<p>&quot;Community,&quot;&nbsp;&quot;New Girl&quot;&nbsp;and &quot;Boardwalk Empire&quot;&nbsp;all made my top 20 for 2012.</p>

"Community," "New Girl" and "Boardwalk Empire" all made my top 20 for 2012.

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TV Top 20 of 2012: 'New Girl' & 'Boardwalk Empire' lead the best of the rest

An abundance of great comedies and dramas marked the year in television
Last week, I published my 2012 Top 10 list — which became one vote of many in HitFix's First Annual Television Critics' Poll — and noted in the introduction that there was a very clear top six for me, and that, after that, there was a cluster of a dozen-odd shows that I could have put in any order on any given day and felt that those four in particular deserved to be there.
 
And yet in the days that followed, I’ve been nagged by thoughts of having omitted “New Girl,” or “Boardwalk Empire,” or “Justified” or some others that narrowly missed the cut. In years past, I’ve tried to spread the wealth by doing multiple Top 10 lists — usually one for new shows, and one for returning — but this was a much stronger year for veterans than rookies (even with two first-year shows making the Top 10). So instead, I decided to take a page from Fienberg, who annually does a Second 10 list, and write for a while about the shows that didn’t quite make it into the Top 10, but were awesome nonetheless.
 
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<p>Eliza Coupe as Jane on &quot;Happy Endings.&quot;</p>

Eliza Coupe as Jane on "Happy Endings."

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Review: 'Happy Endings' - 'No-Ho-Ho'

Brad tries to separate Christmas from Jane's birthday, and Dave plays gift whisperer for Penny

A quick review of last night's "Happy Endings" coming up just as soon as I explain "Tremé" to you...

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<p>Robin (Cobie Smulders)&nbsp;isn't happy with Barney (Neil Patrick Harris)&nbsp;on &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother.&quot;</p>

Robin (Cobie Smulders) isn't happy with Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) on "How I Met Your Mother."

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Review: 'How I Met Your Mother' - 'The Final Page'

Barney gets jinxed and Ted's building finally opens in a memorable two-parter

A review of last night's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as I have dance-based revenge fantasies...

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<p>Josh Gad as Skip in &quot;1600 Penn.&quot;</p>

Josh Gad as Skip in "1600 Penn."

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'1600 Penn' - 'Putting Out Fires'

What did everybody think of the new NBC comedy?

I posted my review of NBC's "1600 Pennover the weekend. Now it's your turn. What did everybody else think of the new NBC sitcom? Were you happy to see Bill Pullman playing POTUS again? Is this a better vehicle for Jenna Elfman than that CBS sitcom whose title my brain is incapable of remembering, even after I've looked it up? Was Josh Gad's too much like Chris Farley, or did you like that about Skip? And will you watch more when it returns on January 10? (FWIW, I enjoyed the two later episodes more than the pilot.) 

Have at it.

 

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 161: '1600 Penn,' CW catch-up and 'Dexter' & 'Homeland' finales

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 161: '1600 Penn,' CW catch-up and 'Dexter' & 'Homeland' finales

Dan brings Alan up to speed on 'Gossip Girl,' 'Arrow' and company

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Time for an almost absurdly long episode of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, the first of two this week. We'll get to discussing our favorite shows of 2012 later in the week, but in the meantime, Dan and I reviewed NBC's "1600 Penn," Dan caught me up on recent developments on the CW, we talked about the Showtime finales and then did a long sports segment discussing both the Baseball Hall of Fame and my inability to walk away from a team.

The line-up: 

"1600 Penn" (00:01:10 - 00:14:20)
Dan's CW Roundup (00:14:25 - 00:30:35)
"Dexter" (00:30:55 - 00:45:10)
"Homeland" (00:45:10 - 01:17:00)
Sports Talk - Baseball Hall of Fame (01:17:30 - 01:36:15)
Sports Talk - Alan Loves the Knicks (01:36:20 - 01:43:10)
  As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. Or you can always follow our RSS Feed, download the MP3 file or stream it on Dan's blog.
 
And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.
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'Breaking Bad' tops HitFix's First Annual Television Critics' Poll

'Breaking Bad' tops HitFix's First Annual Television Critics' Poll

What did a blue ribbon panel of the nation's top TV critics pick as their 10 favorite shows of 2012?

On Friday, I picked my top 10 shows of 2012. Later in the week, Dan's video will be running, and I'll also have a post listing the 10 shows that just as easily could have made the cut as many of the shows on my list.

Today, though, it's time to bring in a wider array of voice, as we introduce HitFix's First Annual Television Critics' Poll, in which we assembled several dozen of the nation's top TV critics and reporters and asked them to rank their 10 favorite shows of the year. Simple weighted vote — the #1 show on anyone's list was worth 10 points, the #10 worth 1 point, etc. — and a way to get a broader critical consensus of the year in television, in the same way that there are always year-end polls of movie and music critics.

As the headline says, "Breaking Bad" was the convincing winner of the poll. It's an interesting collection of shows, some of which are in my top 10, most of which will be in my top 20, but showing a diverse array of the kinds of great comedy and drama (and, once you get past the top 10, movies, miniseries, reality, etc.) to be found on TV today.

So go look at the poll, which includes not only the top 10, but all the shows that got votes (and you can click on each show to see who voted for it, and at what spot), as well as complete ballots from all the participating writers. And, as always, we welcome your input. What does everybody else think of the final results?

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<p>Damian Lewis and Claire Danes in a scene from the &quot;Homeland&quot;&nbsp;season finale. </p>

Damian Lewis and Claire Danes in a scene from the "Homeland" season finale.

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'Homeland' producers on Brody's future, Saul's loyalties and more from season 2

Who will be back next season? Why didn't the CIA keep monitoring Brody's phone? Will Mandy sing?

"Look, these highly serialized dramas are a high-wire act, and occasionally on the wire, you're going to fall off," acknowledged "Homeland" executive producer Howard Gordon at the end of a long press conference call to discuss the Showtime drama's second season finale. "And if we did fall off this year now and then, I like to think we had a safety net under us, and that that net was our audience, who said they believed in us that we could get back up and cross to the other side. (What a completely convoluted metaphor!) But that was our hope for the finale: that people understood now why Nazir was doing what he was doing, why Brody was doing what he was doing, and what Carrie was thinking. We're very rigorous about that. Not to defend the show, but in our minds, we have answers to why everything happened. And hopefully we answered things a lot of the questions people had in the finale. And now we can start again in season 3 and begin the journey with everybody one more time."

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<p>Yvonne Strahovski and Michael C. Hall in a scene from the &quot;Dexter&quot;&nbsp;season finale.</p>

Yvonne Strahovski and Michael C. Hall in a scene from the "Dexter" season finale.

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Season finale review: 'Dexter' - 'Surprise, Motherf---er!'

Dexter and LaGuerta make moves and counter-moves, while Hannah makes her own plan

A quick review of the "Dexter" season finale — and season 7 as a whole — coming up just as soon as I put on a diaper and come out as Baby New Year...

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<p>Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody on &quot;Homeland.&quot;</p>

Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody on "Homeland."

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Season finale review: 'Homeland' - 'The Choice'

Carrie and Brody consider a future together, but how did the finale wrap things up?

A review of the "Homeland" season finale coming up just as soon as I apply to become your cabin boy...

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<p>Jenna Elfman, Bill Pullman and Martha MacIsaac in &quot;1600 Penn.&quot;</p>

Jenna Elfman, Bill Pullman and Martha MacIsaac in "1600 Penn."

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Review: NBC's '1600 Penn' tries to make family comedy about the First Family

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Bill Pullman, Jenna Elfman and Josh Gad head to the White House

Early in the second episode of NBC's new sitcom "1600 Penn," the President of the United States himself, Dale Gilchrist, is in the Situation Room of the White House for a briefing on terrorism. Only all Gilchrist can think about is a secret that his oldest daughter Becca didn't tell him, and as he begins to realize that his military advisers also don't like to tell him things, he demands to know why.

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