KT Readers Choose The Best Show on TV (4th Annual Awards)!!!!

Each September, in conjunction with Emmy month, Killing Time readers choose what they believe to be the best show currently on television.  TV has gone from a second tier medium to one that is consistently better with more variety than the movies.  There’s so much quality, in fact, that, this year, I doubled the nominees from the regular 10 to 20 shows. We had a record number of votes for any poll in the history of the site, and every one of the 20 shows received votes, but in the end, we have our fourth new winner in four years: The Flash is the best show on television.

Grant Gustin, The Flash

In true form, things were very equal in the beginning, with Game of Thrones (my choice and winner of 12 Emmys) leading early, but then the Scarlet Speedster roared past the other 19 entrants and lead the final three weeks by a very healthy margin.  Finishing second, really the only show within sight of The Flash, is the show it spun-off of: Arrow.  Game of Thrones landed in third place, The Walking Dead in fourth, and last year’s champ – Daredevil – edged out The Blacklist for fifth place.  All hail the new king of TV!  The Flash is planning on an extremely ambitious third season, and will return to The CW with new episodes this Tuesday (10/4/16), kicking off The Flashpoint storyline.

This is the first time that a broadcast TV drama or comedy has won the award, so perhaps a bit of hope still remains for free airwaves (as long as it’s a CW super hero show or The Blacklist).  For the sake of site history, our four annual winners have been:
2013: Game of Thrones Season Three (HBO)
2014: The Walking Dead Season Four (AMC)
2015: Daredevil Season One (Netflix)
2016: The Flash Season Two (The CW)

Oliver Queen, Arrow, Green Arrow, Stephen Amell

While I let you anoint the community’s show, with the announcement of the poll’s winner, comes the Renaissance TV Awards, which are a non-democratic affair.  Here are are my choices for the best of TV.

Nominees for Renaissance Television Awards

Best Show
American Crime Stories Season One: The People vs. OJ Simpson (FX)
The Americans Season Three (FX)
Daredevil Season Two (Netflix)
Fargo Season Two (FX)
Game of Thrones Season Six (HBO)
Suits Season Five (USA)
Winner: Game of Thrones Season Six (HBO)

Game of Thrones, Danerys Targaryen, Drogon, Emilia Clarke

Best Lead Actor
Cuba Gooding Jr., American Crime Stories: The People vs. OJ Simpson (FX)
Gabriel Macht, Suits (USA)
Rami Malek, Mr. Robot (USA)
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul (AMC)
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards (Netflix)
James Spader, The Blacklist (NBC)
Winner: Rami Malek, Mr. Robot (USA)

Rami Malek, Mr. Robot

Best Lead Actress
Megan Boone, The Blacklist (NBC)
Claire Danes, Homeland (Showtime)
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black (BBC America)
Krysten Ritter, Jessica Jones (Netflix)
Keri Russell, The Americans (FX)
Robin Wright, House of Cards (Netflix)
Winner: Keri Russell, The Americans (FX)

Keri Russell, The Americans

Best Supporting Actor
Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul (AMC)
Jon Bernthal, Daredevil (Netflix)
Ted Danson, Fargo (FX)
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones (HBO)
Kit Harrington, Game of Thrones (HBO)
Courtney B. Vance, The People vs. OJ Simpson (FX)
Winner: Courtney B. Vance, The People vs. OJ Simpson (FX)

Johnny Cochran, The People vs. OJ Simpson, Courtney B. Vance

Best Supporting Actress
Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones (HBO)
Kirsten Dunst, Fargo (FX)
Lena Heady, Game of Thrones (HBO)
Sarah Paulson, The People vs. OJ Simpson (FX)
Rachael Taylor, Jessica Jones (Netflix)
Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones, (HBO)
Winner: Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones (HBO)

Maisie Williams, Arya Stark, Game of Thrones

Best New Show
American Crime Stories (FX)
The Expanse (SyFy)
Jessica Jones (Netflix)
The Magicians (SyFy)
Mr. Robot (USA)
Stranger Things (Netflix)
Winner: American Crime Stories (FX)Cuba Gooding Jr., OJ Simpson, The People vs. OJ Simpson

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