The American Film Institute announced their annual list of the Top 10 TV programs of the year on Wednesday, which include many of this year's Golden Globe frontrunners according to Gold Derby polling. See the complete list below. Check out the corresponding list of the Top 10 films right here.
While Emmy's reigning Best Drama Series winner "Game of Thrones" appears on the AFI list, its comedy counterpart "Veep" was left out. Indeed, there are a whopping seven drama series on AFI's list but only two comedies ("Black-ish" and "Master of None"), one limited series ("Fargo") and no made-for-TV movies or specials.
Half of the AFI list is made up of returning programs while the other half are shows that debuted in 2015. The freshman class is: AMC's "Better Call Saul," Fox's "Empire," Netflix's "Master of None," USA's "Mr. Robot" and Lifetime's "UnReal."
Despite the increasing admiration for streaming networks within the industry and by other awards groups, only one is represented here: Netflix for "Master of None." Meanwhile, there are two brodcast nets honored — ABC for "Black-ish" and Fox for "Empire" — proving that the major networks can still deliver the goods.
This year, AFI's special award for the program that contribues to America's cultural legacy is AMC's "Mad Men." The show finally ended after eight successful years and seven previous mentions on the AFI list, more than any other program in the institute's history.
These programs, along with the winners of the film awards, will be feted during a Jan. 8 luncheon in Los Angeles.
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