This year, we’ve forwent the traditional “Best of” lists for television, and instead are taking things yearbook-style: we’ve asked several tvDownload contributors to help us pick shows, characters and actors that fit into the superlative model, and will be rolling out the awards through the holiday season. Today’s nominees are for Cutest Couple and Biggest Drama Queen.
: Hannibal Lecter and Will Graham on Hannibal.
Okay, it wasn’t the MOST subtle nod to the fandom that demanded that the aesthete sociopath and his tortured, dog-loving protege/arch-nemesis get their own slash-fic. The series’ finale is second only to Community‘s ‘Paradigm of Human Memory’ episode in blatant fan-baiting. Still though, having Bedelia Du Maurier (Gillian Anderson) basically spell out to Will and the audience that he and Hannibal were in L-O-V-E, coupled with that epic ending (no spoilers) made for one of the best “wish-it-was-canon” moments of recent pop culture history.
Vinnie Mancuso: Eddie Nygma and Oswald Cobblepot on Gotham.
Watching a young Riddler and Penguin bond over their love of murder was genuinely sweeter than every actual romance on Gotham, and one of them involves two actors legit having a baby together. Bonus points for Eddie and Oswald’s bro-bond launching a thousand Tumblr pages, most of which make impressively obscene use of umbrellas and question marks.
Bex Schwartz: Rachel and Dev on Master of None.
Tom Batten: Jimmy Shive-Overly and Gretchen Cutler on You’re the Worst
I wanted to vote for Billy and Julie from Difficult People until I saw the little smile on Jimmy’s face when Gretchen told him she loved him in the season finale of You’re the Worst, so now it’s the two of them, instead.
Brady Dale: Barry Allen and Patty Spivot on The Flash
Jake Flores: Sansa Stark and Ramsay Bolton on Game of Thrones
Goth cuties!! I hope they make it.
Biggest Drama Queen:
: Amy Brookheimer, Veep, just on the basis of this video alone.
“HAVE YOU BEEN SENT BY THE FUTURE TO DESTROY ME? BECAUSE IT’S WORKING!!” Also “farting out of my asshole mouth” is the type of dialogue that makes me totally okay with this show winning Outstanding Comedy Writing over Transparent last season. It’s just a perfect meltdown. A+, Amy!
Bex: Sarah Pfefferman on Transparent
Tom: Uncle Jerry on Rick and Morty
Jake: Orange is the New Black
“The U.S. is home to 5% of the world’s population yet 25% of the world’s incarcerated citizens, having increased from roughly 500,000 to 2.3 Million people from 1980 to 2008.” BOO HOO.
Brady: Detective Joe West on The Flash
Vinnie: Jon Snow on Game of Thrones
Does no one remember the hissy fit Jon threw when Janos Slynt was giving him lip, breaking the hyper-specific Night’s Watch oath? (And by “hissy fit” I mean Jon lopped that dude’s head right off.) And it’s a “betrayal” because the Night’s Watch did the same to him? THE RULES APPLY TO EVERYONE, JON.