Best episodes of 2012

by ticatssuck | created - 19 Jan 2012 | updated - 10 Jan 2013 | Public

My follow-up to my 2011 list. It's an evergrowing list so don't expect too many titles at once.

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1. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
Episode: Gliding Over All (2012)

TV-14 | 48 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Walt expands his business overseas, and the money is pouring in.

Director: Michelle MacLaren | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris

Votes: 19,695

"To W.W. My star, my perfect silence."

2. Spartacus (2010–2013)
Episode: Wrath of the Gods (2012)

TV-MA | 59 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

Spartacus and a few surviving people are trapped on top of the Vesuvius volcano. Glaber and Ashur guard the entrance.

Director: Jesse Warn | Stars: Liam McIntyre, Manu Bennett, Peter Mensah, Nick E. Tarabay

Votes: 3,528

“You are but a vessel carrying a gift from the gods to the House of Batiatus. Now, then… let us see it unwrapped.”

3. Mad Men (2007–2015)
Episode: The Other Woman (2012)

TV-14 | 48 min | Drama

Peter asks Joan to make an unspeakable sacrifice to help secure the Jaguar account, Peggy prepares to make a drastic move in response to Don's treatment, and Megan's acting career begins to create tension with her and Don.

Director: Phil Abraham | Stars: Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones

Votes: 2,243

"Jaguar. At last something beautiful you can truly own."

4. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: The Angels Take Manhattan (2012)

TV-PG | 44 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The Doctor takes Amy and Rory to New York, where the Weeping Angels are waiting for them. River Song returns.

Director: Nick Hurran | Stars: Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Alex Kingston

Votes: 6,559

5. Justified (2010–2015)
Episode: Slaughterhouse (2012)

TV-MA | 40 min | Action, Crime, Drama

While Quarles winds up on the run from the marshals after killing a state trooper, Limehouse uses an inside source to get Boyd in trouble with the law.

Director: Dean Parisot | Stars: Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy, Joelle Carter, Jacob Pitts

Votes: 975

6. Archer (2009– )
Episode: The Limited (2012)

TV-MA | 21 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

The ISIS crew is ordered to transport a dangerous terrorist across the border to Canada. A drunken Archer wants to fulfill his lifelong dream of fighting a bunch of random guys on the top ... See full summary »

Director: Adam Reed | Stars: H. Jon Benjamin, Dave Fennoy, Judy Greer, Robb Wells

Votes: 1,141

"I'm looking for a terrorist and an ocelot!"

7. Wilfred (2011–2014)
Episode: Truth (2012)

TV-MA | 22 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

Wilfred's nemesis returns with an offer that rocks Ryan's world.

Director: Randall Einhorn | Stars: Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, Dwight Yoakam, Allison Mack

Votes: 212

"That's the problem with this particular game. Even when you win, you lose."

8. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
Episode: Dead Freight (2012)

TV-14 | 48 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Walter White's domestic life continues to deteriorate; at the same time, his growing business venture aims to steal a train car chock full of methylamine.

Director: George Mastras | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris

Votes: 21,469

"I'm not your wife, I'm your hostage."

9. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
Episode: Say My Name (2012)

TV-14 | 48 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Mike and Jesse are out. Now Walt has to handle things on his own. Hank finally finds a rat in Mike's gang.

Director: Thomas Schnauz | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris

Votes: 18,874

"Shut the fu** up. Let me die in peace."

10. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
Episode: Live Free or Die (2012)

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

Now that Gus is dead, Walt, Jesse, and Mike work to cover their tracks. Skyler panics when Ted Beneke wakes up.

Director: Michael Slovis | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris

Votes: 17,626

"We're done when I say we're done."

11. Sherlock (2010– )
Episode: The Reichenbach Fall (2012)

TV-14 | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Jim Moriarty hatches a mad scheme to turn the whole city against Sherlock.

Director: Toby Haynes | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs, Rupert Graves

Votes: 32,268

"No such thing as secrecy. I OWN secrecy. Nuclear codes? I could blow up NATO in alphabetical order. In a world of locked rooms, the man with the key is king. And honey, you should see me in a crown."

12. Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014)
Episode: Margate Sands (2012)

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, History

After promising Rothstein Mellon's distillery, Masseria is persuaded to withdraw his support for Gyp, and Margaret finds an abortionist in Brooklyn.

Director: Timothy Van Patten | Stars: Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham

Votes: 1,878

"Have you lost control of the city?"

13. Game of Thrones (2011–2019)
Episode: Blackwater (2012)

TV-MA | 55 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Stannis Baratheon's fleet and army arrive at King's Landing and the battle for the city begins. Cersei plans for her and her children's future.

Director: Neil Marshall | Stars: Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Charles Dance, Liam Cunningham

Votes: 39,202

"Gods don't have mercy, that's why they're Gods."

14. Dexter (2006–2013)
Episode: Are You...? (2012)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Debra confronts Dexter about his true identity.

Director: John Dahl | Stars: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee

Votes: 7,299

""Give up Deb. Give up and just leave this alone."

15. Game of Thrones (2011–2019)
Episode: Valar Morghulis (2012)

TV-MA | 64 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Joffrey puts Sansa aside for Margaery Tyrell. Robb marries Talisa Maegyr. Jon prepares to meet Mance Rayder. Arya says farewell to Jaqen H'ghar. Daenerys tries to rescue her dragons.

Director: Alan Taylor | Stars: Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Michelle Fairley

Votes: 27,764

"You hear that? That’s the mating call of the northmen. They want to fu** us! Well I haven’t had a good fu** in weeks, I’m ready for one."

16. Suits (2011–2019)
Episode: Sucker Punch (2012)

TV-PG | 43 min | Comedy, Drama

As the fallout continues to reverberate from the pending lawsuit against Pearson Hardman, Harvey turns to a former colleague, with whom he has a thorny past, for help in proving the firm's ... See full summary »

Director: Adam Davidson | Stars: Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Rick Hoffman, Meghan Markle

Votes: 2,248

17. The Walking Dead (2010– )
Episode: Beside the Dying Fire (2012)

TV-14 | 42 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

As the farm is overrun by walkers, the group fights to escape.

Director: Ernest R. Dickerson | Stars: Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden

Votes: 12,313

"Christ promised a resurrection of the dead. I just thought he had something a little different in mind."

18. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
Episode: Fifty-One (2012)

TV-14 | 48 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

It's Walt's 51st birthday. His return to the drug business causes Skyler to go into depression.

Director: Rian Johnson | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris

Votes: 14,330

"I will not have my children living in a house where dealing drugs and hurting people and killing people is shrugged off as sh** happens!"

19. The Walking Dead (2010– )
Episode: Better Angels (2012)

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

Shane's antagonistic behaviour reaches new heights, while Carl suffers the consequences of his actions.

Director: Guy Ferland | Stars: Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden

Votes: 10,787

"At least have the balls to call this what it is: murder."

20. Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014)
Episode: Resolution (2012)

TV-MA | 57 min | Crime, Drama, History

Season 3 premiere. Nucky makes a New Year's resolution; Margaret eyes a hospital expansion; Gillian builds a new business; Van Alden calls a gangster's bluff.

Director: Timothy Van Patten | Stars: Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham

Votes: 1,516

"Every day in every way I am getting better and better."

21. Louie (2010–2015)
Episode: Daddy's Girlfriend: Part 1 (2012)

TV-MA | 22 min | Comedy, Drama

After Louie's kids put pressure him to find a girlfriend, he finds a potential prospect at the local bookstore.

Director: Louis C.K. | Stars: Louis C.K., Parker Posey, Maria Bamford, Hadley Delany

Votes: 646

22. The Big Bang Theory (2007–2019)
Episode: The Countdown Reflection (2012)

TV-14 | 21 min | Comedy, Romance

As Howard prepares for his mission into space, flashbacks show the recent events leading up to his and Bernadette's wedding.

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

Votes: 2,735

"The need to find another human being has to share one's life has always puzzled me. Maybe because I am so interesting all by myself. With that being said, may you find as much happiness with each other as I find on my own. The Klingon would have made you cry. "

23. Person of Interest (2011–2016)
Episode: Firewall (2012)

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

Reese is trapped next to a person of interest in a part of the city extremely controlled and needs the help of Finch, Fusco and Carter.

Director: Richard J. Lewis | Stars: Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman, Michael Emerson

Votes: 4,563

"You created God. And now you're gonna help me shut it down."

24. The Walking Dead (2010– )
Episode: Killer Within (2012)

TV-MA | 43 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

Lori goes into labour when the prison comes under attack. Michonne tries to convince Andrea to leave Woodbury.

Director: Guy Ferland | Stars: Andrew Lincoln, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Norman Reedus

Votes: 12,207

"This is God's plan. He'll take care of me. Always has. He's gonna help me lead you out of these tunnels."

25. Mad Men (2007–2015)
Episode: Commissions and Fees (2012)

TV-14 | 48 min | Drama

Lane's entire world comes crashing down after getting busted for forging Don's signature on a check, and Sally experiences an awkward rite of passage while spending the weekend with the Drapers.

Director: Chris Manley | Stars: Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones

Votes: 2,051

26. Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014)
Episode: A Man, a Plan... (2012)

TV-MA | 58 min | Crime, Drama, History

Nucky plans to whack Joe Masseria and Gyp Rosetti, Richard stands up to Julia's abusive father, and Owen and Margaret plan to run off together.

Director: Jeremy Podeswa | Stars: Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham

Votes: 1,419

"Would you pay a dime to see this?"

27. Justified (2010–2015)
Episode: The Gunfighter (2012)

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

Still recovering from his gunshot, Raylan takes himself off of desk duty when one of Wynn Duffy's associates is involved in a murder. Meanwhile, Ava takes over Boyd's business while he is back in jail.

Director: Michael Dinner | Stars: Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy, Joelle Carter, Jacob Pitts

Votes: 1,075

"Sorry about your tablecloth."

28. Game of Thrones (2011–2019)
Episode: Garden of Bones (2012)

TV-MA | 51 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Lord Baelish arrives at Renly's camp just before he faces off against Stannis. Daenerys and her company are welcomed into the city of Qarth. Arya, Gendry, and Hot Pie find themselves imprisoned at Harrenhal.

Director: David Petrarca | Stars: Peter Dinklage, Michelle Fairley, Emilia Clarke, Aidan Gillen

Votes: 22,153

"There's no cure for being a cu**."

29. Community (2009–2015)
Episode: Digital Estate Planning (2012)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

The Study Group must help Hawthorne win a video game so that he can claim his inheritance, but somebody may be out to ensure that he loses.

Director: Adam Davidson | Stars: Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown

Votes: 3,122

"He's shooting lightning and I'm naked!"

30. The Walking Dead (2010– )
Episode: 18 Miles Out (2012)

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

Rick and Shane argue over what to do with Randall. Back at the farm, Lori, Andrea and Maggie deal with a suicidal Beth.

Director: Ernest R. Dickerson | Stars: Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden

Votes: 8,917

31. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005– )
Episode: Reynolds vs. Reynolds: The Cereal Defense (2012)

TV-MA | 22 min | Comedy

When Frank accidentally hits Dennis's car while Dennis is eating cereal, Frank and Dennis go to the Paddy's Pub court to face off on who will pay for the damages.

Director: Richie Keen | Stars: Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney, Kaitlin Olson

Votes: 1,619

"Anyone who can't see that is a SAVAGE and an IDIOT!"

32. South Park (1997– )
Episode: Insecurity (2012)

TV-MA | 23 min | Animation, Comedy

After Ike accidentally sees mom and dad having sex, with Gerald dressed as a UPS man, the kids create a stir leading men in South Park thinking the UPS man is secretly having sex with their wives.

Director: Trey Parker | Stars: Bill Hader, Mona Marshall, Trey Parker, April Stewart

Votes: 1,625

"A man's wife is his life."

33. 30 Rock (2006–2013)
Episode: Live from Studio 6H (2012)

TV-14 | 24 min | Comedy

WEST COAST VERSION: Live Broadcast -- Kenneth (Jack McBrayer) takes drastic measures to prove why TGS should stay a live show.

Director: Beth McCarthy-Miller | Stars: Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski, Jack McBrayer

Votes: 706

34. Suits (2011–2019)
Episode: Rewind (2012)

TV-14 | 43 min | Comedy, Drama

With the vote for managing partner approaching, Harvey decides to take off but before leaving he gives Mike an assignment. We then take a look at of how things were 5 years ago; Harvey is ... See full summary »

Director: Félix Enríquez Alcalá | Stars: Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Rick Hoffman, Meghan Markle

Votes: 2,038

"A man's wife is dying and the first words that come out of your mouth are 'You owe me'. Who's the bad guy now?"

35. Modern Family (2009– )
Episode: Little Bo Bleep (2012)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Claire's family tries to help her prepare for her political debate, Lily begins saying the "F word" right before her appearance as a flower girl at a wedding, and Jay begins to wonder if his dog Stella is suicidal.

Director: Chris Koch | Stars: Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell

Votes: 1,487

"Some sick bastard auto-tuned me."

36. 30 Rock (2006–2013)
Episode: Hey, Baby, What's Wrong?: Part 1 (2012)

TV-14 | 43 min | Comedy

Liz and Criss's relationship is put to the test during a trip to IKEA, Jack discovers that he and his mother-in-law are attracted to each other, Kenneth trains his assistant, and Jenna gets the "yips" before an important performance.

Director: Michael Engler | Stars: Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski, Jack McBrayer

Votes: 486

"Valentine's Day is the perfect time to meet vulnerable women. It's scumbag Christmas!"



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