanity, Wilfred's buddy Bear as a getaway driver, a Robin Williams cameo (and a Good Will Hunting gag), and a sweet sneak-a-bong. It was equal parts moving and thrilling, an example of Wilfred at its best. However, we're still puzzled over why FX chose to launch the episode a week before the season premiere press push behind schedule-mates Louie and Anger Management.

Previously: Wilfred "Progress" Review: Back to Work



61. Adam from Girls


With so much of the early vitriol toward Girls focused on the entitled women of HBO's love-it-or-hate-it new series, Hannah's boyfriend Adam was merely the guy who berated her and gave it to her doggy-style even though no one asked to see Lena Dunham having sex. But his pent-up rage and abusiveness paved the way for a stunning late-season turn into the man we always knew was there. He was still a dick, but he was a charming dick who actually cared. And he finally put on a shirt.


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Gravity Falls opening theme is awesome. Even before I knew it held the secret to unlocking the cryptograms at the end of the episodes. Now, if only I could get my DVR to play things backwards with volume.

Mark Pellegrino, you're like a GOOD penny!
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Mark Pellegrino was also quite notable as Jacob in LOST, fyi
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Michael Emerson on Person of Interest is the best! When the bad guys forced Ecstasy on him in Season 1, it was so NOT Harold Finch, that it was hilarious. Thanks for sharing this memorable POI moment!
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Matthew Perry will always be the man.
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I hope the new A revelation will be in the top 10 'cause the new A is SO bigger than Mona.

I love Go On. It's the best new show of 2012. A comedy with a heart.
One of the reasons why I love Go On is that there are about 12 supporting characters & I like all of them, none of them are boring.
It should be higher on the list. It really is a good show.

Sorry for any grammar mistakes.
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Go On is the best. I seriously love that show because it is a sad comedy. Basically it's life wrapped up in a half hour show. I love that.
-Mark Pelligrino is the best. He got around. I liked it.
-Drugged Finch was by far one of the most hilarious things I've ever seen Michael Emerson partake in. That man is a gem.
- Amell's personal trainer deserves a special award. Some sort of golden ripped statue of some sort.
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All items on this list: bleh
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Jell?
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Maybe the things I think are great are in the top 10?
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#66 is the first one that has applied to the shows I watch. Everything else on the list were things outside of my radar.
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# 66: FRINGE has been a sublime ad for LSD right from the beginning. How many times has the solution been drugs throughout the series' run? I've lost count. Maybe that's why Fringe never won an Emmy?
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Loving the list so far! Keep it coming guys.
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Finch being accidentally drugged was pretty funny, only because it was so anti-him.
I totally agree about Mark Pellegrino, he's such an awesome and versatile actor!
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Finch on ex was so funny.
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Mark P was on everything! Being Human Chuck and then Supernatural all this year from what I remember. and yeah Stephen Amell is F**kin buff
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PLL deserves at least top 25
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Go On's sensitive side, what an unusual way of putting it, that really does seem like a way to kill it in a conversation, glad you called that out ahead of time.

Everything else on this list is really, REALLY weird for a top 100. I blame Price & Tim for it, FOR NO REASON AT ALL! The buck stops with those two despite Jen being their boss, I say. That's what you get when you road trip to Comic-Con together, suckas!

(The previous rant was a reflection of how weird this part of the list was.)
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Mark P is about as bad as Mark Sheppard for popping up everywhere. (Bad in a good way.) Maybe not all-in-one-year, but at this point I've seen Mark Sheppard in Supernatural, Doctor Who, The X-Files, Supernatural, Firefly, Chuck...I don't watch Without A Trace but my sister was watching an episode with him yesterday. An endless list of TV shows he's popped up on. What they need to do is, make a show together, like a sketch show, where they just play multiple different characters. Like a sci-fi version of Portlandia. GO.
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Don't forget Leverage and Castle! Gotta love him.
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Robin Williams also managed a Mork reference when he appeared in Wilfred. When he gets sedated toward the end, he says "Shazbot!"
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veep veep veep
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70... Yes!

69... Yes!

68... Yes!!

And 65... Yes!!!

This is the best list for me so far, haha.
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Exact same numbers and sentiment from me.
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man this years list is shit, total shite
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Aw, now, that's a bit harsh, methinks. Remember it's started from the 'worst' of the 100 down. We have far, far to go to see the best.
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Pellegrino was fantastic in The Closer too, and that could be his most lovable performance:) yet, he does deserve a show of his own:)
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Mark Pellegrino is an absolute don!
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Are you guys taking requests for top 100? If so I'd like to suggest the last scene in the 9th episode of Major Crimes. Captain Raydor sees Rusty's bruised face after he ran away from his father and she has to choke back her tears.
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worst block of 10 so far, nothing particularly notable for me :-(
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no its not yesterdays was the worst
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Random entry is ranked at random higher number that doesn't do it justice?!?

The prophecy is complete.
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Sweet. We're getting to the better stuff! Though I still feel 97 should have been higher up the list.
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