Theory: our brains are more stuffed with references and questions from TV shows now more than ever before because of the proliferation of the GIF. No longer do we have to search for a video or *shudder* type out what, for instance, Barney Gumble said in that Simpsons episode 17 years ago — we can now just embed a GIF (or find a screenshot). And the world's better off for being able to bookmark The Collected Works of Ron Swanson.
That being said, here's a list of the 15 most quotable TV show characters from 2012, based off how many times you guys made reference to them in the comments section and we've written about them in posts. Many of the selectees appeared on their respective series before this year, but all the quotes are taken from episodes that aired in 2012. If you can't recite every line said by Veep's Jonah, you're doing the Internet wrong.
#15. Rafi (The League)
#14. Louise Belcher (Bob's Burgers)
#13. Al Capone (Boardwalk Empire)
#12. Jonah Ryan (Veep)
#11. Sinbrad (Happy Endings)
I couldn't decide between Brad vs. Alex vs. Everyone on the Show, so splitting the difference.
#10. Drunk Uncle (SNL)
#9. Tyrion Lannister (Game of Thrones)
#8. Kenny Powers (Eastbound & Down)
#7. Nick Miller (New Girl)
#6. Pam Poovey (Archer)
#5. Dean Pelton (Community)
#4. Jesse Pinkman (Breaking Bad)
For that one line alone.
#3. Liz Lemon (30 Rock)
#2. Louie (Louie)
#1. Ron Swanson (Parks and Recreation)