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EW Community MVPs of the Season: Gina Rodriguez, Amy Schumer, and more

The EW Community was built by and for people who love television. And we, the writers of the EW Community, especially love it when we get to witness brilliance in our favorite medium. Every week, we are blown away by a few showstopping performances.

Each week, in our regular column, “EW Community MVP of the Week,” we honor the actors who gave the week’s most commanding performances. This week, we are changing things up a little: We are celebrating our favorite five performers of the season.

MVPs of the 2014–2015 season:

Gina Rodriguez as Jane Villenueva, Jane the Virgin

Photo credit: CW

Gina Rodriguez is a breathtaking performer. One minute she’s making me cry; the next minute she’s making me cheer. She is a strong, beautiful, inspiring Latina woman who is not only stealing hearts as Jane Villanueva on The CW’s freshman show Jane the Virgin, but she’s also stealing hearts in real life.

Gina does comedy better than anyone I’ve seen on television in a long time. She channels a classic humor, a cleverness, a fearless comedy that is rare to see these days. She also gets to play an amazing character. Jane is a driven young Latina woman trying to get her life on track. Jane’s not a gun-toting cop, she’s not a CIA analyst, she’s not even a messed-up teenager. She is a healthy, well-rounded working woman preparing for motherhood in the midst of some crazy-fun telenovela plot twists.

Gina broke a record this year when she was the first person to ever win a Golden Globe for The CW. Gina is also an amazing source of encouragement to her fans on Twitter. She cheers them on, telling them that they can accomplish anything they put their minds to.

I’m so glad that Gina is one of our season MVPs. It’s not easy for anyone to carry a show as the lead actor or actress, but Gina did so with an effortless and charming poise. I can’t wait to see more of her in any upcoming films—and in Jane the Virgin‘s season two! —Lauren Gallaway

Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson Fisk, Daredevil

Photo Credit: Netflix

We discussed Vincent D’Onofrio’s performance in Wilson Fisk’s flashback episode, “Shadows in the Glass,” before, but his performance throughout the rest of Daredevil‘s freshman season was just as impressive. Plenty could be said of D’Onofrio’s portrayal of Fisk the businessman, as he learns of Owlsley’s betrayal and his crime syndicate falls to pieces, ending in his arrest. But D’Onofrio shines brightest when he portrays Fisk the man.

When his girlfriend, Vanessa, is poisoned instead of him, Fisk channels his rage into sending the woman he loves away for her own protection. But Vanessa encourages him instead to get revenge for them both. Their later separation when Fisk is arrested is painful because it’s clear how much they love each other—and, more important, how much Vanessa loves the man Fisk is, not the one he should be.

But D’Onofrio’s emotional depth is arguably better explored after the death of Fisk’s assistant and only friend, Wesley. Upon finding his body, Fisk beats the guard who let him go out alone while screaming a broken “He’s my friend!” In the immediate aftermath, instead of Fisk having a dramatic, emotional breakdown, his grief is quiet, as he hold’s Wesley’s hand and kisses his forehead, promising revenge again for those hurt in his stead. Fisk has loud moments throughout season one, where his anger almost literally explodes out of him, but these calm moments of quiet violence are vastly more impressive. —Samantha Swank

Amy Schumer, various, Inside Amy Schumer

Photo credit: Comedy Central

Amy Schumer is essentially the people’s champion of this television season. Of course we could focus on Inside Amy Schumer, and we will, but with a hosting gig on the 2015 MTV Movie Awards, a featured spot on The Bachelorette, and a permanent spot in our hearts on the floor in front of Kanye and Kim, Amy Schumer has literally been just about everywhere this season.

What really resonates, though, is her take-no-prisoners approach on Inside Amy Schumer. When she’s portraying a lush Tami Taylor–esque wife, she’s tackling the topic of chauvinistic attitudes toward rape. When she’s dining in the woods with Tina Fey and company, she’s combating the biases that Hollywood holds against women that aren’t held against men.

In short, what has made Amy Schumer an MVP performer is not simply the performances she’s provided, but the messages that have accompanied them. And while you’re still thinking about what she did last, she’s on her way to her next skit. —Justin Kirkland

Tatiana Maslany, various, Orphan Black

photo credit: BBC America

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Tatiana Maslany will always be my vote for MVP when it comes to an overall acting performance, because of just how much performing she does in any given episode, not to mention throughout this season of Orphan Black. Not only does Maslany play anywhere from five to six characters per season, but she often plays multiple characters per episode, and she’s always amazing.

The fact that one woman can so perfectly embody so many different characters to the point that you literally forget it’s one actress playing them all, is a testament to both her talent and her overall skill as an actress. Maslany is unfailingly brave and constantly innovative; she never rests on her laurels as a person or as an actress. In my mind, she’s an MVP actress and MVP person, which is why she’s my vote for MVP of the season. —Geek Girl Diva

Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock, Daredevil

Photo Credit: Netflix

Vincent D’Onofrio got the lion’s share of the attention, and deservedly so, when Daredevil grabbed us all by the throat in April. But don’t let his tortured villain cause you to overlook Charlie Cox’s tortured hero. That’s often tortured in the literal sense, as Cox makes viewers feel every punch, kick, stab, and bludgeon that Matt Murdock receives in the fight to keep his beloved Hell’s Kitchen safe.

In contrast to the superheroes who immediately bounce back from every injury in other comic book worlds, Cox makes the audience feel the physical toll of bloody street brawl after bloody street brawl, as Murdock’s injuries mount and his strength flags. Cox doesn’t fall into the trap of playing Murdock as if he’s about to be crushed by the weight of his own existential gloom. And he’s wickedly good at conveying the mannerisms of a blind man who isn’t as blind as you might think.

Cox is a heady mix of the anger that drives a man to don a mask, the physicality to hold his own in the outstanding fight scenes, and the steely determination to battle for justice—whether that’s in the courtroom or in a rain-slicked alley. Is 2016 here yet? —Sara Netzley

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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