5 Kick-Ass TV Shows to Start Watching in 2012 (If You’re Not Already)

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Damien Lewis in Homeland TV Series

HOMELAND (Showtime) – Watch the Pilot Episode

Is he or isn’t he? That’s the question at the start of Showtime’s thrilling drama “Homeland”. Yes, I’m calling this a drama. It’s not really an action series like “24″, even though the show’s crew is heavily “24″-inspired, with the show’s producers/showrunners having previously directed Jack Bauer’s adventures. No, “Homeland” is more of an intense thriller, the kind of show where every episode could potentially blow up in your face with great ramifications for all involved. It features fantastic starring turns from “Band of Brothers’” Damian Lewis and Claire Danes, long removed from “My So Called Life”, playing quite possibly the most mentally unbalanced heroine in all of TV. Hell, that’s the one thing that sets “Homeland” apart from every other show currently on TV — just how broken and damaged its heroes are. How many shows have leading men who may or may not be a terrorist sleeper agent? The show’s Season 1 finale is easily the most intense, armchair-gripping episode in all of cable TV. WARNING! The episode preview below CONTAINS MASSIVE SPOILERS that leads into Season 2:

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  • http://twitter.com/BrentMMcKnight Brent McKnight

    Justified is my current favorite show on TV. I’ve seen the first four episodes of Season 3, and it picks up the badassness right where Season 2 left of, but cranks it up a few notches to boot!

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

    Great list. “Justified” is just a great show hands down!! “Strike Back!” is also a greta show. lots of action and some great T&A too. “Homeland” is a mindfuck and a half but also an absolutely amazing show!
    Haven’t seem “Alpahs or “White Collar” yet. But if you like “White Collar” you should check out “Leverage”

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

      Really? I am shocked you haven’t seen “Alphas” yet, I would think it would be right up your alley. It’s basically X-Men on TV! That’s your thing, man! And I’ve seen Leverage. It’s on my DVR, but it’s getting up there in seasons. It was either Leverage or White Collar, and since I just got into White Collar last year, I thought I’d pimp that instead.

      • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

        Well at least you know about it! LOL. Yeah i still don’t have cable and Alphas seems to be off Virg’s radar. I’ll make sure it gets a blip, and we’ll play catch up.

        • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

          Check the link I have in the article. I think Syfy has all the episodes online and are offering them for free.

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

            SUHWEET!!!

  • rico

    White Collar is fantastic. Its star Matt Bomer is among the most talented actors to come along in years and obviously the hottest.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001861743892 Joan Lin

    White Collar is one of my favorite shows. Where is Suits.. it is my #1 shows then there is Person of Interest also….

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

      Suits is okay, but stretches credulity that a guy can pretend to be a lawyer and no one bothers to check his references. Person of Interest is already a hit show, so it doesn’t really need more advertising.

  • TheStrongestThereIs.com

    A show that’s really picking up steam and I hope continues is Person of Interest. They have done alot of stuff in that show to really take it past a weekly concept routine. Some other article I was reading described the show as “How to do a super hero show right.” At first I didn’t pay attention to that, but given the later episodes of the season, its definitely an awesome show. Though, the title of “how to do a superhero show right” goes to the show Misfits, hands down.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      I saw that articale last week, and it got my attention. I’m actually putting the show on my list of “To watch” now. I’ve heard great stuff, but i always missed the show. “Misfits” is another show I want to catch up on.

      • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

        Person of Interest is essentially The Punisher. Jim Caviezel is Frank Castle and the gimpy guy from “Lost” is Microchip.

        • http://twitter.com/BrentMMcKnight Brent McKnight

          That sounds rad. I’ve been interested in Person of Interest, but haven’t had a chance to catch it.

  • Jason aka sno :-P

    Can’t wait for the Season of Justified Nix!!! will have to check out Alphas and see what i’ve been missing out on. :-P

    • http://twitter.com/BrentMMcKnight Brent McKnight

      It’s so F’n good I can barely stand it. Not to give anything away, but there are some badass new villains.

  • Avalon

    I whole-heartedly agree with you on all counts… EXCEPT Alphas. I so wanted to like it, but I find it soooooo boring. Mutant X had more character. But bring on the new seasons of Justified, White Collar, Homeland and most definitely Strike Back.

  • CJ

    Everyone should definitely check out White Collar! Seriously, there is no better chemistry out there than what Matt Bomer and TimDeKay bring to their characters.

  • Icekendee

    Strike back one of the best action tv series.

    • alex proteau

      i agree with you everything is there to make a perfect show

  • Ursnsd34

    GREAT ARTICLE! We are so blinded by advertising and special effects that we forgot the most important things in movies: acting and storyline.
    I would like to add The Killing ( Forbridelsen) tv series , the original from Danemark, as the best police investigation series i ve ever seen. It’ s like reading an excelent policier .I’ve not seen the US version of it, but i heard it’s good. Give it a try.

    PS I’m not just writting…. i know and i ‘ve watchd ALL the best tv shows out there for the last 10 years.
    Cristian -Romania
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0826760/