TV.com's Top 100 Everything of 2012, Vol. 6: Items 50-41

Remember all that stuff we said about the last five installments of our Top 100 being good and all that? Those were lies! No one cares about the bottom 50, it's all about the TOP 50. Who can honestly tell number 57 from number 89? We sure can't, and we're the bozos who made this list! So now let's get to the REAL good stuff: TV.com's Top 50 Everything of Television 2012!


We'll trot out our picks 10 at a time, continuing 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.



50. Jonny Lee Miller's native accent


Miller has been poised to break out in America for a long time now, but he wasn't going to do it without the right role and the right accent. Miller is British, and his Americanese on Eli Stone just didn't work for audiences. But on CBS's new drama Elementary, the man's New-York-by-way-of-London Sherlock Holmes can go full-on "Jolly Ho!" and "Crumpets" all he wants, and it works.



49. Liz Lemon and Criss Chross tie the knot


Despite some critics' complaints that 30 Rock has gotten too cartoonish in its old age, we think it's been as strong and as sharp as ever this year, and we love that the series is pulling out all all the stops in its final season. "Mazel Tov, Dummies!" took Liz and Criss from living together to engaged to married in 22 minutes thanks to their hastily planned, out-of-nowhere nuptials—which were inspired by the Beeper King's ability to easily adopt a child just because he was hitched. The pair exchanged their "I Dos" in a City Hall ceremony only 30 Rock could pull off, one that was perfectly matched to both the show and the happy couple. Plus the whole ordeal executed a pretty spot-on send-up of the wedding industry and "women want to be princesses" culture.



48. The Good Wife goes whole ham


The excellent "Another Ham Sandwich" was was rife with confrontation not to mention such delights as Wendy Scott Carr completely losing control of her grand jury ("I have the emails right here..."), Will and Diane dancing in victory, and Alicia doing what she could to prevent her affair with Will from becoming public record and known to her kids. And that slap, hoo boy, that slap—leave it to The Good Wife to pull off something as soapy as a public face-smacking in a shockingly believable way.

Previously: The Good Wife "Another Ham Sandwich" Review: Slap Happy



47. Dr. House is out


The series finale of Fox's medical drama put a lid on eight seasons' worth of odd diseases and vicious putdowns in sappy but appropriate fashion when we saw the good doctor in the window of a burning build which collapsed and then, just for good measure, exploded. OMG House died! And we legitimately believed it! Until he texted his dying BFF Wilson in the middle of Wilson's snarky eulogy. Then the pair rode off to live the rest of their lives, one of them soon to be dead and one of them presumed to be dead.

Previously: House's Series Finale: Cancer's Boring



46. NBC airs the pilot of Mockingbird Lane


Whether or not Bryan Fuller's Munsters remake ever becomes a series is beside the point. We're just thrilled that a network decided to air something that it had already paid for that we all wanted to see. Will other networks follow? We hope so. And we especially hope NBC will eventually show us that damn Wonder Woman pilot that got away. As for Mockingbird Lane itself, it was surprisingly good! And it featured a kid in a yellow sleeping bag exploding!

Previously: Mockingbird Lane "Halloween Special" Review: Corny on the Macabre



45. Brett Gelman


You've seen him in Go On as Mr. K. And possibly on The Office as a magician. You maybe saw him on Eagleheart as Brett Mobley. It's unlikely you noticed him as the principal in MTV's The Inbetweeners. You probably missed that episode of Comedy Bang Bang where he played a dog lawyer (a lawyer for dogs, not a dog who is a lawyer). But this is the year you learned his name: Brett Gelman.

Previously: Poll: Who Are the Best New Characters of the Fall 2012 TV Season?



44. Parenthood lands on Planet Cancer


NBC's consistently underrated family drama makes us cry like no other show on television, and while there've been plenty of big "events" this year—including Crosby and Jasmine getting married and Ray Romano's Hank showing up and exploding Sarah and Mark—Kristina's breast cancer arc rules them all. Before this season, we probably hated on Adam and Kristina more than anyone else on the show, but the gravity of Planet Cancer has pulled us off that course for good. We not only have new sympathy for those two characters, we're rooting for an underdog Emmy nomination for Monica Potter, because her performance has been flat-out awesome.

Previously: Parenthood "I'll Be Right Here" Review: All the Cuts Are the Deepest



43. Nashville's duets


Integrating music as a vital component of a scripted television series is tough to pull off without entering cheeseball territory, but ABC's new country soap excels at it by thematically connecting the music and the narrative in a way that seems natural. And nothing is working better than the show's duets, like Rayna and Deacon's at the Bluebird (above) or Scarlett and Gunnar's impromptu mutual serenade.



42. New Girl's "True American" drinking game


New Girl really hit its stride in 2012, with the end of Season 1 and the start of Season 2 transforming the young Fox comedy from an "adorkable" freshman to a seriously funny (and sweet) sophomore sitcom. The show has given us so many good moments as of late—that ridiculous Russian cracker commercial, Winston's dramatic reading of Nick's zombie novel, Schmidt's "va-genius" description of how to pleasure a woman—but for us, the gang's True American drinking game, from Season 1's "Normal," still tops them all. Not only was the game hilarious, the episode itself was one of last season's best. JFK!

Previously: New Girl "Normal" Review: Trouble in Paradise



41. Owen's death on Boardwalk Empire


Based on its reputation, you wouldn't expect Boardwalk Empire to be the show that delivered one of the most shocking moments on TV this year. However, when Steve Buscemi's Nucky opened a mysterious package in the middle of the night to find the dead body of his number-two Owen stuffed inside, it blindsided both Nuck and the audience. Buscemi and Kelly MacDonald's performances nailed the perfect mix of fear, shock, and regret as Boardwalk reminded us once again that no character is safe, no matter how much we want them to be.

Previously: Boardwalk Empire "A Man, a Plan" Review: Special Delivery


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i think new girl is the only show that is making me laugh out loud these days... whoever writes schmit is a genius. I'm also a huge fan of drunk Nick, he kills me every time.
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nashville duets! owen's death! and Mr K all definite highlights in my 2012 TV viewing :)
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Monica Potter deserves her emmy after this increadible season, also all the music on Nashville has been great, even if I don't love most country music. True American was great as well
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Yes on Owen's death! Nobody in the show gets a happy ending ever, but to go out dead in a box is still pretty shocking. It was not like Jimmy's death since they kept throwing out Oedipus hints at the last half of the season.
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So many good things in this part of the list: the House series finale is by far my favorite. I wondered how the writers would write the end of the show and didn't really know what to expect. But I think this was the best possible way to end the show.
Jonny Lee Miller! I really like him as an actor.
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Hey, alright, a dig at my criticisms in #49 while the picture shows Liz Lemon getting married in a PRINCESS LEIA COSTUME with REAL HAIR HAIRBUNS. Not cartoony at all, nooooo.

Oh man, that Good Wife episode was so good! Great job calling out an 11-month-back episode, that one was very much worth it, some great acting and lots of story action without feeling like a soap opera.

Hmm, House's mediocre finale ranks this high, I found it a shallow episode lacking emotional impact a finale should warrant.

That Wonder Woman pilot sound intriguing until you actually see pieces of it, then you realize NBC definitely should be barred by law from airing a single frame of it. Syfy on the other hand might be able to use it for Saturday shlockfest, same corporate parent too.
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I have known about 1 spot on the list and it was #66 Drugs in general. This list is not for me this year.
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Yeah, Owen's death was a COMPLETE shock. Thought for sure it was going to be the Italian in the box, but it was perfect, and MacDonald's reaction is the perfect example of how no exposition is truly needed. Brilliant.
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At least this time I knew 6 of the listed shows... looking forward to next installments of the list!
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whats with the unevenness of posting times of these volumes?
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My guess is that it takes time, especially over the holidays. It also takes time to read, and to read them all at once would eliminate the ability to enjoy them little by little until year's end.
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The holidays...? Technically, staff isn't even supposed to be back at work until next week.
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The holidays for sure! Technically we're on vacation, and these things take a while to put together. Plus we had some technical difficulties earlier in the week that set us back a bit. But don't worry, we are pressing on! Vol. 7 will be up a little later today.
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Dude, I'm on holidays, and here I am. The shitty part is I'm not being paid like they are (or may be).
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50... Yes!!

45... Sorta yes...?

Slow list for me this time.
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True American!
I so wanna play this game. There are people who made instructional videos on Youtube. Go check it out if you haven't :D
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These 10 installments are great. I haven't seen all of the episodes mentioned but I read why you included them and I think we've reached the good stuff now ;)
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I loved Liz & Criss's wedding and Mr. K. I stopped watching House seasons ago. Red Pen Alert: It's Munsters, not Musters. Spell check wouldn't catch that one.
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Thanks! Fixed it.
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Brett Gelman's probably my favorite of the bunch. On a related note, his podcast his crazy.

I've been a fan of Johnny Lee Miller's for quite a while now and am glad to see him back on TV. And I may have been one of the only two or three fans of Eli Stone.

New Girl's drinking game was pretty fun, and yes, the show has gotten better.

Liz and Criss' wedding was cute. Not particularly noteworthy to me though.

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Loved the Liz and Cris wedding, Johnny Lee Miller, and The Good Wife! I'm going to have the give New Girl a second chance. . .
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It was obvious Owen wouldn't make it out of the season alive after his plans with Margaret became apparent, but it was still sad to see him go. I still wish they had filmed his death like they had planned to, but the location was unsuitable so they decided not to film it.
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Oh, you would like to have seen him killed? Not me! I was really into this character, and it's such a pitty how most of the interesting secondary ones are treated on this series - usually they die early (Jimmy; Owen) or are not given much space (Richard; Chalky). I was shocked to see Owen in the box and I was glad not to see him being killed. It was somehow much more shocking.
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#42 That was one of the funniest episodes in all of New Girl!!
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Have you seen the Wonder Woman pilot? It's terrible and wasn't picked up for a reason.
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What's this reputation of boardwalk empire to which you refer that would preclude it from having shocking moments?
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Agreed x 10
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Also, it's been announced that Mockingbird Lane will NOT be picked up. Saw it on IMDb.

P.S. Sorry savvytvfan91 :)
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Yay!!!!!!!!!!!! first comment!!! Go Australia!!!!! Well I dont watch any of these shows except New and that was great!!!! So cant wait til next installment!!!!!
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Oh man, these are some really good things on this list.
- I was sad to let House go, but it was time. And while the finale wasn't perfect, the episode was sort of a jerk, the same jerk House was.
- 30 Rock's season is quite good and I'm happy Liz is finally managing to have it all
- More Bret Gelman! That man is extremely weird and funny
- True American was such a great scene I rewinded the whole thing two or three times just to see it again. Still don't understand it though :)
- Don't watch Nashville, but that was quite a good song. And I don't know how much of Connie Britton is left there after the editing, but she sounded well.

Bring on the rest!
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