Battlestar Galactica Finally Wins Something

Though recognition from awards shows has pretty much become a joke in recent years (OMG a Teen Choice Award!), it's still nice to see a deserving program take home a trophy. Especially when that program is Battlestar Galactica.

The Television Critics Association Awards, which took place this past weekend and are exactly what they sound like, honored Battlestar with their highest honor, "program of the year." The SyFy show has always been a critical favorite, but for some reason never got any real love from the Golden Globes or Emmy Awards (it won a few technical awards for effects at the Emmys).

A splendid remake of the campy late-1970s program, Battlestar Galactica has repeatedly been called one of the best dramas on TV by prominent professional television critics (not just bloggers working out of their basements). That praise, however, didn't translate to awards. Let's face it, there's a clear bias against sci-fi at the Golden Globes and Emmys, as evidenced by a grand total of ZERO major category nominations during the show's five-season run. At least the TCA award gave it a proper sendoff in its final season, even though many would argue it wasn't even its best.

True Blood -- also an Emmy shutout (perhaps there's also a vampire bias?) -- was awarded outstanding new program, one of three wins for HBO. The cable network also won awards for news special The Alzheimer's Project and mini-series Grey Gardens.

Mad Men continued its dominance of the drama category (a given regardless of awards show), and The Big Bang Theory took home the hardware in the comedy category. The unisex acting awards went to Bryan Cranston for Breaking Bad and Jim Parsons for The Big Bang Theory.

Hmmmm... Battlestar Galactica, True Blood, and Big Bang Theory all winners at the TCAs, but not even nominated for Emmys. Who do you agree with -- the critics or the Emmy voters?

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The injustice done to BSG in it's run only highlights the bias against Science Fiction. At it's heart - and I know I'm preaching to the choir - it was a drama set in space with exceptional characters in more exceptional circumstances performing great acts of courage, sacrifice and humanity - warts and all.
It may not be Trek, Babylon 5 or any other you care to think of but for me, there were stories there that took my breath away. A true shame that award givers could not rise above their prejudice!
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Pity BSG couldn't get an award in the first 4.5 seasons, when it was easily one of the best shows I have ever watched. However, after that stinker of a finale using the' "ol deus ex-machina"......the writers deserve absolutely no recognition whatsoever........
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The Emmy's have turned into a joke of epic proportions, he who gives the the biggest "gift basket" (AKA bribe) wins the award. SciFi doesnt have as much to give as other channels (like the "big 4" and HBO) so they dont win anything. Its that simple. BSG was THE best drama AND sci-fi show for the past 5 years , but they got nothing. This nears the laugh ability (if not exceeds) of Susan Lucchi (SP?)not winning an award for , what, 15 years (for soaps)?
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thank the Gods!
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Good for Battlestar Galactica!
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Well, at least the critics know what great TV is. Yay BSG!
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Finally someone got it right! And to all you imbeciles who think the ending of BSG was lame: You're Lame! You just didn't get it. I thought it was frakkin' amazing. Easily the best show on television for the last 5 years running. I am surprised In Treatment isn't up there for best drama though, I thought it was even better than Mad Men.
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About time. It's more than just sci-fi... it's a human drama... incredible acting, and basically a what-if scenario if the human race was attacked and almost destroyed. Not unlike Jericho.
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An honor more than deserved even thought it took so long to recognize BSG as one of all time great shows. Look only two years for True Blood.
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Battlestar totally deserved this award.
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As you said, most awards shows are a joke and have obvious biases so why bother discussing it. Yes all these shows are great so as long as we know it then that's all that matters. These shows aren't made for critics they're made for audiences.
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It's about time (however late) that BSG got recognized for the outstanding show that it was. The prejudice against Sci Fi/Fantasy TV and movies at all the major 'awards' events is a disgrace (the exception being 'Return of the King' winning the Best Picture Oscar). When will the PTB realise what a drawcard these shows/movies are? Probably never, as they are all blinded by the almighty $ and they take too much notice of 'official' ratings figures. Which of course are so far outdated in this technological age. If a show is good then it shouldn't matter what genre it belongs to. BSG wasn't just Sci Fi and it didn't just appeal to geeks, or 18-35 year olds, or whatever stupid categories matter to the PTB. It was a totally awesome ground-breaking show that was never given the recognition it deserved.
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Battlestar Galactica deserved to win as well as The Big Bang Theory. I do not agree with Emmy voters at all!!
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too bad BSG ended lame
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Honestly, i think they all s***. Even with the Oscars the real good movies don't stand a change if it isn't got any war epic story in it. Let's face it there's no change in hell that any good Sy-Fy program or movie will win big at any major contest. We have to wait for some one to put finally a new category up on the list (yet again) this time reserved for the best Sy-Fy show or movie there is....
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There's a reason BSG won a Peabody award, a prestigious honor for any television series regardless of genre, and that's because few shows can match BSG for quality of story and acting. It's nice to see the Television Critic's Association agrees.
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Awards or not, BSG matters to the people who watch it. plus who needs an award show where th only highlight of the night are the dresses atendess wear ?
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Hey tv.com, here's a super-secret insider tip on award shows: Nobody cares.
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Every episode of BSG was great, even if some of us were a little disappointed by the conclusion of the show, it was still one the best thing television had in the past few years (with the likes of The Wire and Generation Kill) and this year it managed to end the show with a few good story arcs and a lot of drama that, although painfull to watch, didn't felt out of place (Dualla, Gaetta and so on).
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"Program of the Year"... for this year? Maybe they saw the first half, and the rest of the season's still on their Netflix queue.
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Finally recognition for one of TV's best, BSG! Too bad most everything else on TV is crap!
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what a joke
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