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Best TV Dramas of 2012


This year, television fans have enjoyed living in a world with absolutely no power, hanging out with a science teacher who figured out how to make the best meth in town and even traveled to fairytale land with Snow White. It's been another great year in television and we've picked out ten shows that stood out among the rest in 2012...

'The Walking Dead' (AMC)

Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfels/AMC
I'll be the first to admit that when I first heard there was going to be a show about zombies, I had no interest in watching. When AMC aired a Walking Dead marathon last year, I decided to give it a shot and spent hours and hours catching up on the first season and a half. While the show is about a zombie apocalypse, the heart of the show really centers around how the human race has reinvented itself under these unimaginable circumstances and viewers can't seem to get enough of Rick, Carl, Michonne, the Governor and the rest of the characters on one of cable's most watched drama series.

'Revolution' (NBC)

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Much like The Walking Dead, the characters in NBC's newest hit show Revolution have been forced to reinvent the human race after the entire planet loses power. With a breakdown in government and other resources, the power is up for grabs and only the strongest and most ruthless have risen to leadership positions. Of course, having Lost mastermind J.J. Abrams at the helm adds a whole level of mystery, mythology, suspense and a whole lot of action. Can we really ask for more in a drama?

'Homeland' (Showtime)

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In 2011, fans of Showtime's newest hit series Homeland couldn't possibly imagine the drama getting any better and I had to admit that I was scared the sophomore season might not be able to live up to all the hype the show had built over the course of the first season. Imagine our surprise and absolute delight when the second season managed to top the first, setting unprecedented cable records week after week. Can season three possibly top the first two years? I wouldn't doubt it for a second.

'Once Upon a Time' (ABC)

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Snow White, Captain Hook, Little Red Riding Hood, Prince Charming, Mulan and the Evil Queen -- who doesn't love a good fairytale? However, this isn't the childhood version we all remember. Snow White has archery skills... and quite a backstory! While she may not be the sweet innocent character from the Disney movies, this Snow White and her buddies have turned into some of the most intriguing characters on television.

'The Newsroom' (HBO)

'The Newsroom' Cast
Photo: Brigitte Lacombe/HBO
Watching the news can often be both eyeopening and depressing, but have you ever wondered what really goes into making major events into a news story? Get ready for some of the most honest television moments you'll ever see in a drama series -- all carried out by an outstanding cast of actors and writers in the business. You'll never look at the news the same way again.

'Arrow' (The CW)

Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW. ©2012 The CW Network.
Naturally, everyone loves a hero who is as handsome as he is brave and willing to save the lives of those in mortal danger. However, this particular comic book hero also has an agenda -- to save his city from all the evildoers who have made a mess of things. After being stranded on a dangerous island for five years, Oliver Queen has returned a changed man. No longer the billionaire playboy, Oliver has a mission to right the wrongs of his father and his business associates before Starling City is taken over by criminals. If you need to choose one guilty pleasure, give in to temptation and tune in for at least one episode -- you won't be sorry.

'Breaking Bad' (AMC)

Photo Credit: Ben Leuner/AMC
There's a reason this drama and the two leading men almost always land nominations at the Golden Globes and Emmys -- it's easily one of the best written and executed dramas on television. Sadly, the show doesn't exactly lend itself to casual viewing, so if you have yet to tune in, be sure to buy it on DVD, rent it on Netflix or stream it on Hulu.com from the beginning. You'll thank me later.

'Sons of Anarchy' (FX)

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For more than a decade, FX has continuously churned out one brilliant drama after another, and what I have always respected about this network is their willingness to push the envelope and set that proverbial bar higher year after year. When Sons of Anarchy first premiered, I thought it was a drama geared strictly towards men, but found myself pleasantly surprised when I gave it a chance and instantly found myself swept into this stellar drama. This past season has been more intense than ever, making it very difficult to have to wait until the next new episode each week.

'Nashville' (ABC)

Photo Credit: Craig Sjodin © 2012 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.
I loved Glee the moment I first laid eyes on the quirky musical drama, but more importantly, I loved that a musical drama genre was born. ABC's Nashville has it all - amazing music, hot characters, romance, deception and loads of drama. It sure didn't take long to get swept up into their world and I can't wait to see where this journey takes viewers over the next few years.
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