The BEST Television shows of 2012
Television saw quite a few great reality shows as well as soaps in 2012. There were quite a few soaps that explored new subjects, giving them an interesting spin.
Here's taking a look at the top 12 list. This list does not include evergreen shows like Saath Nibhana Saathiya, Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai, Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma, Sasural Simar Ka and CID.
Aamir Khan made an impressive TV debut with Satyamev Jayate.
The show highlighted social issues such as honour killings, dowry and child abuse.
The show was simultaneously telecast on Doordarshan and the broadcaster's Bengali, Malayalam, Marathi, Tamil and Telugu channels.
It attracted large audiences and became a prominent topic of discussion on social networking sites and drawing rooms across the country.
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Image: Aamir Khan in Satyamev Jayate
Devon Ke Dev Mahadev
Devon Ke Dev Mahadev tells the story of Lord Shiva (Mohit Raina) and his love for Sati (Mouni Roy) and later Parvati (Sonarika Bhadoria).
The show has a different style of narration. The mythological saga has been successfully delivering promising numbers since day one.
The show made the gods and the channel Life OK very happy in 2012.
Image: Mohit Raina and Mouni Roy in Devon Ke Dev Mahadev
The serial highlights the issue of child marriage but in recent episodes it also talked about widow remarriage.
The protagonist Anandi (played by Pratyusha Banerjee) gets married in a mass wedding ceremony that also included many other widows of the village tying the knot on the same day.
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Image: Pratyusha Banerjee in Balika Vadhu
Diya Aur Bati Hum
In Diya Aur Baati Hum, destiny binds Suraj (Anas Rashid), a simpleton who has not studied much, with Sandhya (Deepika Singh), an educated girl who aspires to study further and become an IAS officer.
Their bonding, and the manner in which the husband strives hard to fulfil his wife's dreams, have made an impact on viewers for its unusual viewpoint.After ruling the TRP charts for more than a year, it recently began losing numbers. The makers of the show have decided to heat things up, to get back its TRP rating.
Image: Deepika Singh and Anas Rashid in Diya Aur Bati Hum
Set against the backdrop of the Indian film industry, the show brought together two of the most popular faces in the television industry -- RK (Vivian Dsena) and Madhu (Drashti Dhami).
It provided viewers a glimpse of the life of Bollywood stars, showing their struggles and challenges.
With Madhu and RK falling in love, the show is only expected to further cement its place in people's hearts.
Image: Drashti Dhami in Madhubala
Bade Achhe Lagte Hain
Saakshi Tanwar, who had been missing from the small screen for a long time, made a re-entry with Bade Achhe Lagte Hain. While Ram Kapoor, on the other hand, is dabbling with films as well as television at the same time.
Their lip-lock and intimate moments in Bade Achhe Lagte Hain stunned audiences and created over-night hysteria. The 17-minute long lovemaking scene soon went viral on the web.
TV shows with time leaps do not go down well with audiences but the adorable Pihu (Amrita Mukherjee) made a significant contribution to the show's.
Image: Saakshi Tanwar and Ram Kapoor in Bade Achhe Lagte Hain
Na Bole Tum Na Maine Kuch Kaha
Na Bole Tum Na Maine Kuch Kaha is an unusual love story that touched hearts.
The story of a single mother Megha Vyas (Aakansha Singh), who has no intention of being a bride again, and the self-centred bachelor Mohan (Kunal Kapoor), who runs miles from commitment, kept viewers interested in how the relationship would develop.
The second season is now all set to open a new chapter in their lives.
Image: Kunal Kapoor and Aakansha Singh in Na Bole Tum Na Maine Kuch Kaha
Pavitra Rishta again carried the huge responsibility of bringing a new romantic flavour to the show post the leap.
The young pair of Arjun (Rithvik Dhanjani) and Poorvi (Asha Negi) with their amazing screen presence, sizzled and kept viewers glued.
Image: Rithvik Dhanjani and Asha Negi in Pavitra Rishta
Kaun Banega Crorepati
The celebrated game show hosted by the legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan does not need any introduction.
The show returned after a four-year hiatus and is still one of the most popular shows on television.
KBC gives its contestants the chance to talk about their problems. This time people from troubled backgrounds were invited on the show to see if they could win some money through the game.
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Image: Amitabh Bachchan in Kaun Banega Crorepati
Bigg Boss Season 6
The sixth season of Bigg Boss saw a commoner -- Hyderabad based martial artist Kashif Qureshi -- in the house alongside 12 celebrity contestants.
Imam's midnight drama in the Bigg Boss house has made him an overnight star. He showed his violent side and was thrown out of the house.
Salman Khan, who hosts the show, revealed tidbits about his forthcoming film Dabangg 2, like the movie's first look and disclosing Kareena Kapoor's item number.
Image: Salman Khan in Bigg Boss Season 6
Jhalak Dikhlaa Jaa Season 5
An interesting mix of celebrities, singers and a cricketer brought this dance show alive this season.
It showed some memorable moments in the history of Indian television, such as Sridevi and Madhuri Dixit together after almost a decade.
Gurmeet Chaudary was the winner of the show. It fetched an impressive number of TRPs.
Image: Madhuri Dixit and Karan Johar in Jhalak Dikhlaa Jaa Season 5
Crime Patrol is a hardcore depiction of real crime cases from all around the country. Crimes that tell us we need to be careful, we need to be watchful. Crimes that tell us lives could have been saved.
Anoop Soni, the host, says that when crimes gives a dastak, better be prepared lest we lose something or someone precious to us.
Image: Anoop Soni in Crime Patrol