The Craigy Decade Awards – Celebrating the best of Television (Part One)

With the decade almost over, I have decided the form the ‘Craigy’ awards which celebrate the best of film and television over the past ten years.

This has allowed me to put together a couple of articles for each category with the small-screen getting the attention first. The HBO epic Game of Thrones leads the way with an astounding 43 nominations with Breaking Bad cropping up in second place with eighteen nods.

There are 43 categories to focus on with Part 1 centering on the likes of “Best TV Theme Song of the Decade”, “Most Emotional Death”, “Best TV Family”, “Best TV Finale”, “Best TV Moment” and “Best TV Hero / Villain”.

I have managed to create a special drop-down option that enables readers to choose the category they want rather than scrolling down. With all said and done then….

 

Best TV Shot of the Decade

Jon Snow faces off against the Bolton cavalry

 

Best Use of Song in a Television Series

BREAKING BAD – “Crystal Blue Persuasion”

OTHER NOMINEES:

  • BETTER CALL SAUL, “Somethin’ Stupid”
  • BLACK MIRROR: FIFTEEN MILLION MERITS, “Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Understand)”
  • BOJACK HORSEMAN, “The Horse with No Name”
  • BROOKLYN NINE NINE, “I Want it That Way”
  • GAME OF THRONES, “Jenny of Oldstones”
  • IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA, “Freedom ’90”
  • PETER KAY’S CAR SHARE, “(Jump!) For my Love”
  • PETER KAY’S CAR SHARE, “You’re the Voice”
  • STILL GAME, “Don’t Think Twice”

 

Best TV Theme Song of the Decade

PEAKY BLINDERS – “Red Right Hand”

OTHER NOMINEES:
  • THE BIG BANG THEORY, “The History of Everything”
  • JUSTIFIED, “Long Hard Times to Come”
  • MY MAD FAT DIARY, “One to Another”
  • NARCOS, “Tuyo”
  • PEEP SHOW, “Flagpole Sitta”
  • SNEAKY PETE, “Harder Out Here”
  • SONS OF ANARCHY, “This Life”
  • TRUE DETECTIVE, Far From Any Road
  • VIKINGS, “If I Had a Heart”

 

Best TV Credits Sequence of the Decade

GAME OF THRONES

OTHER NOMINEES:

  • THE AMERICANS
  • BOJACK HORSEMAN
  • BREAKING BAD
  • THE CROWN
  • HOMELAND
  • MAD MEN
  • NARCOS
  • THE NEWSROOM
  • SUCCESSION

 

WTF Moment of the Decade

GAME OF THRONES – The Mountain crushes Oberyn Martell’s head

OTHER NOMINEES:

  • BLACK MIRROR: SHUT UP AND DANCE, Kenny’s secret is exposed
  • BLACK MIRROR: WHITE BEAR, Victoria learns the truth
  • BOARDWALK EMPIRE, Van Alden attacks his colleague with an iron
  • BREAKING BAD, Gus loses half his face
  • GAME OF THRONES, The Red Wedding
  • HANNIBAL, The Human Mural
  • SONS OF ANARCHY, Otto bites off his tongue
  • THIS IS ENGLAND ’86, Mick rapes Trev
  • VIKINGS, Judith has her ear cut off

 

Most Emotional Death

Michelle Fairley, GAME OF THRONES

OTHER NOMINEES:

  • Sean Bean, GAME OF THRONES
  • Ryan Hurst, SONS OF ANARCHY
  • Jack Huston, BOARDWALK EMPIRE
  • Kerry Ingram, GAME OF THRONES
  • Annet Mahendru, THE AMERICANS
  • Kristian Nairn, GAME OF THRONES
  • Dean Norris, BREAKING BAD
  • Kristen Schaal, BOJACK HORSEMAN
  • Michael K. Williams, BOARDWALK EMPIRE

 

Most Satisfying Death

David Bradley, GAME OF THRONES

OTHER NOMINEES:

  • Bobby Cannavale, BOARDWALK EMPIRE
  • Charles Dance, GAME OF THRONES
  • Jack Gleeson, GAME OF THRONES
  • Johnny Harris, THIS IS ENGLAND ’86
  • Sam Neill, PEAKY BLINDERS
  • Miranda Otto, HOMELAND
  • Jesse Plemons, BREAKING BAD
  • Iwan Rheon, GAME OF THRONES
  • Adrian Scarborough, KILLING EVE

 

Best TV Family of the Decade

MODERN FAMILY, The Dunphys

OTHER NOMINEES:

  • THE AMERICANS, The Jennings
  • FAMILY GUY, The Griffins
  • GAME OF THRONES, The Lannisters
  • GAME OF THRONES, The Starks
  • LAST MAN STANDING, The Baxters
  • PEAKY BLINDERS, The Shelbys
  • RAY DONOVAN, The Donovans
  • RICK AND MORTY, The Smiths
  • SUCCESSION, The Roys

 

Best TV Sex Scene of the Decade

GAME OF THRONES, Oona Chaplin & Richard Madden

OTHER NOMINEES:

  • THE AMERICANS, Matthew Rhys & Keri Russell
  • BOJACK HORSEMAN, Alison Brie & Paul F. Tompkins
  • BOSS, Jeff Hephner & Marin Ireland
  • GAME OF THRONES, Jacob Anderson & Nathalie Emmanuel
  • GAME OF THRONES, Emilia Clarke & Kit Harington
  • IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA, Natasha Alam & Charlie Day
  • PEAKY BLINDERS, Cillian Murphy & Annabelle Wallis
  • TOP OF THE LAKE, Elisabeth Moss & Thomas M. Wright
  • TRUE DETECTIVE, Alexandra Daddario & Woody Harrelson

 

Best Kiss of the Decade

GAME OF THRONES, Kit Harington & Rose Leslie

OTHER NOMINEES:

  • BAD EDUCATION, Jack Bence & Layton Williams
  • BETTER CALL SAUL, Bob Odenkirk & Rhea Seehorn
  • BROOKLYN NINE NINE, Melissa Fumero & Andy Samberg
  • FLEABAG, Andrew Scott & Phoebe Waller-Bridge
  • IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA, Charlie Day & Kaitlin Olson
  • KILLING EVE, Jodie Comer & Susie Trayling
  • MY MAD FAT DIARY, Nico Mirallegro & Sharon Rooney
  • TROLLIED, Carl Rice & Beverly Rudd
  • WESTWORLD, Thandie Newton & Rodrigo Santoro

 

Best TV Couple of the Decade

BETTER CALL SAUL, Bob Odenkirk & Rhea Seehorn

OTHER NOMINEES:

  • THE AMERICANS, Matthew Rhys & Keri Russell
  • THE BIG BANG THEORY, Mayim Bialik & Jim Parsons
  • BLACK MIRROR: SAN JUNIPERO, MacKenzie Davis & Gugu Mbatha-Raw
  • BROOKLYN NINE NINE, Melissa Fumero & Andy Samberg
  • THE CROWN, Claire Foy & Matt Smith
  • GAME OF THRONES, John Bradley & Hannah Murray
  • LAST MAN STANDING, Tim Allen & Nancy Travis
  • MODERN FAMILY, Julie Bowen & Ty Burrell
  • TROLLIED, Carl Rice & Beverly Rudd

 

Best On-Screen Duo

BREAKING BAD, Bryan Cranston & Aaron Paul

OTHER NOMINEES:

  • BROADCHURCH, Olivia Colman & David Tennant
  • BROOKLYN NINE NINE, Dirk Blocker & Joel McKinnon Miller
  • FLEABAG, Sian Clifford & Phoebe Waller-Bridge
  • GAME OF THRONES, Rory McCann & Maisie Williams
  • HOMELAND, Claire Danes & Mandy Patinkin
  • PETER KAY’S CAR SHARE, Sian Gibson & Peter Kay
  • STILL GAME, Ford Kiernan & Greg Hemphill
  • TROLLIED, Lorraine Cheshire & Faye McKeever
  • VEEP, Gary Hale & Julia Louis-Dreyfus

 

Best TV Fight of the Decade

BOARDWALK EMPIRE, Brian Geraghty vs. Shea Whigham

OTHER NOMINEES:

  • BREAKING BAD, Bryan Cranston vs. Aaron Paul
  • FAMILY GUY, Dan Castelleneta vs. Seth MacFarlane
  • GAME OF THRONES, Hafbor Julius Bjornsson vs. Pedro Pascal
  • GAME OF THRONES, Gwendoline Christie vs. Rory McCann
  • HANNIBAL, Laurence Fishburne vs. Mads Mikkelsen
  • KILLING EVE, Jodie Comer vs. Adrian Scarborough
  • MAD MEN, Jared Harris vs. Vincent Kartheiser
  • TOP OF THE LAKE: CHINA GIRL, Elisabeth Moss vs. David Wenham
  • VIKINGS, Travis Fimmel vs. Clive Standen

 

Best TV Pilot of the Decade

GAME OF THRONES, “Winter is Coming”

OTHER NOMINEES:

  • BETTER CALL SAUL, “Uno”
  • BOARDWALK EMPIRE, “Boardwalk Empire”
  • THE CROWN, “Wolferton Splash”
  • FLEABAG, Episode #1.1
  • HOMELAND, “Pilot”
  • KILLING EVE, “Nice Face”
  • MR ROBOT, “eps1.0_hellofriend.mov”
  • THE NEWSROOM, “We Just Decided To”
  • VEEP, “Fundraiser”

 

Best TV Series Finale of the Decade

BREAKING BAD, “Felina”

OTHER NOMINEES:

  • BAD EDUCATION, “The Prom”
  • THE BIG BANG THEORY, “The Stockholm Syndrome”
  • BOARDWALK EMPIRE, “Eldorado”
  • GAME OF THRONES, “The Iron Throne”
  • JUSTIFIED, “The Promise”
  • MAD MEN, “Person to Person”
  • PETER KAY’S CAR SHARE, “The Finale”
  • STILL GAME, “Over the Hill”
  • VEEP, “Veep”

 

Best TV Episode of the Decade (Comedy / Animated Series)

VEEP, “Veep”

OTHER NOMINEES:

  • THE BIG BANG THEORY, “The Stockholm Syndrome”
  • BOJACK HORSEMAN, “Fish Out of Water”
  • BOJACK HORSEMAN, “Free Churro”
  • BROOKLYN NINE NINE, “HalloVeen”
  • FAMILY GUY, “The Simpsons Guy”
  • IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA, “Charlie Work”
  • IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA, “Hero or Hate Crime”
  • MODERN FAMILY, “Las Vegas”
  • STILL GAME, “Job”

 

Best TV Episode of the Decade (Drama / Limited Series)

GAME OF THRONES, “The Winds of Winter”

OTHER NOMINEES:

  • BOARDWALK EMPIRE, “Margate Sands”
  • BREAKING BAD, “Face Off”
  • BREAKING BAD, “Felina”
  • BREAKING BAD, “Ozymandias”
  • THE CROWN, “Aberfan”
  • GAME OF THRONES, “Battle of the Bastards”
  • MR. ROBOT, “eps3.4_runtime-err0r.r00”
  • PEAKY BLINDERS, “The Company”
  • THIS IS ENGLAND ’90, “Winter”

 

Best TV Moment of the Decade (Comedy / Animated Series)

BROOKLYN NINE NINE, Jake proposes to Amy

OTHER NOMINEES:

  • THE BIG BANG THEORY, Sheldon and Amy finally do the deed
  • BOJACK HORSEMAN, Bojack learns he is at the wrong funeral
  • FAMILY GUY, Peter fights Homer Simpson
  • IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA, Mac shows off his bike
  • MODERN FAMILY, The kids walk in on Claire and Phil
  • PETER KAY’S CAR SHARE, John’s rant gets a remix
  • STILL GAME, Jack and Victor trash Tam’s kitchen
  • TROLLIED, Gavin finally swears
  • VEEP, Selina learns she is going to be president

 

Best TV Moment of the Decade (Drama / Limited Series)

GAME OF THRONES, The Red Wedding

OTHER NOMINEES:

  • BLACK MIRROR: WHITE BEAR, Victoria learns the truth
  • BOARDWALK EMPIRE, Gyp Rossetti’s hotel shootout
  • BREAKING BAD, Gus Fring’s death
  • GAME OF THRONES, Arya kills the Night King
  • GAME OF THRONES, Cersei blows up the Sept of Baelor
  • HOMELAND, The Langley bombing
  • PEAKY BLINDERS, Arthur returns from the dead
  • THIS IS ENGLAND ’86, Lol kills her dad
  • THIS IS ENGLAND ’90, The dinner table confrontation

 

Best TV Villain of the Decade

*TIE* Jack Gleeson & Iwan Rheon, GAME OF THRONES

OTHER NOMINEES:

  • Alex Hogh Andersen, VIKINGS
  • David Bradley, GAME OF THRONES
  • Bobby Cannavale, BOARDWALK EMPIRE
  • Johnny Harris, THIS IS ENGLAND ’86
  • Lena Headey, GAME OF THRONES
  • Mads Mikkelsen, HANNIBAL
  • Sam Neill, PEAKY BLINDERS
  • Jesse Plemons, BREAKING BAD

 

Best TV Hero of the Decade

Maisie Williams, GAME OF THRONES

OTHER NOMINEES:

  • H. Jon Benjamin, ARCHER
  • Claire Danes, HOMELAND
  • Kit Harington, GAME OF THRONES
  • Jared Harris, CHERNOBYL
  • Matthew McConaughey, TRUE DETECTIVE
  • Elisabeth Moss, TOP OF THE LAKE
  • Thandie Newton, WESTWORLD
  • Timothy Olyphant, JUSTIFIED
  • Andy Samberg, BROOKLYN NINE NINE

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