TV.com's Top 100 Everything of 2012, Vol. 9: Items 20-11

We're finally down to what most people would call a reasonably sized list, with 20 more spots to fill out in our Top 100 Everything of 2012. This is when the real arguments about what should go where went beyond verbal and got into shanking; we lost a copy machine, two highlighters, and three interns in the Battle of What Deserves Spot Number 16, but it was totally worth it. All those interns did was play Farmville, anyway. R.I.P. highlighters, you will be missed.


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.



20. Deb finds out


Usually a show limping into its seventh season after a few mediocre years is doomed, but Showtime's Dexter revitalized itself and set series ratings records when Deb finally learned that her brother liked to Saran Wrap people to tables and stick 'em with the pointy end. The development saved the series, and Jennifer C. Carpenter's performance was extraordinary.

Previously: Dexter's Season 7 Premiere: Yes.



19. Doctor Who's Pond farewell


It's been a fun ride with the Ponds, but as with all things, sometimes a girl's gotta make some choices. Amy and Rory's struggles with their double lives have been a consistent plot point in Series 7, and their exit was a natural, lovely, affecting result of those struggles. R.I.P,. Amy and Rory. We'll miss your feistiness and your quibbling.

Previously: Doctor Who "The Angels Take Manhattan" Review: It's Called Marriage



18. Awake, the best new pilot of the year


Let's pretend for a second that NBC didn't cancel Kyle Killen's latest brilliant show and focus just on its pilot, which was one of 2012's best hours of television, hands down. Awake concept wasn't easy for viewers to wrap their heads around, the odds were against it because it was a "smart" show on network TV, and the subject matter required lots of Kleenex to wipe away the tears. But it was fantastic television that challenged its audience and was grounded by an incredible performance from lead Jason Isaacs.

Previously: Awake Series Premiere Review: Hurts So Good



17. The Winchesters lose a father figure


Supernatural's rabid fan base may flip-flop on its main hunks Sam and Dean, wanting them to make out one minute and quit whining the next, but Bobby Singer was universally adored. He served as the Winchester brothers' solid foundation and surrogate father for more than half a decade and was regarded as the honorary third member of the Winchester Demon Extermination Crew. So when Dick Roman put a bullet in his head at the end of "How to Win Friends and Influence Monsters," we were all shocked. But Bobby didn't simply fade to black, and in the late 2011 episode "Death's Door," he was given an excellent send-off which led to the emotional repercussions felt throughout Supernatural's 2012 run.



16. Luck's most stunning race


This pivotal moment in HBO's tragically cut-short horse-racing drama was a masterpiece. Gettin' Up Morning became the center of the universe for the show and changed the lives of its characters, and it was artfully handled by some of the best in the business.



15. Person of Interest bridges Season 1 and 2


CBS's cheeky procedural featured two spectacular episodes back-to-back... even though they aired more than four months apart. The Season 1 finale, "Firewall," was damn near perfect, full of reveals and action, and the Season 2 premiere, "The Contingency," focused on the series' heart and soul. But the two meshed together like a John Reese bullet and a thug's knee and showed this series has a lot left in it.

Previously: Person of Interest "Firewall" Review: The Lone Wolf Finds His Pack
Previously #2: Person of Interest's Season 2 Premiere: Two Point Oh Yeah!



14. SAMCRO loses a brother


No one will ever say FX's Sons of Anarchy pulls punches, but one that utterly destroyed us was the murder of Opie Winston, a fan favorite who we thought would follow Jax to the end. The circumstances surrounding his murder were tragic and heroic, perfectly befitting the gentle giant. And his death wasn't for naught: The path his best friend Jax took as a result proved to be the backbone of Season 4.

Previously: Sons of Anarchy "Laying Pipe" Review: Sacrifice



13. Elena the vampire


Since The Vampire Diaries began, there's been no mistaking Elena Gilbert's purpose on the show: To be an audience surrogate and nothing more. You know, the normal human caught up in a mysterious and dangerous world of immortal hotties. Her oft-criticized blandness (the girl rarely cracks a joke) has always been in the very DNA of TVD and has provided an important contrast—not to mention a grounding element—to the over-the-top madness that surrounds her. So when in the Season 3 finale Elena drowned TO DEATH and awoke on a slab as a transitioning vampire, many viewers were straight-up shocked. Can they DO that? Making the show about THREE vampires was anathema to the entire premise, right? Well, as it turns out that game-changing twist has paid off handsomely in Season 4, as Elena's vampirism continues to not only develop her personality in compelling ways while also disassembling and reinvigorating the frequently wheel-spinny central love triangle. But like most things on this show it still all comes down to Elena, and so far Elena's trials and tribulations as a vampire have led to one of the strongest character work on the show to date. Sometimes you need to become a monster in order to learn just how human you are.



12. Fox saves Fringe


A typical money-hungry businessman would have looked at the Fringe situation and instantly canned it, but Fox, perhaps still feeling the sting from viewers over previous fan-favorite cancellations, took one for the team and gave the abysmally rated sci-fi show a fifth and final season not just to appease the fans but also because Fox execs wanted to see how the series ended. Our faith in humanity, restored.



11. Community stays special


NBC's innovative comedy produced a trio of gems in the second half of Season 3, all displaying the creativity that makes it the best network sitcom on TV today. "Digital Estate Planning" pixelated the gang into 16-bit video-game characters, "Pillows and Blankets" sent up Ken Burns documentaries with a massive pillowfight, and "Basic Lupine Urology" parodied Law & Order and put Britta in glasses (still very, very hot). Just when we thought the series' "special" episodes were nearing the precipice of trying too hard, Community once again put our fears to rest. Cool cool cool.

Previously: Community "Pillows and Blankets" Review: Pillows Are the New Paintballs
Previously #2: Community "Basic Lupine Urology" Review: Greendale's Finest
Previously #3: Community: Once, Twice, Three Times a Comedy


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Yes, Elena! I love you, honey, but you were getting BORING. What has the vampire Elena done? You've rebooted the sire bond (can I get a "Delena"?), watched your brother stumble over his hunters mark and helped him stand back up, and reawakened ALL of our interest--mainly, because Elena just CAN'T be a vampire, so we needed... a cure!

Dun, dun, DUUUUUUUUUN!
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As upset as us Fringe fans are about it ending, it really is somewhat astounding it was renewed for a 5th and final season. The ratings were dipping under 3 million at points last year (not to mention this year), which is not good at all. We can be pissed about Firefly and other shows, but at least Fringe is getting a chance to close itself out. For that I am happy. :)
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Yes to Awake and Community, both superiorly awesome shows!
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Dexter is easily the best show on television. It's dramatic tension is unrivalled
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Doctor who is always pretty good although the farewell was a pretty predictable episode (they've been doing this a good amount lately), I hate that Fringe is at it's end. I just wish Fox would pick it up for another 10 seasons. It's obvious Warner (and possibly Warner's money) is the only thing giving Fringe one more season. The thing that suprises me is Dexter is so low on the list and there's a lack of any fanfare for the show. I started watching Dexter in Season 6 and now with the 7th season over I've been playing catch-up. Almost through season 5. Dexter is probably the best written and most well evolved Any show can be well written, but it takes a hell of a team to keep that writing fresh and to constantly evolve the characters. I have no doubt Season 8 will not be a raving success.
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"the two meshed together like a John Reese bullet and a thug's knee"
Brilliant!
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I'm not that grateful for Fox giving Fringe 13 more episodes. They purposefully moved it to Friday nights knowing that it will give them lower ratings, which will give them an excuse to axe it . While they give crappy reality shows, at one time, a new episode 3 days in a row. I really wish Fringe was given at least a full season or even 2, to help wrap up some lingering questions.
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Fox didn't save Fringe. Warner saved Fringe. If Warner weren't the owner, Fox would have canceled it at the end of season 3.
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I agree with the Doctor Who farewell, Fringe, Community, TVD, and Supernatural mentions! Some of the best TV this year happened on those shows.
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Yay for Doctor Who and Person of Interest, but I think you wimped out by grouping Community's best episodes together. Each one of them deserves to be in the top 20, IMO.
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My faith in humanity has not been restored by FOX postponing Fringe's cancellation. I don't know if they actually care what viewers think, I doubt it. Anyways, I definitely loved Person of Interest's season 2 premiere where Reese has not a clue what's going on. Ken Leung's character in that episode was so good!
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It's to bad that NBC dropped the ball on "Awake" so fast. It took me a couple of episodes to really get into where the writers were going with it. Once I figured out how to follow it, I knew it was going to be a good series. It was definitely a challenge, but for anybody who likes "really good" TV, this would have been the show to watch.
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#12 and #11 are definitely in my personal TOP 5. The decision to keep Fringe on the air was a bold move on the part of Fox, one I didn't believe they would make, and it's greatly appreciated. As regards Community, there aren't that many shows that on their 3rd season continue to be as fresh, original and creative as this quirky sitcom is. Here's to hoping they keep on the good work on Season 4... October, 19th I'm waiting for you!
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#19's description couldn't be less accurate in my eyes. An episode prior, Amy and Rory finally come to an adult decision about settling down, then at the last second they say "stuff it!" and flip-flop. Then in their final, we get a nonsensical plot with the Weeping Angels doing jack squat and making no sense doing it, complete with the brilliant idea of the Statue of Liberty as an angel only to have it perform no action at all in the story aside from look menacing. Yet even there, the Pond-Williamses survive that goofball storyline only to have THE MOST UNLIKELY WEEPING ANGEL EVER nab Rory out of the blue complete with a contrived plot device of having him be "time locked" so as to need Amy to follow him, thus destroying the lives they had just resolved themselves to living inside and outside the world of The Doctor. Terrible.
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I am very grateful to Fox for letting Fringe wrap things up. Sure, for all we know it may not end as we hoped, but at least there wasn't some horrible cliffhanger then nothing! Thank you Fox!
And Dexter was pretty shocking this season.
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I was ecstatic when I learned Fringe was going to be saved (I even cut Fox some slack after it - after hating it for years); however, this last season was a bit of a letdown to me; I completely lost interest in this plot and the series, I'm just watching it to see how things are going to wrap up, after all. It's become a bit of a chore for me, and it pains me to admit it.
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Yay person of interest :D!!!
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ok now i'm sure that the top 10 will have the folowing items:
1- Game of Thrones episode (Blackwater)
2- Homeland season 2 finale
3- Once Upon a Time (something)
4- The Walking Dead killing T-Dog and Lori
and since they didn't put Smash anywhere in the top 100 i don't think it got any spots in the top 10 but i hope it does
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I see what you mean, but I don´t think OUAT deserves a spot in the top 100 this year, much less the top 10. Really, what was there to say about it? Not a great season, not great new characters, no nothing. I hope they leave it out completely.
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i guess you're right OUAT doesn't deserve a spot in the top 10
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Am I the only one who thought that the Pond farewell was pretty lame? I mean, they didn't die a tragic and sudden death or something, but lived a long and most likely happy life in the past. If they had died from jumping down the building, now THAT would have been a memorable and most of all tragic death, but getting send to the past and dying with 80+ years? Nah, sorry.
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I think it was over-announced. We knew what was coming far too in advance, and they let us know it would be dramatic, so it looked like more than it actually was at the end. And personally I was quite sure that they would not kill them. The show is running out of ways of getting rid of "unwanted companions" without killing them :)
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You are not alone ...
The Pond farewell was way too long, it felt dragged and it had not enough emotional punch especially compared to the gravity of the predecessor's farewells. If the final farewell of the two came more of a sudden, it would have been the more satisfying and deserving than this eternal goodbye dragged over a whole season.
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Person of Interest is awesome in its own right, but the best moment out of #15 isn't mentioned, the summary they gave of Season #1 through the eyes of The Machine at the start of Season #2. I, of course, looked for that online almost right after, but didn't find any joy.
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How come there isn't a worst 100, like how there's FTW vs. WTF.
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It's called "The Soup". Tell your DVR to record it for you.
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Oh, Opie, I miss you. *Snif* And you too Bobby. *Wipes away tear* And you, Awake! *Bursts out crying*

If the show's overall writing were still good, Deb finding out about Dexter should have been EASILY a top 5 moment of the year. The fact that it's #20 -- and that I don't disagree with its placement -- just shows how significantly worse the show's writing has gotten. Ah, well. At least this past season had been better than the last.

Fringe, Person of Interest, and Community are well deserving. All three of the Community episodes that were specified were fantastic.
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this were the moments i was waiting for!!!!!!
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jennifer carpenter totally deserves an award, and is so rare how she and michael c hall have chemistry even after they divorced, that is been profesional
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I think when I see the first 10 I am going to disagree very seriously with some of the items that are in this 11-20 piece and not in the first 10 LOL - But I dare say I won´t be the only one! We all like what we like :o)
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oh Awake.. still not over its cancellation.. or ever will be!
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Most intelligent pilot I've ever seen. Thought provoking show and impecable premise.
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Best list ever.
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i think this is the best list yet, cant wait to see the last 1.
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I am finding the distinct lack of Game of Thrones on this list very disturbing. Only 1 entry in the first 90??? The top 10 better have 2-3 GoT entries. From "Power is Power" to Blackwater to Rodrick Cassel losing his head, there is an abundance of things to be mentioned.
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I have no problem that you replied and have different opinion. I am just tired at posting same replies to different people.
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honestly....I've said it many times....books are truly awsome and those are the ones that need to be praised. While first season of GoT was pretty close to awsome and it worked with 10 episodes, season 2 was a letdown in my book. Not enough episodes and too much of adding in their own stuff. I think people are too much over-hyped or gung-ho on how "awsome or best show on tv" GoT is. I mean,they need to make it so,so that they can pay for all of their travels around the world to shoot this show,but then they don't have money for those truly important things,that are needed(more episodes per book,etc.). They could have done animation adaption of book and it would be 100x better,than this. They got technology...they got the money....'nuff said.
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As a fervent fan of books and reading in general, I have to say I disagree with you. GoT is awesome. The first season was awesome. The second season was awesome. I am literally in awe of the show. And it's because I read the books that I have such a high appreciation for the sheer audacity and difficulty of bringing Game of Thrones to life.

George R. R. Martin's epic fantasy series (ASOIAF) and his world of Westeros have one of the most complex histories I've ever read. It even rivals Middle Earth in its enormity. A television show would never be able to adapt ASOIAF without sacrificing and changing parts of the books. It's simply not possible to include everything, "important" or otherwise.

I also think the budget and production value of GoT is as good as any current show on TV. And HBO is the only network that could have made a massive project like this possible. The Battle of the Blackwater may have been scaled back by budgetary constraints, but when I close my eyes and picture that beautiful and bright green explosion of wildfire, I'm amazed at how adeptly the showrunners (David Benioff & D.B. Weiss) have utilized the budget they do have.

And didn't you hear? A Storm of Swords is being split into two seasons, so you're getting exactly what you want. Maybe you should give the show some credit.
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replying to FringeFanatic and bonezrulz05 last reply below

I also read many books and I am saying this as nice as possible to both of you and others who read this. So take as little offense as you can.

Season 1 of GoT was pretty close to awsome. Season 2 was letdown. Period. Like I said,that is my opinion and enough on this. We will clearly disagree. I have no intention of going back and forth.

I buy GRRM's books, but I will never buy any season of GoT. I know quite a bit GRRM,without watching comments,because I read. I know people were going to George long before and wanting to make books into movies and he kept saying no and so on and so on. When I learned that it will be made into tv show,I was like.."great"...only way to do it,because they don't have "time limit" of a movie to put all that stuff from one book into 3h movie. My only fears were,that it might have been better as animation and I was right and that they will change things,focus on not really important characters and scenes and how many episodes book will get per season and where it will air.

As I knew it,your response was, with anime's such as Bleach and Full Metal Alchemist(both great),but clearly we had different animations in mind. As I wrote in first comment,animation adaption of books would be 100x better. Then you started replying with animes and I went along,because they are the same. They could push animation as real as possible(example...look at God of War 3 on PS3) and there are tons of examples in games,animation movies and so on.

10 episodes per season and each episode lasting only 60 min is NOT enough. No, no and NO....simply "time runs out" on season and there are tons of stuff there could be in it,without their lame changes and "writing". First 15min of first episode were pure excasty,but 60min and 10 episodes are gone like that. It's on HBO,so we will show whores,skining dear and our own stuff,even though there are only 10 sixty minutes episodes. As I said below,I have no problems with sex scenes GRRM wrote in books and showing those,but....I already wrote what my thought are on this.
I know season 3 is split into 2 seasons,but still...10 episodes per season will simply not be enough.

My replies are pretty much the same and this will be mine last one on this topic,because I am tired of going back and forth and writing same thing. They have budget for things and if it were done in animation style,they would save tons of it. Even with GRRM saying he likes show,it doesn't matter to me much. Season 2 was letdown and I fear for season 3.
But I still have books and rather then going back and watching 1st season(ok,someday I might watch only 1st one), I much rather read books over and over again.
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If you didn't want an honest dicussion about our differing viewpoints, then you shouldn't have replied in the first place.

TV is a very different medium to a book. In order to explain what's going on to the viewer, it is necessary to focus on different areas and aspects of the story, otherwise it would not make sense. For example, in the books, Margarey doesn't appear on-screen(for want of a better term) until SoS. Given the essential nature of the Lannister Tyrell relationship to SoS, it is essential for them to explore that in earlier seasons in order for it to make sense. It can't just magically appear in S3. In the book, it is outlined in Small Council meetings & in Baelish's regalings. That won't work for TV.

Animation like that still costs a lot of money. It's cheaper just to hire an actor that do God of War level animation for the whole show. The post-production( for want of a better term) budget would be huge. It would cost less for the big battle scenes but, for the rest of the episodes, the cost would be higher. And your timing issues would not have been resolved with animation. But, as has been pointed out, this is no longer an issue, as they are splitting the seasons in half.

You have to remember that not everyone has read the books. I know lots of peopel who don't intend to read the books until that show has aired its respective season. You have to accomodate all audiences, not just the people who know the oath of the Night's Watch by heart. Setting the absolute need to stick to every letter of the canon, you can't deny GoT is an excellent show in its own right. It's certainly better than a lot of the trash on TV these days.

Almost all of the problems you are describing would still apply to anime as they do to the show in its current state.
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Not agreeing a bit. What are "those truly important things" they didn't have money for? And in case you didn't get it, ONE BOOK VOLUME DOESN'T EQUAL ONE SEASON OF THE SHOW. The few things you miss will most likely entry in the next season, that is why GoT will have about ten seasons if GRR sticks with the seven book plan.
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I was hooked on GoT season 1, which made me read the book series. I was looking forward to watching season 2, but guess what? Just like you, mcepin3, it was a huge letdown. I can't stand it when writers "adapt" books - just to go write their own stuff, which is usually inferior to the original. I understand when things/characters have to be left out, but writing something else entirely, like Daenery's plot, I can't understand. My God, I was appalled! My interest in GoT series is hanging by a thread. I'm not really looking forward to season 3, and I'll probably quit watching it if things change too much.
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Just so you know, George R.R. Martin wrote some of the episodes. So while there might be additional things, they come from the creator in some part. I, personally, welcome the slight changes. Keeps me on my toes.
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He wrote episode 8 in first season and episode 9 in season 2(so far...he wrote episode 7 of upcoming season's 3 I think). Of course those 2 episodes were the best and while you might think,you defend how good show is,it really just shows(pun intended) that GRRM knows what he is doing and that he is the best.

I am open to slight changes,but slight doesn't mean do what you want and change stuff by free will.It means changing something inconsiderable
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forgot to write in reply below:

Yeah I am also scared for upcoming season 3 and will also stop watching show,if they do their own thing with it.
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Is anyone not praising the books? I haven't come across anyone who hasn't.

I think they realized that the book/episode ratio was off, which is why they cut SoS in half. And they didn't add in that much of their own stuff. The only glaring omission was the chain in Blackwater(which GRRM included in his script but had to be cut for budgetary reasons) and the proper House of the Undying(and I agree with you on that one. Book version is way better).Most of the stuff they added was great. I loved the whole Arya-Tywin bit and GRRM said himself that he wished he'd written it.

Totally disagree with the idea of an anime though. It would look silly. There is no way an anime BotB could have the same impact as the actual episode did. That explosion was AWESOME!!!!! That and we would never have seen the amazing cast, in particular Emilia Clarke, Maisie Williams, Lena Headey, Sean Bean & Peter Dinklage.
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replying to bonezrulz05, Grazzy and klotensen. If you wanna you can read whole thing or just part that is meant for you. Since I don't wanna put spoilers in for future seasons,I won't go into too much detail.

@ klotensen:

Did you even read the books? And atm they are doing one book= one season...and atm we are only getting 10 episodes per season....so STFU(I can also use caps),if you didn't read even one book. Won't really waste much time repyling to you.

@ Grazzy

I am glad,that you decided to read books. Same thing pisses me off. While on topic of changing and adding stuff, I read somewhere online,that in France,they changed some things,when they were translating books.

@ bonezrulz05

I didn't say that no one is praising books...I just think after season 2,people praise GoT(show) little too much. And it rubs me the wrong way. What bothers me or upsets me,is that they wanna do their own things within show and ignore books. Like you mentioned above,lack of chain was most upseting thing. And that was going through most of book,so I was with every episode wondering,when are they gonna start making chain. Then lack of Arya scenes(I agree with Tywin and Arya scenes), too much of Robb and therefore lack of Catelyn(while in books,we only hear and learn about Robb,through her scenes in 2nd book),what they did with Tyrion's nose.way too much of Theon's scenes. Only reason he got more scenes,than he should have,is because he was willing to get naked and do some porn.
If I wanna watch some porn and jerking off,I can go to porn sites(which I do). If I wanna watch tv show,I don't mind,if there are some sex scenes,but adding scenes in,like the ones with king Renly is just too much,when they could show us more important things. I know GRRM writes sex "scenes" in books,but I think here we are getting to much of them(meaning those,that writers came up with and not GRRM's). Latest one was with Robb and his bride to be and too much of their puppy love time spent,when they are only 10 episodes and they only last 60min. Then to hear,where they film all of the show is another reason. Huge budget goes on locations,having to pay for crew.etc.

I disagree with you about anime. You hear/read word anime and your thoughts went to children anime. Today,they can do pretty damn good animes and they don't look like they are for 5 years old. Of course anime can "hit pretty hard" as "real" tv can. That whole explosion was cgi. While we might not see them, we can still hear them. Some animes I watch have most amazing and awsome voice castings. Plus character would never really "age" until they needed to. Look at Arya. By the time show will be over,she will be over 20 years old. She is already 15 and GROWING UP(meaning mostly at height). So her scenes with later seasons,won't make much sense,when we will see her all grown up.

Not saying,that you said animes sucks or anything,but animes are awsome.
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OMG I was so wrong to reply to you. I read all the books and TheHedgeKnight I,II and III but obviously YOU are just a childish fan boy who thinks ASOIAF is all about dragons and princesses and wizards. So go ahead skip the awesome show and keep on waiting for your personal anime, it would surely meet your lower than lowest expectations.BTW GRR told Benioff and Weiss the grand finale of the whole story and a lot of the changes are developed WITH GRR. But I am so happy you read, although you never tell WHAT it is you read to keep your own narrow point of view. And on several accounts GRR admitted that he told too much and he unwillingly created some dead ends not wanting them to be in the TV-show.
So... STFU yourself, boy.
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I don't know where you got the idea they are ignoring the books. GRRM is very involved in the creative process and has an input in every aspect of the show. He's also someone who has proven not to hold his tongue, even when it would be better for him if he did, so if anything seriously rubbed him the wrong way, I'm sure we'd have heard about it. You're acting like David & Dan have complete artistic license and GRRM has written them a blank cheque to do as they please, which is not the case.

Yes but the whole chain thing is understandable. They only have so much money and if they spend such a huge chunk of it on the chain, then they have to make cuts somewhere else. It's a balancing act. Like it or no, HBO itself doesn't give 2 s**ts about the books. They're in it for the money. All they want is a profit and they're only going to give so much. I love the books but I have to remember that we're living in the real world here. They can only do so much. And remember, it was GRRM's choice to make it into a TV show. He says as much in the s1 dvd commentary.

When you consider that, up until the end where she starts the Harrenhal riot, all of Arya's chapters after they're captured are about her having the crap beaten out of her and running errands for Weese, it's fairly understandable that they didn't include that. If it had been done verbatim, Arya wouldn't have even appeared in half the season. Arya's chapters are very cerebral, which you can't show on a TV screen, be it anime or real(unless you want Bella Swan voice overs).

I'm not really sure what you think they missed from Catelyn's chapters. They pretty much covered everything. And considering that Tyrion is supposed to be a grotesque monstrosity from birth, I think a little bit of leeway should have been allowed for Peter Dinklage. And if they had removed his nose, that would have severely cut into the budget to edit out his nose in every scene. Plus, the Voldy comparison memes would have been unbearable.

There were whole spans of episode in S2 that had no nudity whatsoever. S1 was way worse. And they only last, like, a min or 2. You couldn't fit in the chain in 2 mins. The reason they had so much time spent on Renras & Robisa(or Royne is we're going by the books) is because those 2 relationships bring about massive change in the story, Renras being the reason for the Lannister-Tyrell alliance & Robisa for The Red Wedding. In a book, you can just write in a few paragraphs to expand those characters' relationships. In a TV show, anime or not, you have to show it. The viewer needs to understand why the change is coming around. It can't be "Oh look the Tyrells have suddenly aligned with their mortal enemy." The viewer needs to understand the depth of the relationship between Renly & Loras to understand Loras' motives. To do that, they need screen time.

Considering that most of the series in filmed in Northern Ireland, where they get multi-million dollar grants from the govt. to incentivize investing in the local economy, I doubt location is a major dent in the budget. Same for Morocco & Iceland. Filming where they do actually frees up more of their budget. It's the same reason why Teen Wolf is moving its production from Georgia to Calafornia for S3; to take advantage of a tax credit & get more money.

I know what anime is. I watch Bleach, Fullmetal Alchemist etc. I know what anime can do. I still disagree though. No cartoon drawing of a 10 year old is going to have a stronger impact than the stellar job Maisie Williams did this year. As for her growth spurt, I don't think we can really judge until we see it.
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Yeah, mcepin3, I feel the same about the sex scenes. It's like, "ooh, it's HBO, let's make it edgy" - blah-blah-blah. And precious time is wasted on those. And they're rarely important to the story! There's quite a bit of sex in the books, mind you, but there's also space for everything else, which there isn't on the show.
But for me, the most outrageous change was Daenerys story. Her dragons being stolen??? It makes her weak. Her maid betraying her with that guy (I forgot his name)?? It wouldn't happen, her mini khalasar was utterly loyal. Her leaving them to die in a vault? Doesn't feel like Daenerys. And the fiasco of the House of the Undyeing?? And no prophecies AT ALL?? That's the base of "A song of Ice and Fire". I was pissed off!! I don't know why people go on adapting books just to butcher good stories. Write your own thing, then!
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So many great thing on this list and I can choose which one is the best :)
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#12 FTW :D
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finally this list makes some sense. everything beyond 20 is just horrible shite; good to see opie make the top 20.
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Everything beyond 20 is shite? Maybe you just can't appreciate the little things? lol
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Thank you for including Person of Interest at # 15 on your countdown. I just love this series, and it keeps getting better and better. Love Reese, Finch, Carter and Fusco. It doesn't hurt that Jim Caviezel is so hot.
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Thanks for bringing back my disappointment over luck being cancelled! That scene was incredible.
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Holy crap so much good stuff here!
Fringe! Community! Awake! Person of Interest! Dexter!

I have a feeling Louie will be in the top 10, so that's even better!

Also, there better be something about John Noble in the Top 10...
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"He served as the Winchester brothers' solid foundation and surrogate father for more than half a decade...."

Whaat?...half a decade is 5 years....more than half puts it between 6 and 9. Bobby is waay longer with them--->That was my intial thought and goes to show how awsome Bobby is,that he even defies laws of physics and time:P
As I read that sentence,I was like...Bobby is way longer with Winchester's then just "more than half a decade",but as I started to remember,that timeline sounds about right for surrogate father and show itself. Dean was 26 years old and Sam 22,when show started. Then at end of first season Bobby came(wooooot:D). 6 seasons later(counting from mentioning 1st season,we get number 7 ), shitload of empty whisky bottles,countless of deaths and one apocalypse behind us, we get to more than half a decade thing and loss of 1 OF THE GREATEST characters on TV! Losing Opie was also bad, but I am unable to even compare these 2. FOR ME Bobby was the hardest and most painful loss! Heart and soul of Supernatural !!! balls, baLLS, BALLS!!!!
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Jason Isaacs - more than just Lucius Malfoy.
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The fact he did the part after the Harry Potter movies shows what an amazing actor he is
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Are we ever gonna see Community Season 4?
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When you do, it'll be October 19 in your heart.
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I miss #18 it was too good for Tv but as for #13 Elena as a Vampire :/ I found boring
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Getting into some good stuff now. 11-20 feels like the decade for Price & Tim's guilty pleasure shows so that 1-10 can do the universally adored masterpieces. Bring it on!
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Bobby and Opie. Sheesh. I'm not inclined at this point to ever forgive Sera Gamble or Kurt Sutter. Although, at least I'm still watching Supernatural. Sutter gets no redemption because I promptly stopped watching--he screwed the entire Clay justice hope for Jax story potential. Really there were other favorites he could have used to accomplish the same thing without betraying all hope.
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Community without Remedial Chaos Theory even though that technically aired in 2012.
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Person of Interest is awesome.
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#19 was good. #11 was great (another top 5 in my book)!
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5th season* in terms of SOA.
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Deb finding out who Dexter really is at his apartment was terrific, but lost a bit of its impact thanks to the show being in its 7th season. All in all the 7th season was my 5th favorite season and hopefully leads us to a finale deserving of Dexter.

This might be unpopular opinion but good riddance to Amy and Rory. Their exit was over do and dragged out. I hope the Doctor never gets stuck with another companion who has baggage waiting for them at home.

The Horse race from episode 4 of Luck is probably the most beautifully shot horse race I've ever seen. I remember watching it as my heart pounded and thinking "this is why I watch this show".
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I thought and felt the same about Luck's horse race. And about Amy+Rory. And on Dexter(my 4th favorite season). Happy new year!
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I personally loved Amy and Rory as companions, but I was also ready to move on. They were given heavy and long stories and it was time to go on to something else before they became too much. Just right timing, imo. What I always feel sad about is that previous companions rarely come back as guest stars, specially if they belong to a different doctor's time.
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A pox on thee heretic of Amy and Rory fandom. Their baggage gave them a wonderful realism that no other companions have ever had.
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Ididn't care much for Dr Who and even I checked the boards to see how Amy and Rory were doing.
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