Two of the three big winners at this year’s Emmys — the comedy series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and the limited series “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” — number among the AFI Top 10 TV programs of the year as announced Tuesday (Dec. 4). The drama Emmy champ, “Game of Thrones,” was ineligible for consideration as it did not air new episodes in 2018.
The American Film Institute list is laden with first-time honorees including the comedies “Barry” and “The Kominsky Method” and the drama series “Pose” and “Succession.”
“The Americans” earned recognition for its sixth and final season; it has been recognized for each of its first four but snubbed last year. Likewise for “Better Call Saul,” which returned to the list for season 4 after being overlooked last year and honored for the first two seasons.
“This Is Us” was cited for a third year running while “Atlanta” made it two in a row.
Despite the increasing admiration for streaming networks within the industry and by other awards groups, only two are represented here: Netflix with “The Kominsky Method” and Amazon with “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” “This Is Us,” which airs on NBC, is the lone representative of network TV programming.
These programs, along with the winners of the film awards, will be feted during a Jan. 4 luncheon in Los Angeles.