December 30th, 2011
09:36 AM ET
This was the year that TV and Twitter truly joined forces.
Hashtags could be seen during shows like "Glee," "Fringe" and "The Voice," and CBS, Fox and USA were among the networks where actors live-tweeted while episodes aired.
One doesn't just watch TV or DVR their favorite shows anymore. They interact about what they're viewing on social media (and encouraging live tweeting certainly doesn't hurt ratings).
Let's take a look at the shows and moments that set Twitter on fire this year:
The combination of mystery, soap and a young cast on ABC Family's runaway hit, "Pretty Little Liars," is tailor-made for Twitter.
Even the social network itself had to acknowledge its social media dominance this year, giving it the top spot on its list of hot TV topics. Moments like Hanna's inadvertent shower scene with Caleb got the Twittersphere going.
The No. 2 show on Twitter's official "year in review" list seems like a no-brainer, since two of the most popular celebrities on Twitter were at the center of "Two and a Half Men's" roller coaster of a year.
@aplusk may have taken a respite from tweeting (okay, actually not for long), and people may not hang on to @charliesheen's every word anymore, but when their show was the talk of Tinseltown, it was also the talk of Twitter.
For each Sunday night during the spring when HBO's first season of "Game of Thrones" was airing, it was impossible not to see the tweets flying around, fast and furious.
The oft-repeated phrase, "Winter is coming" was popular, though the simple #got or #gameofthrones were also widespread. Look for Twitter to explode again with season 2 in April 2012.
"Parks and Recreation" was the inspiration for plenty of hashtags, thanks to its hilarious script. None were more memorable than Tom and Donna's "Treat Yourself 2011."
Once the two started listing all the ways they planned to treat themselves that day ("fragrances, mimosas, fine leather goods"), it was understandably tempting to tweet #treatyourself at the end of just about anything you wanted to recommend others check out or do. And people did just that.
Comedy Central highly encouraged tweeting during its roast of Donald Trump back in March, and it really paid off.
Not only were the ratings (as Trump would say) huge, but the tweets about the show were off the chart (one has to wonder at what point in that chart did The Situation's roasting attempt bomb in front of the audience?).
At various times during Steve Carell's final weeks on "The Office," his character Michael Scott - and his alter ego, agent Michael Scarn - trended on Twitter.
Between tweets from the coaches, tweets from the contestants, and even tweets from its (soon-to-be-ex) social media correspondent, Alison Haislip, it was almost difficult to watch "The Voice" without checking Twitter. Many of the aforementioned tweets were shown on air, another bonus.
When AMC's season finale of "The Killing" failed to wrap up its central murder mystery in a tidy bow, many fans revolted on Twitter.
Even our own Anderson Cooper responded, tweeting, "That was the finale?!"
(A producer responded, "We never said you'll get closure at the end of season 1. We said from the very beginning this is the anti-cop cop show.")
This reference to an episode parodying NBC's shortlived show "The Cape" has been used on Twitter during the last few weeks of the year for fans to show support for the network's comedy, "Community." The cult favorite may or may not return to TV during the spring or summer.
Another popular hashtag, #thedarkesttimeline, referred to the very-well received "alternate timelines" episode of the show.
What shows do you think will get fans tweeting in 2012? Let us know in the commments!
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