Tim Goodman is the TV critic at the Hollywood Reporter.
Tim's top 5:
1. "Breaking Bad" (AMC). It will be impossible for Vince Gilligan and his writers to mess up the legacy in any way during the final eight episodes. The most consistently great show on TV.
2. "Mad Men" (AMC). Season 5 was uneven, but its highs were more spectacular than its lows were worrisome. And it had to capture a major change in the culture, which could have gone sideways but didn't.
3. "Game of Thrones" (HBO). There's only one problem with this series -- 10 episodes a season are not enough.
4. "The Walking Dead" (AMC). One of the most entertaining shows on television and, in Season 3, legitimately among the elite.
5. "Girls" (HBO). Wholly original, funny, serious and truthful. Not easy to do.
2. What was the best scene? Jessica Paré as Megan Draper dancing and singing in the season premiere. It was unlike anything "Mad Men" had done, and was a perfect example of the changing times ahead for Don and the rest of the cast.
3. Best performance of the year? Kelsey Grammer in "Boss." Not only was he robbed by not being nominated for an Emmy, it's conceivable he should have won it outright.
4. What was the funniest joke or line? "Yeah, bitch — MAGNETS!" — Aaron Paul as Jesse in "Breaking Bad"
5. Which series best evoked life in 2012? "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart." It was just right there, and right on it, all through the year.
6. And the personality of the year goes to … Honey Boo Boo. And it wasn't even close.
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