Here's our list of our top 10 TV shows for 2012, as rated by users of the IMDb. These rankings were not based upon critical assessments or box-office performance but the actual page views by more than 160 million unique monthly users of IMDb.com.
#5 "How I Met Your Mother"
Our users say: "The show has maintained my interest despite all of its red herrings and filler episodes that have been increased since midway through the show. These characters are fun, emotional, realistic (most of the time), and quotable! Give it go. And those who are veering away from years of impatience, stick around. Another sitcom will never come close to the style, creativity, and material, that "How I Met Your Mother" has brought amongst TV viewers."
#4: "Breaking Bad"
Our users say: "Very rarely do you see a piece of television that stretch beyond the context of the nature of the shows premise to a level whereby viewers genuinely care for the characters. Even rarer than this, is to have a series that depict the dark seedy underbelly of our drug ridden society leaving the viewer compassionate for the producer of such an illicit substance and hoping in all regards to have the drug cook find ultimate wellbeing and a happy ending."
#3: "The Big Bang Theory"
Our users say: "As more of a movie buff, there's only been two television shows I have gone out of my way to watch in the last 30 years - Seinfeld and this one. My first thought on seeing this several months ago was it was a funny show but it was a one-trick-pony that would get old quick. I'm probably 100 shows in and still waiting for it to get old."
#2: "The Walking Dead"
Our users say: "The series has stunning cinematographic qualities, not a wonder since Frank Darabont (director of Shawshank Redemption & Green Mile) has been behind it, actors play their parts well which allows us as viewers to develop a connection with the characters, zombies look realistic (most of the show's budget probably goes to make-up department), locations are well-thought out to the single detail and as I said before - the storyline is really, really engaging and doesn't go over the top."
#1: "Game of Thrones"
Our users say: "Right down to the beautifully intricate steam punk opening credits, this is a whole show, thought through consistently and presumably costing an absolute fortune to make. The writer whose books have sold in the tens of millions deserves no less, but it was still surprising to see scenes take place on screen that matched so completely those that had occurred in my imagination when reading the books."
The rest of our faves, including The Vampire Diaries and Dexter, can be found at the Source.
Obviously missing RuPaul's Drag Race, but other than that it's an interesting list. I think it's more credible than most considering it's based on general interest of the public, as opposed to a singular opinion from some random blog critic. Anyway...what's your top shows of the year, ONTD? Did your fave make this list?