Inspired by both Rant of a Diva and Oscar Tracker's Top 25 Performances of the TV Season lists, I went ahead and did my own- only scaled down to a top 10. Also, my love for rankings couldn't resist making a list. So here it goes:
Jane Krakowski (30 Rock)
Immensely underused, but steals every scene she's in.
Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live)
The declining show's MVP for the third season in a row.
Stark Sands (Generation Kill)
Moral dilemmas on the battlefields never looked so good.
Drew Barrymore (Grey Gardens)
Career best gracefully exceeded everyone's expectations.
Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreations)
Storms out of the gate with heart and hilarity.
Hugh Jackman (The 81st Annual Academy Awards)
Redefining hosting criteria while not hogging all the attention.
Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother)
Nearly impossible to take your eyes off his charismatic charm.
Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights)
Never resorting to the easier desperate housewife route.
Jim Parson (The Big Bang Theory)
Humanizing an inhuman with impeccable comedic timing.
Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men)
Brewing the perfect storm for Draper's ultimate nemesis.