HBO’s Succession, which closed out its fourth and final season this year, was named Program of the Year and outstanding drama by the Television Critics Association (TCA) at its 39th annual awards, the association announced Monday. This is the second straight year that Succession has won the award for outstanding achievement in drama by the association of TV journalists and critics from across the U.S. and Canada.
Other top winners included FX’s critical darling, The Bear, which was awarded both outstanding new program and outstanding achievement in comedy. Natasha Lyonne, star and executive producer of Peacock’s Poker Face, won the award for individual achievement in comedy for her portrayal of a one-time Las Vegas cocktail waitress turned detective who always knows when someone is lying.
Better Call Saul’s Rhea Seehorn was honored for individual achievement in drama as AMC’s Breaking Bad prequel closed out its run.
Another comedy, Netflix’s sketch series I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson, claimed its second consecutive award for outstanding achievement in variety, talk or sketch.
Amazon Freevee’s breakout reality series, Jury Duty, was recognized for outstanding achievement in reality. Netflix’s The Beef, starring Ali Wong and Steven Yuen, stood out for outstanding achievement in movies, miniseries or specials.
Disney Plus won outstanding achievement in both children’s and family programming with Bluey and Ms. Marvel, respectively.
TCA also hands out legacy awards, giving Mel Brooks, who this year was behind Hulu’s History of the World, Part II, its career achievement honor. The Carol Burnett Show, which aired on CBS from 1968 to 1979, was presented with TCA’s Heritage Award.
Prior to the pandemic, the TCA Awards were held in person but this year’s summer gathering of the association was canceled in light of the writers’ strike and subsequent actors’ strike.
“This was a landmark year for television, as we said goodbye to several powerhouse series while welcoming a new generation of shows and stars into this highly competitive landscape,” said Melanie McFarland, TV critic for Salon and outgoing TCA president, in a statement. “Whether established hits or first-year favorites, our honorees exemplify the strength of television and the unique depth that it allows creators to explore. Though we are unable to gather in 2023, we sincerely congratulate each of this season’s winners, and we hope to celebrate in-person in 2024.”
[Images of Succession and The Bear courtesy of HBO and FX, respectively.]