11:00 pm - 12/07/2012

Top TV Moments of 2012 According to Rolling Stone

3. Girls, HBO

Her HBO comedy had no shortage of sexual cringe-gasms – but this one really took the cookie. Dunham's dysfunctional heroine goes to her asshole boyfriend's house to tell him she's through. We figure we'll never miss him and neither will she. Except. Except then he starts beating off and Hannah yells at him and he gets into that and she gets into it. Suddenly she's humiliating him, degrading him, taking his money. "You heard me, you filthy boy. I want cab money. Twenty! Thirty! Because I also want pizza and gum!" That's the moment when Girls jumped from good to genius. Who says romance is dead?

2. Louie, FX

Louie had his share of hideously horrific dates, from Melissa Leo to Chloë Sevigny, this year, but he met his match in his rooftop rendezvous with Parker Posey, who comes on as an even bigger mess than he is. (When your date orders a drink and the bartender tells her, "Not after last time," that might be considered a warning sign.) How many movies have you seen where there's a romantic moment on a roof or balcony? But they never show you the couple schlepping up the stairs (huff, puff, wheeze) or details like how anxious Louie gets when Parker wanders too close to the edge (which is what would totally ruin the night for me). Like everything else on Louie, it was funny, scary, poignant and deeply frustrating in the best possible way.

1. Mad Men

For the first half, Season Five wasn't just the best Mad Men season – it was shaping up to be the greatest run any TV show has ever had. It didn't quite get there – the title is still held by Season Four. But this was the White Album of Mad Men seasons, a risky mess where Don Draper and his crew of hustlers finally meet their match in the madness of 1966. Draper couldn't even make it all the way through his first listen toRevolver. The whole season was a full-on portrait of America in the Sixties: drugs, blow jobs, civil rights, Sally's go-go boots. And if this was Mad Men's White Album, Roger Sterling's LSD trip was the "Dear Prudence." You always knew somebody at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce was going to get psychedelic, but who the hell thought this guy would be the one to chase the white rabbit? In the summer of 1966, Roger – the last guy you'd ever call cosmic – gets a weird psychedelic glimpse of his future and peeks into the nearest faraway places in his lost soul. He sees everything that's wrong about his life. But then his spiritual bliss wears off and he goes back to being his corrupt, cynical self. That's bad news for him – but good for us, because Mad Men just keeps peaking creatively and is still far ahead of anything else out there on TV.

List without comment:
1. Mad Men: Roger Sterling's acid-trip
2. Louie: Louis C. K. meets Parker Posey
3. Girls: Lena Dunham goes Dominatrix
4. Fox News: Election Night Freak-Out
5. Breaking Bad: Walter vs Mike
6. Community: Dan Harmon's cosmic goodbye
7. Game of Thrones: Tyrion Lannister looks in the mirror
8. Homeland: Carrie confronts Brody
9. Burning Love: The ladies fondle Ken Marino's Hose
10. Saturday Night Live: Kristen Wiig says Goodnight to 'SNL'
11. Sherlock: the Bitchiest Holmes ever.
12. Downton Abbey: the Notorious Maggie Smith
13. CBS and NBC: Letterman and Fallon during Sandy.
14. Parks and Recreation: Ben and Leslie get engaged.
15. DNC Convention: Bill Clinton delivers the full Bubba.



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isntdaveone 7th-Dec-2012 11:16 pm (UTC)
i've never even seen any of these, LOL!!!!
hypnology 7th-Dec-2012 11:18 pm (UTC)
same, don't really care lol
dbil 7th-Dec-2012 11:16 pm (UTC)
Is Girls worth watching? It's 10 episodes. I just caught up to all of Scandal this past Thursday.
deftonedpiano 7th-Dec-2012 11:24 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it hooked me even though I ABHOR Lena Dunham.
morgan90 7th-Dec-2012 11:28 pm (UTC)
It's worth watching if you have nothing better to do. And as you pointed out it's only 10 half-hour long episodes, so you can easily watch the whole series in one or two sittings.
devochkazhenya 7th-Dec-2012 11:38 pm (UTC)
lena dunham is a shitty abhorrent nincompoop but the show is kind of funny in a Schadenfreude kind of way
metropolitician 8th-Dec-2012 12:52 am (UTC)
xgirldc 8th-Dec-2012 10:36 pm (UTC)
fancycarousel 7th-Dec-2012 11:16 pm (UTC)
lol @ madmen's season 5 being the best one.

fat betty with little to no screen time and Meagan...
kamikashi 7th-Dec-2012 11:30 pm (UTC)
there were some standout eps that season, but i felt like it was the most criticized season lol. season 6 better have way less megan, more betty and peggy.
pineandapple 7th-Dec-2012 11:41 pm (UTC)
noon 7th-Dec-2012 11:55 pm (UTC)
e a u x
sweet_honesty 8th-Dec-2012 01:19 am (UTC)
Season five was a mess
ncc_gqmf 8th-Dec-2012 02:21 am (UTC)
Seriously, I didn't hate it but it was easily the worst season so far.
noon 7th-Dec-2012 11:17 pm (UTC)
this vanilla list rn

yaaas @ mad men tho
sinistres 7th-Dec-2012 11:17 pm (UTC)
the carrie/brody confrontation was my favorite moment all year
jaimelannister 7th-Dec-2012 11:36 pm (UTC)
it was very satisfying
lovefifteen 9th-Dec-2012 03:05 am (UTC)
yes, all their interactions in that episode were fantastic. soooo tense
brandon198403 7th-Dec-2012 11:18 pm (UTC)
Way to leave out the Walking Dead. Flop list

m_e_h7 7th-Dec-2012 11:25 pm (UTC)
That whole fight scene was amazing. I was shouting at my t.v. for Michonne to kill him.
ichdontthinksoo 7th-Dec-2012 11:30 pm (UTC)
hera_bearrra 7th-Dec-2012 11:31 pm (UTC)
YES. And when Glenn fought the zombie still strapped to a chair.
marywebgirl 7th-Dec-2012 11:33 pm (UTC)
They were not kidding when they said this season was going to be gory!
donttakethebait 7th-Dec-2012 11:48 pm (UTC)
i was on the edge of my damn seat throughout that whole fight lawddd

Edited at 2012-12-07 11:48 pm (UTC)
anniemann101 8th-Dec-2012 02:22 am (UTC)
disappointing to be honest.

i was so annoyed they didn't follow the book. They made her come across like a complete oblivious dumbass in this. She had no reason to sought out his death in the show. the book however has complete justification. I was on the edge of my seat with this scene... but they skipped way too much. I wasn't satisfied. A spoon should have been in this scene.
chaos_organised 8th-Dec-2012 03:40 am (UTC)
Well he did send Merle and his other men to kill her and bring back her head.
But I wish they would have kept the spoon part too
xgirldc 8th-Dec-2012 10:47 pm (UTC)
i am scared to ask but i will anyway. what happened with the spoon?
mikochin 7th-Dec-2012 11:18 pm (UTC)
Good lord @ this list. All those ~*deep*~ shows... Shit tbh.
lightredemption 7th-Dec-2012 11:57 pm (UTC)
most of those shows are really not ~~~deep~~~ lol
_xxtom 7th-Dec-2012 11:18 pm (UTC)
mikochin 7th-Dec-2012 11:18 pm (UTC)
I love Homeland and Game of Thrones though.
pancreas 7th-Dec-2012 11:19 pm (UTC)
wtf how is Maggie Smith "a moment?":/ Something makes me think this person doesn't actually watch the show.

Edited at 2012-12-07 11:19 pm (UTC)
cerseilannister 7th-Dec-2012 11:20 pm (UTC)
tyrion looks in the mirror lool no wtf
grunge_roxie 7th-Dec-2012 11:24 pm (UTC)
Not when Blackwater Bay blows up or anything. That wasn't awesome at all.
fauxkaren 7th-Dec-2012 11:30 pm (UTC)
Or Renly being killed by a Shadow Baby.
jaimelannister 7th-Dec-2012 11:37 pm (UTC)
sansa did looking in the mirror better lbr
fancycarousel 7th-Dec-2012 11:20 pm (UTC)
I think im gonna start watching Louie and Homeland. I need new shows
sherlockholmes 7th-Dec-2012 11:20 pm (UTC)
deja_vu822 7th-Dec-2012 11:20 pm (UTC)
aw, Burning Love is on here! I'm super excited for the next season.
asdfjklkjhfds 7th-Dec-2012 11:21 pm (UTC)
louie is such an awkward show but i guess that's the point

i have friends who like to sit around and watch it together and it's always so quiet and uncomfortable
odd_fish_stick 7th-Dec-2012 11:25 pm (UTC)
yeah i get what you mean, i can only watch it by myself lol
iluvkidnappers 8th-Dec-2012 12:10 am (UTC)
lmao i could never watch it with other ppl
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