This years Golden Globe nominations are in, and some very interesting snubs have been found. While there were some good picks as well, with shows like Fargo, Transparent, Mr. Robot, Narcos, Game of Thrones, and Better Call Saul getting the recognition they deserve, it is still surprising that I can come up with more than 10 series that were undeniably snubbed. In the end it just serves as a reminder that no awards show is infallible. For this week’s Top 10 Tuesday, we are taking a look at the top 10 2016 Golden Globe nomination snubs.
10. Daredevil/Jessica Jones
Ambition has to count for something, right? Though strong shows by their own merits, what is impressive about Marvel’s Netflix experiment is its sheer scope. At the end of the day, however, we cannot be surprised by the lack of interest from voting bodies, considering how little attention the MCU films have gotten.
09. South Park
This wasn’t necessarily one of the strongest seasons of South Park, and yet it was still one of the strongest comedy seasons of the year. Of particular note was the serialization used in this season. This entire season of South Park was themed around political correctness. Every episode took a different focus, from gentrification to forced admiration, South Park put a critical lens to the current changes in our society.
08. The Americans
Still one of the most critically lauded, and award deprived shows on TV, The Americans had another stellar season, which was, once again, ignored.
07. The Walking Dead
Though The Walking Dead has its ups and its down, its ups are always enough to demand recognition. Award shows like The Golden Globes, however, don’t see it that way. Completely ignoring the impact the series has had on TV audiences and the TV landscape as a whole, The Golden Globes continues to pretend the epic zombie series does not exist.
06. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
The best new comedy series of the year should have had The Golden Globe nominations rolling in. Unfortunately, it seems that the era of rewarding intelligent, but goofy, comedies is over. 30 Rock got a lot of awards attention in its time, so it is sad to see Kimmy Schmidt ignored.
05. Your The Worst
Quickly become the critics new comedy series darling, Your The Worst gives soul and pain to some of the worst people we follow in a comedy series. This season, in particular, has been very strong. Taking on the issue of mental illness in a way that it is usually not explored, and continuing to develop one of the most interesting relationships on television.
Rectify has, perhaps, the best writing on television. It is poetic, painful, and psychological relevant. Rectify is also home to some amazingly complex characters, and the performances necessary to bring them to life. Then why is it that an off-hand reference to the series in Your the Worst was able to surprise me so much? Nobody talks about Rectify, it is like the gem that critics and people in the know hoard from others. The series is too good for that kind of treatment, everyone should be watching Rectify.
03. Parks and Recreation
Parks and Recreation used to get a fair amount of Golden Globes attention, and Amy Poehler was a regular nominee. The series came to an end this year with, perhaps, its best season yet. The finale for Parks and Recreation alone, demands a nomination. The best episode, of the best season, of one of the best comedies ever made… no nominations. It is just sad, but it seems that only Mad Men will get final season awards show love this year.
02. The Leftovers
After a rock 1st season, The Leftovers took off into the stratosphere with season 2. Abandoning its original location, much of its peripheral cast, and even its opening theme, The Leftovers reinvented itself with its second season. The result was stunning, Damon Lindelof (LOST) in top form. Huge critical buzz, which completely redeemed a somewhat lackluster first season, and its an HBO series to boot. The Leftovers is pretty much all any TV critic is talking about right now, and yet, no nomination.
Regulars to our site know that Hannibal is one of the all time favorite series of many on our staff. It is also regularly discussed how so many people have managed to completely ignore it. Hannibal is surely not for everyone, but it should be recognized that nearly everyone who has given it a shot is heads over heels for it. Season 3 of Hannibal was not as good as Season 2, but was still, in my opinion, the best TV of the year. Though the series was unfortunately cancelled, Showrunner Bryan Fuller managed to make a nearly perfect ending, which could serve as the jumping off point for a continuation, or just act as an exclamation point for the amazing series. The fact that Hannibal has been so wholly ignored by awards shows, and audiences, is incredibly depressing.
What shows do you think were snubbed in the recent 2016 Golden Globe nominations? Tell us in our comments, and stay tuned to TVEnthusiast for more coverage of all of your favorite shows, even if they aren’t nominated for a Globe.