TV.com's Top 100 Everything of 2012, Vol. 7: Items 40-31

Now we're getting into the things that possibly could've argued their way into the Top 10 of our Top 100 Everything 2012—something actors, writers, and directors work their whole lives for. But don't worry, Nathan Fillion, just because you're number thirty-seven this year doesn't mean you can't be number one next year! (However, slipping us a few fifties or giving us Summer Glau's phone number couldn't hurt, knowwhati'msayin?)


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.



40. Grey's Anatomy pulls a Lost


While it may amaze some that Grey's is still on the air, few can deny that the show has mastered the art of the melodramatic, character-killing finale. Season 8 ended with an homage to Lost that saw most of the Seattle Grace surgical staff struggling to survive and trying to make sense of things in the aftermath of a horrifying plane crash that killed Lexie and ultimately took Mark's life, too. The tragic reveals in both the finale and the Season 9 premiere—Mark' injuries being worse (read: fatal) than everyone thought; Arizona surviving but Callie having to make the call to amputate her leg—proved that nine seasons in, Shonda Rhimes still knows how to shake things up.

Previously: Preview the Grey's Anatomy Finale, Flash Back to Lost



39. The Daily Show plants its flag on Bullshit Mountain


Because it only happens once every four years, each U.S. of America Presidential Vote-Off is picked apart by all sorts of new technology and social interaction, but we always find ourselves coming back to the best: Jon Stewart and The Daily Show. And this year's Race of the Presidents was awesome. Tea Parties! Mormons! Debt vortexes! Gay marriage! Weed! And most importantly, Herman Cain! But it was The Daily Show's continued assault on Fox News that was the gift that kept on giving.



38. Chuck hits the beach


After five seasons and three narrow escapes from cancellation, Chuck Bartowski completed his final mission but still had to finish his most important task: getting Sarah back. Some less-imaginative fans may have wanted more closure, but the final scene with Chuck and Sarah on the beach was left open with just a kiss and our hopes for their future. But if this scene is any indication, we think Chuck and Sarah's story ended happily.



37. Jenna Hamilton's blogging fantasies


The heroine of MTV's Awkward. got creative on the internet in "Once Upon a Blog," and we got a "What If?" peek at what life would be like if she picked Matty or Jake or avoided both of them altogether. It was an episode that also included a Twilight spoof and 'shipper nirvana with a scenario where Matty and Jake were totally gay for each other.

Previously: Awkward. "Once Upon a Blog" Review: Paradigms of Jenna's Fantasies



36. FINALLY!


After 3.9999 seasons, Castle and Beckett finally became Caskett in the Season 4 finale, "Always." She showed up on his doorstep soaking wet from the rain. He, still stung from their fight earlier in the episode, resisted at first. But she pressed her lips into his and he could resist no more! Then they passionately kissed! Annnnnnd CUT! It was all very romance novel, and it worked. Plus they've been been pretty enjoyable to watch as a couple in Season 5.

Previously: Castle "Always" Review: So THAT Happened



35. Will McAvoy craps all over the new America


The opening scene of HBO's The Newsroom: Think Like Aaron Sorkin featured this stellar verbal ass-kicking from a frustrated news reporter (Jeff Daniels) who was sick of saying everything with America is okay.

Previously: The Newroom's Series Premiere: Soapbox Derby



34. Tara + Pam


True Blood's fifth season may have had vampire ninjas and Jason Stackhouse as a special ops super soldier, but it also had a quirky, cool romance that was borderline lesbian incest. Maker Pam and makee Tara spent the season developing the typical bond that should exist between a vamp mom and her daughter, but then it got kinky when Tara planted a full on face-sucker on Pam. We ALL knew it, Jess!

Previously: True Blood's Season 5 Finale: "All Hail Billith"



33. Skyler goes for a dip


Everyone is always bashing Skyler White for being a bitch, but come on people, her husband went from wimpy chemistry teacher to murderer and child poisoner and drug manufacturer! (Okay, that's actually kind of sexy.) But in "Fifty-One," Skyler cracked and went wading in the pool during dinner. It was a gorgeous scene that showed just how much destruction Heisenberg hath wrought. Incredible work by Anna Gunn.

Breaking Bad "Fifty-One" Review: Time Out



32. Congratulations, it's an ugly baby, Melisandre!


The night is dark and full of terrors. It's also full of a crazy, gaseous assassin that crawled out of the vagina of Game of Thrones' redheaded priestess. When we read this scene in the book, we thought, "What in the flying f*ck?" When we saw it come to life on our television screen, we pretty much thought the same thing. Shocking, creepy, and oddly beautiful, the birth of the Shadow Baby was a Season 2 highlight.

Game of Thrones "Garden of Bones" Review: Congratulations! It's a... Whatever That Is?



31. The Arrested Development reunion is actually really happening


After years of broken hopes, empty promises, and hollow rumor after hollow rumor, the resurrection of the brilliant but short-lived sitcom is a fact! Coming to Netflix in 2013, the Bluths will reunite for 12-15 episodes six years after going off the air. They're definitely going to get some hop-ons, and we will be among them.


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So many great things! But Chuck is the best of these for me.

While I like Awkward., that episode was just a funny episode and feels like it should have been more down on the list :)
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Zombie Zoo, Zombie Zoo ... #1 on my list this year. I have never laughed so hard at anything on t.v.
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Mark and Lexie's death are the saddest things, I would put that near the top in my list. Also love Caskett, Tara & Pam, Jenna's blog alt, and that black monster thing that was so wtf on Game of thrones
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We need more liberal propaganda on this list. Make it so!
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Some of these belong on the top 20! (daily show, chuck, castle)
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The Daily Show in general is the gift that keeps on giving. The Chuck finale was not as good as I had wanted, but still very good. I will definitely miss Casey and Morgan's awkward interactions.
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I wanted that whole Chuck final storyline to just evaporate. Sarah losing her memory was lame and shifted the focus onto Chuck's whiniest and most-inept mission. The ultimate villain is just another lame villain of the week. And for all that, ultimately it just gets him what amounts to a DIFFERENT girl than the one he fell for.

Castle & Beckett, ok, sure, I guess. So far it hasn't gone all Moonlighting on us, so I'll give that a thumbs up.

Arrested Development shooting a new season isn't NUMBER ONE?!? I dunno gang, I can't imagine the next 30 entries are going to be able to outshoot this news, and then you'll be left standing there alone, saying to yourself "I've made a huge mistake."

The rest of this list is weiiiird stuff.
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I'm with you on the whole Chuck final storyline. IMO the only reason they did it the way they did was because the show finale was Chuck & Sarah getting engaged/married. With the renewal up in the air they already used up their preferred finale, and what we got was at least a partial reset back to the start. Not only was the relationship reset but IMO so were the other aspects of his life, as far as I remember he never became a real spy & no longer works for the CIA.
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Thanks for putting that Chuck clip in there. Onions everywhere.
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That Tara and Pam kisses might have gotten some of the funniest reactions from both Jess and Sookie!

Still pretty mad that Lexie is dead!
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The Chuck & Castle items were great. Big highlights of the year. And the fact that Arrested Development is coming back is tops, though maybe it should be on next year's list. The question is, What's the Bonus? WHAT'S THE A.D. BONUS?
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You win the prize for catching our (read: Jen's) late-night editing errors. It was going to be a note about Netflix already adding "fake" shows from within A.D. to its search, like George Bluth's "Caged Wisdom: Musings from Prison." But then we had trouble linking directly and decided not to include. Sorry about that!
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Thought it was a cliffhanger. ;)
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Newsroom, True Blood, Breaking Bad.. I can't ask for more!
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I just don't get it. Walter White starts to mentally abusing Skyler and SHE is the bitch? I wonder what it is about shows and movies about druglords on the rise and douchebag audiences, who root for the protagonist for all the wrong reasons. (See: Scarface)
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Well, she could be a pain from time to time, just like any wife. And she became greedy, which makes what she's going through kind of her own fault. But I don't think anybody is rooting for Walter White anymore - I can't wait to see him gone.
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I don't get why people need to like the main character like that, I'm not rooting for anyone but Walter White is a great character that's all I care about, and Skylar is a pain, she is a mob wife in every sense of the word. Sweeping statement about douchebag audiences, Scarface is a classic, I think you are making too much connection between real life and films, my appreciation of Scarface has absolutely no reflection on who I am and it's pretty dumb and naive to make that connection.
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#36 should be much higher.
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They still have alot of stuff to put in just 30 spots (for example):
1- Teen Wolf's Kanima.
2- Game Of Thrones (Blackwater) episode.
3- Community (Remedial Chaos Theory) episode.
4- How I Met Your Mother Barney's proposal to Robin.
5- maybe saying that Arrow is a great show not just stephen amell's body.
6- something about The Vampire Diaries.
7- Lori and T-Dog's death on The Walking Dead.
8- Once Upon A Time's season 1 finale.
9- oh and please something about Smash come on it deserves something.
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#31 should be #1. There's no better news on TV history that the return of Arrested Development.
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FUCK YES!
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Hell yeah #31 is an insult.
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32,33,35 y 36
35 should be in the top ten
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34>>>>>>>>
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33 34 37 agreed! Pam and Tara saved Season 5.
I agree on #38 too, But that scene should be higher on this list. If not top ten, top 20 definitely.
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They (Pam and Tara) sure did.
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Great list for me! The Daily Show, Chuck, Castle, True Blood, Game of Thrones, and Arrested Development! And I've never watched the Newsroom, but that scene was great. Guess I'll need to check it out!
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Cool loved 40, 38, 36, 34, 32 and I didnt even know about 31 so yay a lovely surprise!!!!
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Glad to see the Pam/Tara pairing get some recognition, and the shadow monster birth was one of my favorite scenes from this crazy season of Game of Thrones.
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Several ones I like but esp. 36 (yeeeeeeees) and 39 which makes me die from laughter every time.
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Another slow one for me, but I will say:

36... YESSSSSSS.
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Wait. #31 isn't a "top 100 of 2012". Should have saved that one for NEXT YEAR.
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#4 I liked the finale, but I hated that they killed of Lexi. I am still not over it.
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Best one yet. I can't wait for the top 10.
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I thought the Game of Thrones' Shadow Baby would have been higher.

I'm glad that despite season after season of uncertainty regarding cancellations/renewals, Chuck was able to have a proper finale.

That rant/speech from The Newsroom was certainly one of its best scenes, if not the best. It definitely deserves to be on this list.

Aaaawwwww Caskett is soooooo cuuuuuute.

Finally... HOOOOORAYYYY for ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT.
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Chuck's the best...I cried (again) re-watching the ending it was just perfect! And True Blood love this show.
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