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A Year in Review: My Top Ten Episodes of 2012

As the year draws to a close, so does our desire to reflect on that last 12 months. And it also means fulfilling that strongest human desire of all: ranking things, and for me it’s putting some sense of order to that TV-watching habit obsession of mine. I think my favorite part about lists like these is how personal they are – a few of the episodes below may have issues with them, but for one reason or another they stood out to me and were particularly memorable to me. And there’s the wonderful fact of how volatile this list is: these may be my favorite episodes today, but there’s also the chance that I look back on this next year and wonder just what was I thinking; it perfectly captures my feelings at this moment in time, providing me with an introspective look into my own year.

But enough of this, let’s get to the list. Also, be on the lookout for my Best TV Shows of 2012, which will hopefully be out before the year’s end.

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Television’s Best (2011-2012): Best Comedy Episode

*Note: Please consult this post before reading and for a list of the other categories.*

I’m bad at making decisions, just ask anyone who knows me. Some people may like being inundated with a wide range of choices, but for me, it’s hell. I guess when all of the options are good, it becomes nearly impossible for me to disregard even one, let alone all but one. So, after a year of an abundance of spectacular showings by television comedies, it was no wonder that it was especially difficult to pick just one outstanding episode.

Rest assured that each of these following episodes are truly deserving of recognition. Whether it’s their insanely witty dialogue, carefully and ridiculously constructed scenarios, brilliant performances, or wildly imaginative creativity, they reassure us that comedy writers won’t run out of material anytime soon.

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