'Handmaid's Tale' Wins Top Honor at 2017 TCA Awards

8:00 PM 8/5/2017

by Lesley Goldberg

'This Is Us' was named best new show, while 'Atlanta' and its star Donald Glover also scored key victories.

The Handmaid's Tale  - Night - Episode 110 -Elisabeth Moss -EMBED 2017
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Coming into the 33rd annual Television Critics Association Awards with a leading four victories, Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale scored two key victories — including program of the year — at Saturday's ceremony.

The streamer, which notched its first-ever nominations this year, also saw its breakout dystopian tale earn a win for best drama. NBC's This Is Us was recognized as best new program. And FX's Atlanta took home the trophy for best comedy, while the show's star Donald Glover was the winner for achievement in comedy.

The non-televised event, hosted by American Gods' Kristin Chenoweth, was held at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, home of the three-week TCA summer press tour that is currently underway.

Carrie Coon also made TCA history by being recognized for two separate roles (HBO's The Leftovers and FX's Fargo).

Additionally, Ken Burns was honored with the Career Achievement Award and NBC's Seinfeld was recognized with the Heritage Award.  

The awards were voted on by television critics across the country.

"This was one of the most diverse seasons in recent memory, offering a wide range of programming that truly had a little something for everyone,” outgoing TCA president (and The Hollywood Reporter contributor) Amber Dowling said. “It also treated us to some incredible performances and eclectic plotlines that challenged us, moved us, and thrilled us, reinvigorating the television landscape with bold and innovative subjects that we had rarely seen before.”

Winners indicated below (in bold). 

  • Individual Achievement in Drama

    Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us, NBC
    Carrie Coon, The Leftovers & Fargo, HBO & FX
    ?Claire Foy, The Crown, Netflix
    Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies, HBO?
    Jessica Lange, Feud: Bette and Joan, FX
    ?Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale, Hulu
    Susan Sarandon, Feud: Bette and Joan, FX
  • Individual Achievement in Comedy

    Pamela Adlon, Better Things, FX
    Aziz Ansari, Master of None, Netflix
    Kristen Bell, The Good Place, NBC
    Donald Glover, Atlanta, FX
    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep, HBO
    Issa Rae, Insecure, HBO
    Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag, Amazon
  • Outstanding Achievement in News and Information

    Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, TBS 
    Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, HBO
    The Lead With Jake Tapper, CNN
    O.J.: Made in America, ESPN
    Planet Earth II, BBC America
    Weiner, Showtime
  • Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming

    The Circus, Showtime
    The Great British Baking Show, PBS
    The Keepers, Netflix
    Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, A&E
    Shark Tank, ABC
    Survivor: Game Changers, CBS
  • Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming

    Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, PBS
    Doc McStuffins, Disney Junior
    Elena of Avalor, Disney Channel
    Odd Squad, PBS
    Sesame Street, HBO
    Speechless, ABC
  • Outstanding New Program

    Atlanta, FX
    The Crown, Netflix
    The Good Place, NBC
    The Handmaid’s Tale, Hulu
    Stranger Things, Netflix
    This Is Us, NBC
  • Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials

    Big Little Lies, HBO
    Fargo, FX
    Feud: Bette and Joan, FX
    Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, Netflix
    The Night Of, HBO
    Wizard of Lies, HBO
  • Outstanding Achievement in Drama

    Better Call Saul, AMC
    Stranger Things, Netflix
    The Americans, FX 
    The Crown, Netflix
    The Handmaid’s Tale, Hulu
    This Is Us, NBC
  • Outstanding Achievement in Comedy

    Atlanta, FX
    black-ish, ABC 
    Fleabag, Amazon
    Master of None, Netflix
    The Good Place, NBC
    Veep, HBO
  • Program of the Year

    Atlanta, FX
    Big Little Lies, HBO
    Stranger Things, Netflix
    The Handmaid’s Tale, Hulu
    The Leftovers, HBO
    This Is Us, NBC