Fishpork’s 10 Favorite TV Shows of 2012

We’re in a golden age of television, and music soundtracks are playing a large part. No other show uses the combination of score and soundtrack more effectively than Breaking Bad. Dave Porter’s range of minimalist to industrial soundscapes serves as a superb compliment to the continuing moral decline of Walter White. Add in the use of some of our favorite artists (TV on the Radio’s “DLZ” during Walt’s parking lot confrontation, Alexander’s “Truth” during White’s walk after the infamous box cutter scene, and Fever Ray’s “If I Had a Heart” during Jesse Pinkman’s go-cart breakdown), and you have the perfect marriage of picture and sound. Louis CK’s original classical and jazz soundtrack on Louie and Sons of Anarchy’s use of bleak folk music and covers of classic gems are additional examples of top shows using music to advance the mood and atmosphere of their shows. Here is our list of favorite shows from this past year:

1. Breaking Bad

 2. Louie

3. Mad Men

4. Sons of Anarchy

 5. Homeland

6. Regular Show

7. Shameless

8. The Walking Dead

9. House of Lies

10. Portlandia

Most Disappointing:

  • Dexter

  • American Horror Story

  • It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

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Avid concert goer and film buff obsessed with indie and electronic music.

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