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The Best Seasons Of 12 Must-Watch TV Shows

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1. Parks and Recreation — Season 4

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Tammy One. Entertainment 720. Bobby Newport. Every season of Parks and Recreation is fantastic, but Season 4, which chronicles Leslie's season-long bid for a seat on the Pawnee City Council, features some of the most memorable scenes, characters, and story lines of the entire series.

2. Key & Peele — Season 3

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Since its first episode, Key & Peele has only gotten better. Season 3 brought more social satire and a higher budget that allowed the show's creators, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, to create some of their most memorable sketches to date, including "Valet Guys," "The East/West Bowl Rap," "Pussy on the Chainwax," and many more.

3. Law & Order: SVU — Season 7

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Mariska Hargitay won a prestigious television award for her performance in Season 7, and Christopher Meloni was also nominated for his depiction of fan-favorite Detective Elliot Stabler. Aside from the critically acclaimed performances, the season's writers crafted some of the darkest story lines in the show's illustrious 16-year history.

4. Chappelle's Show — Season 2

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Season 1 was excellent, and it allowed Dave Chappelle to work out the kinks inherent in translating his stand-up material to taped sketch comedy. By Season 2, Dave and his crew had become a well-oiled machine of comedic excellence, setting a precedent for all sketch comedy television that followed.

5. Desperate Housewives — Season 2

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Season 2 of Desperate Housewives is oozing with mystery, intrigue, and intense drama. A new, mysterious neighbor joins the cast, Bree unwittingly starts dating the guy who poisoned her husband (while fighting alcoholism), and the drama in the Young household was at an all-time high, earning the show several prestigious award nominations.

6. Ugly Betty — Season 1

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The first season of Ugly Betty defines the entire series. As a viewer, you just know that Betty is smarter and more creative than people treat her, and it's only a matter of time before she puts her dumb boss in his place and gets the credit she deserves.

7. Community — Season 3

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The show's creator, Dan Harmon, helmed the cult series for the first three seasons before being fired by NBC. Many fans feel that the show went downhill after that, which is why Season 3 is considered by most to be the pinnacle of Community, when the cast, writing, and Harmon's creative vision were firing on all cylinders.

8. Alias — Season 2

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Cliffhangers. Heartbreak. Jennifer Garner as a super-secret spy who has to confront her devious, thought-to-be-dead mother while bringing down the evil organization where she just so happens to work. From the most awkward Bristow family vacation ever to the kiss we'd been waiting to see since episode one, Season 2 delivers it all.

9. The Mindy Project — Season 2

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Season 1 of The Mindy Project set the stage with a solid premise, a colorful cast of characters, and a tantalizing will-they-won't-they relationship between Mindy and Danny Castellano. In Season 2, the characters were given the opportunity to shine, and the Mindy–Danny tension culminated in one of the most memorable scenes in recent TV history.

10. South Park — Season 10

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Season 10 features the final appearance of Chef (in "The Return of Chef"), "Cartoon Wars," in which the characters attempt to cancel Family Guy for broadcasting an image of Muhammad, "Make Love, Not Warcraft," featuring animation sequences made in the style of World of Warcraft, and many other iconic episodes that make this season flawless.

11. Sleepy Hollow — Season 1

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The first season of Sleepy Hollow blended a traditional crime procedural with a bizarre supernatural time-travel premise, which was interesting. Viewers had to make sense of this intriguing situation while the characters were solving crimes and racing against time to prevent the Headless Horseman from killing again, and the pace of the show hasn't slowed since.

12. Brooklyn Nine-Nine — Season 2

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The first season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine won a well-deserved industry award for Best Comedy Series. Season 2 delivered more of the same, and with a well-established cast of characters, the show was able to dive deeper into the hilarious personal lives of the quirky staff of Brooklyn's 99th precinct.

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