Friday, September 9, 2016

AFT Awards: Best Comedy Series

This is the twenty-first and final category of the 10th Annual AFT Television Awards, my personal choices for the best in television during the 2015-2016 season. Finalists and semi-finalists are included to recognize more of the impressive work done on television today. Nominees are pictured in the order I’ve ranked them.

Best Comedy Series

Last year’s nominees: Babylon, Jane the Virgin, Orange is the New Black, Parks and Recreation, Veep

Emmy nominees: Black-ish, Master of None Modern Family, Silicon Valley, Transparent, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Veep

Semi-finalists: Doll and Em, Galavant, Grandfathered, House of Lies, iZombie, Life in Pieces, Master of None, Significant Mother, The Brink, The Detour, The Grinder, Transparent, Veep, You're the Worst

Finalists: Jane the Virgin entered its second set of chapters with a renewed commitment to great character development and fantastic soapy storytelling. Girls was better than it’s been in a while with resounding installments about its characters and their life choices. Togetherness came to a tragically truncated end with a superb second year filled with moving and entertaining moments. Silicon Valley graduated its characters to a new level of success and didn’t stop hitting them with comic obstacles. Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll was a hilarious and perfectly over-the-top portrait of musicians past their prime and fully unable to see it.

The nominees:

You, Me, Her was a charming, inventive look at an unconventional relationship and its major players. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend was a marvelously creative genre hybrid that never failed to enthrall and entertain. Shameless continued to be great in its sixth season, proving that its characters have many more great stories to tell. Orange is the New Black covered new ground and introduced new faces in a very strong third season.

The winner:

Casual was fresh, funny, and totally unmissable, presenting two adults and one teenager with plenty of relationship baggage and lots of great material to cover.

Next up: That’s a wrap! The Emmy Awards are coming up very soon, so stay tuned this week for episode analysis and predictions, with fall pilot reviews to follow!

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