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12 Best TV Shows of 2012

9. 'Sherlock'

By JARETT WIESELMAN

December 19, 2012

In its second season, the Masterpiece (both in terms of quality and its PBS home) import magnified every excellent element of season one, while also proving itself capable of flipping the script and casting a shadow of a doubt over everything fans had come to love about the detective series.

For the season finale, Sherlock's fiercest foe, Moriarty, first convinced the world that Sherlock was a charlatan. Then he nearly convinced fans they'd loved a lie all along. Not only an amazing feat, but an incredibly impressive display of narrative planning as it quickly became clear the writers had been working towards this ending since the beginning.

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