The Golden Globes Needs to Stop Overlooking Great TV Comedies
There's always been something a little fishy about the Golden Globes and comedy, except, of course, when it comes to its most recent choice for hosts (Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are perfect, please don't ever change that, Hollywood Foreign Press Assoc.) The whole "musical or comedy" thing kind of spoils it for comedies that aren't also musicals, because, well, Hollywood just loves its dramas. It basically turns the category into "films we have a hard time categorizing," which is a huge shame considering comedies are far too often ignored by the Oscars.
The Golden Globes should have room for comedy and give the wide genre its rightful place to shine, but this year, things seem way off. The Wolf of Wall Street? August: Osage County? Sure, there are laughs, but hardly knee-slappers. We ought to celebrate comedy in all of its misshapen and haphazard forms.
The television category for comedy or musical is filled with just as many question marks as film and twice as many predictable nominees. This year's nominations for outstanding series include Modern Family (snore), The Big Bang Theory (double snore), Girls (should have been Enlightened), Parks and Recreation (totally deserves it but probably won't win), and Brooklyn Nine-Nine (WOO HOO!). As much as I love Parks and Rec and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, I can already see the cast of Modern Family taking to the stage and pretending like they're surprised to be up there.
It seems like the Globes are willing to take a few more risks in the drama nominations (what's up, Orange Is the New Black) than they're willing to take with comedies. Don't believe us? Take a look at these 12 comedy series the Golden Globes has sorely ignored over the years.