Hey, all of you binge-watching your guilty pleasure shows while staying safe at home, relaxing after working from home, returning for work after wearing a mask all day, or just stressed out from the real world! I have another suggestion to make your time in front of the big-screen TV in the living room, the slightly smaller screen in the bedroom, or even holding your tablet or smartphone work to help your appreciation of politics and government on television and then apply your understanding to help Coffee Party USA in one of our projects.

With the 2018-2019 television season out of the way, the members and volunteers of Coffee Party USA will move on to the 2019-2020 television season. Watch for the posting of the shortlists for the show categories along with an invitation to stream them while staying safe at home. If you want to become one of the voters for this or future Golden Coffee Cups, such as for the best political movies of 2020, become a member. Voting will happen on a members-only Facebook group.

Before I present the shortlists, I’m sharing a two-part activity Coffee Party USA and I are proposing our readers and supporters do.

The first part of the activity is to stream as many of the shows on the shortlists between now and March 13, 2021 to see which have the best portrayals of politics and government on television. The second is to become a member of Coffee Party USA by March 13, 2021, which you can do for as little as $30.00 per year. That’s because the members will also vote on the nominees and winners this year. That means you!

That’s your two-part activity. Now, have fun watching television while supporting the work of Coffee Party USA, whose core values include continuous learning on behalf of an informed citizenry, joining Coffee Party USA, and voting on the nominees!

Without any further ado, I present the shortlists for the Golden Coffee Cups for Television, beginning with the shortlist for Best Drama Series about Politics and Government.*

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9-1-1
Big Little Lies
Billions
Doctor Who
Euphoria
Evil
Better Call Saul
Black Mirror
Carnival Row
David Makes Man
Designated Survivor
Godfather of Harlem
Homeland
How to Get Away with Murder
Hunters
Killing Eve
Madam Secretary
Mindhunter
Mr. Robot
Outlander
Ozark
Penny Dreadful: City of Angels
Pose
Snowpiercer
Star Trek: Picard
Star Trek: Short Treks
Star Wars Resistance
Stranger Things
Stumptown
Succession
S.W.A.T.
The Blacklist
The Boys
The Crown
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
The Good Fight
The Handmaid’s Tale
The Mandalorian
The Man in the High Castle
The Morning Show
The Outsider
The Rookie
Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan
Vikings
Westworld

Succession won last year and Mindhunter the year before. In addition, the first winner of Best Miniseries or Movie for Television about Politics and Government, Black Mirror, has been moved here based on the reclassification of the series by the Television Academy. The shortlist sets up a situation where they could go up against each other for the trophy. Of course, they have to be nominated first. Will you be one of the people to join so you nominate them and the rest of the field?

Follow over the jump to read the shortlists for television shows in the other four categories.

Next, the shortlist for Best Comedy Series about Politics and Government.

American Dad
Archer
Big Mouth
Black-ish
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Central Park
Dead to Me
Drunk History
One Day at a Time
Orange Is the New Black
Outlander
Ramy
Reno 911!
Saturday Night Live
Schitt’s Creek
Space Force
The Great
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
The Politician
What We Do in the Shadows

Saturday Night Live won last year. Will it repeat? I’d bet money on it. What shows will it compete against? That’s up to the members of Coffee Party USA.

Now, the shortlist for Best Miniseries or Movie for Television about Politics and Government.

American Son
Bad Education
Catherine the Great
Defending Jacob
Little Fires Everywhere
Mrs. America
The Loudest Voice
The Plot Against America
Unbelievable
Watchmen
Years and Years

If I hadn’t reclassified Black Mirror, it would be the one series with a chance to repeat. Instead, it’s Emmy winner Watchmen that I think is the favorite. Will it even be nominated? Again, that’s up to you, should you join.

The last shortlist for scripted series and movies is Best Comedy, Drama, Miniseries, or Movie for Television about Fantastic and Futuristic Politics and Government.

American Dad
Archer
Big Mouth
Black Mirror
Carnival Row
Central Park
Doctor Who
Evil
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Outlander
Penny Dreadful: City of Angels
Snowpiercer
Space Force
Star Trek: Picard
Star Trek: Short Treks
Star Wars Resistance
Stranger Things
The Boys
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
The Handmaid’s Tale
The Man in the High Castle
The Mandalorian
The Outsider
Watchmen
Westworld
What We Do in the Shadows
Years and Years

The Man in the High Castle won last year and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. won the year before that, setting up a showdown between the two for their final seasons. Again, that’s up to you.

Leaving fiction, here’s a category returning for its second year, Best Talk Show.

Desus & Mero
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Real Time with Bill Maher
The Daily Show
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
The Late Late Show with James Corden

Last Week Tonight won last year. Whether it repeats is up to you, the reader.

I close with a category I’m proposing for this year, Documentary, Nonfiction, or Reality Series about Politics and Government.

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Don’t F**k with Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer
Frontline
Hillary
Independent Lens
McMillions
POV
Tiger King
Vice
Why We Hate

Do you want this category or one that recognizes actors portraying government officials or activists? That’s going to be the first question I ask the members of Coffee Party USA. If you want to help me make the decision, join!

Coffee Party USA ia a 501c(4) nonprofit social welfare organization dedicated to empowering and connecting communities to reclaim our government for the people. To support its efforts, which include educating the public on our website and on our Facebook page, registering people to vote with our partners TurboVote and National Voter Registration Day, and reminding them to vote through our Voter Buddy program, please consider donating. A donation of $11.00 for eleven years of Coffee Party USA is recommended. Ten dollars will buy our partner stamp with Stamp Stampede to stamp money out of politics. For those who wish to give at a higher level of support and be more involved in the organization, please consider becoming a member, which will allow you to vote for future Golden Coffee Cup nominees and winners. To do the valuable work of the Coffee Party, volunteer. Not only will Coffee Party USA thank you for it, so will our democracy!

*Shortlists were compiled from nominees at the 2020 Creative Arts and Primetime Emmy Awards, Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice Awards (including Critics Choice Super Awards), and Writers Guild of America Awards, plus nominees from last year’s awards with episodes airing during the eligibility period.

Vince Lamb
Coffee Party USA Secretary

Crossposted to Vince’s personal blog, Crazy Eddie’s Motie News.

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