For this special edition of Names & Faces, we've placed a beloved Christmas present of new batteries into the remote control. We're ready to zoom in on some of TV's best (and worst) of 2012. Here we go:
Rolling Stone's best TV moments
In Rob Sheffield's look back at the "greatest couch-surfing" moments of 2012, the Rolling Stone critic wrote about a wide range of subjects, including Bill Clinton delivering the "full Bubba" at the Democratic National Convention, the "shameless tearjerker" on NBC's "Parks and Recreation" when Leslie ( Amy Poehler) and Ben ( Adam Scott) got engaged, and Kristen Wiig's final performance on "Saturday Night Live," which included Mick Jagger and Arcade Fire serenading her with "She's a Rainbow."
Sheffield also gave props to David Letterman and Jimmy Fallon, the two New York City-based late-night talk show hosts who continued with their shows after Hurricane Sandy rocked the East Coast.
"It was astounding, make-it-up-as-you-go TV. And it demonstrated perfectly what TV can do that the Internet and other media can't do at all," he wrote.
EW: The best Stephen King saw
Entertainment Weekly contributing writer and best-selling author Stephen King came up with 10 top shows. But one, "The X-Files," hasn't had a new episode in more than a decade. King explained that choice: American TV networks are irrelevant and the show's main characters Mulder ( David Duchovny) and Scully (Grand Rapids-raised Gillian Anderson) are "as fresh as ever."
King also loved Danish series "Borgen," AMC's "Breaking Bad" and FX's "Sons of Anarchy." He also was "particularly charmed" by teen actress Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark on HBO's epic adventure series, "Game of Thrones."
TV Guide's worst of the year
With categories like "Girls Behaving Badly," TV Guide had fun slamming legally challenged actress Lindsay Lohan, whose "biggest crime of the year" was playing Elizabeth Taylor in Lifetime's "Liz & Dick."
Connie Britton's singing on ABC's country-music drama "Nashville" also struck a sour note. "We adore the 'Friday Night Lights' alum, but her character Rayna James is supposed to be the reigning queen of country music, not a peon with amateurish karaoke dreams," they wrote. Ouch.