With the quality of television reaching a historic high (or low, in the case of reality based programing), it has become apparent that the Emmys are taking a very myopic look at the TV landscape.

Picking five nominees for best drama is an impossible task. Where’s the recognition for the coolest show? The funniest badass? Who is going to recognize the role of drugs in cable dramas? Not the Emmys, that’s for damn sure.

So it falls to us to make the big decisions. Look elsewhere for “Best Actress in a Mini-Series.” We’ve got the awards that matter.

Biggest Buzzkill: Skyler White - Breaking Bad

Unfortunately, this was a very competitive category this season. Ensemble shows have their fair share of badass characters, but for every two great ones, there’s a character that brings the show to a screeching halt with whining, hating, and irrelevant problems.

Over the past few years, no one has garnered more hate for being a complete and total wet blanket than Skyler White, whose problems always seemed about 15 miles away from the rest of the characters on Breaking Bad. Playing the wife of the protagonist is a pretty thankless job. Carmela Soprano and Betty Draper also endured boundless criticism, but their characters seem more complex than Skyler, who lacks the interesting qualities that these other wives had.

Runners Up: Kenneth Purcell, Deb Morgan, Betty Draper

Biggest Badass: Raylan Givens – Justified

Justified isn’t held in quite the same esteem as the AMC shows, or HBO’s. But for a show with more conventional appeal (more procedural elements, more action), it has raised the bar, thanks in large part to Timothy Olyphant’s portrayal of a seething lawman who is cool as a cucumber on the surface.

Givens brings new meaning to the phrase “unflappable,” standing sure in front of a loaded gun, as he seems to be almost every week. He might not be as mean as some of the runners up, but he’s every bit as dangerous.

Runners Up: Khal Drogo Dexter, Mike (Breaking Bad), Sally Draper

Bang For Your Buck: Chalky White – Boardwalk Empire

This was perhaps the most competitive category of 2011, as many ensemble shows had characters that, while not heavily-featured, managed to steal the show every time they were onscreen. Chalky White (played by The Wire’s Omar, Michael Kenneth Williams) is perhaps the transcendent character on the show, a powerful black gangster who remains tiers below his white criminal counterparts.

Basically, just imagine Omar from The Wire except he’s always dressed up like Andre 3000 from Outkast and he's not banging dudes. When you think of it that way, the choice becomes a no-brainer. Here’s hoping Chalky gets a little more depth and back story in season 2.

Runners-up: Saul Goodman, Andy Dwyer, Peter Dinklage, Tracy Jordan, Tyrion Lannister

Most Overrated Show: Glee

There is no doubt that I’m pretty far from the target demographic from this show, but that won’t stop me from wondering what the hell other people see in it. A bunch of happy kids singing. I’m sure they face adversity (being gay, being in a wheelchair, being gay in a wheelchair), but that is not enough to make me care.

The singing portion, which is undoubtedly an important aspect of a show called Glee, has all the resonance of Kidz Bop Volume 6. I don’t need to hear Journey redone right now, thank you.

The “That’s Still On?” Award: Conan

What the hell happened to “Team CoCo?” The fact remains that all the young fans that sided with Conan and supposedly like his humor (on paper) just aren’t fans of the late-night talkshow format. TBS hasn’t realized the success that they thought that they would from Conan’s huge payday, and George Lopez is no longer around because of it (which is fine).

Conan’s show doesn’t seem terribly different than before, but a disinterested audience mixed with basic cable hasn’t made this experiment a winner.

Worst Cameo: Alex Rodriguez – Entourage

Sorry. He could play the most convincing politician who integrates Mississippi schools in the late-60’s, and I would still put him down for worst cameo. I will never get past those purple lips.

Entourage has a ridiculous history of cameos, which is actually to its credit, as living in LA, you find yourself running into the most ridiculous celebrities ever with no rhyme or reason. However, A-Rod doesn’t just “appear.” You say his name three times, and he pops up behind you in the mirror. Just like Candyman.

Best Car on Breaking Bad: Gus Firing’s Volvo

I would have liked to expand the field to include all television shows, but the most iconic cars on television all come from Breaking Bad. The cars all speak volumes to the characters that drive them from Walter White (he drives a Pontiac Aztek, so it’s clear that he often makes horrible decisions) to Jesse Pinkman’s mid-80’s Tercel (honey badger don’t give a f*ck), to Mike’s workaday sedan (what kind of car is that? Skylark?) to Gus’ nondescript Volvo to Saul’s oh-so-appropriate Cadillac, the cars on the show demonstrate an attention to detail that is seen in very few other programs.

But Gus gets the award because I’m terrified to give it to anyone else.

The Underperformer Award: The Walking Dead

This was another category with some pretty stiff competition, as a few shows, both new and old, struggled to live up to the high expectations set for themselves. However, none endured more criticisms than The Walking Dead, which suffered writing (and consequently, pacing) problems over a very short six-episode run. The new season brings with it a new opportunity, but internal strife during the hiatus has many wondering if it's in a position to recover.

Runners Up: Boardwalk Empire, 30 Rock, Dexter

Best Drug Featured in a Show: AlcoholMad Men

Breaking Bad is about meth, and Weeds is about weed, but not even these two shows rely on their drugs the way Mad Men does on its sweet, sweet booze. If a character is not pissing himself for being too drunk, or getting a DUI, then they’re discussing happy hour drinks and making bad decisions while loaded. I could see the whole meth component disappear from Breaking Bad, and ditto for Weeds, but if Mad Men lost its alcohol, the show would quickly resembl the office, with Don Draper as a wacky Michael Scott-type character.