Friday, September 22, 2017

AFT Awards: Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series

This is the eighteenth category of the 11th Annual AFT Television Awards, my personal choices for the best in television during the 2016-2017 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 Ensemble in a Comedy Series

Last year’s nominees: Orange is the New Black, Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll, Shameless, Veep, You, Me, Her

Semi-finalists: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Divorce, Girls, Grace and Frankie, Life in Pieces, Making History, Santa Clarita Diet, Search Party, The Catch, The Detour, The Great Indoors, Transparent, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Veep, Vice Principals, You, Me, Her, You're the Worst

Finalists: Silicon Valley achieved new highs thanks to the hilarity of its cast. Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll was just as wild in season two, with its ensemble players getting even more hyped up than before. iZombie tackled new dramatic territory with just the right amount of comedy infused from its stars. Shameless was as depraved as ever, with its committed cast continuing to perform beyond expectations. Jane the Virgin encountered new challenges that its more than capable cast was perfectly ready to take on.

The nominees:

People of Earth turned those obsessed with alien abduction into sweet, wonderful people thanks to a great set of actors. The Good Place made a place not quite like heaven very palatable thanks to its assembly of talent. Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency wouldn’t have worked as marvelously as it did without all of its eccentric cast members. Orange is the New Black has one of the best ensembles on television and shows no signs of letting up as it humanizes the complicated inmates of Litchfield.

The winner:

Trial and Error made a town full of ridiculous people feel totally real and completely hilarious, with exceptional performances all around.

Next up: Best Cancelled Series

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