Tele-Tuesday: Welcome to the Tamberny Award Show!

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the first annual Tamberny Awards – where we promise to not agree!

When the Emmy nominations were announced last month, writer friend Kathy Owen approached us to review the shows and announce who we thought would take home the awards.

Sounds easy enough, right?  HA!  Amber and I don’t watch the same things.  What she loves, I haven’t even heard of; and, what I watch (which is almost everything on television), she has to Netflix in order to carry on a conversation with me.

Okay, maybe it’s not so bad; after all, this may just be why our Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday partnership works so well!

  Enjoy the show!

Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family
The Office
Parks and Recreation
30 Rock

A:  I’ll kick things off with the comedy category.  I think Parks and Recreation should take it.  Why?  Two words:  Ron Swanson. 

Ok, maybe not just for him.  I love every character on that show.  They are all flawed, in ridiculous ways, yet they are all completely lovable, too.  They do all of that AND they make me laugh.  Sometimes until I cry.  And, they gave us “awesomesauce”.  I also think they’ve had good forward momentum, unlike some comedies that are quick out of the gate then rest on their funny laurels.  (Hee, “Funny laurels”)

T:  Did you just laugh at your own joke?  *laughing, eye rolls*

While Parks & Recreation and 30 Rock are fabOoolously written, the Emmy will come down to Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory.  Do I agree with this?  No, but what can you do?

A:  You can be disagreeable.  Like me.  And yell things.  Or, at least type them in all CAPS.

T:  FINE!  Since you want to light a fire under me, 30 Rock or Parks and Recreation DESERVE to win.  But, they won’t.

The #TeleTuesday voters clearly want Modern Family to win.  Me?  Put the guns away, but I’ve never watched it.  Same with Glee.  I refuse to drink the punch…plus I watch so much on television already.  Maybe one day on Netflix?


A:  I forgive you on Glee.  I’m a Broadway girl, so I was on board in the beginning, but I started to burn out pretty quickly.  But Modern Family? Please.  Go watch it.  So funny.  Our readers know what they are talking about.  I’m still waving the Parks and Recreation banner, but if Modern Family wins…well, I ain’t mad at ’em. 

T:  Ya ain’t? Sorry, I couldn’t resist.  You left the door wide open for that one.

Maybe I will Netflix Modern Family for you; you did watch Bones for me.

Back on topic, The Big Bang Theory on the other hand, is brilliant.  Sheldon and Leonard have brought sexy back for the geeks; well, maybe sexy isn’t the right word…

A:  I’m about to make myself unpopular.  That’s smart, right?  Don’t hate me.  I do think that The Big Bang Theory has some good one liners.  And, I get a kick out of the geek references, being a geek and all.  BUT, I think Chuck Lorre tends to write shows that pander to the masses.  Granted, there is nothing wrong with that.  But it’s just not my cup o’ tea. 

T:  Isn’t that what Lorre is supposed to do?

A:  Probably.  Also explains why I am not writing a successful TV show right now.  Before this turns into an argument, I bring you…DRAMA! 

Drama Series

Boardwalk Empire
Friday Night Lights
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
Mad Men 

A: I have a thing for underdogs.  They’re all cute and scruffy.  The Good Wife feels like an underdog here.  It’s one of the few “network” shows on the list; it’s been well written from episode one and the cast is incredible.

It doesn’t hurt that I’ve had a bit of a crush on Josh Charles since his Sports Night days. This is a solid category, though, so anyone who takes it is deserving.

T: I have to disagree with you, Amber – while I might end up eating my words, I think that the cable channels will win this one: Showtime’s Dexter is a must see, but HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones will be hard to beat.  I’m going with Game of Thrones here.

A: Dexter is amazingly well written, and I don’t have the pay channels, so I have not seen Boardwalk Empire or Game of Thrones.  But, I do believe I called my choice the underdog.  The likelihood of it winning is slim.  And yet, here I sit, cheering them on.  Someone has to.

T: Funny, how after two rounds of bickering, neither of us has yet to mention Mad Men as a contender here…

A: I can never remember who votes for what in the actual Emmy’s (no affiliation), but I didn’t go with Mad Med because they’ve already taken awards.  Don’t get me wrong, that’s another show that has great writing, great actors and Jon Hamm.  Mmmmm…Hammmmmm….

T: And with that, we’ve lost Amber.  Maybe we should move on.

Outstanding Animated Series

The Cleveland Show
Robot Chicken
The Simpsons
South Park
Family Guy

A: Ahem.  I’m good.  I was just channeling Homer in preparation for this category.

I don’t watch Robot Chicken with any regularity.  Having said that, the little I have seen was funny.  And different.  And, it’s probably the least popular one on this list, in my world anyway.  The rest of them are feeling a little “old hat” for me.  

Isn’t there anything new?  Also, judging by this category, is it now a requirement to offend to be funny?  Don’t get me wrong, some of these guys do it well and are smart, but its feeling a little like no one knows how to be funny without it. 

T: South Park – while controversial, is funny!  Not many shows, especially animations with the exception of The Simpsons, can say they’ve been on the air for over 15 years.  Plus, aren’t they really just saying what so many of us wish we could, just don’t have the guts to?

A: I agree that South Park is funny.  Those dudes can write.  I mean, Book of Mormon is a roaring success for a reason.  But, I stand by the idea that you don’t HAVE to be offensive to be funny.  Having said that, you are probably correct on your choice. 

T: Wait a minute?!?! Stop the presses.  Where the heck is Archer?  Why in the world isn’t Archer nominated here?


A: I’ve never seen it.  That could be why.  To quote one of your picks, “Bazinga!”

T: Archer belongs on the Netflix queue, Amber….enough said.

Lead Actress in a Comedy

Laura Linney, The Big C
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
Martha Plimpton, Raising Hope
Tina Fey, 30 Rock

A: I really want to see Amy Poehler take this.   Her show is funny.  She is funny.  Her husband is funny.  She is like an entire universe of funny.  I love her.

T: I agree with you, but I think Edie Falco takes it.  The cable channels are hard to beat when nominated…I’d even love to see a newbie take it, like Martha Plimpton or Melissa McCarthy, but I don’t see that happening.

A: I’ve heard good things about Edie in Nurse Jackie.  But I’m sticking with Amy Poehler. But, I won’t cry if Martha gets it.  She, too, is awesome. 

T: I’m just glad to see Martha resurface from her ’80s hit movies.  “Hey, you guys…”  Quick – what’s that from?

A: I am awful at that game.  Prize for the first commenter who gets it.

T: Seriously?  You don’t know what movie that quote is from? Do you need a hint?


Lead Actor in a Comedy

Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Steve Carell, The Office
Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory
Louis C.K., Louie
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock

A: Although I feel that 30 Rock is a bit lacking lately, Alec Baldwin is genius in his role.  Love him.  

T: We agree again, but I think Alec will lose.  This one goes to Sheldon.

A: Boo.  Didn’t he take this award already?  Alec…Alec…  

T: Do you know who’s not going to win from the cable channels?  Matt LeBlanc.  Was that mean?

A: Yes, yes it was.  Also, my nominee could totally take your nominee in a cage match.  Just sayin’.  Note to self: propose new reality show where awards ceremony winners are determined by having nominees step into the octagon. 

T: Brilliant! 

Wait, what is that?  Are we running out of time?  Someone turn off that music!

The producers closed the curtain on us…

We’re on a roll, and we promise, we won’t let a little thing like time get in the way of that.  Tune in next Tuesday for the conclusion of the Tamberny Awards.

Do you agree with our picks?  How about our write-in shows like Archer?  We’d love to hear from you! 

Remember to tell us what you think, and send pictures of your own Tamberny moments for a chance to win something special!

36 Replies to “Tele-Tuesday: Welcome to the Tamberny Award Show!”

  1. Comedy? Big Bang Theory all the way. I love geeks. This show is unique. I generally don’t really like sitcoms, although my husband does. But I love Big Bang. And Jim Parsons should win hands down for the actor.

    I don’t watch any of those mentioned dramas. I’m more of a Criminal Minds, CSI, The Mentalist kind of girl.

    1. Lauralynn – I knew someone would back me up on The Big Bang Theory and Jim Parsons! Thank you! I also love Criminal Minds, The Mentalist, and all of the CSIs! I can’t wait for fall….

      1. I just wish that Jane would go undercover and the show would let him speak with his natural Aussie accent. That definitely makes Simon Baker even better….

  2. “Hey you guys!” is from The Electric Company. Didn’t watch it as a kid – it came out just as I was getting a little too old for it (boy does that date me!) – but I’ve got three kids, so I get exposed to a lot of stuff I’d rather not. Such as Sponge Bob, LOL.

    Love your post today, ladies! This is done in true Siskel and Ebert style. Funny, and well-argued! And thanks for the shout-out 🙂

    1. The Electric Company? I was thinking of Sloth in Goonies. I’ll have to take your word for it. You are very welcome for the shout-out, Kathy; The Tamberny Awards wouldn’t have happened without you. I think you’re actually the one who cued the music and closed the curtain on us as producer. Thanks!

    2. I think the Electric Co was pre-Goonies, so perhaps they inspired that piece? (Yes, thanks for the push to do this – don’t forget this is ONLY THE BEGINNING. Yes, I am yelling again)

  3. I hardly have time to watch TV anymore, but I enjoyed your banter. It will be interesting to see if you called it right for any of these categories. The “cage match” idea is a riot! LOL!

  4. I read the whole blog and think your picks and commentary is great. I am still laughing however at the photoshopped picture of the two of you at the top. Funny funny stuff.

  5. You guys are hysterical. Have to agree about Big Bang Theory. It’s okay, but 30 Rock and Parks are great comedy. Modern Family is good, too. Will not watch Glee. Torks me off every time I hear their slaughtered version of Don’t Stop Believing. Blasphemous.

    Dexter. You know I’m a Dexter girl. Best writing and characterization on television, IMHO.

    Great job, girls!

    1. What??? Is Stacy on MY SIDE??

      And yes, Stacy, I fully admit that Dexter’s character is so well put together. Never thought I would have a crush on a serial killer.

      (That was almost my little boy’s name. Ha!)

  6. Good lord, so much to say… hmmm, first, the only two shows I can stand in the comedy category are Glee and Big Bang Theory (yes, in that order). The others bore me. Modern Family could have really been something, could have broken stereotypes in a profound way. In fact, that was sort of what I was led to believe the show would do. It didn’t. Plus, the pseudo-reality-show style leaves me cold. So maybe the Glee kids buggered up Don’t Stop Believing, but hearing Puck sing Queen’s Fat Bottom Girls made me a fan for life. The hot bad boy is desperate for the “big boned” girl? Yes please and thank you very much.

    Drama? I watch none of them and have no opinion, though my mom thinks Dexter is brilliant.

    Outstanding Animated Series? I’m going with Robot Chicken on this one. Seth Green and Breckin Meyer and the rest of that crew are a million hot dogs awesome. Plus? So tired of South Park and the Simpsons.

    Lead Actress in a comedy: going with Melissa McCarthy because a) her show is the only one I can stand watching and b) I despise Martha Plimpton with the fiery passion of a thousand suns. It’s a long story.

    Lead actor in a comedy: I’m gonna vote for Johnny Galecki here because, while I adore Sheldon and think he is hysterically funny in an overt and obvious way, Leonard is much funnier in a very real and relatable way, at least for me.

    1. Yes. I’m not going to hate on Glee, but I really don’t think it was funny enough to be in the comedy category with the rest. But that’s just me.

      Oh wait, this is the Tambernies, I AM Amber, so I guess what I think does matter. Ha!

      I do enjoy Raising Hope. But I also liked Running Wilde (Oh, Will Arnett, will we ever be able to keep you on TV for long??).

    1. Roni, just wait – Amber and I are posting Netflix recommendations on Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday tomorrow. We’ve decided to take the current show recommendations and review an entire series that you may have missed! Talk about queue backlog. 🙂

  7. OK, you know I’ve been off the TV for a while….(I’ve never even seen 30 Rock, if that helps give you a time guage.) Sex in the City is the last thing I watched with any regularity. So, for the last category, you’ve got to let me in on who Sheldon is! Don’t make me Google it….

    Thanks for the fun post, ladies!

    1. Hey, Jenny! Sheldon is a character on CBS’s The Big Bang Theory played by Jim Parsons – he’s a genius and socially awkward. He has earned a BS, MS, MA, Phd, ScD, he’s a physicist, and he loves the typical “geek” thinks like comic books, video games, Star Trek, etc. He’s pretty brilliant – the character, and Jim Parson’s portrayal.

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