“Friday Night Lights,” the just-concluded series that was beloved by the few who watched it over its five-season run, was voted program of the year by the Television Critics Assn. at its annual awards ceremony Saturday night.
The NBC skein, which needed the help of DirecTV to stay alive for its last three seasons, starred Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton.
AMC’s “Mad Men” took home top drama while ABC’s “Modern Family” was voted best comedy. New-program honors went to HBO’s fantasy series “Game of Thrones.”
For individual achievement, Jon Hamm won the drama category for “Mad Men” while Ty Burrell and Nick Offerman tied in comedy for their respective roles in “Modern Family” and “Parks and Recreation.”
“The Amazing Race” was tabbed top reality show, “Sesame Street” for youth programming and “Sherlock” for movies, miniseries and specials. “Restrepo” was best in the news and information category.
The TCA’s Heritage Award, honoring a program for its cultural and social impact on society, went to “The Dick Van Dyke Show.”
The org’s career achievement award was presented to Oprah Winfrey, who just ended her long-running talkshow after 25 years.