Ranking your Favorite Male Performances on Television for 2018

Greetings TV Fans!  As the New Year quickly approaches, it really got me thinking about some of my absolute favorite male performances on television this past year.  Whether it was a moment of heroism, a sacrifice, or even a breaking point, these male actors went above and beyond to fully embrace their characters.  I laughed, I cried, and I cheered them on, as they continued to surprise us throughout the year.  It was difficult for me to narrow down my favorite male performances for 2018 because there were honestly so many and I didn’t think it was possible for me to choose my absolute favorite one, which is where you came in!    

I ran a three round poll (randomized tournament style) on Twitter and asked for fans to cast their votes so that we can all decide who our favorite male performances are for the year.  Thank you so much for your participation and support, as the tournament was so much fun and actually really competitive!

Round One featured the following Male Performances on TV from 2018:

  • Joshua Jackson as Cole Lockhart from The Affair
  • Bruce Campbell as Ash Williams from Ash vs Evil Dead
  • Cody Fern as Michael Langdon from American Horror Story:  Apocalypse
  • Mark Pellegrino as Lucifer from Supernatural
  • Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones from Riverdale
  • Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes from The Walking Dead
  • Jeremy Allen White as Lip Gallagher from Shameless
  • Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester from Supernatural
  • Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester from Supernatural
  • Richard Harmon as John Murphy from The 100
  • Lennie James as Morgan Jones from Fear the Walking Dead
  • Gabriel Chavarria as Miguel Guerrero from The Purge

After your votes, the following male actors moved on to Round Two:

  • Cole Sprouse
  • Cody Fern
  • Bruce Campbell
  • Jared Padalecki
  • Andrew Lincoln
  • Richard Harmon
  • Jensen Ackles

Please note:  Jared Padalecki & Andrew Lincoln tied in round one so they both got to move on to round two!

After your votes in Round Two, the following male actors moved on to the FINALS:

  • Richard Harmon
  • Jared Padalecki
  • Cody Fern

Honorable Mention:  I am actually really surprised that Andrew Lincoln did not make it into the finals, but I would like to give him a special shout out because his performance was amazing this past year on The Walking Dead.

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After your votes in Round Three, the FINAL results are:

3rd place: Richard Harmon as John Murphy from The 100

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2nd place: Cody Fern as Michael Langdon from American Horror Story:  Apocalypse

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Drum roll please…

1st place:  Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester from Supernatural

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Jared Padalecki WINS as your favorite male performance on TV for 2018!  Congratulations!  I am personally looking forward to more amazing moments from Sam Winchester in 2019 and I can’t wait to see what he does next.

Thanks to all the fans who voted!  I wish you all the best for the upcoming New Year!

View Final Poll Results Here!

I hope you enjoyed the list and please feel free to post your thoughts and comments below on some of your favorite male performances on TV from 2018.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The 100” season 5 episode 9: “They Made Their Choice”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s The 100 season 5 episode 9 last night, I learned that sometimes we make promises we can’t keep.  Ultimately, we have to do what we think is right, but at what cost?  We all have someone in our lives who is worth everything.  Perhaps we would sacrifice it all to protect them, but sometimes it’s necessary to step back and look at the big picture.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In Tuesday night’s episode, “Sic Semper Tyrannis,” Bellamy and Indra do what is necessary for the good of their people, recognizing that it is time for Madi to rise as the true Commander.  Meanwhile, Diyoza reveals who the father of her baby is, Raven continues to grow closer to Shaw, and John Murphy reminds us why he’s good at being John Murphy.  My top 5 moments from The 100 season 5 episode 9 are:


“Maybe it’s your easygoing charm.”

Raven continues to protect Shaw and reveals some Intel that he provided her with, which actually comes in very handy.  When she initially asks Shaw to come with them, he says no, but Raven refuses to give up without a fight.  Shaw reveals that he doesn’t want to let anything happen to Raven, which is both sweet and commendable.  It’s clear that they both have growing feelings for one another, but will they get the chance to pursue it once the war is over?  Will Shaw ever truly be one of them?  Raven reminds us why we adore her so much when she says to Shaw, “Come with us or we’ll kill you.  How’s that for easygoing?”  Shaw finally agrees, but will he end up being more of an asset or a liability?


“It’s a girl by the way.”

The rivalry between McCreary and Diyoza has been apparent since the moment we were first introduced to their characters.  After a fight breaks out between their people, McCreary goes after Diyoza and tries to eliminate her once and for all.  Only he is in for a surprise when Diyoza reveals that McCreary is her unborn child’s father.  Diyoza has been working with Abby on curing her people, hoping that McCreary would be dead within a week, but we now know that there is much more to their story.  Is it possible that there was ever love between these two?  I’m not so sure, but we’ll have to see if fatherhood agrees with McCreary.  It doesn’t seem like he has a nurturing bone in his body, but perhaps he will change his tune.


“He’s being John Murphy.”

John Murphy is back and better than ever.  I much prefer him taking action as opposed to whining about his circumstances.  In this episode, Murphy strategically reveals to McCreary that Abby found a cure, knowing that it would escalate the war brewing between Diyoza’s people.  His plan works like a charm when they are all out in the open, but Murphy needs to get further involved when no one initiates the first attack.  His poker face may suck, as Emori comically points out, but Murphy is able to execute his plan, as he strikes one of Diyoza’s men from afar, triggering the battle between them all.  While Murphy is not really humble about his efforts, he is not too far off when he says that this is his “masterpiece.”  If we need a fire started, one can always count on John Murphy to light the first match.  Murphy is still working toward becoming a redeemed hero and agrees to stay behind with Kane to help protect Abby.  We know that Murphy tends to stay where the action is and to make the difficult decisions, but it seems like he genuinely wants to protect one of his own, which is admirable.  Perhaps John Murphy has finally found the spark within him to embrace his full identity as one of the good guys.


“Bellamy, if you do this, she’ll never forgive you.”

Bellamy has been making some difficult choices and understands that you can’t always please everyone.  He has poisoned his own sister and he now realizes that he needs to break his promise to Clarke, as Wonkru seems unwilling to follow Indra.  Both Indra and Bellamy recognize that their only chance to stop the war is for Madi to accept her fate as the true Commander.  When he reveals this plan to Clarke when she is in chains, her reaction is truly heartbreaking as she screams after him, painfully reminding him that he promised her that he would keep her safe.  When Madi is approached about accepting the Flame, she realizes that Clarke does not want this for her, but worries what will happen to Clarke if she doesn’t do this.  Madi is becoming more and more like Clarke every day, willing to sacrifice her potential life of freedom to save someone she truly cares about.  Madi reminds Bellamy that Clarke will never forgive him, but accepts her new fate.  When Madi wakes up after the Flame has bonded with her mind, she reminds a warrior that she is from the same lineage as Lexa and her words are powerful and inspiring, suggesting that she might be the very leader that Wonrku desperately needs.  Unfortunately, Octavia is done with her nap and is ready to take her throne back with vengeance.


“They made their choice.”

An unlikely partnership is formed when Clarke confronts Octavia and holds a gun at her.  Octavia proves just how strong she is, as she refuses to stay unconscious after she is poisoned and is not about to let go of her role as “Blodreina” without a fight.  Octavia reminds Clarke that they want the same thing and says, “The only person who wants Madi to be Commander less than me is you.”  Clarke realizes that Octavia is right and works with her to stop the ascension, but they are too late.  Bellamy is taken away right in front of Clarke, but Clarke is more concerned about protecting Madi in this moment.  After Clarke takes out the guard who was about to begin following Madi’s commands, she runs away with her, hoping to keep her safe as long as possible.  Octavia ignites the fire in Wonkru once more and they begin chanting for “Blodreina,” reminding us that war is just around the corner.  Bellamy, Indra, and Gaia will need to answer for their betrayal, but as Octavia takes her seat on her throne, we finally see a look of vulnerability and humanity on her face.  Indra reminded her that she felt responsible for what she let her become, but is Octavia strong enough to do what is right?  Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on The 100 in the comments section below.  Thanks for reading and happy viewing!


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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The 100” season 5 episode 8: “Don’t you Talk to me About Pain”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s The 100 season 5 episode 8 last night, I learned that we need to take responsibility for our actions and sometimes for the actions of those around us.  Whether that means with our family or loved ones, it’s not always easy to turn against them, even if it is for their own good.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “How We Get to Peace,” Bellamy refuses to let Clarke kill his sister, but quickly realizes that something has to be done before it’s too late.  Meanwhile, Diyoza reveals her secret to Marcus, Raven finds out the truth about Abby, and Murphy reminds us why he is so good at surviving.  My top 5 moments from The 100 season 5 episode 8 are:


“You give me hope.”

After Murphy attempts to trade McCreary for Raven, Diyoza realizes that this could be the answer to all of her problems.  She explains to Marcus that if Murphy kills McCreary this would solve her internal problem and that taking out the “Red Queen,” Octavia, would solve her external issue at hand.  Even though Diyoza explains that she is trying to work toward peace, Marcus reminds her that it seems like “we are trading one dictator for another.”  Later on, Diyoza reveals to Marcus that she is pregnant and actually shows a softer side, after he tells her what the valley could look like once they actually try to settle down there and live there.  She tells him, “you give me hope,” and Marcus suggests that it is a good name.  Even though Diyoza has finally revealed a side of vulnerability and humanity, we know that she will stop at nothing to achieve her goal.  But what will happen now that McCreary has made his way back to the valley?  Will he threaten all that she has tried to accomplish?


“Let’s show them how to live.”

Monty tries working on using the algae to build up the farm near the bunker, but everyone else seems more fascinated with the war approaching and what their plan will be and who they will need to take out in order to achieve it.  Monty breaks down to Harper and says, “I don’t want to take lives to save them.”  Harper reminds him that “everyone dies,” but that they have the opportunity to show them how to live.  In a heartwarming moment, Harper lets Monty know that when everyone marches off to war, she will stay behind with him and they can live together peacefully.  And who said being a farmer was boring?  It’s nice to get a gentle reminder of why we love Monty and Harper together so much.  Even with all of the chaos and destruction going on around them, they worry about what’s truly important…each other.


“This is the John Murphy I fell in love with.”

After Diyoza doesn’t agree to Murphy’s terms, McCreary lets him know that he is willing to make a deal with him that will help him get Raven back.  Murphy agrees, but Emori is not so sure that they can trust him.  While she is absolutely right, Murphy recognizes that they “want the same thing, to survive.”  The plan seems to be working so far at the end of the episode, when McCreary walks them into the camp as prisoners, but will he turn on Murphy as soon as he gets what he wants?  Emori reminds Murphy that this is the man she fell in love with, but she is still hesitant to open her heart up to him again because she worries about what will happen afterwards when there is no threat to their survival.  Will Murphy resort back to his old ways or is this path toward becoming the redeemed hero truly possible for him?  We’ll have to stay tuned, but I have to admit that I absolutely agree with Emori and that this is the John Murphy who I fell in love with as well.  Welcome back Murphy!


“Have you ever loved someone so much that no matter what they do to you or themselves, you take it?”

Abby begins making progress on finding a cure for Diyoza’s men, but soon realizes that she needs Raven’s engineering skills to make it a reality.  After they are reunited, Raven tries to find out why Abby is helping them and asks if they are threatening her life.  She soon discovers Abby’s addiction and refuses to help her.  In an emotional moment, she says to Abby, “Don’t you talk to me about pain.”  Raven has dealt with a lot of pain over the seasons, emotionally and physically, and it’s hard not to be sympathetic toward her here.  Raven explains that she will not help Abby get her next fix, but Abby activates the collar to force her to help.  Even though Abby says that she is sorry, it’s truly painful to watch this moment, as Raven loses her faith in the one person who has always been by her side.  Later on, Echo reminds Raven that they will need to eliminate Shaw, but Raven is having doubts about going through with this as well.  It’s clear that Raven has formed a connection to Shaw as she later asks him, “Have you ever loved someone so much that no matter what they do to you or themselves, you take it?”  Shaw immediately recognizes that Raven is talking about a parent and she confides in him that her mother drank herself to death, which makes her moment with Abby even more heartbreaking.  Shaw and Raven’s hands linger near each other, suggesting a shared moment here, as he answers her question and tells her that he has loved someone that way.  Will Raven be able to follow through with the plan to eliminate Shaw or will she double cross Echo to protect him?


“My sister.  My responsibility.”

Clarke tries to get Bellamy to see the big picture in an effort to protect Madi from Octavia, but Bellamy reminds everyone that “we are not killing my sister.”  Octavia proves to be even more dangerous, however; when she doesn’t fall for their plan to stop the war by destroying the worms, when they take out Cooper in a gruesome way.  They say that you have to sacrifice the few for the many, but this act made my skin crawl.  When Octavia discovers Cooper’s body, she doesn’t believe that this is an accident and explains that they were actually using the eggs from the worms and takes Clarke away for treason.  Clarke pleads with Bellamy to keep Madi safe and he promises her that he will, which brings even more hope to Bellarke fans everywhere.  Later on, Octavia expects Bellamy to beg and reminds him that once again he is here to protect a traitor who he is in love with.  When Bellamy doesn’t deny his feelings for Clarke, I was beyond ecstatic.  But first we have to get her out of there alive for them to get a chance to see this through.  Bellamy shows off his own skills and doses the rations they share with algae, which will put Octavia in a coma.  He tells her that he loves her right before he does this, but he knows that this is the only way to help stop the war.  Even though Octavia is not dead, Bellamy felt like he was the only one who could do this since she is his responsibility.  Now that the Red Queen is out cold, what will be the next move of Wonkru?  Will the need for a Commander expose Madi?  We’ll have to wait 2 weeks for a new episode, but I can’t wait!  Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on The 100 in the comments section below.  Thanks for reading and happy viewing!


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