In the age of 24-episode US dramas and box sets, it's easy to get swept up in broader verdicts on what makes a good show and an appreciation of a brilliant 60 minutes of gripping television and scintillating writing can get lost.
So for the first time, Digital Spy has created its own Top 10 Best Episodes of the Year list to celebrate our favourite slices of drama and comedy on the box in 2012.
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Doctor Who's latest run in with the Daleks, a game-changing episode of Homeland and the demise of Malcolm Tucker in the Thick of It are among the episodes that made our countdown.
A gripping slice of Walking Dead, a jaw-dropping Mad Men moment and a moving Modern Family episode also made the final cut.
Do you agree with our list? What was your favourite episode of 2012? Let us know below!