The Emmy Awards will be presented tonight. It’s my favorite awards show because it honors one of my favorite mediums. I have always been a fan and imagine I always will be. I remember my mom having her favorite shows and life as a kid of the late 60s and early 70s was put on hold in hour increments. As long as there were no broken bones or arterial bleeding, of course.
Chad Everett as Dr. Joe Gannon of Medical Center. Jack Lord as Steve McGarrett of the original Hawaii 5-0. I suppose like many women her age and at that time, my mother wasn’t above a little lust.
My favorites, in no particular order:
Hannibal: The epitome of the good vs. evil storyline, and how more often than not, those lines can blur.
Justified: Perfect characters. Again, there’s a thin line between the good guys and the bad guys and sometimes the line is crossed in both directions. Who can forget Jeremy Davies performance as Dickie Bennett? You wanted to smack him while wishing Raylan would just go ahead and shoot him—until he cried in his mama’s arms. And Dewey! Poor Dewey. He wanted to be bad. And of course we can’t talk about bad characters without mentioning Boyd Crowder. Maybe the baddest of them all. But we loved him.
The Walking Dead: Talk about the perfect “what if” scenario! Think about it a minute. What would you do if you woke up from a coma to find the world as you knew was no more? It’s not just about the zombies, or gore, or violence. It’s about so much more. Surviving. And what would you do to survive and to protect your loved ones? But the kicker? You do what you have to do to survive and hold on to your humanity.
Hill Street Blues: Overlapping dialogue, panning camera shots, multiple point-of-view storylines, ensemble cast. Groundbreaking in so many technical aspects.
Modern Family: My go to when I need to laugh. I also find myself studying the pacing and how it’s used with dialogue.
The Big Bang Theory: Proves even the not-so-attractive, socially awkward, geeky nerds can have fun and find love.
Longmire: Who doesn’t like a cowboy? Great storytelling.
M*A*S*H: A comedy that often left us in tears. The death of Col. Henry Blake…oh my. Clutch your chest, hold your breath shocker.
Friday Night Lights: Coach. And Riggins. ‘Nuff said.
True Detective S1: Flawless.
E.R.: Mark’s funeral. Doug’s redemption. And watching Dr. John Carter grow up before our eyes.
These are a few of my favorites. What are yours?