So here's how this goes down. In this list, there will be no more than two actors per show. That is all. Onward, to celebrate the year in TV acting.
25) Jane Levy, Suburgatory
Surburgatory is a comedy that's sort of flirting with being something I would really enjoy, but is still figuring itself out too much to really look past, but one thing that's been terrific from the start is the terrifically sardonic, Veronica Mars like performance from Levy.
24) Eden Sher, The Middle
23) Jason Segel, How I Met Your Mother
22) Damon Wayans Jr., Happy Endings
21) Garret Dillahunt, Raising Hope
20) H. Jon Benjamin, Archer
This is sort of a cheat, but see how much I don't care. Benjamin gives a voice-over performance that's remarkably layered, always smart and just endlessly hilarious.
19) Hugh Laurie, House
18) Luke Wilson, Enlightened
17) Busy Phillips, Cougar Town
16) Wendell Pierce, Treme
15) Chris Pratt, Parks And Recreation
14) Michael Pitt, Boardwalk Empire
For all one could say about the familiarity of some of the ground covered on Boardwalk Empire, there's no disputing Pitt's work here, and I think he's blitzed a cast of some of the greatest American actors alive to become a standout performance compared to anything
13) Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
12) Peter Dinklage, Game Of Thrones
The only reason this isn't higher is because Dinklage's english accent continues to not quite be there 100%, but regardless, in a show that could be described as misery porn, Dinklage brings humour and level-headedness to a show that can be the teeniest bit leaden at times.
11) Chevy Chase, Community
In it's masterful second year, Community turned Chase into a full-on villain, essentially, and while it left the show with some structural problems, Chase was always incredible, in a manor that's perhaps under-appreciated in comparison to some of the show's younger, cooler cast members. Just for the dungeons and dragons episode alone.