Taking a page from the TV Gal book of awards categories, I’d like to recognize television achievement in some unofficial categories, plus a few more of the standard Emmy categories (minus their official names). For some categories, I’ve listed a few contenders before picking a “winner,” while for others I’ve just listed a “winner.” Agree? Disagree? Post your comments below.
Best Comedy Episodes
- The Office – “Traveling Salesmen” – The Dunder-Mifflin staff hit the road in pairs for sales calls, and the result was one of the funniest episodes of the season. This episode allowed for the individual actors to show off their talents, sometimes in new ways, as some were paired with actors whom they had not interacted with much on the show up to that point. My favorite sales duo was Phyllis and Karen. Their visit to the beauty salon and the shot of their “big hair” afterwards? Classic.
- The Office – “Women’s Appreciation” – This episode showed us a different side of Michael, as he got in touch with his feminine side on a trip to the mall with the ladies of Dunder-Mifflin. Meanwhile, back at the office, the rest of the guys were doing the same as they lounged in the women’s bathroom. The best episodes of this show are the ones that involve interaction among several of the office staff, and this was one of them.
- 30 Rock – “Fireworks” – One of the funniest episodes of this show of the season. Will Arnett was great in his guest starring role as an NBC executive vying for Jack’s job.
- How I Met Your Mother – “Slap Bet” – This episode introduced us to “Robin Sparkles” and slap bets (how many slaps remain – three?). For me, this is the classic episode of this young series. The story had good pacing, the character interaction was great, and the 80s music video was laugh out loud funny.
Winner: The Office – “Traveling Salesmen”
Best Drama Episodes
- Battlestar Galactica – “Crossroads, Part 2” – This season three finale of the sci-fi gem was full of mind-blowing twists, but it also had the excellent acting, writing, music, etc. that set this show apart from others in its genre.
- Friday Night Lights – “Pilot” – The pilot episode of this series was so emotionally engaging that by the closing credits I already loved the characters and everything else about Dillon, Texas and Panther football. Every aspect of the show was perfect – writing, acting, directing, music, etc.
- Heroes – “Company Man” – This was one of the first Heroes episodes of the season that had deep character development, as we learned much about the past and motives of HRG (Claire’s father, played by Jack Coleman). This attention to character and emotion is what raised the quality of this episode over others from the series. This was also the episode that started the momentum that kept up through the season finale.
- Lost – “The Man from Tallahassee” – Terry O’Quinn always does a fantastic job, so it’s no surprise that this Locke-centric episode was one of the best of the season. We finally learned how Locke ended up in a wheelchair, and it was well worth the two and a half season’s wait.
- Lost – “Through the Looking Glass” – This was arguably the best episode this season – of any and all shows. The tension, the twists, the emotion, the special effects – it was tv drama at its best.
Winner: Lost – “Through the Looking Glass”
Best Opening Theme Song (Drama) – Friday Night Lights – The opening music completely sets the tone of the show and is helped along by the images of the quiet, small Texas town.
Best Opening Theme Song (Comedy) – The Office – Just as the Friday Night Lights’ theme song sets that show’s dramatic tone, the upbeat Office theme song perfectly fits the shenanigan-filled goodness of Dunder-Mifflin.
- Gaius Baltar (Battlestar Galactica)
- Benjamin Linus (Lost)
- Sheriff Lamb (Veronica Mars)
- Sylar (Heroes)
Winner: Benjamin Linus – All four of these characters are villains we love to hate, but the uber-creepy factor makes Ben the winner. Those shifty eyes, that shaky yet resolute voice, the walk. He’s a supervillain through and through.
Worst Villain: Vice President Noah Daniels (24) – Sorry, Powers Boothe fans, but this VP had a tough act to follow in last season’s reigning villain, President Logan.
Best Sidekick – Ando on Heroes – Don’t you just love Ando? He is Hiro’s voice of reason, but also his partner in comic book quests. Think about how different things would be if Hiro embarked on all his adventures alone?
Best Death Scene – Charlie Pace on Lost – Poor, poor Charlie. Some were happy to see him go (why such wrath against such a likeable tv character?), while others were furious that the writers chose to end his life. Amidst the controversy, Charlie’s death scene was very moving, sad, and memorable, and even more so because of the previous episode’s focus on Charlie and his greatest life moments.
Worst Death Scene – Meredith’s stepmom (Mare Winningham) on Grey’s Anatomy – This is the worth death scene for two reasons: 1) It wasn’t even shown, and was instead only mentioned after the fact. 2) This storyline seems pointless. There were many more interesting angles to explore between Meredith and her stepmom, especially since her mother has passed away. Mare Winningham was great in this role, and it just angered me that the writers would kill her off so flippantly.
Best TV Couple
- Kate and Sawyer (Lost)
- Michael and Jan (The Office)
- Starbuck and Apollo (Battlestar Galactica)
- Tami and Eric (Friday Night Lights)
- Veronica and Logan (Veronica Mars)
Winner: Tami and Eric (Friday Night Lights) – With the exception of Michael and Jan, all of these couples have great chemistry. Michael and Jan made the list because their relationship is so funny and awkward. However, Tami and Eric are the winners because they are such a realistic couple, played by Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler, who have seemingly effortless on-screen chemistry.
Worst TV Couple
- Apollo (Lee Adama) and Dualla (Battlestar Galactica) – I know the writers put these two together in order to continue the drama between Apollo and Starbuck, but they needed to develop it gradually rather than in the hurried manner that they chose. I have never bought into this storyline.
- Izzie and George (Grey’s Anatomy) – This was such a ridiculously bad idea.
- Rory and Logan (Gilmore Girls) – I never liked the two of them together, so I was happy when they broke up, even though it was completely unrealistic the way it went down.
- Simone and Peter (Heroes) – These two had no chemistry, and their romance did nothing to advance the major storylines of the show, so everyone was better off when the writers decided to kill her off.
- Veronica and Piz (Veronica Mars) – Maybe it’s just me, but I didn’t buy the Veronica/Piz relationship. He was way too goofy, and she was still way too not over Logan. Perhaps the only good thing about the show not being renewed is that I won’t have to watch more of this perplexing relationship. (Sorry to those of you who are fans of the pairing!)
Winner: Izzie and George (Grey’s Anatomy) – So technically, they haven’t had much of a relationship, but I am sure we haven’t seen the last of this storyline. Why must the writers on this show see how many pairings they can arrange out of the core cast? Why not introduce some new characters who don’t work at the hospital? That would be interesting.
Best Show That Didn’t Make It Past October – Smith – This show was very “pretty” (well, except maybe for Ray Liotta – he’s more like intimidating and scary) and had a great cast. But apparently it was too much to ask of CBS viewers to care about a bunch of thieves. Great song choice for the closing scene of the pilot, though, in Imogen Heap’s “Hide and Seek.”
The Emmy nominees will be announced Thursday, July 19, so stay tuned for my reactions. I fear there will be much to lament…
This ballot is the second installment of my Dream Emmy Nominations. Check out my take on the standard Emmy categories on my previous post:Eclaire’s Dream Emmy Ballot