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: ‘The L.A. Complex’ (TV review)

“The L.A. Complex” (8 p.m. Central Tuesdays on The CW), which can be sneak-previewed at Hulu and premieres on old-fashioned TV on Tuesday, repackages the tried-and-true clichés about trying to make it in show business in a zesty, fast-paced way. Comparing first episodes, it blows away NBC’s polished, dull and much-more-hyped “Smash.”

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