Abbott Elementary, an ABC comedy, has outperformed its competition, winning four awards at the Television Critic Awards (TCA) this year. The program of the year was named for individual comedy, with creator and star Quinta Brunson winning for Individual Comedy.
Brunson's program beat out the veteran drama Better Call Saul, as well as enticing and memorable new shows in HBO's The White Lotus and Apple TV+'s Severance. In the comedy category, Abbott beat perennial comedies Barry, Atlanta, and Ted Lasso.
Janelle James, who plays Principal Ava Coleman, was nominated for an individual achievement in comedy category by Brunson. Interestingly, Abbott Elementary received six nominations from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards. Tyler James Williams, Lisa Ann Walter, Chris Perfetti, Sheryl Lee Ralph, and William Stanford Davis were also nominated for Emmy Awards.
Brunson portrays Janine, a happy, young second-grade teacher who often rallies the other teachers to correct the mistakes made by the clueless, pop-culture-obsessed principal, Ava (James), who is later stymied by a lawsuit alleging that Brunson and ABC stole the show's subject matter.
Mandy Moore won the award for Individual Achievement in Drama for the last season of NBC's This Is Us. With Dopesick, the TCA honors lifetime achievements, with Ted Danson and Steve Martin tying for the TCA's Heritage Award.
Abbott Elementary will return to ABC on September 21 for a second season. See the complete list of TCA winners below:
Mandy Moore (THIS IS US, NBC) has achieved individual achievement in drama.
Quinta Brunson (ABBOTT ELEMENTARY, ABC): An Individual Comedy Performer
THE BEATLES: GET BACK (Disney+) is an outstanding achievement in news and information.
TIE: THE AMAZING RACE (CBS), LEGENDARY (HBO Max): An Outstanding Achievement In Reality Programming
THE BABY-SITTERS CLUB (Netflix): An Outstanding Youth Programming Achievement
I THINK YOU SHOULD LEAVE WITH TIM ROBINSON (Netflix)
ABBOTT ELEMENTARY (ABC) is a fantastic new program.
DOPESICK (Hulu): Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries, Or Specials
SUCCESSION, a Drama Outstanding Achievement (HBO)
ABBOTT ELEMENTARY (ABC) is a well-known comedian who has achieved an exceptional achievement in comedy.
ABBOTT ELEMENTARY (ABC) is the program of the year.
Ted Danson and Steve Martin are two of the nominees for careers in the arts.
I LOVE LUCY, and I'm honored with the Heritage Award (CBS)