The 25 Worst TV Shows of 2012

21. Talking Dead (AMC)

Clearly, we're fans of The Walking Dead around here—just check out the AMC zombie show's No. 1 ranking on our list of the year's best TV shows. So as much as it pains us to call out its unnecessary Sunday night follow-up program, Talking Dead, the truth is unavoidable here.

Aside from the fact that it's simply an AMC vanity project, Talking Dead typically wastes 30 minutes by having well-intentioned host Chris Hardwick get all gee-whiz over The Walking Dead with fellow celebrity fanboys like Chuck star Zachary Levi and WWE bruiser CM Punk. So, yes, it's essentially what you and your boys do after each The Walking Dead episode: Analyze the show from a secondhand watcher's perspective, not an expert's stance.

Occasionally, The Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara, comic book creator Robert Kirkman, and makeup effects master Greg Nicotero stop by the set to offer actual insider opinions, but their appearances are few and far between (and oftentimes they speak vaguely to avoid spoilers anyway). More often than not, it's someone like rocker Joel Madden discussing his homemade zombie survival kit. We'd rather hear the late Lori Grimes (Sarah Wayne Callies) give a Mother of the Year Award acceptance speech.

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