The TV IV:IVy Awards/2006/Best New Series

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Candidates to be considered the Best New Series for which the premiere episode first aired in the United States between June 1, 2005 and May 31, 2006. Please read carefully the Definitions and Guidelines before putting a candidate up for nomination.


new series
Any non-limited series—including Comedies, Dramas, Talk, Variety or Sketch Series, Competition or Non-News Documentary Series and Animated Series - with a US premiere date falling in the eligibility year.


Please feel free to propose as many or as few candidates as you like in each category. If you change your mind or wish to retract a candidate, don't worry about editing the page, as it could cause some confusion down the road. (If you propose one unworthy enough, it will most likely not make it past the nominating process, anyway.) Feel free to discuss yours or others' proposals as much or as little as you choose. Tell us why you feel a candidate should be considered, or why someone else's candidate is a horrible choice and should not be considered. (Just remember to follow standard TV IV discussion rules regarding civility.)

Please mark all proposed candidates in bold, and link the show titles, even if the linked articles are empty or stubs. Try to avoid using bold elsewhere in the discussion. (To mark a candidate in bold, surround the name with two sets of three apostrophes, and use double brackets for linking, '''[[like this]]'''.)

Candidates Discussion

  • My Name Is Earl - Good to know that somebody still knows how to make comedy series that are funny! --Davidscarter 20:14, 2 June 2006 (EDT)

JCaesar 08:26, 3 June 2006 (EDT)

  • Rome: HBO seems almost incapable of creating bad dramas and no one can do historical dramas like they do. The production values and attention to detail are incredibly high. Plus the acting and writing are superb.
  • Big Love: HBO finds a worthy successor to the now ended Six Feet Under with another quirky and unique family this time with a twist.
  • Weeds: Showtime is finally starting to catch up to HBO in terms of series quality and this one of their first attempts at a half-hour comedy is a real winner. It has some of the most realistic comedy in a half-hour series and looks at situations from angles not often seen on TV.
Hilarious and poignant picture of suburban life and west coast culture. This show is great because it makes you laugh at just the way life is, without needing to invoke extreme scenarios. It's also rather dramatic at times, but doesn't ever step over the boundaries into melodrama. --MateoP 20:15, 14 June 2006 (EDT)
  • Sleeper Cell: Showtime took a unique approach to this show and ran it Sunday through Wednesday for two weeks billing it as a miniseries. They then reran it over and over for months to draw in more viewers. As a result it was a very well plotted and self contained story with a solid conclusion. The conclusion did leave room for more stories and months later they announced that a second season had been ordered. The show looked at terrorism from a different angle then that portrayed in most media since 9/11 while at the same time keeping the action and drama mix near perfect.

The-jam 15:34, 3 June 2006 (EDT)

  • How I Met Your Mother: This new show took a premise that looked kind of clunky and ran with it to make the funniest multi-camera sitcom to come along in years. There's finally a reason to laugh at CBS other than the existence of CSI: Pawtucket.
  • Sons & Daughters: A great new show that didn't get a chance. DCEdwards1966 | Talk 20:06, 4 June 2006 (EDT)
  • American Dad: The premise of a politically skewed animated show featuring a talking goldfish and an alien was bad enough, and after a disappointing pilot American Dad was already written off as an embarassing attempt to recapture the magic of Family Guy. However, while the recomissioned original floundered, American Dad soon flourished and overtook its predecessor to become the freshest and funniest of the Sunday night Fox lineup.

--Swander 18:09, 6 June 2006 (EDT)

  • Everybody Hates Chris: I saw it get some mention in the acting categories, but thought it should be here too. --Gma 22:35, 16 June 2006 (EDT)

--ODIN June 26, 2006

  • Supernatural: Supernatural is one of the WB's only solid hits this season, drawing higher ratings than previous time-slot holder One Tree Hill.