Sunday, September 2, 2012

AFT Awards: Best Drama Series

This is the twentieth category of the 6th Annual AFT Television Awards, my personal choices for the best in television during the 2011-2012 season. Nominees are listed in the order I’ve ranked them.

Best Drama Series

Last year’s nominees: Boardwalk Empire, Dexter, The Good Wife, Justified, Mad Men

Emmy nominees: Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, Homeland, Mad Men

Semi-finalists: Alphas, Boardwalk Empire, The Closer, Covert Affairs, Damages, Dexter, The Good Wife , Hell on Wheels, The Killing , Luck, Person of Interest, True Blood

Finalists: Sons of Anarchy continued down a dark road with ever-blurring lines and spectacular character developments. Boss presented a mesmerizingly bleak and serious account of manipulative, awful people in a most fascinatingly cruel political universe. The Walking Dead mixed hope with horror in a strong, story-driven second season. Alcatraz took a terrific approach to sci-fi with superb episodic guest stars and a magnificent mythology. Game of Thrones expanded its conflict-ridden quest for dominion of the realm with even more fighting and betrayal.

The nominees:

Outcasts explored a fantastically engaging future on another planet, with excellent characters and stellar storytelling. Justified outdid its marvelous second season with truly outstanding characters and some of the best dialogue ever uttered on television. Breaking Bad got even darker in its fourth season, never missing a beat in its captivating presentation of unlikely criminals. Mad Men, in its fifth season, was just as compelling as ever, comfortable with its characters and showing no negative signs of aging.

The winner:

Homeland got off to a furious and wondrously exciting start, and didn’t lose any of its steam through its exceptional finale, featuring amazing performances from the entire cast and top-notch writing.

Next up: Best Comedy Series

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