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The 10 most important TVs of 2011

It turns out that 2011 saw some of the most interesting developments in a long time in the TV category. Here are 10 reasons why.

Panasonic TC-P50ST30
The Panasonic ST30 is the best value of any TV I've ever reviewed...for now. Sarah Tew/CNET

With all of the brouhaha over tablets, smartphones, and thin PCs, it's easy to overlook the fact that quite a few noteworthy things happened in the venerable TV category this year.

It's my job to keep track of such things, so, yeah, I'm biased, but when considering a year-end article to write, it really wasn't difficult to come up with 10 TVs that actually deserve the title "important." The models below, arranged in no particular order, might qualify because of picture quality, bang for the buck, 3D technology, slick design, or even sheer size, but each one interests me in its own way and potentially sets a trend for 2012 and beyond.

Disagree with any of my picks or want to nominate a more-important-to-you model? Let me know in comments.