May 31, 2016 at 11:59 am #1201842616
I’m partial to “Sense8” given that the nature of the show interconnectedness between a wide range of people and the chemistry between the actors. But also “Roots” is fantastic because of the breadth and depth of generational stories those actors tell, even though the nature of the series means many of the actors don’t get to act with each other.
What are your favorite ensembles, and what makes a great one?May 31, 2016 at 12:30 pm #1201842639
Chemistry among the cast, ability to make friendships/dynamics believable and interesting
Without a doubt, some of the best TV comedy ensembles are:
-Orange is the New Black
-Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
-Superstore (has a lot of promise!!)
-Better Call Saul
-House of Cards
-The Leftovers (more so in season 2 than 1)
-How to Get Away with Murder
-Bloodline (has its problems but it does have a remarkable cast that works well together)May 31, 2016 at 12:34 pm #1201842643
For me the making of a great ensemble rests on each player’s ability to create a believable chemistry between another player. The very best ensembles do this with the complexity of a spider’s web having many points of connection that depart in a variety of directions to connect with another point. In that regard, here are my favorite ensembles of the year:
THE NIGHT MANAGER
– While everyone involved gives a stunning individual performance, the chemistry that they have in pairs is electric. Laurie/Hiddleston, Laurie/Debicki, Hiddleston/Debicki, Colman/Hiddleston, Colman/Harewood, Hollander/Hiddleston, Hollander/Debicki, Hollander/Laurie–all fantastic duos.
VEEP and SILICON VALLEY
– Both are excellent in the same exact way–complex interaction, often with 5 actors in a scene together, rattling off quip after quip seamlessly.
PENNY DREADFUL and GAME OF THRONES
– Where these two succeed is managing very large casts that often do not work with one another directly, yet somehow can build a consistent and cohesive vision to the portrayal of diverse characters within an imaginary world. I think a casts ability to find chemsitry even when they don’t work together is almost as difficult as when they do work together.
– Obviously Ilana and Abbi have natural chemistry, but it’s their ability this season to fold in the talents of a long list of guest appearances into both their brand and style that I think is most impressive and unique to their show.May 31, 2016 at 12:45 pm #1201842653
House of Cards
American Crime Story: The People V OJ Simpson
The Night ManagerMay 31, 2016 at 1:24 pm #1201842673
Sense8 & Veep.
/close thread.May 31, 2016 at 1:37 pm #1201842679
Fargo, OITNB, The Leftovers, Veep, and The Americans would probably be my top 5
I dont know how to feel about OJ because on one hand, you have Vance, Paulson, and Brown who were amazing on the show, but then you have the complete awfulness of CGJ and Travolta
Give Paul Thomas Anderson an Oscar.May 31, 2016 at 1:40 pm #1201842684
Downton Abbey (the best on televisiom IMO)
People v. OJ
The Night Manager
American Horror StoryMay 31, 2016 at 3:11 pm #1201842737
This season The Leftovers and American Crime were the best ensemble.
Also love Fargo, Black-ish, Transparent, Orange Is The New Black, How To Get Away With Murder.May 31, 2016 at 7:20 pm #1201842810
I think the best ensemble includes a cast that works together; not just everyone gives incredible individual performances in standout episodes, but they all play off each others’ strengths.
1. American Crime
3. Orange is the New Black
4. The Leftovers
5. Downton Abbey
6. Game of Thrones
8. Modern Family
10. BloodlineMay 31, 2016 at 7:36 pm #1201842816
Drama or Limited Series:
The Good Wife: It is kind of hard to beat an ensemble that includes Juliana Magulies, Christine Baranski, Alan Cumming and at times features the talents of Stockard Channing, Margo Martindale, Mary Beth Peil and Jerry Adler.
American Crime: A cast that includes the likes of Felicity Huffman, Lily Taylor, Regina King, Timothy Hutton and Hope Davis has to be mentioned as one of the best ensembles on TV. And the depth to which these actors went to create a character is undeniable.
The People vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story: For the work of Sarah Paulson and Courtney B. Vance alone it could contend for this title; but when you add the depth provided by Sterling K. Brown, Nathan Lane, Rob Morrow, David Schwimmer and Robert Morse than you really have to consider it seriously.
Orange Is the New Black: Even when the writing lets them down; the talented cast is able to elevate the material into something special and meaningful.
Comedy or Sketch:
SNL: Even with sometimes weak writing and a host not up to the task, this cast is able to transform even the most mundane sketches into something memorable.
Modern Family: There is a reason this show continues to get acclaim and ratings and why its cast continues to get nominations for award shows. They are just super talented.
Inside Amy Schumer: Headed by the title star, this series often boasts some memorable and hilarious recurring players as well; such as Bridgett Everett, Kevin Kane and Kyle Dunningan.
VEEP: Julia Louis-Dreyfuss and Tony Hale alone could contend for this award; but add to that the talents of Gary Cole, Kevin Dunn, Anna Chlumsky and Read Scott; plus frequent scene stealers Timothy Simmons and Sufe Bradshaw and you can see why it is on this list.
Transparent: A pretty strong cast of actors. Headed up by the fantastic veterans performers Jeffery Tambor and Judith Light.June 6, 2016 at 10:51 pm #1201848055
Game of Thrones
Orange is the New BlackJune 6, 2016 at 11:39 pm #1201848060
unbreakable kimmy schmidtJune 7, 2016 at 6:05 am #1201848104
The one no one talks about because it is on TV Land is a comedy called Teachers. Every single person on that show is rip roaring hilarious. American Crime, Difficult People, Casual, Shameless, The Good Wife, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Orange is the New Black are my other picksJune 7, 2016 at 9:27 am #1201848175
Veep all day. There’s at least eight players that could be strong Emmy contenders with their character if there was more screen time and they weren’t all competing with each other.