Best American TV Shows 2012

With the number of interesting TV shows airing this year, it is really difficult to point out the best ones. This article talks about new TV shows and shows that will air with new episodes in the coming months.
Television networks all across US have brought in the best of TV shows to ensure that this year ends with happy memories. Today's audiences have become much more open to different kind of genre and creators are ensuring that audiences get what they want. The following names are currently the most popular American TV shows for 2012. Some of them have debuted in 2012 while others would be returning with a new season in the near future.

Popular New TV Shows


Cast: Don Cheadle, Ben Schwartz, Kristen Bell, Jason Lawson and Dawn Olivieri

Premiered: January 8, 2012

What it's about: A very different kind of comedy where management consultants stop at nothing to get the job done. It is based on the book - House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Then Tell You the Time. Don Cheadle and Kirsten Bell play the main characters of this critically acclaimed TV show. Though the ratings are not that high, Showtime has renewed it for the second season.


Cast: Debra Messing, Jack Davenport, Christian Borle, Raza Jaffrey, Megan Hilty, Brian d'Arcy James and Anjelica Huston

Premiered: February 6, 2012

What it's about: Critics think SMASH is going to last long because it has a sense of maturity to it. It is a musical series, but the main focus is on behind the scenes drama of this ambitious Broadway musical based on the life of Hollywood starlet; Marilyn Monroe.

GCB (Good Christian Belles), ABC

Cast: Leslie Bibb, Jennifer Aspen, Miriam Shor, Marisol Nichols, David James Elliott, Brad Beyer, Annie Potts, Mark Deklin and Kristin Chenoweth

Premiered: March 4, 2012

What it's about: A show about a self-absorbed widow (Bibb) who moves to her hometown of Dallas, Texas where she was the most popular high school girl. Here she tries to apologize to all the girls who she was mean in high school. But is it going to be that easy? The show has brilliantly presented some awkward reunions, gossip, back-bitching, insults and cat fights. In-spite of drawing high viewer ratings, ABC canceled the series in May.


Cast: Kerry Washington, Columbus Short, Katie Lowes, Darby Stanchfield, Jeff Perry, Tony Goldwyn, Guillermo Diaz, Joshua Malina and Henry Ian Cusick

Premiered: April 5, 2012

What it's about: An impressive political thriller, it focuses on everyday challenges faced by a crisis management. Olivia Pope was a former White House Communications Director, but now she heads her own crisis management firm which protects secrets of public figures. The series has received favorable reviews and will return with the second season in September.


Cast: Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Zosia Mamet, Adam Driver and Jemima Kirke

Premiered: April 15, 2012

What it's about: It is a story of 4 young girls who try to make big in New York city and learn life lessons by committing one mistake at a time. The show has received mixed reviews and many have call it the 'New Sex and the City'. New or not, this show is gradually becoming the most popular sitcom for young girls in the US.


Cast: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tony Hale, Anna Chlumsky, Matt Walsh, Reid Scott and Timothy Simmons

Premiered: April 22, 2012

What it's about: It is hard to imagine Julia Louis-Dreyfus on TV and not think of Elaine Benes from Seinfeld. Well Seinfeld ended centuries ago, and she is back on TV with VEEP. The show is a political satire comedy in which Julia plays Selina Meyer, the Vice President of the United States. To her surprise, the job is nothing like she thought and is everything that she was warned about. With impressive ratings, HBO has ordered 10 more episodes for the second season.


Cast: Jason Isaacs, Laura Allen, Dylan Minnette, Steve Harris, BD Wong, Michaela McManus, Wilmer Valderrama and Cherry Jones

Premiered: May 24, 2012

What it's about: A fantasy drama that has been loved by critics and audiences alike. The series is based on police detective Michael Britten (Isaacs) who after surviving a dangerous car crash is living two separate realities. In one reality he has lost his wife and in the other he has lost his son. Regarded as a masterpiece since the pilot, AWAKE is a fresh new concept with lots of exciting twists. Unfortunately, the series was canceled after 13 episodes, and since then a large number of people have started the "Save AWAKE" campaign to bring it back.

Snooki & Jwoww, MTV

Cast: Nicole Polizzi and Jennifer Farley

Premiered: June 21, 2012

What it's about: A spinoff of Jersey Shore, Snooki & Jwoww showcases the lives of these two ladies after the conclusion of Jersey Shore. The show is filmed at Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania and encounters their day-to-day struggles . Like the Jersey Shore, Snooki & Jwoww has also turned out to be a high ranking reality show.


Cast: Jeff Daniels, Olivia Munn, Dev Patel, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher, Jr., Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski and Sam Waterston

Premiered: June 24, 2012

What it's about: An American drama that explores the personal and professional lives of the people who work to build a successful news show. Developed by Aaron Sorkin who is best remembered for the award-winning The West Wing; other than the story, the most impressive feature of the show is the cast that are known for their amazing work in the entertainment industry.


Cast: Charlie Sheen, Shawnee Smith, Selma Blair, Michael Arden, Daniela Bobadilla, Noureen DeWulf, Derek Richardson and Barry Corbin

Premiered: June 28, 2012

What it's about: It is considered as Charlie Sheen's big comeback. With Anger Management, Sheen tries to jump back in the big game. After the public spat with the creators of Two and a Half Men, that led to his firing; Sheen tries to put an impressive performance with this new show. If the show becomes successful, FX will then order another 90 episodes.

Upcoming Seasons of Popular TV Shows


Cast: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, James Remar, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, Lauren Velez and David Zayas

Current Season: 7, Premieres on September 30, 2012

What it's about: It is the most awaited show of 2012. Dexter (Hall) has done all that he can to keep his dark passenger hidden from the people he loves. But the shocking truth is discovered by the person, he loves the most. Fans are eager to see how their favorite serial killer gets out of this situation and restores balance around.


Cast: Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, Morena Baccarin, David Harewood, Morgan Saylor and Diego Klattenhoff

Current Season: 2, Premieres on September 30, 2012

What it's about: The show that has won every existent award and praise there is, Homeland is the best political drama thriller on TV today. The plot is inspired from the highly acclaimed Israeli series Hatufim (Prisoners of War). Claire Mathison (Danes) a CIA operative tries to find a soldier that has been turned against his own country.

Breaking Bad, AMC

Cast: Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Aaron Paul, RJ Mitte, Betsy Brandt, Bob Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks

Current Season: 5, Split in II parts. Part I aired on July 15 and ends on September 2, 2012

What it's about: Breaking bad has been a critics favorite since it premiered on AMC 4 years ago. The show concentrates on a high school chemistry teacher (Cranston) who starts selling narcotics after he is diagnosed with lung cancer. He does this dirty work with the help of his former student to pay the medical expenses and also secure his family's future. The current season is the final one and is split in two eight episode parts.


Cast: Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Jeffrey DeMunn, Chandler Riggs, Steven Yeun and Norman Reedus

Current Season: 3, Premieres on October 14, 2012

What it's about: A critical and commercial success, the show has been inspired from the comic series; The Walking Dead. Deputy sheriff Rick Grimes (Lincoln) wakes up from a coma and finds his world dominated by zombies. He sets out to find his family and encounters other survivors in his journey. This post apocalyptic drama series is held in high regard even by the fans of the original comic.


Cast: Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Amanda Righetti, Tim Kang and Owain Yeoman

Current Season: 5, Premieres on September 30, 2012

What it's about: Patrick Jane (Baker) is a psychic, a keen observer, a mind-reader, a body language expert or a consultant to the cops. He plays many roles and charms people with his extraordinary skills. However, the man has a hidden dark motive - to find the killer who ruined his life and left him with nothing but pain. The show has been lauded with critical acclaim and has been praised for its attention to detail in every episode.

How I Met Your Mother, CBS

Cast: Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris and Alyson Hannigan

Current Season: 8, Premiers on September 24, 2012

What it's about: Perhaps, the only show after F.R.I.E.N.D.S that best describes emotions that people experience in love and friendship. How I Met Your Mother has been a winner since the start, the show features on Ted Mosby (Radnor) narrating the story of how he meets the future Mrs. Ted Mosby. In this journey of finding true love, his friends Robin, Marshall, Barney and Lily are always with him and advise him on his love life. Admired by critics and audiences alike, HIMYM is a must watch.


Cast: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Molly Quinn, Jon Huertas, Tamala Jones, Seamus Dever, Ruben Santiago-Hudson and Penny Johnson Jerald

Current Season: 5, Premiers on September 24, 2012

What it's about: A brilliant fiction-writer (Richard Castle) meets a hard-ass but beautiful detective (Kate Beckett) and together they catch criminals and bring them to justice. The show is hilarious, sarcastic and at the same time filled with thrilling and intelligent twists and turns. Castle is one of the most popular TV shows on ABC right now, and has gathered immense critical acclaim and fan-following.

Successful shows such as Californication, Spartacus, Mad Men etc. began airing their new seasons in the start of 2012 and are scheduled to come with some more amazing episodes in the next year. The current year has given lots of exciting television and promises more in the future. These amazing moments are not just from the new shows but also from the recurring ones which come out with a new exciting chapter in the coming months.