Friday, January 11, 2013

Favorites of 2012: Top 41 TV Shows of All Time (2012 Update)


It's 2013, I saw stuff in 2012, here were my favorites. 

(Brevity is the soul of wit... and also laziness)

A few notes before we get into it:

- There will be no honorable mentions. If it doesn't make the cut, to mention it would hold no honor.

- I have expanded my TV list to 20 and my movie list remains 41. This is out of about 50 TV shows I watched and 160 movies this year, meaning roughly about the top 40 percent of the TV I watched and the top 25 percent of the movies I saw are included. Math, yay!

- This is for newly viewed items in the calendar year 2012.  This means the final half of last season, and first half of this season for many TV shows, and also means there will be movies that came out last year that I am just getting around to seeing.  But for me these things were new this year.

- This is a "favorites" list, not a "best of" list.  I embrace the subjectivity of art.  This is my list and it is influenced by many factors that might be unique to my perspective.  Having said that, I'm pretty sure its also completely infallible.

Here's the plan for the month:


Here's my favorite TV of all time:

1. Dick Van Dyke Show
2. LOST
3. The X-Files
4. Breaking Bad (+4)
5. Firefly
6. Survivor (-2)
7. Doctor Who (-1)
8. The Simpsons (-1)
9. The Last Airbender (*)
10. The Cosby Show (+1)
11. Quantum Leap (-2)
12. Alfred Hitchcock Presents (-1)
13. Pushing Daisies (-1)
14. The Wire (-1)
15. MacGyver (-1)
16. Futurama (-1)
17. Freaks and Geeks (-1)
18. Arrested Development (-1)
19. Star Trek (-1)
20. Family Ties (-1)
21. Friends (+1)
22. Alias (-1)
23. Malcolm in the Middle
24. House (+1)
25. Modern Family (+2)
26. The Twilight Zone
27. Seinfeld (+1)
28. The Office (US) (-4)
29. So You Think You Can Dance
30. The Mole
31. I Love Lucy
32. Downton Abbey (*)
33. Fringe (-1)
34. 24 (-14)
35. King of the Hill (-2)
36. Home Improvement (-2)
37. The Amazing Race (-2)
38. The Monkees (-2)
39. Mythbusters (-2)
40. Get Smart (-2)
41. Phineas and Ferb (*)