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Top 10 TV Shows 2012 - Don't Miss the Best TV Series 2012

Updated on January 19, 2013

Best TV Shows to Watch in 2012

It's a brand new year and that means it's a whole new year of new scheduled tv shows and programs. This is the best time of year to take a good look at what you're watching and decide if you could do better.

It's so easy to turn the TV box on and just watch whatever random thing is on at the time. However, if you do a little reading here you'll find be able to ditch those stale, old shows and reruns you watch from boredom, and pick something new and fun to watch instead.

If you want an idea of what's going to be great to watch in 2012 then please keep reading. There's something for everyone be it sci-fi, comedy, drama or mystery.

Looking for the best new TV shows 2013 instead?


Hopefully the crew won't hang this lot before Smash takes off.
Hopefully the crew won't hang this lot before Smash takes off. | Source

Watch Smash Online

If you love Glee and Musicals then you're highly likely to enjoy the much aniticipated TV show coming to NBC called Smash.

Suprisingly, Steven Spielberg is the Executive Producer on Smash. Not a typical Spielberg project but it is set to be a huge hit.

Smash is all about a young actress/singer called Karen Cartwright, played by former American Idol runner up Katherine McPhee, that goes for auditions but nothing ever seems to click. That is until she performs in front of a board consisting of Debra Messing, Angelica Houston and Jack Davenport, for the part of Marilyn Monroe.The panel loves her but there's someone else they also have in mind for the part of Marilyn.

Karen has to prove her stuff against an older and more experienced competitor who wants the role as much as she does.

Along the way there will be songs, acting, flirting and more drama than you can imagine as you see exactly what goes on behind the scenes of putting a Musical together.

Smash aired on NBC on February the 6th, 2012. Season 2 of Smash will air on NBC on February 5th 2013.

Smash Trailer

Alcatraz TV Series

The cast of Alcatraz
The cast of Alcatraz | Source

Watch Alcatraz Online

If you're looking for a new TV show with a sci-fi and mystery element to it then Alcatraz counld be for you.

Executive J.J. Abrams has done it again. Alcatraz is set to be the hit TV show of early 2012. Audiences have been eagerly awaiting the premiere of this show for months now and after watching the Alcatraz trailer below, it's easy to see why.

If you love Fringe and loved Lost then there's a high chance that you'll fall in love with Abrams newest show, Alcatraz. Sit back and enjoy as you realize that something very mysterious is happening.

The show picks up a number of years after all the inmates in the Alcatrz prison mysteriously disappeared one night. It was covered up by the government so the public never heard about it.

It's become a problem now because one of the missing inmates has just shown up and should be at least 85 years old but looks exactly the age he was the last time he was seen in Alcatraz. The Mystery deepens as more criminals from Alcatraz begin to resurface.

A special team is put in place to deal with this issue and investigate what's happening and why now.

Sam Neill plays the charismatic leader of the investigative team is even be a former guard at the prison. Fans of Lost will be familiar with actor Jorge Garcia.

Alcatraz aired on Fox on the 16th of January 2012.

Alcatraz Trailer

If you're looking for laughs then Are You There, Chelsea is for you.
If you're looking for laughs then Are You There, Chelsea is for you. | Source

Are You There, Chelsea?

Are You There, Chelsea? to aired on NBC on the 11th of January 2012 is set to be hilarious. After watching the trailer this is one comedy TvVshow that i just had to add to my viewing schedule.

I have no idea what I could compare this too but I found it hilarious. It's almost like American Pie but for girls I guess.

The show is based on the best selling book by Chelsea Handler about a 20 year old woman trying to get through her everyday life.

It makes sense that the character Chelsea works in a bar, after all she calls God Vodka.

Hopefully, this show will last a while before Last Orders are called because I think it's about time we had some more humour just for the ladies.

Are You There Chelsea? Trailer

The River will scare you with magic, horrific moments and lots of drama.
The River will scare you with magic, horrific moments and lots of drama. | Source

Watch The River

The River

The River is about a TV explorer and his crew going missing on the Amazon river. 6 Months later the homing beacon is discovered and his family are told that he's alive. His wife and son go out to find the vessel and to find out what really happened to him.

What they find is unexpected and strange. Something dark, strange and magical is going on. They uncover something trapped within the boat and breaks loose breaks loose.

If you love horror, especially in the form of Paranormal Activity, then The River is exactly what you are looking for. Not for the faint hearted!

The River aired on ABC on February 7th, 2012.

Check out the trailer below to see just how scary it is.

The River Trailer

The Boss and the helpful assistant, who's really just a high school kid.
The Boss and the helpful assistant, who's really just a high school kid. | Source

Jane By Design on DVD

Jane By Design

Jane By Design follows the typical ABC Family formula, which has led to many of it's successes.It first aired on the 3rd of January 2012.

Jane Quimby is a young teenager, still at high school struggling with her personal life. Her Dad died, Mom's missing and her Brother is her legal Guardian.Her older brother was popular at high school and a hit with the ladies. Now he's down on his luck and can't get a job.

Jane is smart but stands of the periphery, never getting involved.

Jane finds out that her brother is behind on the mortgage and decides to get a job to help out. Jane goes for an interview at a Design House as an intern, but there's a mix up and she ends up being the personal assistant to an International Buyer and the Boss - Gray.

Gray is played by Andie McDowell and is very similar to role played by Merill Streep in The Devil Wears Prada.

Jane has to juggle school, work, office politics and her general place in the world if she has any chance of getting a fully paid ticket to College.

Read the full Jane By Design Review.

Expect comedy but real life lessons too. Check out the trailer below to see Jane in action.

Jane By Design Trailer

Ricky Gervais has another pending hit with Life's Too Short.
Ricky Gervais has another pending hit with Life's Too Short. | Source

Life's Too Short

Ricky Jervais has come a long way since his popular sitcom in the UK called The Office.

His latest new TV show follows a similar format to An Idiot Abroad mixed with Extra's. In Life's Too Short, aired on HBO on the 19th of February 2012, expect a number of cameo's from stars such as Johnny Depp. I don't wish to spoil the show by telling every famous person that will appear, but suffice it to say there will be a few.

The show follows the lead actor Warwick Davis, who plays himself in this sattirical program. For those who don't know of Warwick Davis, he's a very short man, commonly known as a Human Dwarf. The show centers around his life and the funny and embarrassing situations he finds himself in because of his stature.

In some places the show is hysterical but at other times it can actually feel embarrassing to watch.

Life's Too Short Trailer

Kiefer Sutherland plays the Dad of a kid with some pretty special abilities.
Kiefer Sutherland plays the Dad of a kid with some pretty special abilities. | Source


Touch promises to be an interesting new TV show on Fox. There was a special preview on January the 25th 2012 but it won't actually make it's debut until the 19th of March.

Kiefer Sutherland plays a loving father who has a special son that has never spoken, which is interesting when it's clear he's the narator of the trailer below.

His son is about 10 years old and does some pretty strange stuff. He climbs a cell tower at 3.18 every time. His father thinks it means something and searches out a professor who can possibly help him. Danny Glover is that professor and has seen kids like this before.

In some ways it's similar to 24 in that everything is connected. Tim Kring is the creater of Touch and it does have a Heroes feel to it. Like the boy has a special power that his father is trying to undertand and decipher.

Touch Trailer

Office comedy wih a slight twist
Office comedy wih a slight twist | Source

House of Lies

Funny man Don Cheadle is the star of House of Lies and is a comedy featuring Kristen Bell and Ben Schwartz.

Don Cheadle plays the role of Marty who is kinda sleazy, funny, charming and crude all at the same time. Marty is a highly successful management consultant that will do anything to close the deal. Whatever the client wants, he'll get it done.

It has a very Ocean's Eleven feel to the whoole thing with a lot of comedy thrown into the mix as well.

It also has a very silly McBeal feel to it, and that show was very successful. You can watch House of Lies on Showtime from the 8th of January, 2012 onwards.

Check out the trailer below for a glimpse of what's to come.

Read a full review of House of Lies.

House of Lies Trailer

Ladies will love this show, it's hilarious.
Ladies will love this show, it's hilarious. | Source

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Good Christian Belles (GCB)

Good Christian Belles, or GCB for short, could be the next Desperate Housewives. It's funny, it's ironic and it premiered on ABC on March the 4th 2012.

GCB revolves around a woman in the midst of a lie changing event and has 2 kids. After the death of her husband and the scandal of his fraud, she decides she and her kids need a fresh start and packs up and moves back to her hometown in Dallas, Texas.

We find out she used to be a "Mean Girl" at high school and now she's back the other girls from high school remember her, and not fondly. Although she has changed, little has changed in Dallas and she finds herself in the middle of a bunch of bitchy ladies, but since they are Good Christian Belles, they can't just come out and say what they mean.

Expect a number of laughs, especially when Kristin Chenoweth delivers her lines. When she says her dirty lines she looks like butter wouldn't melt in her mouth and you can actually hear the halo above her head.

The Trailer says it all.

Good Christain Belles (GCB) Trailer

More for the guys than for the ladies.
More for the guys than for the ladies. | Source

Napolean Dynamite

What can I say about this TV show?

This animated series isn't for kids. It's a TV adaption of the hit movie.

For those of you who have never seen the movie, it's about a weird high school kid and the weird things he gets up to in Idaho. Think Beavis and Butthead mixed with South Park.

To be fair, this is probably aimed more towards a male audience. And girls if you didn't find it funny, don't worry about it because I didn't either. However, I had to add it to the list because all my male friends seem to think it's hilarious.

Look out for Napoleon Dynamite arriving on Fox on January 15th, 2012.

Napoleon Dynamite Trailer

More New TV Shows - Spring

If you're still looking for something new to watch at the beginning of 2012 here's some more options for you.

The Firm on NBC. TV adptation of the book and movie, which starred Tom Cruise. Expect The Firm to air on Jan 8th, 2012. (Update - The Firm has had really bad reviews and has been moved to Saturday which is a good sign that it won't make a second season)

The Finder on Fox. This is kinda related to Bones and began on the 12th Jan, 2012. This is another new TV show that I failed to see the point in and very quickly lost interest.

Common Law is new to USA on Jan 26th, 2012.

Missing is another new series to ABC starting on March 15th, 2012

Awake on NBC. Cop drama involving a Detective that lives in 2 different realities.

Work It is a comedy coming to ABC on the 3rd of Jan, 2012.

Rob is a new comedy on CBS from the 12th of Jan, 2012.

Unsupervised on FX starts the laughs on 19th Jan, 2012.

Look out for new TV series starting in 2012 and let us know what you thought of them.

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    • Lauryallan profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      the walking dead isn't a new tv show, it's like season 3 or something. These are all tv shows that haven't aired before so are brand new.

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      6 years ago

      wheres the walking dead

    • Lauryallan profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Thx Ohil, glad you liked it.

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      Phil McCrakin 

      6 years ago

      Best list I've found so far. Bravo!

    • Lauryallan profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Yeah I was pleasantly surpised with that one and found myself eager to find out would happen next.

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      6 years ago

      From Mauritius:

      Th River is a very good serial need to watch it

    • Lauryallan profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Yeah Scandal was good, that's on the summer progams list for 2012.

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      6 years ago

      What about Scandal? It got much better as the series progressed!

    • Lauryallan profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Revenge isn't on the list because it's not a new TV show for 2012. It actually started in 2011. Otherwise it would be top of the list.

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      6 years ago

      Why isn't the TV series Revenge on your list. Awesome series

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      6 years ago

      Person of Interest is the best thing to happen on tv in 2012

    • Lauryallan profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      That's great lucidrealty.

      Thx Chrissy, glad you likes it.

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      6 years ago

      This was a great hub! Thanks for the reviews!

    • lucidrealty profile image


      6 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      I saw Awake and totally loved the show. Extremely thought provoking and very clever. I think this is one of the best TV shows I've seen in a while. I just hope they can keep up the quality.

    • Lauryallan profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Glad you liked the list urguri and that you have found some of these show enjoyable too. You have picked some of my favorites too and I have to say I really enjoyed Touch too.

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      Brandi Swieter 

      6 years ago from Holland, MI

      Smash is a great show. The River is creepy, but so good. And I can't wait to start watching Touch; I watched the preview episode On Demand and it was incredible. This is a great list!

    • Lauryallan profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Thank you for reading mu Hb and I am glad you liked it. I relly like the shows you mentioned too. I hope they are around for a while.

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      Mohan Kumar 

      6 years ago from UK

      This is fantastic, loved the preview summaries and the trailers. You've just given me a whole lotta new shows to watch out for. Thank you.From the trailers I loved 'Touch', 'Smash' and 'Alcatraz' as well as 'Chelsea' and 'House of lies'.

    • Lauryallan profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Yeah I can see what you mean about Are You There Chelsea. In some ways it reminds me of friends. Deedee is clearly Pheobe and Chelsea and Sloane are like Monica and Ross, Nikki is like Rachel etc...

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      Robin Oatley 

      6 years ago

      You're right, I forgot to mention Smash! And well, 'Are You There, Chelsea' has some funny moments, but it just feels like there isn't really a story, it's just a static setting.

    • Lauryallan profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Yeah I thought Touch was great and I oved the preview of Smash too. Couldn't make myself watch Napolean Dynamite but I did find Are You There Chelsea funny and House of Lies was really good. Don't know if it's cause I worked in finance and saw guys like Don Cheadle's character all over the place.

    • Lauryallan profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Thank you and glad you liked the Hub. I'm not a fan of Napolean Dynamite either...

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      Robin Oatley 

      6 years ago

      Great hub! I am really looking forward to 'The River' and 'Touch' (especially after last week's preview). Others, that have already premiered, didn't impress me much at all, such as 'Napoleon Dynamite', 'Are You There, Chelsea' and 'House Of Lies'.

      Voted up, useful and Shared!

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      Alexander Brenner 

      7 years ago from Laguna Hills, California

      Nice research. I am super excited for Alcatraz, House of Lies, and Life's Too Short. I cannot believe they made a Napoleon Dynamite show. I am thinking it will be a miracle if it is decent. Cool Hub


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