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

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I’m Here for Samantha Bee

Samantha Bee

The hosts of late-night television programs on the major networks are all white males. If you expand out to include the cable late nighters, you add some racial diversity to the mix (Hi Larry Wilmore and Trevor Noah! It’s great to see you both here, as of 2015). When Vanity Fair profiled the “titans of […]

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5 Supporting Pairs that Outshine their Leads

The main narrative thrust of a television show is necessarily tied to its lead characters. The story you’ve showed up for is about those leads, and even in large ensembles, there is usually one pairing (or family) that is the focus. We’re talking about Lucy and Desi, Sam Malone and Diane Chambers (later Rebecca), Kevin […]

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Ep. 6 – Orphan Black

The Pop Cult Podcast Orphan Black Clone Club

We really love Orphan Black, and we think more people should watch it. We’ve kept spoilers to a minimum (early season one only). Jeff and I are joined this week by our special guest panelist, Taryn Cheal, and we spend the first segment singing the praises of the show, from its deft world-building techniques, to […]

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TV Timelines

TV Timelines

Is it important to know what year it is when you’re watching a television show? Television has a special relationship with time. As a serial mode of storytelling, what year it is at the time of release is more closely associated with television than it is with movies or books. We are used to watching […]

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