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”Nashville,” ”Girls,” ”Louie” make EW critic’s Honor Roll; see his No. 1. Plus: This year’s Hall of Shame
Posted on December 9, 2012 at 5:00pm EDT
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The best new show of the fall season, boldly soapy, seamlessly musical.
Read Ken's review of the series premiere.
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Even with the frustrating Kalinda's-husband subplot (we're irritated because we care!), this is network drama's best show, with the best use of guest stars.
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The most hardboiled season yet, with an out-of-town hit-man giving Raylan his most formidable villain.
Read Ken's review of the season 3 premiere.
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Beautifully unironic, carefully avoiding undue meanness, yet still gut-punchingly funny.
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The funniest and most devastating political humor in an election year.
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Unbuttoning in the 1960s, with characters taking trips both geographical and chemical, making risky business and personal decisions.
Read Ken's essay on Roger Sterling.
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The year's most impressive debut, and one of its most original sitcoms.
Read Ken's review of season 1.
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Expanding sitcom conventions with storylines that allowed for dramatic moments, quiet moments, crazy moments, sometimes all in one episode (see: Parker Posey).
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The half-season that paid off on Vince Gilligan's original conceit: ''Mr. Chips will turn into Scarface.''
Read Ken's review of season 5.
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Super-tense, conventional-narrative-shattering, great acting from both Claire Danes and Damian Lewis.
Read Ken's review of the season 2 premiere.
NEXT: Ken picks the worst TV of 2012...
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A fitting end to a lousy season; tedious judging, little suspense, a fine-grade sandpaper-voiced but unfortunately bland winner.
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How could a show with such a talented cast be so boring?
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Charlie Sheen makes a triumphant return to TV! Well, no, let's just make that a ''return to TV.''
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Justin Kirk and Joanna Garcia-Swisher didn't deserve to be stuck in these tedious monkeyshines.
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Bosom Buddies without the fun — the year's most pointless new show.