Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Top 10 TV Programs of 2020-2021

Is it film, TV or something else entirely? This ongoing debate reached a fever pitch in the past year, as streamed content continued to blur the lines of the various filmed mediums. Indeed, the most recent awards season saw programs like "Hamilton" and "Small Axe" earn recognition within film and TV circles alike. As I reflect on my own personal favorites of this Emmy cycle, my picks similarly reflected this evolution of television as we once knew it. Whether you agree that they fit the rightful definition of TV, there's no denying that they provided satisfying entertainment from the comfort of our quarantined homes. Here are my Top 10 TV Programs of 2020-2021:

1. Hamilton (Disney+)
2. David Byrne's American Utopia (HBO)
3. I May Destroy You (HBO)
4. Small Axe (Amazon Prime Video)
5. Mare of Easttown (HBO)
6. Black Is King (Disney+)
7. P-Valley (Starz)
8. The Underground Railroad (Amazon Prime Video)
9. WandaVision (Disney+)
10. The Crown (Netflix)

Monday, July 12, 2021

Top 10 Acting Performances of 2020-2021 TV

If there was still any doubt that "the small screen" is delivering some of the greatest performances across all content platforms, then this year's TV actors should put that debate to rest. From Black freedom fighters in Britain, to abuse survivors dealing with trauma, these performers knocked it out of the park. With such an embarrassment of riches, some of these incredible thespians will inevitably be snubbed by Emmy voters. But they'll always hold a special place in my heart. Here are my picks for the Top 10 TV Performances of the 2020-2021 TV Season:

1. Shaun Parkes, Small Axe 
2. Michaela Coel, I May Destroy You 
3. Letitia Wright, Small Axe 
4. Ethan Hawke, The Good Lord Bird 
5. Kate Winslet, Mare of Easttown 
6. Paapa Essiedu, I May Destroy You 
7. Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid's Tale 
8. Kaley Cuoco, The Flight Attendant 
9. Gillian Anderson, The Crown 
10. Weruche Opia, I May Destroy You

Honorable Mention: The cast of Hamilton