2012 was a good year and not just because the world didn’t end but also because of some damn good television. 2012 was a very great year in television to say the least and I watched a lot of it in bulk. You know a show is good when you can binge watch the previous seasons in order to catch-up to the episodes that are running on a weekly basis. I did that A LOT this year and I don’t regret a bit of it
Breaking Bad is far from underrated but there is never too much publicity about something this great. I think it is one of the best shows ever, along with The Wire and The Sopranos.
Breaking Bad is about a high school chemistry teacher (Walter White, portrayed by Bryan Cranston) who has recently been diagnosed with cancer and in order to support his family postmortem he decides to take his knowledge of chemistry to use to make the purest crystal meth in Albuquerque. Walter has played the nice guy role his entire life and within the span of a year (5 seasons) he has gone from good to a drug king pin who is willing to kill anyone that gets in the way of him making as much money as possible.
Justified is an extremely underrated show about a quick-trigger U.S. Marshal (Raylan Givens, portrayed by Timothy Olyphant) based in Harlan County, Kentucky. Unlike your typical cop show Justified isn’t just a new case every episode, there is a common theme and villain throughout each season. The title Justified is perfect, and I say that because Raylan must kill a person in every episode and as a man of the law you; as the audience, must think to yourself if he was “justified” in doing so.
The Walking Dead is based on a highly popular comic book series (I recommend you check out the comic book series also, great read). The show is about a deputy sheriff (Rick Grimes, portrayed by Andrew Lincoln) whom after waking from a coma finds himself in an almost post-apocalyptic world. Through the help of a fellow survivor he is able to learn how to survive in the world and is eventually able to find his family. Rick finds his family along with a group of other survivors along with his best friend, Rick is immediately looked upon as the leader of the group and tries to help prolong their survival and find a permanent shelter for them all. Through all of these there is plenty of drama, chaos, trials, and tribulation. This is a great show and I think it is far better than any zombie movie I have ever seen.
The Mentalist is about a former con-man (Patrick Jane, portrayed by Simon Baker) who posed as a psychic, using his amazing observation skills and intelligent guesses until a serial killer known as Red John killed his wife and daughter, now he is a police consultant. Patrick helps the California Bureau of Investigation on several cases putting good use to those same skills he once used to con people in the past. The prime reason he accepted the job as a consultant is to catch Red John. The CBI takes up with a lot of his antics because at the end of the day he closes cases.
The Mentalist is an extremely underrated show, it keeps you on the edge of your seat and it does not make police work look as easy as some shows often do.
Sons of Anarchy is a show based around a biker gang that is involved with several crimes and pretty much polices the town of Charming, California. Jax Teller (portrayed by Charlie Hunnam) is the son of the late-founder of the biker gang and like his father he has many ideas on how to keep the gang crime-free and still bring in revenue. His new ideas cause conflict throughout the series mostly with his step-father Clay Morrow (portrayed by Ron Perlman). The show personalizes the criminals to a point where the audience actually roots for them in a way no show truly has since The Wire.