Of all the shows that made us laugh this year, some stood out from the crowd. What makes a great comedy may be a matter of personal taste, but in our opinion these series all came out on top this year. We sat down to select what we think were the best and funniest shows of the year, and narrowed it down to a list ranging from freshman comedies to long-running favorites. all of which kept us in stitches and gave us an escape to look forward to with every new episode. From edgy, cutting edge shows like Louie and Girls to classic sitcoms like The Big Bang Theory and even an animated choice, this list presents the best of the best in our opinion.

These shows are all very different and yet they all have one thing in common - they're well-written, populated with brilliant and talented actors, and of course, they are really, really funny. Presented in no particular order, here are TV Blend’s top 10 comedies of 2012.

After the amazing “Heart of Archness” mini-series, 3 episodes bridging the gap between Seasons 2 and 3 of the FX animated comedy, we didn’t think there was anywhere for Archer to go but down - and then almost each and every one of the ten episodes that followed were impeccable (with “The Limited” perhaps the best of the slouch-less bunch). Seriously, look back at the recaps from early this year and 'impeccable' is definitely the word used most often while chronicling Sterling Archer's third season of adventures as a super-spy. The titular ISIS Agent is a walking and talking parody but Adam Reed and his amazing voice-cast take the show to such high art absurdity that the result is an unparalleled and uproarious animated comedy.

And that’s really the most important requirement when it comes to naming the top television comedies of the year: they’d better be funny, and we don’t know another program that crams as many laughs into an installment as Archer. The rapid fire raunchy dialogue is only matched by the hilarious characters who populate the unorthodox workplace comedy and carry-out the spy influenced situations they spoof. Led by H. Jon Benjamin, the best voice in the game, you know, the voice-over game, the rest of the cast are equally up to the challenge with co-stars Aisha Tyler, Chris Parnell, Jessica Walter, Judy Greer, and Amber Nash. And, we know it seems like forever since we saw the spy in action but Archer is almost ready to return with Season 4 premiering on Thursday, January 17 at 10:00 p.m on FX.

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