The Television Critics Association honored the best in television tonight, and NBC’s Friday Night Lights was named Program of the Year for its fifth and final season. Though the show was never a ratings juggernaut, it has been beloved by critics throughout its tenure, and garnered a small but passionate fanbase. AMC’s Mad Men took home the Best Drama prize, while ABC’s Modern Family won Best Comedy at the 27th annual awards show.
It warms my heart to report that Nick Offerman shared the Best Individual Achievement in Comedy award with Modern Family’s Ty Burrell for his genius portrayal of Ron Swanson on NBC’s stellar comedy Parks and Recreation. HBO didn’t go home empty handed, as their smash-hit Game of Thrones won Best New Series. Hit the jump for the full list of winners.
- Individual Achievement in Drama: Jon Hamm (“Mad Men,” AMC)
- Individual Achievement in Comedy: Ty Burrell (“Modern Family,” ABC) and Nick Offerman (“Parks and Recreation,” NBC)
- Outstanding Achievement in News and Information: “Restrepo” (National Geographic Channel)
- Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming: “Amazing Race” (CBS)
- Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming: “Sesame Street” (PBS)
- Outstanding New Program: “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
- Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials: “Masterpiece: Sherlock” (PBS)
- Outstanding Achievement in Drama: “Mad Men” (AMC)
- Outstanding Achievement in Comedy: “Modern Family” (ABC)
- Career Achievement Award: Oprah Winfrey
- Heritage Award: “The Dick Van Dyke Show”
- Program of the Year: “Friday Night Lights” (DirecTV/NBC)