Are you all ready for the 2017 edition of Kevin's 7 Best of TV list??? No??? Okay, fine, I'm leaving now. NO TV FOR YOU!
I keed! I keed!
As you know from past lists, I actually break this up into two sections -- Acting Awards and Show Awards -- with seven awards in each. Yes, there used to be a third section for networks, but, let's be honest here, who really cares about the networks? I don't anymore. So two it shall be!
- Best Darn Acting All Year - Sterling K. Brown, Randall Pearson, This is Us
In a show full of amazing performances, somehow Brown's portrayal of Randall always rises to the top. His nervous breakdowns, his love of his family, his discovery of his biological father, his push to be a foster parent. I don't know how he does it, but I look forward to every moment he's on the screen.
- Dramatic 1-2 Punch - Milo Ventimiglia and Mandy Moore, Jack And Rebecca Pearson, This is Us
Like I said above, “In a show full of amazing performances,” and few relationships in the history of television are more beautifully nuanced than that of Jack and Becca Pearson.
- Comedic 1-2 Punch - Katy Mixon and Diedrich Bader, Katie and Greg Otto, American Housewife
This show was cute in season one but I can’t say it grabbed me. In season two, it has become must-watch TV for us and the key to that is Mixon and Bader and how they feed off each other.
- Best Ensemble - Life in Pieces
Season one was incomparable while season two suffered a sophomore slump. But junior year has picked up again and the cast is starting to regain steam again. They have gelled quite nicely.
- Best Cameo - Tim Meadows, Andre Glascott, The Goldbergs
Admittedly, his dozens of appearances as the school’s guidance counselor over the years qualifies as more than just a “cameo,” but I don’t have a secondary definition anymore, so cameo it is and Meadows owns it.
- Best Comeback - Zoe McLellan, Kendra Daynes, Designated Survivor
McLellan was the best part of NCIS: New Orleans for two seasons until she was unceremoniously dismissed in the off-season between two and three. We were so happy to see her back as a lawyer early in season two of DS and even happier when President Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland) asked her to join his White House staff.
- Dark Alley Award - Maggie Q, Hannah Wells, Designated Survivor
She kicks ass, that is all.
- Best Drama - Stranger Things
Even though the mystery took a while to come around in season two, the cast made it so watchable. I love Dustin and Lucas. They’re so well written and have become two of the best on the show. And Sean Astin’s allusions to The Goonies were great.
- Best Comedy - Young Sheldon
I wasn’t sure what I thought of having a history of Sheldon Cooper on TV but it’s so well cast and written that I’ve come to really enjoy it.
- Lost in Left Field - NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS: New Orleans
While the parent show is finally starting to click with its revolving door cast, these two are totally on life support. I'm tired of vendettas and multi-season story arcs. Make. Them. End.
- Best New View - Marvel's The Punisher
I gotta fess up that when I heard that Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead) was going to be showing up in Daredevil as The Punisher, I geeked out! I began to tell myself I needed to finish season one of Daredevil so I could get to two. It never happened. But then I saw Bernthal get his own Netflix series and figured it had to be able to standalone of Daredevil. It does. And it's so amazing. It's dark and brooding like what I've seen of Daredevil, but Bernthal brings Frank Castle to life in a way that Dolph Lundgren, Thomas Jane, etc., never managed to do.
- Most Surprising (In A Good Way) - The Good Doctor
If there’s anything genre of TV we have grown sick of in recent years, it’s medical dramas. We’ve avoided them all like the plague. But, for whatever reason, we decided to tune into The Good Doctor and we love it.
- Best Guilty Pleasure - Fuller House
Don’t. Judge. Us.
- Best Kids Show - Hey Duggee!
It’s so simple as to be completely endearing. A big dog who only speaks in barks (duh, but you gotta think in terms of Groot and his inflection of “I am Groot”) and the five “squirrels” to whom he provides daycare. And it has such great 80s inspired synth music.
What did you like on TV this year?