Mo Ryan is the television critic at the Huffington Post.
Mo's top 5:
1. "Breaking Bad" (AMC)
2. "Louie" (FX)
3. "Parks and Recreation" (NBC)
4. "Homeland" (Showtime)
5. "Game of Thrones" (HBO)
1. What was the show of the year? "Girls." It just wasn't like anything I'd ever seen before, and when I fall for a new show, I fall hard.
2. What was the best scene? "Homeland's" "Q and A" had a scene in which Carrie Mathison interrogated Nicholas Brody. It was the most masterful and moving dialogue of the year and I can't forget the unbelievable performances from Claire Danes and Damian Lewis.
3. Best performance of the year? Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmentraut on "Breaking Bad." I have to single him out partly because I'm sure no awards-giving body will do so, but mainly because Banks gave the kind of wonderfully restrained, memorable performance that only a canny, committed, old-school master can give.
4. What was the funniest joke or line? Max Greenfield detailing his sex strategies in the "New Girl" episode "Eggs" had me doubled over in laughter all six times I watched it.
5. Which series best evoked life in 2012? "Game of Thrones." No, really. The show was all about the struggle for power, weird alliances, embarrassing decisions and desperate people wracked by conflicting loyalties -- sort of a mirror of the 2012 election, if you ask me.
6. And the personality of the year goes to … Nate Silver! A nerdy math whiz had only a 1 percent chance of making stats sexy, but he managed it.
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