Some television accolades have already been handed out for 2017 and more are coming soon, but some of the best performances of the year are the ones overlooked by major award ceremonies. These were some the best performances of overlooked genres and shows this year:
Iain De Caestecker and Mallory Jansen – “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”
“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” is one of those rare shows that just keeps improving season after season, the latter half of their fourth season earlier this year being the best it’s ever been. When the agents found themselves thrust into the framework, everyone in the series upped their game, but none more than De Caestecker and Jansen. Jansen played the role of LMD Aida in numerous forms to chilling perfection week after week while De Caestecker completely deconstructed his beloved character Fitz. After three and a half seasons of watching the sweet, brilliant Fitz, De Caestecker made him ruthless and downright scary.
Stephanie Beatriz – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” truly has no weak link in its cast, but in its fifth season Beatriz had shined more than anyone. In the latest handful of pre-midseason episodes Beatriz’s character Rosa Diaz came out as bisexual to her co-workers, friends and family. It was written in the most respectful and honest way possible as well as acted with such truth by Beatriz you couldn’t find a fault in the storyline or in her performance. The performance was probably only uplifted by Beatriz’s personal experiences as a bisexual woman herself. It was an important move in much needed representation handled beautifully.
John Cho – “The Exorcist”
“The Exorcist” overall is probably the most overlooked show on television. In its second season they raised the stakes and the quality even higher, most notably with the addition of Cho. Portraying Andy Kim, Cho was given a lot to work with emotionally and physically as the loving and eventually possessed single father and did not miss a single mark. For ten enthralling episodes watching the story of Andy Kim and his family play out was intense and heartbreaking to watch largely because of the incredible work Cho put in. Right down to his final scene of the season, arguably his most beautifully acted scene of the season, you couldn’t take your eyes off of him.
Harry Shum Jr. and Matthew Daddario – “Shadowhunters”
They may not portray the couple that’s considered the main pair of the series, but as far as the fans are largely concerned that’s exactly what they are. And that only became more true in the shows second season. Shum Jr. and Daddario individually portray their characters Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood with honesty and tenacity taking on new leadership roles and even a horrifying body swap. Then when they come together to show their characters romantic relationship it’s some of the best chemistry on television. This season that romantic relationship was put in the forefront and was portrayed by the two with what might be the best healthy, strong romantic development given to any LGBT couple out there.
Rose McIver – “iZombie”
In what is the CW’s most overlooked show, and definitely the most overlooked zombie show ever McIver has managed to portray the shows lead character Liv Moore perfectly season after this season. In the shows third season she brought that perfection up to a new level taking on a much more eclectic array of personalities (most notably a D&D dungeon master) and personal struggles for the character. McIver essentially plays a new character every week, this season she had the added pressure of a wildly game changing overarching storyline for the series and she did it all without fault.