Whether the shows in question have been nominated for an Emmy or not, 2012 has been a more than satisfactory year for TV connoisseurs.
Some TV series lure in fans with lowbrow appeal. Others set a higher standard, earning highbrow cred that often comes with Emmy love. Whether these series attack heady issues or make their mark by being unique to the landscape, they're the shows you think everyone should be watching with you... or are embarrassed to admit you're not watching. Not embarrassed? The snobs will insist you just don't know what you're missing. MSN TV takes a look at the top 10 shows TV elitists can get behind.