BY APRIL NEALE AND CHRISTINA RADISH
It’s a rare occurrence when two professional TV critics agree on pretty much everything put in front of them. Below is a compilation list of TV moments, performances and series that Television Critics’ Association (TCA) and Broadcast Television Journalist Association (BTJA) members Collider.com’s Christina Radish and Monster and Critics’ April Neale felt were worth a huge shout out of “well done” and “thank you,” as we look forward to what 2016 will bring us on the small screen.
What an embarrassment of riches and bumper crop of amazing television this year. From unlikely sources to network and premium cable blue chip series, there was something compelling for everyone to watch.
BEST NEW TV DRAMA — Mr. Robot
The USA Network’s new drama series Mr. Robot is complicated, complex and highly addictive, and it made a huge splash in its first season, with viewers sharing and comparing theories, every week.
The story follows Elliot, played by Rami Malek (who gives a brilliantly perfect performance worth all of the awards attention he is already getting), a young programmer with a social anxiety disorder who works as a cyber-security engineer by day and a vigilante hacker by night. When the mysterious leader of an underground hacker group, known as Mr. Robot (Christian Slater), recruits Elliot to destroy the firm he is paid to protect, he finds himself at a crossroads, struggling to resist the chance to take down the multinational CEOs he believes are ruining the world.
As the twists and turns stack up and the questions build, you begin to wonder who and what is real, and who you should actually be rooting for. And after such a compelling first season, it will be exciting to see what comes next, as the series will be returning for Season 2 with show creator Sam Esmail at the helm every episode.