2011-2012 TV Season Awards: The Best, the Worst, & the “Huh?”

Well, friends, another season of television has come and (almost) gone. So now that most of the regular season shows have ended for the summer, it’s time to look back and reflect on the best and worst moments of this TV season. We laughed, we cried, we watched Steven Tyler make inappropriate comments to teenage girls. All in all, it was a worthwhile season, though not one of the strongest we’ve seen in recent years by any means. Here are some of the highlights from this season…

Most Surprising Cancellation: Terra Nova

Least Surprising Cancellation: Work It!

Fan Freakout Moment of the Year: Castle and Beckett finally hook up on Castle

Bromance of the Year: Adam and Blake (The Voice)
Runner-Up: Damon and Alaric (The Vampire Diaries)

Saddest Death: AltLincoln Lee (Fringe)

Best Kiss: Damon and Elena in “Heart of Darkness” (The Vampire Diaries)—This scene also wins for Best Use of a Florence + the Machine Song, and the Cock-block of the Year award for Jeremy

Biggest TV Birth: Booth and Bones’ baby

Most Head-scratching Romance of the Year: Tom and Anne (Parks and Recreation)
Runner-Up: Dan and Blair (Gossip Girl)

Most Annoying Piece of Scenery: Siobhan’s (Sarah Michelle Gellar) huge portrait of herself in her foyer on Ringer

Most Adorable Marriage Proposal: Grayson’s proposal to Jules on Cougar Town

Most Lost References: Once Upon a Time
Runner-Up: Fringe

Most Vagina Jokes: 2 Broke Girls

James of the Year: James Van Der Beek (Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23)
Runner-Up: James Massone (The Voice)

Best Musical Episode: “Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas” (Community)

Best Guest Appearance by a Beatle: Paul McCartney on 30 Rock Live Show

Best Guest Appearance by a Princess Bride Alumnus: Fred Savage on Happy Endings
Runner-Up: Wallace Shawn on Gossip Girl

“I Can’t Believe It’s Still On” Award: Rules of Engagement

Best Villain: Klaus (The Vampire Diaries)

Worst Villain: Colton (Survivor)

Best Performance as Two Different Characters on One Show: John Noble (Fringe)

Most Ridiculous Headpieces: The Voice (Christina’s rhinestone disco crown, Cee Lo’s wig, and the countless headbands from the contestants easily made this the show with the most talked-about headgear since the royal wedding.)

Outstanding New Character Award: Schmidt (New Girl)

Reunion of the Year: Adam Baldwin and Nathan Fillion on Castle (every Firefly fan’s dream come true)
Runner-Up: Sean Patrick Thomas and Sarah Michelle Gellar on Ringer (both were in Cruel Intentions together)

Most Shocking Return: Bart Bass (Gossip Girl)

Scene-stealer of the Year: Alan Tudyk (Suburgatory)

Overlooked Comedy You Should Really Be Watching: Raising Hope

Overlooked Drama You Should Really Be Watching: Fringe (always)

Most Consistently Great Hour of TV: It’s a tie—Fringe and The Good Wife

Most Blood & Guts: The Walking Dead

Best Reality Show Challenge: The Snow White & the Hunstman-inspired cooking challenge on Top Chef: Texas

Worst Reality Show Challenge: Survivor: South Pacific‘s painful-to-watch Jack and Jill-themed challenge, in which the castaways were forced to paint themselves in drag and navigate an obstacle course while blindfolded, all for the “reward” of a sneak peek of Adam Sandler’s cinematic masterpiece Jack and Jill

Best TV Interview: Zac Efron on Australia’s Hot30 Countdown (…in which he demonstrates how to unhook a woman’s bra with one hand)

“Did That Just Happen?!” Moment of the Year: Elena waking up as a vampire on The Vampire Diaries


What do you say, pop culture fans? What were your favorite moments from this season of TV? Your least favorite? To be fair, this list definitely skews towards shows that we actually watch. Tell us what you thought of this season! Leave a comment, or tweet us @PopCultureNexus! And remember: at least we have each other to help us get through the long summer without our favorite shows. And we also have True Blood.

-Mary & Louise

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Posted on May 29, 2012, in Television and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Hey Louise…You forgot best Awww Moment Of The Year….which of coarse would be…”Peter I’m Pregnant”! (Cue the imaginary confetti going off in our heads) LOL!!!

  2. Hey Louise….I thought of one more Awww Moment Of The Year to tie with the last one….Fauxliva resting her head on Walter’s shoulder as he was cooking breakfast for them!!! (Ok I’m done now, I promise)

  3. It’s true. People seriously don’t know what they’re missing out on if they don’t watch Fringe.

  4. Greatest TV Series in the last 10 years–Fringe. Seriously. People who don’t watch this need to. . .just. . .WATCH IT!

  5. The only one I have to disagree with is the Best Use of a Florence + The Machine Song, which has to go to the use of Seven Devils in the season finale of Revenge!

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