TV Top 20 of 2012: 'New Girl' & 'Boardwalk Empire' lead the best of the rest
3. NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” was my favorite show on television a year ago. It was pretty darned terrific in 2012, as well, wrapping up a lengthy arc about Leslie’s campaign for city council in warm and funny fashion, then transitioning into a new season that saw every character struggling to adapt to new roles. Leslie shifted into politics, Tom attempted to become a legitimate businessman, and Ron Effing Swanson even dated a sane single mom. With Amy Poehler, Adam Scott, Nick Offerman, Chris Pratt and company on hand, “Parks and Recreation” rarely does anything fancy — other than perhaps this season’s cameo by Vice-President Biden — but simply executes better than any other comedy in the business.