The 2016 Pop Culture Reference Awards for Excellence in Television or Something

2016 Pop Culture Reference Awards for Excellence in Television

The Emmy Awards air this weekend on ABC, and in addition to our extensive thoughts on this year’s nominations, we thought it was time to recognize some of the good works that even the Academy didn’t want to honour. We did this for the Oscars, you may recall. While we’re looking forward to seeing rich, beautiful people pat each other on the back (like, actually), we’ve put together our own picks. Here are The 2016 Pop Culture Reference Awards for Excellence in Television or Something.

Best Use of a Tiny Girl Badass

Lyanna Mormont, showing the old dudes how it’s done on Game of Thrones.

2016 Pop Culture Reference Awards for Excellence in Television

Best Homage to a Bill Murray Movie

The “Fish Out of Water” episode of BoJack Horseman. How many friends am I going to lose if I start admitting out loud that I liked this episode more than Lost in Translation?

2016 Pop Culture Reference Awards for Excellence in Television

Best Season One

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Somehow this show managed to both transcend and reinforce its misogynist sounding title (the situation’s a lot more nuanced than that) all in its first year!

2016 Pop Culture Reference Awards for Excellence in Television

Best Performance by a Series of Wigs

Sarah Paulson’s wiggist, The People vs OJ Simpson: American Crime Story. Her hair gets its own episode, which accurately reflects how Marcia Clark was treated in the mid 1990s.  Infuriating!

2016 Pop Culture Reference Awards for Excellence in Television

Best Use of Tape

Maria Bamford’s face, Lady Dynamite.

2016 Pop Culture Reference Awards for Excellence in Television

The Seinfeld Award for Excellence in Plots about Nothing

The “Getting There” and “Jews on a Plane” episodes of Broad City. How did they even make watching two people not accomplish their goal so entertaining? They might as well have been trapped in a parking garage or Chinese food restaurant.

2016 Pop Culture Reference Awards for Excellence in Television

Best Use of Oscar Winner Mary Steenburgen

Last Man on Earth. Mrs. Ted Danson plays a drunk who makes out with a CPR dummy and plays the accordion. Win.

2016 Pop Culture Reference Awards for Excellence in Television

Best Use of On-screen Text to Relay Information (and Jokes!)

Jane the Virgin. God damn, this show is great, guys. “That was the information Rose came for. Pun. Intended”.

2016 Pop Culture Reference Awards for Excellence in Television

Best Fight Scene

Daredevil in a staircase. Basically, expect Daredevil to win this award every year with “Daredevil in a tight space of some kind.”

2016 Pop Culture Reference Awards for Excellence in Television

Best Torture Tank Used to Control a Supervillain

Killgrave’s terrifying electrified room, Jessica Jones.

2016 Pop Culture Reference Awards for Excellence in Television

Best Useless Catchphrase that We Still Love

“Purse First”, Bob the Drag Queen, RuPaul’s Drag Race.

2016 Pop Culture Reference Awards for Excellence in Television

Best Wink at the Audience

The final shot of the season finale of Orange is the New Black. We’re not posting a photo for this one. Go watch the episode, dammit.

Best Incidental Diversity that Other Shows Should Mirror

Mr. Robot. A main character played by an American actor with Egyptian parents? A lady in a hijab that we never talk about? Black people? This show has it all!

2016 Pop Culture Reference Awards for Excellence in Television

The Firefly Memorial Award for Shows Taken Too Soon

Agent Carter. How very unfair that we had to watch you die twice this year.

2016 Pop Culture Reference Awards for Excellence in Television

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