The best TV shows of 2012
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The best TV shows of 2012

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We look back at the year in television and reveal the 30 shows we loved the most.

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We name the 30 best television shows of the year. Which shows made the list? Find out here.

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30. Underground: The Julian Assange Story adeptly mixed teen romance, family drama and espionage.

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29. House Husbands is TV popcorn, but with both a heart and a brain.

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28. Matt LeBlanc was a revelation in Episodes.

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27. Louie benefits from its creator's assured blend of realism, absurdism and sentimentality.

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26. Game of Thrones transports viewers to another world.

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25. Veep was a frenetic, biting send-up of Washington politics.

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24. Call the Midwife was irresistible and heart-warming.

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23. Season five of Sons of Anarchy was, at times, hard to endure.

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22. The ensemble cast of Parks and Recreation continues to shine.

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21. Revenge was a soap pretending to be a drama.

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20. Powerful, yet restrained, Redfern Now is an Australian first in many ways.

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19. Puberty Blues was a beautifully understated adaptation of one of our key cultural texts.

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18. There is something special about the quirky, soapy series Offspring.

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17. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart is an important news source and a frequently brilliant nightly comedic showcase.

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16. As host of Grand Designs Australia, Peter Maddison (left) brings knowledge and authority, along with an easy manner.

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15. My Kitchen Rules is now a hit franchise in its own right.

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14. The messed-up life and cynical views of Cleaver Greene (Richard Roxburgh) on Rake conceal much wisdom.

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13. Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom revealed much about the US and how it sees itself.

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12. The Bridge was dense, moody and constantly surprising.

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11. Tangle, starring Justine Clarke and Kat Stewart, was a triumph of bold writing and strong performances.

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10. The Good Wife is a masterclass in television.

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9. The Chaser: Hamster Wheel was fiercely intelligent and exhaustively researched.

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8. Agony Aunts and its companion show, Agony Uncles, provided frank and funny answers to important questions.

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7. The excellent casting made The Amazing Race Australia so much fun to watch.

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6. Thanks to The Voice, Joel Madden and his toothpicks became an improbable national obsession.

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5. Howzat! Kerry Packer's War featured a towering performance from Lachy Hulme (centre).

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4. Tragedy loomed on Breaking Bad, but none of us dared look away.

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3. Often overlooked was the huge amount of heart in each episode of Girls.

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2. Each episode of Mad Men felt like a self-contained work of art.

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1. Homeland, for the skill with which the storylines and characters are set up, is the must-see show of 2012.