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Best of 2012: Top 100 Episodes of 2012 (10-1)
This is the final TV countdown, I swear! I’m counting down my Top 100 episodes of the year. It wasn’t that hard to narrow down the choices but it was difficult to put them in a sensible order. There is a slight overlap between this list and the top TV moments one, so I won’t be doing in-depth write-ups for each episode. I just gave basic information about the airdate, writers and directors. Plus I added a Best Scene category just to mix it up a bit. I hope you enjoy!

10. Louie – “Late Show, Parts 1, 2 & 3”
Original Airdate: August 30, September 13 & 20
Written & Directed By: Louis C.K.
Best Scene: The Garry Marshall scene, anything with David Lynch, the successful test show, and the Rocky triumph dance outside of Letterman’s theater.

9. Girls – “The Return”
Original Airdate: May 20
Written By: Judd Apatow & Lena Dunham
Directed By: Lena Dunham
Best Scene: The garbage bag suitcase, Hannah’s father falls in the shower, and the late night phone call with Adam.

8. Boardwalk Empire – “Two Imposters”
Original Airdate: November 25
Written By: Howard Korder
Directed By: Allen Coulter
Best Scene: The attempt on Nucky’s life, Nucky and Eddie hiding out in Chalky’s house, the conversation between Gyp & Chalky, and Gillian kicking out Richard.

7. Mad Men – “Far Away Places”
Original Airdate: April 22
Written By: Semi Chellas & Matthew Weiner
Directed By: Scott Hornbacher
Best Scene: Peggy’s Heinz pitch, Roger’s LSD trip, Roger & Jane end their marriage, Don & Megan at the restaurant, and Don & Megan on the living room floor.

6. Louie – “New Year’s Eve”
Original Airdate: September 27
Written & Directed By: Louis C.K.
Best Scene: Louie’s Christmas morning, the phone call with his sister, and the final scene.

5. Girls – “All Adventurous Women Do”
Original Airdate: April 29
Written & Directed By: Lena Dunham
Best Scene: Hannah & Elijah reunite at the bar, Marnie’s bathroom break, and “Dancing on My Own”.

4. Breaking Bad – “Dead Freight”
Original Airdate: August 12
Written & Directed By: George Mastras
Best Scene: Walt installs bugs in Hank’s office, Lydia’s interrogation, the train heist sequence, and the final shocker with Todd.

3. Mad Men – “The Other Woman”
Original Airdate: May 27
Written By: Semi Chellas & Matthew Weiner
Directed By: Phil Abraham
Best Scene: Joan negotiates with Pete, Don pleads with Joan, Don’s Jaguar pitch, and Peggy says goodbye to Don. “Don’t be a stranger.”

2. Homeland – “Q&A”
Original Airdate: October 28
Written By: Henry Bromell
Directed By: Lesli Linka Glatter
Best Scene: Quinn stabs Brody, Carrie takes over the interrogation, Carrie breaks down Brody, basically anything with Danes & Lewis, and the car accident sequence with Dana & Finn.

1. Breaking Bad – “Fifty-One”
Original Airdate: August 5
Written By: Sam Catlin
Directed By: Rian Johnson
Best Scene: Walt sells the Aztek, Skyler walks into the pool, Lydia & Jesse find the GPS tracker, Skyler & Walt’s argument in the bedroom, Mike considers killing Lydia, and the final moment with Walt & Skyler.

That’s it for this countdown. I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed putting it together. What’s up next for the blog? There’s a lot of awards shows coming up: which means predictions and live blogs. Plus I’m always trying to update the Best of Every Year pages at the top. So look for those. In case you missed any of the other posts, here are the links to all of them. Let me know what you thought in the comments! I’d love to see your own personal lists.

LINKS TO THE REST OF THE COUNTDOWN:
Top 100 Episodes: 100-91
Top 100 Episodes: 90-81
Top 100 Episodes: 80-71
Top 100 Episodes: 70-61
Top 100 Episodes: 60-51
Top 100 Episodes: 50-41
Top 100 Episodes: 40-31
Top 100 Episodes: 30-21
Top 100 Episodes: 20-11

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