TCA members' smallscreen faves from the '00s

Daily Variety asked members of the Television Critics Assn. to pick the best of the smallscreen from the past decade. Here are their nominations (in alphabetical order); winners will be announced following a separate vote later this summer.


  • “Friday Night Lights”
  • “Lost”
  • “Mad Men”
  • “The Sopranos”
  • “The West Wing”
  • “The Wire”

  • “24”
  • “Battlestar Galactica”
  • “Big Love”
  • “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”
  • “Deadwood”
  • “Grey’s Anatomy”
  • “House”
  • “Rescue Me”
  • “The Shield”

Two critics’ darlings perennially overlooked by the TV Acad, “Lights” and “Wire,” made the cut, while two others (“Battlestar” and “Deadwood”) barely lost out.

  • Connie Britton “Friday Night Lights”
  • Glenn Close “Damages”
  • Edie Falco “The Sopranos”
  • Allison Janney “The West Wing”
  • Mary McDonnell “Battlestar Galactica”
  • Kyra Sedgwick “The Closer”

  • Frances Conroy “Six Feet Under”
  • Jennifer Garner “Alias”
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”
  • Rachel Griffiths “Six Feet Under” /”Brothers and Sisters”
  • Sally Field “Brothers and Sisters”
  • Holly Hunter “Saving Grace”

Voters had the option to list different series with their nominees, allowing Griffiths to compile votes for her work on two shows.

  • Michael Chiklis “The Shield”
  • Bryan Cranston “Breaking Bad”
  • James Gandolfini “The Sopranos”
  • Michael C. Hall “Dexter”
  • Jon Hamm “Mad Men”
  • Hugh Laurie “House”

  • Gabriel Byrne “In Treatment”
  • Kyle Chandler “Friday Night Lights”
  • Ian McShane “Deadwood”
  • Denis Leary”Rescue Me”
  • Martin Sheen “The West Wing”
  • Kiefer Sutherland “24”

Cranston also received consideration inthe comedy actor categoryfor “Malcolm in the Middle.”

  • “30 Rock”
  • “Arrested Development”
  • “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
  • “The Daily Show”
  • “Everybody Loves Raymond”
  • “The Office”

  • “The Big Bang Theory”
  • “Flight of the Conchords”
  • “Frasier”
  • “Freaks and Geeks”
  • “Friends”
  • “Sex and the City”
  • “The Simpsons”
  • “Two and a Half Men”

Normally this category is for scripted programming, but when the outpouring of support emerged for “The Daily Show,” who were we to say no?

  • Tina Fey “30 Rock”
  • Lauren Graham “Gilmore Girls”
  • Patricia Heaton “Everybody Loves Raymond”
  • Jane Kaczmarek “Malcolm in the Middle”
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “The New Adventures of Old Christine”
  • Mary-Louise Parker, “Weeds”
  • Sarah Jessica Parker, “Sex and the City”

  • Jennifer Aniston “Friends”
  • America Ferrera “Ugly Betty”
  • Jenna Fischer “The Office”
  • Felicity Huffman Desperate Housewives”
  • Lisa Kudrow “Friends”
  • / “The Comeback”

  • Debra Messing “Will and Grace”

A tie in the balloting forced a seventh nomination slot.

  • Alec Baldwin “30 Rock”
  • Jason Bateman “Arrested Development”
  • Steve Carell “The Office”
  • Larry David “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
  • Ricky Gervais “The Office”
  • Kelsey Grammer “Frasier”

  • Zach Braff “Scrubs”
  • Neil Patrick Harris “How I Met Your Mother”
  • Jim Parsons “The Big Bang Theory”
  • Ray Romano “Everybody Loves Raymond”
  • Tony Shalhoub “Monk”
  • Charlie Sheen “Two and a Half Men”

Both the U.S. and U.K. stars of “The Office”

got nods on a list that didn’t rely on thesps now on the air.

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