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The 25 Best TV Shows of 2012

16. Spartacus: Vengeance (Starz)

Stars: Liam McIntyre, Peter Mensah, Lucy Lawless, Viva Bianca, Craig Parker, Manu Bennett, Katrina Law, Dustin Clare, Dan Fuerriegel, Brooke Williams

Entering the season premiere of Spartacus: Vengeance, the Starz network's first stab at furthering the Roman gladiator's story after the death of first season star Andy Whitfield, the question on every fan's mind was: Does this Liam McIntyre fella have what it takes? The answer: A less than ecstatic yes, as it turns out.

Although the new Spartacus wasn't able to fully thrive in Whitfield's huge shadow, the show surrounding him carried on quite dutifully. Because, in the end, the Spartacus brain trust knows what brings viewers back every Friday night, and that's the promise of excessive violence, gore, and copious T&A, all of which Spartacus: Vengeance had in abundance.

The series' upcoming season, Spartacus: War of the Damned, will be the franchise's last one. We can't say we're devastated, though: The tale of Spartacus has a known end-game, and there's only so much obligatory debauchery viewers can take before "never enough" becomes "too much." For now, though, bring on the carnage.

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