Kevins Top 50 Episodes of 2012 TV

by kpy85 | created - 25 Jan 2013 | updated - 25 Jan 2013 | Public

I ranked 100, but here's my Top 50. Good mix of comedy and drama.

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1. The Newsroom (2012–2014)
Episode: The Greater Fool (2012)

TV-MA | 62 min | Drama

Will is in the hospital and is too discouraged to return to work as his colleagues get the final clue needed to thwart the execs wanting to fire him.

Director: Greg Mottola | Stars: Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill

Votes: 1,353

2. The Newsroom (2012–2014)
Episode: We Just Decided To (2012)

TV-MA | 70 min | Drama

Will's professional idealism is put to the test with his new news team when they are first to cover the Deep Horizon platform oil spill.

Director: Greg Mottola | Stars: Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill

Votes: 2,772

3. The Newsroom (2012–2014)
Episode: 5/1 (2012)

TV-MA | 53 min | Drama

When Charlie gets a tip from a mysterious informant that the President is about to make a major announcement, the news team tries to confirm what it is about.

Director: Joshua Marston | Stars: Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill

Votes: 1,485

4. Nurse Jackie (2009–2015)
Episode: Handle Your Scandal (2012)

TV-MA | 26 min | Comedy, Drama

Cruz purposely pushes Jackie to the breaking point, and then uses her reaction as grounds to fire her. Jackie enrolls Grace in public school. O'Hara goes into labor.

Director: Randall Einhorn | Stars: Edie Falco, Eve Best, Merritt Wever, Paul Schulze

Votes: 193

5. Covert Affairs (2010–2014)
Episode: Glass Spider (2012)

TV-PG | 43 min | Action, Crime, Drama

At Jai's safe house, Annie & Auggie find Jai was investigating Simon. Annie tells Arthur & Joan she has been cultivating Simon and thinks she can turn him. Simon says no, but asks Annie to marry him. Simon & Annie are gunned down by Lena.

Director: Stephen Kay | Stars: Piper Perabo, Christopher Gorham, Kari Matchett, Peter Gallagher

Votes: 245

6. White Collar (2009–2014)
Episode: Judgment Day (2012)

TV-PG | 43 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

When Agent Kramer returns to derail Neal's commutation, Neal races to right a wrong from his past. Peter in turn must choose a side. Set against the backdrop of Neal's commutation hearing, ... See full summary »

Director: Russell Lee Fine | Stars: Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Willie Garson, Marsha Thomason

Votes: 722

7. Revenge (2011–2015)
Episode: Justice (2012)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Shocking events unfold at Daniel's trial as allegiances are tested, secrets are revealed, friendships begin to fray, and a revelation creates a change in Emily's quest for revenge.

Director: Bobby Roth | Stars: Madeleine Stowe, Emily VanCamp, Gabriel Mann, Henry Czerny

Votes: 690

8. The Newsroom (2012–2014)
Episode: Bullies (2012)

TV-MA | 58 min | Drama

As Will deals with insomnia and online death threats, Sloan's frustrating interview with a Japanese nuclear rep about the Fukushima disaster gets her in major trouble.

Director: Jeremy Podeswa | Stars: Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill

Votes: 1,341

9. Underemployed (2012– )
Episode: The Crib (2012)

TV-14 | 41 min | Drama

Lou loses it when Raviva threatens to move out if he can't make room for her and Rosemary. Daphne continues her romance with Todd and blurs the lines between career and love. Sophia is arrested and the crew has to bail her out.

Director: Troy Miller | Stars: Michelle Ang, Diego Boneta, Sarah Habel, Jared Kusnitz

Votes: 19

10. The Newsroom (2012–2014)
Episode: The 112th Congress (2012)

TV-MA | 59 min | Drama

As the news team covers the Tea Party candidates during the US Congressional mid-term elections, the network 's senior executives confront Charlie about Will's newly confrontational tone.

Director: Greg Mottola | Stars: Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill

Votes: 1,525

11. White Collar (2009–2014)
Episode: Upper West Side Story (2012)

TV-PG | 44 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

When scholarship funds from a prestigious prep school mysteriously disappear, Neal poses as a substitute teacher to help Peter and the FBI figure out where the money is really going.

Director: Russell Lee Fine | Stars: Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Willie Garson, Marsha Thomason

Votes: 629

12. New Girl (2011–2018)
Episode: Valentine's Day (2012)

TV-14 | 21 min | Comedy

Single for the first time on Valentine's Day, Jess convinces Schmidt to be her wingman as she attempts to have an attachment-free fling with a handsome stranger. Nick's romantic plans are ... See full summary »

Director: Tucker Gates | Stars: Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield, Lamorne Morris

Votes: 1,000

13. In Plain Sight (2008–2012)
Episode: The Anti-Social Network (2012)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Mary sees whether she can balance motherhood with a demanding profession and a dysfunctional home life, or if she will put her baby up for adoption.

Director: Dan Lerner | Stars: Mary McCormack, Frederick Weller, Paul Ben-Victor, Rachel Boston

Votes: 68

14. Revenge (2011–2015)
Episode: Perception (2012)

TV-PG | 45 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Daniel and Emily plan an engagement party; Victoria uses Conrad's father against him; Jack spirals after Amanda disappears; Charlotte finds herself tangled in a web of deceit.

Director: Tim Hunter | Stars: Madeleine Stowe, Emily VanCamp, Gabriel Mann, Henry Czerny

Votes: 765

15. New Girl (2011–2018)
Episode: Jess & Julia (2012)

TV-14 | 20 min | Comedy

Nick panics when Julia doesn't want to put a label on their relationship. Meanwhile, Jess enlists Julia to help her get out of a traffic ticket, Winston reconnects with a former booty call ... See full summary »

Director: Jake Kasdan | Stars: Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield, Lamorne Morris

Votes: 1,039

16. New Girl (2011–2018)
Episode: Re-launch (2012)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

Jess is laid off from her teaching job and volunteers to be a shot girl at Schmidt's "rebranding" party.

Director: Steve Pink | Stars: Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield, Lamorne Morris

Votes: 965

17. Fairly Legal (2011–2012)
Episode: What They Seem (2012)

TV-PG | 43 min | Comedy, Drama

Kate and Ben go up against Justin and the city while representing a client who claims he was the victim of police brutality. A former client accuses Lauren of committing an ethics violation.

Director: Anton Cropper | Stars: Sarah Shahi, Michael Trucco, Virginia Williams, Ryan Johnson

Votes: 70

18. The Newsroom (2012–2014)
Episode: The Blackout, Part 1: Tragedy Porn (2012)

TV-MA | 58 min | Drama

To salvage their ratings, the news team decides to lead with lurid criminal trial coverage at the expense of more worthy stories like the debt ceiling debate.

Director: Lesli Linka Glatter | Stars: Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill

Votes: 1,150

19. Nurse Jackie (2009–2015)
Episode: Disneyland Sucks (2012)

TV-MA | 26 min | Comedy, Drama

Jackie detoxes in rehab and forges a surprising alliance with 17-year-old fellow addict Charlie. Director Cruz's innovations continue to irritate everyone on the All Saints staff except for Coop.

Director: Linda Wallem | Stars: Edie Falco, Eve Best, Merritt Wever, Paul Schulze

Votes: 156

20. Parks and Recreation (2009–2015)
Episode: Soda Tax (2012)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

Leslie faces threats and backlash if she votes in favor of a "soda tax," Ben tries to suck to his interns after he discovers that they're politically connected, and Andy's efforts to get in shape send Chris into a depression.

Director: Kyle Newacheck | Stars: Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman

Votes: 1,290

21. Revenge (2011–2015)
Episode: Illusion (2012)

TV-PG | 44 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Victoria and Conrad reaffirm their loyalty to each other; Emily and Amanda fight to keep their pasts secret as Mason Treadwell digs for information.

Director: Bobby Roth | Stars: Madeleine Stowe, Emily VanCamp, Gabriel Mann, Henry Czerny

Votes: 580

22. Revenge (2011–2015)
Episode: Grief (2012)

TV-PG | 45 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Emily's search for the white haired man is interrupted by the wedding plans, and now Nolan is going after him. Meanwhile, Sammy seems to be on the final stage of his life.

Director: Randy Zisk | Stars: Madeleine Stowe, Emily VanCamp, Gabriel Mann, Henry Czerny

Votes: 746

23. Covert Affairs (2010–2014)
Episode: Lady Stardust (2012)

TV-PG | 43 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Annie considers betraying the agency to save Eyal, but Auggie comes to the rescue. Meanwhile, Henry Wilcox returns from prison and sets his sights on Arthur and Joan.

Director: Renny Harlin | Stars: Piper Perabo, Christopher Gorham, Kari Matchett, Peter Gallagher

Votes: 189

24. Underemployed (2012– )
Episode: The Tasting (2012)

TV-14 | 41 min | Drama

Miles and Daphne host a party for their client, but Daphne worries when he goes off script. New crushes, Jamel and Bekah, put Lou and Raviva in an awkward situation. Sophia fears letting Laura buy her a new phone was a mistake.

Director: Jace Alexander | Stars: Michelle Ang, Diego Boneta, Sarah Habel, Jared Kusnitz

Votes: 13

25. The Newsroom (2012–2014)
Episode: I'll Try to Fix You (2012)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama

Will's new idealism leads him to be playing into the hands of the tabloid press determined to discredit him.

Director: Alan Poul | Stars: Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill

Votes: 1,912

26. Covert Affairs (2010–2014)
Episode: Hello Stranger (2012)

TV-PG | 42 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Auggie sees a therapist to deal with losing Parker. Annie tries to turn the chief aid for the Yemen Prime Minister is in the country for a heart operation. With promises of security, he ... See full summary »

Director: Elodie Keene | Stars: Piper Perabo, Christopher Gorham, Kari Matchett, Peter Gallagher

Votes: 179

27. Parks and Recreation (2009–2015)
Episode: The Debate (2012)

TV-PG | 21 min | Comedy

The candidates debate on television; Chris, Anne, and Tom act as Leslie's "spin team" for the media. Meanwhile, Ron, April, Donna, and Andy throw a party for Leslie's campaign supporters, but experience a few set backs in the process.

Director: Amy Poehler | Stars: Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman

Votes: 1,490

28. Whitney (2011–2013)
Episode: G-Word (2012)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

The group realizes that they haven't heard from Neal in a while so Whitney and Alex decide to make a surprise visit to his apartment and find him on what appears to be a date. Trying to be ... See full summary »

Director: Andy Ackerman | Stars: Whitney Cummings, Chris D'Elia, Rhea Seehorn, Zoe Lister-Jones

Votes: 77

29. New Girl (2011–2018)
Episode: Kids (2012)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

Jess babysits Russell's pre-teen daughter for the weekend and meets his ex-wife. Then, Schmidt and Cece panic when they think she's pregnant. Also, Nick's new girlfriend may be too young and Winston discovers his new boss is a big baby.

Director: Tristram Shapeero | Stars: Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield, Lamorne Morris

Votes: 912

30. Fairly Legal (2011–2012)
Episode: Start Me Up (2012)

TV-PG | 43 min | Comedy, Drama

When Kate is asked to mediate an agreement between a hospital and the FBI over a liver transplant for a key informant, she discovers that the liver was originally promised to a much sicker patient.

Director: Andy Wolk | Stars: Sarah Shahi, Michael Trucco, Virginia Williams, Ryan Johnson

Votes: 81

31. Underemployed (2012– )
Episode: The Focus Group (2012)

TV-14 | 40 min | Drama

Daphne hires Raviva and Sophia for a focus group. Sophia struggles to pay rent, and Raviva worries that Lou is pulling away as he tries to fend of Bekah's flirtations. Miles is forced to seek medical help from a former hook-up.

Director: Jace Alexander | Stars: Michelle Ang, Diego Boneta, Sarah Habel, Jared Kusnitz

Votes: 15

32. White Collar (2009–2014)
Episode: Honor Among Thieves (2012)

TV-PG | 44 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Unbeknownst to Peter, Neal considers assisting a thief in stealing a valuable piece of art in exchange for information about his past.

Director: Arlene Sanford | Stars: Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Willie Garson, Marsha Thomason

Votes: 520

33. Mike & Molly (2010–2016)
Episode: Vince Takes a Bath (2012)

TV-14 | 19 min | Comedy

When Vince throws out his back, Joyce conveniently disappears, leaving Mike and Molly to care for him. Meanwhile, the newlyweds struggle to write personalized thank-you notes for their wedding gifts.

Director: Jason Alexander | Stars: Billy Gardell, Melissa McCarthy, Reno Wilson, Katy Mixon

Votes: 137

34. White Collar (2009–2014)
Episode: Parting Shots (2012)

TV-PG | 44 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

When Neal and Peter go undercover to investigate a beautiful widow about to receive a huge life insurance payment, things become complicated when Neal begins to develop feelings for her.

Director: Robert Duncan McNeill | Stars: Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Willie Garson, Marsha Thomason

Votes: 598

35. Parks and Recreation (2009–2015)
Episode: Win, Lose or Draw (2012)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

It's election day for Leslie, and Ben is contemplating an offer to help work on a campaign in Washington. Meanwhile, Andy tries to help April rescue the files she deleted from the Parks Department computers.

Director: Michael Schur | Stars: Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman

Votes: 1,587

36. The Big Bang Theory (2007–2019)
Episode: The Recombination Hypothesis (2012)

TV-14 | 21 min | Comedy, Romance

Leonard and Penny contemplate reviving their romantic relationship.

Director: Mark Cendrowski | Stars: Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg

Votes: 2,626

37. Parks and Recreation (2009–2015)
Episode: Halloween Surprise (2012)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

Leslie's future with Ben is on hold after he gets a new job offer, Leslie and Ann give Jerry a heart attack, and Ron's new relationship is in jeopardy because of his girlfriend's kids.

Director: Dean Holland | Stars: Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman

Votes: 1,474

38. In Plain Sight (2008–2012)
Episode: The Merry Wives of Witsec (2012)

TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A man who sells pharmaceuticals to doctors, witnesses one of his clients, do something illegal. So he testifies and enters WITSEC along with his family. His daughter who plays lacrosse is ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Fields | Stars: Mary McCormack, Frederick Weller, Paul Ben-Victor, Rachel Boston

Votes: 60

39. The Big Bang Theory (2007–2019)
Episode: The 43 Peculiarity (2012)

TV-PG | 21 min | Comedy, Romance

Leonard feels threatened after hearing about Penny's study partner at school, while Howard and Raj become determined to find out one of Sheldon's secrets.

Director: Mark Cendrowski | Stars: Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg

Votes: 2,789

40. Fairly Legal (2011–2012)
Episode: Shattered (2012)

TV-PG | 42 min | Comedy, Drama

While mediating a case between a nursing home and a patient, Kate discovers that the only witness who can clear an innocent nurse of negligence is also a fugitive on the lam for 20 years.

Director: Andy Wolk | Stars: Sarah Shahi, Michael Trucco, Virginia Williams, Ryan Johnson

Votes: 65

41. Revenge (2011–2015)
Episode: Reckoning (2012)

TV-PG | 45 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Emily intends to finally follow through with her plan for revenge; the Graysons continue down a path of self-destruction; an explosive event changes everything.

Director: Sanford Bookstaver | Stars: Madeleine Stowe, Emily VanCamp, Gabriel Mann, Henry Czerny

Votes: 1,078

42. Underemployed (2012– )
Episode: The Gig (2012)

TV-14 | 41 min | Drama

Raviva scores her first gig, but things get complicated when Lou finds out Jamel had a part in it. Daphne worries Todd has a controlling streak. Sophia and Miles try to figure out which team the new girl at the park plays for.

Director: Roger Kumble | Stars: Michelle Ang, Diego Boneta, Sarah Habel, Jared Kusnitz

Votes: 15

43. The Big C (2010–2013)
Episode: How Bazaar (2012)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

As Paul (Oliver Platt) discovers that life on the road with Joy (Susan Sarandon) will require much more from him than he thought, and Cathy (Laura Linney) uses the nursery renovation to ... See full summary »

Director: Jann Turner | Stars: Laura Linney, Oliver Platt, Gabriel Basso, John Benjamin Hickey

Votes: 88

44. Revenge (2011–2015)
Episode: Commitment (2012)

TV-PG | 45 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Emily's plan to blow up Victoria and Conrad's marriage goes off the rails, creating collateral damage of everyone close to her.

Director: Kenneth Fink | Stars: Madeleine Stowe, Emily VanCamp, Gabriel Mann, Henry Czerny

Votes: 758

45. Rob (2012)
Episode: Dad Comes to Visit (2012)

TV-PG | 20 min | Comedy

Rob's usually cold and distant father, George (Guest Star Fred Willard), visits and turns on the charm as he bonds more with Maggie's family than he ever has with Rob.

Director: Andrew D. Weyman | Stars: Rob Schneider, Cheech Marin, Claudia Bassols, Diana Maria Riva

Votes: 29

46. Guys with Kids (2012–2013)
Episode: Thanksgiving (2012)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy