Television’s Best: 2011-2012 Season

I said it before and I’ll say it again: this truly is the best time to be a television fan. With the widespread popularity of Netflix, Hulu, DVR’s, and countless other readily available services that are emerging every day it has never been easier to keep up with our favorite shows or to discover a past gem that we never had time for. And with television’s increasing prestige, the quality of writing and production has never been better. There is too much good television to watch these days.

Yes dramas on broadcast television have once again struggled this year, with the massively hyped Terra Nova being a disappointing (but unsurprising) bust and my most anticipated show of the season, Awake, inevitably joining the ranks of one-season wonders. But cable television is more than capable of picking up the slack. Game of Thrones is nothing short of a sensation and you will be hard pressed to find someone who is completely unaware of the carefully woven blend of (to quote Parks and Recreation‘s Ben Wyatt) “human stories in a fantasy world.” And AMC carries on with its one-two punch of two of television’s best. Breaking Bad‘s tension and sense of danger is unrelenting and Mad Men‘s long-awaited return serves as a reminder as to why it deserving all of its accolades. And while dramas may struggle, comedies continue to thrive on the major networks with NBC leading the charge (although with a quickly diminishing vigor).

So with that another television season passes us by. But before we bid farewell to this past year, I’d like to bring special attention to the shows that did such the best job of making us laugh, cry, scream, gasp, and show us just how powerful of a medium television can be. Please join me as I relive some of television’s best. And as I’m sure I will leave out deserving candidates, don’t hesitate to let me know.

This series of posts will encompass shows that ran a complete television season in the span of July 17, 2011 (season premiere of Breaking Bad, season 4) to June 10, 2012 (season finale of Mad Men, season 5).

Unfortunately, no matter how hard I may try, it’s not possible for me to watch everything from the last television year. So below is a list of the shows from this past season for which I did watch every (or nearly every) episode of.

  • 30 Rock
  • Archer
  • Awake
  • Breaking Bad
  • Chuck
  • Community
  • Don’t Trust the B**** in Apartment 23
  • Fringe
  • Game of Thrones
  • Glee
  • Happy Endings
  • It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  • Key & Peele
  • The Legend of Korra
  • The League
  • Mad Men
  • Modern Family
  • Nikita
  • New Girl
  • The Office
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Sherlock
  • Smash
  • Top Gear

*Warning: There will be spoilers from many of these shows, some minor and some major. So please read ahead at your own discretion.*

Best New Comedy and Best New Comedy Character

Best New Drama and Best New Drama Character

Best Comedy Episode

Best Drama Episode

Best Comedy Character

Best Drama Character

Best Comedy

Best Drama

Note: These categories will be updated with the appropriate links as I make their respective posts, and new categories may be added as seen fit.

Posted on June 10, 2012, in Television's Best: 2011-2012 and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

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