Each year, I feel like television tries to out-do itself. There's always some way that shows try to be all crazy and leave you on the edge of your seat. With reality television and live television, we have moments that are completely spur of the moment.
This year, there was no shortage, so for the end of the year, I compiled my top five TV moments. As hard as it was to narrow it down to just five, these are the ones that stuck out in my mind the most.
No. 5 - Clint Eastwood versus the chair.
This Aug. 30 file photo shows actor Clint Eastwood looking toward an empty chair as he addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.
At the National Republican Convention, Clint Eastwood went coo-coo. Or did he? A nation watched one of the most badass men in film history ... talk to a chair. A CHAIR. With NO ONE sitting in it. Well, Mr. Eastwood made you think that he was speaking to President Obama, but still, some audiences couldn't help but think Eastwood went off the deep end.
In interviews afterward, Eastwood stood by his speech, saying he wasn't crazy. In an interview with CNN, Eastwood said, "One advantage of being my age is that, you know, what can they do to ya?"
And that's true. How could you make fun of Clint Eastwood, even though he's talking to a chair. HE'S CLINT EASTWOOD. And that's why he made my list.
No. 4 - The end of "Jersey Shore."
As if MTV didn't know they were playing Russian Roulette by having drunk hooligans run around Seaside Heights, N.J., for six seasons, they dared to get sentimental with the last season.
Crying and slobbering their way through the last episode ever, the "Jersey Shore" castmates will pump their fists no more on the show that inspired a strong a opinion from everyone. New Jersey was mad, Italians were mad, they even gave us 20-somethings something to be ashamed of.
I feel like the cast should be kissing the feet of MTV. Without this show, the guidos and guidettes we watched take shots, fist-pump and spread STDs like pollen would still be doing all that, but without the camera. So, there also would be no sunglasses, jewelry and slipper lines from Snooki. JWoww wouldn't have her own bronzer line and no one would care what these kids did with their nightlife.
Snooki being pregnant only added a "how is this entertaining?" factor to the final season. All the faces of the cast members had aged, they couldn't party like they used to, and to top it off, the two most popular cast- mates didn't even drink and lose their judgment anymore. (The Situation was clean and sober after a stint in rehab.) It had to come to an end.
No. 3 - Everybody finally realizing how awesome "The Walking Dead" is.
So, yes, it took three seasons, but EVERYONE is talking about AMC's "The Walking Dead." And why not? It's a great mix of horror, shock and storyline that leaves you wanting more.
I admit, I jumped on the bandwagon late. And there were haters, as with every show. But this just stands out as an example of good television.
It's cool enough for hipsters to watch, manly enough for dudes and bros to watch, and has just enough sex appeal for girls to be like, "Hey, he's hot!"
Although the show is based on a comic book series, the creators have already stated they were not strictly following the storyline. They are making the show for the audience, not for awards, not for street cred.
This was my favorite show of 2012. The cliff-hanging mid-season is still ringing in my mind, keeping me on the edge of my seat until February.
As far as I'm concerned, everyone in the entire world can start getting into "Walking Dead," because this show is going to be everywhere in 2013.
No. 2 - "Gossip Girl" is ... Gossip Guy?
OK. So I don't like to admit that I watch this show from time to time and follow the storylines, no matter how stupid they seem.
This entire show, to me, was fashion, drama, cute boys and, who the heck is "Gossip Girl" and how does she know everything?
Nobody would ever suspect Dan Humphrey, who on the show in season one was Serena's outcast boyfriend from the poor family and just not what "Gossip Girl" was all about.
After a six-season run, this kind-of-disappointing, kind-of-weird, kind-of-awesome, end let the snotty brats of the Upper East Side rest peacefully in television history.
No. 1 - "Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo!"
You've got to be living under a rock if you haven't heard of Honey Boo-Boo and her family.
This family of rough and tumble, pick-my-nose-and-I-don't-care, burp-and-fart-as-loud-as-I-can, redneck clan was seriously the highlight of my television watching this year.
Although I fear for the mental stability of Alana, Honey Boo Boo, when she becomes of age to realize just how much America hated, loved and was grossed-out by her family, this show was great.
I can still laugh whenever someone makes a Honey Boo Boo joke.
That says a lot for something that has been in the media since August.
And now, NOW, they have announced a second season? I couldn't be happier. You know you are, too.
Having a bad day? At least you don't look like Honey Boo Boo's mom.
Feeling down about yourself? At least you have all your teeth.
How could I not make Honey Boo Boo No. 1? We need America to "Redneckognize!"
And there you have it. My top 5 of 2012. I can't wait for 2013 to see what outrageous, earth shattering, heartbreaking twists the shows I watch have in store for the future.