Best TV shows of 2012

Well, it’s just about the end of the year, which means it’s time to take a look back at some of the best TV of 2012.

Now, I recognize that I don’t watch nearly enough TV (or have Showtime or HBO, which often make some great shows) to call this anywhere near a comprehensive list. That being said, here are a couple of my highlights from the year:

1. “Breaking Bad” – The best show on TV continued its suspense-filled descent toward the conclusion of Walter White’s story. In the first half of the show’s final season, the former high school science teacher turned meth cook finally has the local meth business to himself, but things don’t go quite as planned. The final half of the season will conclude the show’s run this summer. My only complaint with “Breaking Bad” this year was that it was faaaaar too short. Eight episodes isn’t nearly enough.

2. “Justified” – Though it was a step down from the excellent second season, this season of “Justified” brought in two new villains to keep Marshal Raylan Givens, played by Timothy Olyphant, plenty busy – Limehouse, a local butcher, and Quarles, from Detroit, trying to take over the Harlan drug trade. If you didn’t get caught up on “Justified,” season two will be released on DVD at the end of December, and season three will debut on FX a few weeks into January.

3. “Parks & Recreation” – This year, “Parks & Rec” expanded its horizons a bit by focusing on Leslie Knope’s campaign for city council, and then in the fall ventured out to Washington, D.C. The show has a great cast, and is consistently one of the funnier 20 minutes of TV out there.

4. “Game of Thrones” – This was the one HBO show I had a chance to watch this year, thanks to a friend with an HBO subscription. Based on a series of books by George R.R. Martin, “Game of Thrones” is bloody and graphic, sure, but it’s also immensely entertaining. Season two only expanded on the detailed world created in season one.

What do you think? I know there are a few fan favorites out there that I didn’t mention – like “Mad Men” or “The Walking Dead,” which I have at some point tried to watch but just couldn’t really get in to, or “Homeland,” which I couldn’t watch because I don’t get the channel – so I imagine those shows would probably fill out a lot of Top 10 lists for people.

Add your favorites of the year in the comments below!