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The 25 TV Shows We Are Most Thankful For in 2012

By The Pajiba TV Writers | Seriously Random Lists | November 25, 2012 | Comments ()


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25.We are thankful for Shameless, and to Emmy Rossum for making below-the-poverty line look so sexy.

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24. We are thankful to The Rachel Maddow Show for giving us a strong female news anchor, a reasonable liberal voice on the left, and someone who will fight for our right to alcohol.

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23. We are thankful for The Newsroom, because even though Aaron Sorkin is mawkish and self-righteous and recycles his plots, he still knows how to knock down a straw man and deliver a satisfying sermon. Also, drunk Waterston.

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22. We are thankful to The Good Wife for the best casting on television, and because Kalinda plays dirty.

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21. We are thankful for Downton Abbey because of HATS and CORSETS and because Maggie Smith is a GODDAMN INTERNATIONAL TREASURE.

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20. We are thankful to Veep because, fuckity-doo-dah, the Vice President knows the score.

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19. We are thankful to American Horror Story because GOOD GOD, PEOPLE. NIPPLE LAMPS.

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18. We are thankful for The League because of Rafi Bombs.

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17. We are thankful to Boardwalk Empire because they are not afraid to kill off a beloved character damn near weekly. STOP IT, YOU'RE KILLING ME.

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16. We are thankful for HBO's Girls because the sidewalk scenes are THE BEST.

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15. We are thankful to Community for so many timelines.

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14. We are eternally grateful to Doctor Who for all the wibbly wobbly timey-wimey.

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13. We are thankful to Parenthood for weekly heart smushies.

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12. We are thankful to The Walking Dead for a much improved Season Three. However, if Daryl dies, we riot.

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11. We are thankful to The Daily Show and The Colbert Report for making this election year bearable.

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10. We are thankful to Homeland because that bitch is crazy, but she's also right.

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9. We are thankful to Justified because, if you have to ask, you're f*cking blind.

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8. We are thankful to New Girl because Nick never fails to make us happy.

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7. We are thankful to Louie because it has originated the truly depressing, heartbreaking, and reflective television comedy.

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6. We are thankful to Happy Endings because it's the only ensemble sitcom where it's impossible to pick a favorite character (although, we can rule out Dave).

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5. We are thankful to Sherlock for making wearing a scarf look so bad ass.

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4. We are thankful to Mad Men for giving us Hamm for Thanksgiving.

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3. We are thankful to Parks & Recreation for Ron Swanson quotes, and for being the sweetest show on television.

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2. We are thankful to Game of Thrones because Battle of Blackwater lived up to our expectations.

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1. We are thankful to Breaking Bad because it is the best goddamn show on television.

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