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Jury Duty, and the 13 other 2023 TCA Award winners

Jury Duty, and the 13 other 2023 TCA Award winners
Ronald Gladden and James Marsden in the first episode of Jury Duty (Image from Jury Duty via Amazon Studios)

The Television Critics Association just announced its 2023 TCA Award winners, including in the two unscripted categories.

The 2023 TCA Awards were not presented in person, as the 2023 WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes are ongoing. Without the labor of the writers and actors currently on strike, the shows and performances we’ve honored would not exist.

Full disclosure: As the TCA’s secretary (and now, its newly elected vice president), I helped coordinate the awards, but as a member, I had just one vote like everyone else.

In the News and Information category, which often includes televised documentaries and documentary series, The U.S. and the Holocaust won.

The three-part series, directed by Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, and Sarah Botstein, focused on the United States’ response to the Holocaust. It’s streaming via PBS’s Passport and available on DVD.

In the reality TV category, my beloved The Traitors—which I think is the best new reality TV competition format in years—was defeated by Jury Duty, the sitcom with an unscripted center.

I’m a little disappointed, but also appreciate how much people loved and laughed at Jury Duty, which is an obvious spiritual successor to The Joe Schmo Show, still one of the best reality shows ever.

Other winners include The Bear, for its first season; Ms. Marvel, in a brand-new category; and The Carol Burnett Show for its past achievement. The full list of nominees is below, with winners in bold and highlighted.

2023 TCA Award winners

A portrait of Carol Burnett, who's wearing a teal blazer over a black shirt and hoop earrings
Carol Burnett (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC)

Career Achievement Honoree

  • Mel Brooks

Heritage Award

  • The Carol Burnett Show, CBS

Individual Achievement in Drama

  • Christine Baranski, The Good Fight
  • Kieran Culkin, Succession
  • Dominique Fishback, Swarm
  • Betty Gilpin, Mrs. Davis
  • Pedro Pascal, The Last of Us
  • Bella Ramsey, The Last of Us
  • Rhea Seehorn, Better Call Saul
  • Sarah Snook, Succession
  • Jeremy Strong, Succession

Individual Achievement in Comedy

  • Quinta Brunson, Abbott Elementary
  • Ayo Edebiri, The Bear
  • Harrison Ford, Shrinking
  • Bill Hader, Barry
  • Janelle James, Abbott Elementary
  • Natasha Lyonne, Poker Face
  • James Marsden, Jury Duty
  • Jeremy Allen White, The Bear

Outstanding Achievement in News and Information

  • 30 for 30
  • Free Chol Soo Lee
  • Frontline
  • Pepsi, Where’s My Jet?
  • Stolen Youth: Inside the Cult at Sarah Lawrence
  • Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi
  • ​​The 1619 Project
  • The U.S. and the Holocaust

Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming

  • Couples Therapy
  • Jury Duty
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race
  • The Rehearsal
  • The Traitors
  • Top Chef
  • Vanderpump Rules
  • Welcome to Wrexham

Outstanding Achievement in Children’s Programming

  • Alma’s Way
  • Bluey
  • Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
  • Donkey Hodie
  • Eva the Owlet
  • Molly of Denali
  • Ridley Jones
  • Sesame Street
  • Star Wars: Young Jedi Adventures

Outstanding Achievement in Family Programming

  • American Born Chinese
  • High School Musical: The Musical: The Series
  • Jane
  • Love, Victor
  • Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur
  • Ms. Marvel
  • Never Have I Ever
  • Star Trek: Prodigy
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society

Outstanding New Program

  • Andor
  • Interview with the Vampire
  • Jury Duty
  • Mrs. Davis
  • Poker Face
  • Shrinking
  • The Bear
  • The Last of Us

Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries, or Specials

  • A Small Light
  • Beef
  • Black Bird
  • Daisy Jones & The Six
  • Fleishman is in Trouble
  • Mrs. Davis
  • The Patient
  • Weird: The Al Yankovic Story

Outstanding Achievement in Drama

  • Andor
  • Better Call Saul
  • Interview with the Vampire
  • Succession
  • The Good Fight
  • The Last of Us
  • The White Lotus
  • Yellowjackets

Outstanding Achievement in Comedy

  • Abbott Elementary
  • Barry
  • Poker Face
  • Reservation Dogs
  • Shrinking
  • The Bear
  • The Other Two
  • What We Do in the Shadows

Outstanding Achievement in Variety, Talk, or Sketch

  • The Amber Ruffin Show
  • A Black Lady Sketch Show
  • I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson
  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
  • Late Night with Seth Meyers
  • The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
  • Saturday Night Live
  • Ziwe

Program of the Year

  • Abbott Elementary
  • Andor
  • Better Call Saul
  • Poker Face
  • Succession
  • The Bear
  • The Last of Us
  • The Other Two
  • The White Lotus

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Melissa

Tuesday 8th of August 2023

Yay Rhea Seehorn!!! That's a very strong category and she deserves it.