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From 'Homeland' to 'Honey Boo Boo,' a look back at 2012 TV

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TLC scored a hit with Alana Thompson and the reality show "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo."

Lena Dunham created, wrote, directed, produced and starred in HBO's acclaimed "Girls."

Race and culture fueled the comedy of Keegan-Michael Key, left, and Jordan Peele this year. Their sketch comedy series "Key & Peele" airs on Comedy Central.

FX's "Sons of Anarchy" was wilder than ever this year. It stars Tommy Flanagan, left, Kim Coates, Charlie Hunnam and Mark Boone Junior.

"Luck" proved unlucky indeed. The drama boasted an incredible cast -- including Joan Allen, Dustin Hoffman, John Ortiz and Dennis Farina. But HBO canceled the horse racing series after a third horse died during production.

FX's "Sons of Anarchy" was wilder than ever this year.

"Luck" proved unlucky indeed. The drama boasted an incredible cast -- including Nick Nolte -- but HBO canceled the horse racing series after a third horse died during production.

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TLC scored a hit with Alana Thompson, above, and the reality show "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo." The plot continued to thicken in the second-season of the Emmy-winning "Homeland," left, starring Claire Danes as an obsessed CIA agent and Damian Lewis as the man she both loves and tries to bring down.

The plot continued to thicken in the second-season of the Emmy-winning "Homeland," starring Claire Danes as an obsessed CIA agent and Damian Lewis as the man she both loves and tries to bring down.

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As with every year, TV in 2012 was a mix of the ridiculous and the sublime. It's not easy to narrow down a Top 10 anything for TV. Still, once this year's thousands of hours are assessed, 10 notable achievements emerge, for better or worse.
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    • TLC scored a hit with Alana Thompson and the reality show “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.”
    • Lena Dunham created, wrote, directed, produced and starred in HBO’s acclaimed “Girls.”
    • Race and culture fueled the comedy of Keegan-Michael Key, left, and Jordan Peele this year. Their sketch comedy series “Key & Peele” airs on Comedy Central.
    • FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” was wilder than ever this year. It stars Tommy Flanagan, left, Kim Coates, Charlie Hunnam and Mark Boone Junior.
    • “Luck” proved unlucky indeed. The drama boasted an incredible cast — including Joan Allen, Dustin Hoffman, John Ortiz and Dennis Farina. But HBO canceled the horse racing series after a third horse died during production.
    • FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” was wilder than ever this year.
    • “Luck” proved unlucky indeed. The drama boasted an incredible cast — including Nick Nolte — but HBO canceled the horse racing series after a third horse died during production.
    • TLC scored a hit with Alana Thompson, above, and the reality show “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.” The plot continued to thicken in the second-season of the Emmy-winning “Homeland,” left, starring Claire Danes as an obsessed CIA agent and Damian Lewis as the man she both loves and tries to bring down.
    • The plot continued to thicken in the second-season of the Emmy-winning “Homeland,” starring Claire Danes as an obsessed CIA agent and Damian Lewis as the man she both loves and tries to bring down.
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