John’s top 10 TV shows of 2012

Here are my top 10 TV shows of 2012:

1. “Parenthood” (Season 3-4, NBC) — I hate to have the same No. 1 two years in a row, but “Parenthood” — the only current series where having a Kleenex box nearby is a must — gives me no choice. During the run of “Friday Night Lights,” “Parenthood” was “Jason Katims’ other show.” Now it is filling “FNL’s” niche as the major-network show that best captures the universal human experience even though parenthood, like football, isn’t universal. This fall has been dominated by Kristina’s cancer arc, but it’s the non-awards-baiting moments such as Max winning the student presidency or Julia finally connecting with Victor that really stand out.

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First episode impressions: ‘Comic Book Men’ (TV review)

As a TV geek, I respect and revere comic book geeks. Pop into any decent comic shop and those rows upon rows of long-boxed back issues attest to the richness of the medium since its inception in 1933. Because of that, it seems more impressive to achieve a high level of knowledge about comics than it does TV or films.

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