Critics pick the best TV of the decade

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.

DRAMA SERIES

NOMINEES:

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

JUST MISSED:

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

COMMENT:

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

DRAMA ACTRESS

NOMINEES:

  • 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”

JUST MISSED:

  • 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”

COMMENT:

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

DRAMA ACTOR

NOMINEES:

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

JUST MISSED:

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

COMMENT:

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

COMEDY SERIES

NOMINEES:

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

JUST MISSED:

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

COMMENT:

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

COMEDY ACTRESS

NOMINEES:

  • 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”

JUST MISSED:

  • 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”

COMMENT:

A tie in the balloting forced a seventh nomination slot.

COMEDY ACTOR

NOMINEES:

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

JUST MISSED:

  • 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”

COMMENT:

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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