AFI's 2012 Top 10 List Includes Girls, Homeland and Horror Story — Which Shows Got Snubbed?

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blog_AHS_walking_dead_girlsThe American Film Institute has released its annual top 10 TV list, which includes one rookie (HBO’s Girls), one TV movie (HBO’s Game Change) and one horror anthology (American Horror Story: Asylum).

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Repeat honorees include Breaking Bad, Homeland and The Walking Dead  — which first appeared on the list in 2009 but was absent last year.

The shows were chosen by critics, film and television artists, critics, scholars and AFI Trustees. The organization will celebrate this year’s honorees at a Jan. 11 luncheon in Los Angeles.

The complete 2012 list is:

American Horror Story
Breaking Bad
Game Change
Game of Thrones
Mad Men
Modern Family
The Walking Dead

What do you think about the AFI list? Which shows do you think got snubbed? Sound off in the comments?

Comments (121)

  • No serious list would omit Parenthood.

    Comment by Linderella – December 10, 2012 02:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • “Sons Of Anarchy” and “Justified” should be on the list.

    Comment by Mark – December 10, 2012 02:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Heh two shows I dropped (AHS and Modern Family) are on the list lol

    Comment by Lauren – December 10, 2012 03:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • My top 10:
    10. The New Normal
    9. Person of Interest
    8. The Newsroom
    7. Body of Proof
    6. Revenge
    5. Castle
    4. The Middle
    3. Last Resort
    2. Modern Family
    1. Once Upon a Time

    Comment by nick1372 – December 10, 2012 03:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I pretty much agree with your list, but I’d exclude Body of Proof, Revenge and The Middle. Add Girls, How I Met Your Mother and Raising Hope. And put Castle first.

      Comment by May – December 10, 2012 10:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Fringe, Justified, Revenge, Person of Interest and Arrow were all snubbed IMO. Glad to see Homeland (the best show on television), The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad on it though.

    Comment by Stephen S. – December 10, 2012 03:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • arrow is good but still too many flaws to be considered a top 10 show, maybe this time next year when the writers have worked all the kinks out we could consider it again

      Comment by Alan – December 11, 2012 10:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Boardwalk Empire and Downton Abbey should both be on this list. There are two shows on thia list tha can be left off. Mad Men is One of them.

    Comment by lisa murphy – December 10, 2012 04:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Snub for The Good Wife!

    Comment by Annie – December 10, 2012 04:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Scandal, The Good Wife, Treme, Fringe (oh how I wish they would but I know it would never ever happen), Boardwalk Empire, Covert Affairs (yep – laugh all you want – great season)….

    Comment by sladewilson – December 10, 2012 04:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I think Covert Affairs could be considered for an Emmy. This last season was awesome. I went back & got the 1st & 2nd seasons on DVD. Granted not nearly as good as this season but I wanted the back story on a lot of stuff!!

      Comment by Jen – December 10, 2012 08:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • PARKS. AND. RECREATION. Certainly that over ‘American Horror Story’ or ‘Modern Family,’ come on AFI!

    Comment by Sean D – December 10, 2012 05:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I agree with the majority of the list but no Dexter, Justified or Person of Interest!? C’ mon AFI!

    Comment by b. – December 10, 2012 05:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

    I dont think the show will ever get the credit it’s supposed to get…too bad because its an amazing show!

    Comment by llws88 – December 10, 2012 05:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • the only show i watch thats here on the list and thats the walking dead which has been amazing! otherwise i dont agree.

    Comment by sue – December 10, 2012 05:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Person of Interest keeps getting better and better each week. It should be on any list of top ten television shows.

    Comment by Me Two – December 10, 2012 05:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love Castle as much as the next person (probably more, actually) but I’ve come to terms with the fact that it’s a show for the fans, not the critics.
    Grey’s hasn’t been deserving of an award since season 2, so let’s nip that in the bud.
    Louie is brilliant, Modern is past its prime. Veep or P&R should take its place. (And 30 Rock should have an infinite amount of awards, obviously.)
    Not sure why Girls gets so much criticism. It’s not my favorite to watch but the writing is out of this world.
    Homeland is amazing, some of the storylines this year are a little questionable though.

    Comment by Jenna – December 10, 2012 06:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Person of Interest and definitely TBBT.

    Comment by João Paulo – December 10, 2012 07:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sons of Anarchy! I wish the show would get recognized more often!

    Comment by Ashley – December 10, 2012 08:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Parenthood, Southland, and Fringe. All three deserve to be awarded something for how amazing each and every episode is.

    Comment by Kelsey Boeckermann – December 10, 2012 08:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Uh, Grimm and Revenge. Tired of cable shows, only getting critical acclaim.

    Comment by Raven – December 10, 2012 08:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I wish the world would just get over Modern Family. Yes the first season was ground breaking & awesomely funny but to me it’s not really watchable anymore. Much more interesting shows in my DVR to catch up on than watch it.

    Comment by Jen – December 10, 2012 09:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Girls and Modern Family!

    Comment by May – December 10, 2012 10:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Scandal and Person of Interest for sure, and I love once Upon a Time but let’s face it, it’s probably not going to get any critical acclaim ever.

    Comment by Annika – December 10, 2012 11:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Girls is fascinating from a TV fan perspective. It is literally so bad that critics are tripping over themselves to praise it out of fear they are missing something subtly brilliant. It is without doubt one of the worst series ever made, and watching the trendy praise is hilarious.

    Comment by Jo – December 11, 2012 12:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

    Comment by Sheryl Baines – December 11, 2012 01:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Grimm was amazing this year. Quite flawed last year, but what an improvement it’s seen this season! So that should be there!
    Walking Dead is no suprise this year.
    Dexter should be there, and I don’t think anyone should argue with that!
    Surprised to see no Community, which is incredible, and although I think Fringe was snubbed every other year, I get it this year. Season 5 has been average, still waiting for it to gain momentum, with only a few episodes left.

    Comment by liddad – December 12, 2012 01:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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