March 26, 2013 at 8:34 am #271975
All factors – performance, character quality, quality of the surrounding performances and show, etc. etc. etc. – can be considered.
This was really hard because I’ve had a “special relationship” with each one of these characters and feel I can relate to all of them. I love my female-based dramedies and these are the best of the bunch as far as I’m concerned.
I went with NURSE JACKIE. Why? First, I think Falco gives one of the best performances ever. She’s equal parts funny, irritating and heartbreaking. Also, the writing overall is still very strong. It doesn’t feel like the show has gotten stale or the creators have run out of ideas, unlike WEEDS, which I started feeling let down by by the middle of season 5 (I missed Celia, Elizabeth Perkins, the most!). Best reason why: I can relate to this crazy bitch like no other.
Anyway, though I picked Jackie, it was/still is a fight between NURSE JACKIE, GIRLS and THE BIG C. ENLIGHTENMENT could’ve won but they canceled it prematurely and, as I implied, WEEDS grew stale towards the end. The tv show, that is.
Which character/show do you pick and why?March 26, 2013 at 11:33 am #271977
Nancy! Nancy! Nancy! Nancy! Nancy!Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)ParticipantMarch 26, 2013 at 11:36 am #271978
JackieMarch 26, 2013 at 11:53 am #271979
I’m not surprised Nancy is winning this one. She and WEEDS were my favorite things for a good stretch of time. I still think Parker should have an Emmy (or two) for her work on this show. Her deadpan humor, steely determination and emotional fragility are always refreshing and incisive.March 26, 2013 at 12:11 pm #271980
Amy by far!March 26, 2013 at 1:13 pm #271981
I’m not surprised Nancy is winning this one. She and WEEDS were my favorite things for a good stretch of time. I still think Parker should have an Emmy (or two) for her work on this show. Her deadpan humor, steely determination and emotional fragility are always refreshing and incisive.
100%! She should absolutely have gotten emmy for the way she carried that show. She could be devastating and hilarious within a single sentence and she added so much to a character that could have been very unlikable. I honestly always new I liked the show but didn’t even realize how much until I actually got extremely sad after the finale, which I think aside from no Celia mention they handled really well.March 26, 2013 at 1:22 pm #271982
Amy. I love the character so much. Laura Dern was just terrific playing her. I do love Nancy Botwin too, she’s become such an iconic television character. Pretty big fan of Nurse Jackie too.
The Big C was the worst of the female HBO/Showtime dramedies by far. I never felt like the writing was as good as the others.
Also, I couldn’t help but notice you missed out Toni Collete. What did you think of United States of Tara?March 26, 2013 at 1:41 pm #271983
I was torn between Nancy and Cathy, but MLP was just perfect!
I never liked NJ much and Enlightened is just… meh.
Girls is a very good show, but Hannah isn’t my prime gold in it.
I missed Collette in USOTara.March 26, 2013 at 2:00 pm #271984
I loved Weeds, and I still love Nurse Jackie.
Amy (I don’t watch the show, but if I did, I know I’d like her better than Cathy)
Cathy (ugh)March 26, 2013 at 5:21 pm #271985
Even though I didn’t watch the last couple of seasons of Weeds, I still voted for Nancy. Just loved the character and MLP, even when I thought the show itself started spinning its wheels.March 26, 2013 at 6:28 pm #271986
My vote goes to Mary-Louise Parker too. She helped usher in (but not invent) the trend of “women of a certain age” Hollywood didn’t know what to do with who made their mark on dramedic television and completely nail it. When Parker came around along with the “Desperate Housewives” foursome (and let’s throw in Kyra Sedgwick from “The Closer,” who could be just as comedic in the show’s “funny” episodes as any of these other ladies), you could tell the paradigm shift happening, and we’re still feeling the aftereffects of this today. Love both Laura Linney and Edie Falco on their respective shows (both past winners in my personal awards in lead actress in a comedy series). It took awhile to fully appreciate what Laura Dern was doing, but “Enlightened” was a special show that should have had more time to get where it was going than what it had, but it was a fitting end all the same, even if most of the time it was a nonstop half-hour drama. I wouldn’t have included Lena Dunham here, as she’s the youngest and most comedic of the group. I’d given her slot to Toni Collette for “United States of Tara” instead. Tara Gregson was a singular creation, and even when the show itself let her down at times, she shined in the most difficult role of the group. But there’s something about Nancy Botwin that I can’t deny in the end. It’s awful that Parker will never win an Emmy for this role (and won’t even be nominated this year), but that is what it is, so whatever. MJP FTW!March 26, 2013 at 7:07 pm #271987
Also, I couldn’t help but notice you missed out Toni Collete. What did you think of United States of Tara?
I tried but, surprisingly, couldn’t get into Collete’s performance. Again, surprising, considering I love most of her work and think she’s phenomenal in nearly everything she does. I just didn’t buy her multiple personalities and after 3-4 episodes I stopped watching. I can’t even recount what I did manage to get through.
What did you like about it, if anything?March 26, 2013 at 8:55 pm #271989
Showtime certainly has created a brand of sorts with the shows listed above. But after The Big C: Hereafter, only Nurse Jackie is left. It’s interesting that this type of dramedy show with the middle-aged female character experienced a kind of surge and now there aren’t many left to speak of.
Are there any shows with similar concepts on the horizon (or am I forgetting some?)?