There are tons of awards shows out there… between the Golden Globes, the Emmys and the Teen Choice awards, it seems like we’re always giving out trophies for one thing or another. This past weekend another awards show went down — the Television Critics Association Awards — but this one was a little different than those other soirees.
For starters, these awards are chosen by more than 220 full-time television critics from the U.S. and Canada. So this is kind of what these people do for a living: figure out what TV is worth watching. Furthermore, this organization, which has been giving out awards for 33 years, has never separated male and female actors in their best acting categories. That means the winners truly have to be the best of the best.
Here are the 12 big winners from Saturday night’s non-televised show, hosted by Kristin Chenoweth.
Here’s what TV critics picked as the best shows of the year
Outstanding Achievement in ComedyDonald Glover is certainly a busy dude these days. Between filming the new Star Wars and starring in the show he created, we'd say his career is taking off. This win for Atlanta is probably just the start.FX
Comedy of the YearSpeaking of Atlanta, it seems like critics are fans of the show and Glover alike. That's why the show took top honours too. FX
Outstanding Achievement in DramaCarrie Coon made TCA history on Saturday when she won this title not just for her role on The Leftovers, but for her work on Fargo too.HBO
Drama of the YearUnder his eye -- the critics chose the Canadian-shot dystopian drama The Handmaid's Tale in this category, beginning what's bound to be a huge winning streak for the show.Bravo
Best Reality ProgramWho knew that when Leah Remini set out to expose Scientology that it would be this fascinating? As such her series, Scientology and the Aftermath, took home the top reality honours. A&E
Best Youth ProgramThe first season of family comedy Speechless put a lot of focus on the three leading kids. The TCA recognized that with this particular award, giving a voice to the show.ABC
Best News & Information ProgramIt's no secret we were all obsessed with O.J. Simpson this past year. Thats probably why one of the better docs about the case, O.J.: Made In America, took home this prize.ESPN
Best Mini-SeriesBig Little Lies was a winner from the start. With Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley in leading roles, how could it not be?HBO
Heritage AwardEvery year the TCA recognizes one show for its contribution to the medium. This year Seinfeld was that show, although predictably none of the cast was in attendance.NBC
Career AchievementKen Burns is a master documentarian. And with an in-depth look at the Vietnam War coming up, now seems like as good a time as any to recognize Burns for his contributions.PBS
Outstanding New ProgramTurns out the critics cried as hard as we did at the inaugural season of This Is Us. That's why they named it as the best new show around. CTV
Program of the YearThe Handmaid's Tale made plenty of headlines this year for its crazy relevance in today's political climate. So naming this one as the Program of the Year seems like a no-brainer.Bravo