Top 5 TV Shows Of 2012

The golden age of television is upon us. It all started with “The Sopranos,” an HBO series that began airing in 1999 and which essentially rewrote the rules about what is expected from the hour-long television drama. Since then over a dozen innovative, audacious dramas have emerged that, like “The Sopranos,” have pushed the boundaries of storytelling on the small screen. These shows combine high and low culture, develop complex story lines, and even deal with complicated moral conundrums. Below we take a glance at the five best of these tv shows in 2012. All five air on cable networks including premium channels like HBO and Showtime, and you can get these cable deals at


Best 5 TV Shows of 2012

5. Breaking Bad

Network: AMC

Created by Vince Gilligan and starring “Malcolm in the Middle” actor Bryan Cranston, Breaking bad is probably the series on this list that features the most moral shades of gray. Gilligan has been quoted as saying the concept of the show came from the idea of taking a very mild, ordinary man and watching him, over the course of the series, turn into Scarface. Bryan Cranston plays an under-achieving high school chemistry teacher who in middle age discovers he has cancer and will probably die without leaving anything behind for his family. He subsequently devises a plan to team up with a former student and “cook” crystal meth, hoping to secure his family’s future – but this noble deed is soon poisoned by a dangerous ambition.

4. The Walking Dead

Network: AMC

Based on a comic book series of the same name, The Walking Dead is a post-apocalyptic zombie drama that follows the lives of Rick Grimes and his band of survivors as they try to navigate a world over-run with flesh-craving “walkers,” the shows special term for people who have died and re-animated as zombies. The writing can at times be a little shoddy, but The Walking Dead is currently the highest watched cable television show, with views rivaling those of network shows.

3. Boardwalk Empire

Network: HBO

Set in prohibition era Atlantic City, this crime drama follows the exploits of politician and gangster Nucky Thompson as he tries to cash in on the illicit business opportunities that emerge as a result of the Volstead Act. The show is produced by former “Sopranos” producer Terrance Winter and has garnered 30 Emmy nominations for its first three seasons.

2. Mad Men

Network: AMC

A period piece, Mad Men is set in the 1960s and depicts the lives of people at the fictional Sterling Cooper advertising agency. The series stars Jon Hamm as Don Draper, a genius creative director with a mysterious past. It has been highly acclaimed for its accurate portrayal of 1960s zeitgeist.

1. Homeland

Network: Showtime

Set in a post-9/11 world not too different from our own, Homeland follows CIA analyst Carrie Mathison as she pursues her hunch that U.S. Marine Nicolas Broody was brainwashed and turned against his country while held captive by terrorists for eight years. Carrie, played by a brilliant Clair Danes, does this while dealing with bipolar disorder, a condition that she initially hides from the CIA and that eventually threatens to end her career.

All these shows have garnered wide popular and critical acclaim and have even brought up the question of whether the silver screen is becoming less relevant, a first in American television/cinema history.


Authors Bio: Eric Halberg could be described as a TV addict! When not watching his favorite shows, or discovering new ones, he enjoys blogging about them on a variety of TV and entertainment sites.

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