The Golden Globes love to reward newcomers, and last night’s ceremony was no exception. Freshman shows like Mr. Robot, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Mozart in the Jungle all picked up trophies. But just like even the most die-hard TV fans may not have seen Brooklyn Nine-Nine when it won best comedy in 2014 or Jane the Virgin when Gina Rodriguez took home the best actress in a comedy trophy last year, many people probably haven’t tuned into the shows the Hollywood Foreign Press awarded in 2016. Here’s your guide to what you need to watch.
Winner, Best Television Series Drama
Winner, Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Christian Slater
The breakout show of 2015 was creepy thriller Mr. Robot. Hollywood has had a notoriously difficult time making realistic shows and movies about hackers. Not so for Mr. Robot, which follows vigilante hacker Elliot (Rami Malek) as he joins a underground group led by a mysterious figure (Christian Slater) who wants to take down the world’s banks. The twist? Elliot may just be losing his mind. The screw-with-your-head style will be familiar to fans of Fight Club, American Psycho and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. But the show’s diversity (Malek is of Egyptian descent, and the show includes characters of many ethnic backgrounds) and its programmer approved-accuracy feel fresh. It’s also USA’s first serious bid at an awards-worthy drama.
Watch Mr. Robot on USA’s website.
Winner, Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy: Rachel Bloom
Let’s get this part out of the way: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is a musical. But it’s so much more than that. The show follows a miserable New York City lawyer named Rebecca who quits her job, throws out her meds and follows an ex to his hometown in California. And as we get to know Becca we find out she’s not, in fact, a crazy ex-girlfriend (which she correctly points out is a sexist term in the theme song), but a woman trying to rediscover herself. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend hails from the CW (also home to Jane the Virgin), another network finding its footing in the prestige TV world. Star Rachel Bloom made her name on YouTube satirizing music videos, and much of that flavor has carried over. Check out one of the best numbers from the show, “The Sexy Getting Ready Song“—which she modified in a Spanx-filled video before Sunday night’s Golden Globes:
Watch Crazy Ex-Girlfriend on Hulu
Mozart in the Jungle
Winner, Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy
Winner, Best Actor, Musical or Comedy: Gael García Bernal
Mozart in the Jungle, a dramedy about classical musicians based on the novel of the same name, proved that Amazon’s success with Transparent was not a fluke: it’s a real competitor in the streaming service space. Lola Kirke (younger sister of Girls’ Jemima Kirke) acts as the audience’s entry into the world of musicians and their sexual exploits. Gael García Bernal (The Motorcycle Diaries) shines as an impulsive new conductor of a New York orchestra. The somewhat surrealist show proceeds as a series of interconnected, smaller storylines and recalls Wes Anderson’s filmmaking. (Jason Schwartzman, one of Anderson’s favorite actors, is a creator.)
Watch Mozart in the Jungle on Amazon Prime