Critics' Choice Award Fails to Actually Choose Best Drama
'Breaking Bad,' 'Game of Thrones' tie for the win
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jun 11, 2013 1:55 PM CDT
In this publicity image released by HBO, Peter Dinklage is shown in a scene from the HBO series, "Game of Thrones."   (AP Photo/HBO, Helen Sloan)

(Newser) – What's the best drama on TV? Is it the darkly personal Breaking Bad ? Or perhaps the epic and blood-soaked Game of Thrones? According to the less-than-aptly-named Critics' Choice Awards, the answer is both. The pair tied for Best Drama, beating out The Americans, Downton Abbey, The Good Wife, and Homeland. (Yeah, we're surprised perennial critical darling Mad Men didn't get any love, too.)

Other notable winners:

  • Best Comedy Series: Big Bang Theory
  • Best Actor in a Comedy: Louis CK (Louie)
  • Best Actress in a Comedy: Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
  • Best Actor in a Drama: Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)
  • Best Actress in a Drama: Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black)
You can see the full list of winners and nominees here.

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Jun 11, 2013 9:43 PM CDT
Breaking Bad is the best TV show ever but without a doubt, Maggie Smith (Violet on Downtown Abbey) deserves the supporting actress award. I guess I haven't seen all of the other shows so I don't really know. But that lady is amazing.
Jun 11, 2013 4:36 PM CDT
Why is there this insane competition? Can't it simply be acknowledged that a number of shows are high quality? Art is in the eyes of the beholder, and each beholder has their own preferences. On Sunday evenings [why, oh why, are all the best shows on Sunday... competing for viewer attention against one another? ] I watch some shows live, record others, catch the recorded ones later during the slow TV week. You couldn't tell my favorites even if you were looking over my shoulder most nights. I'll watch based on my mood, whether there are inane ads I'd rather skim through, how much time I have for paying attention. For example... this Sunday I watched Game of Thrones live, but recorded The Killing. That does not say I thought one show better than the other. No.. quite the contrary. I watched Thrones because it was on HBO and didn't have ads. I watched The Killing yesterday, ff through parts [ads] of the broadcast.
Jun 11, 2013 4:22 PM CDT
Downton Abbey was up for this and not Mad Men? I actually adore both, but Downton Abbey is basically a glorified soap opera. Mad Men is a work of art.