Instead of the usual pictures of trophies and toilets, this year yours truly is combining the two lists of the Best and Worst TV shows for 2012 into one convenient handy post (and because of time constraints.) So here we go – counting down the best shows of the year and counting up the worst:
10. The Voice (NBC) The next generation of reality competition shows proved every bit of worthy airing in the fall. Congrats NBC – you have a legitimate hit show.
9. Family Feud (syndicated, GSN). Steve Harvey’s rejuvenation of the show has made Feud competitive in the ratings for the first time since the first Richard Dawson era (certainly not the second one.)
8. Revolution (NBC). Not sure how’ll this J.J. Abrams series will hold up a year or so from now – shows like these are known for their fickleness. But enjoy the ride while it lasts.
7. Don’t Trust The B— in Apartment 23 (ABC). Ditto for this series, since it likely won’t see a third season. Would you rather hang out with the New Girl or The B ? My vote would be for The B.
6. Bob’s Burgers (Fox) Recently picked up for 22 more episodes, this surprisingly good animated comedy continues to deliver.
5. Downton Abbey (PBS, BBC) This show has made PBS cool again (was it ever cool to begin with?)
4. Dallas (TNT) The revival of the 1980’s prime-time soap has been a success. Nice to see J.R. and the gang back.
3. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) The addition of Melissa Rauch (Bernadette) and Mayim Bilik (Amy) has helped the show evolve and paid off by bringing in more viewers – particularly of the female kind.
2. Survivor: Philippines (CBS) Great move casting former baseball player Jeff Kent and Facts Of Life star Lisa Whelchel into the series. They were used effectively and made the series interesting right through the end.
1. The Walking Dead (AMC) Critically acclaimed. Most-watched scripted series on basic cable, outdrawing most network prime-time series in total viewers and the 18-49 demo. Great storylines that keeps viewers tuned in every week. The only thing missing is the Emmy. Where is it?
Honorable Mentions: Homeland (Showtime), Louie (FX), Girls (HBO)
The Toilet 10 presented by The T Dog Media TV Hall Of Shame
1. Animal Practice (NBC) Yeah, this was a given.
2. Dish Nation (syndicated) Want to see why radio is dying? Tune in to this every night.
3. Elementary (CBS) Elementary my dear, this show sucks.
4. Work It (ABC) This sitcom didn’t “work it”, canned after two episodes.
5. Take It All (NBC) Another game show from Howie Mandel (and a insipid one at that?) They need to “take it away”.
6 X Factor (Fox) Britney Spears was supposed to inject some life into this show, and it didn’t happen. Anyhoo, can anyone tell me who won? Anybody?
7. The Jeff Probst Show (syndicated) His talk show is about to be voted out of production. Sorry Jeff – the tribe has spoken.
8. Real Housewives Of Atlanta (Bravo) This is what happens when Maury Povich’s talk show guests get their own reality show.
9. Mob Doctor (Fox) With ratings as low as 0.8, is Fox now taking the Byron Allen approach to keeping shows on the air?
10. The Mindy Project (Fox) Wow. I thought Mindy Kaling could do better than this trainwreck of a show. And I would like to nominate Josh (Mindy’s boyfriend on the show) for The Scrappy-Doo Award. That’s pretty much self-explanatory.
Dishonorable Mentions: Here Comes Honey Boo Boo (TLC), The Bill Cunningham Show (CW), Partners (CBS).
Here’s to a happier and healthier 2013… particularly in the media business!