As daffy elderly shut-ins, hipster journalists, smooth ’70s rockers, and more, Fred Armisen and Bill Hader earned high praise from critics and fans for Documentary Now!, their love letter to the art of documentary filmmaking. With a keen eye for production and talent, the duo’s hilarious series (created with Seth Meyers, Rhys Thomas, and many others) expertly matched the look and feel of renowned docudramas like Grey Gardens, The Thin Blue Line, and Nanook of the North.
The results proved to be so funny and compelling that the series was selected by Entertainment Weekly as one of the best TV series of 2015. “Spoofing documentary classics and forms,” the magazine writes, “the former Saturday Night Live costars pushed past simple parody to craft ingenious valentines to the medium of film and sharp satire about how ‘reality’ is presented and how we represent and reveal ourselves on camera.” But the honors don’t stop there: Documentary Now! also made The New York Times’ list of the Best TV Shows of 2015. The Dronez staff is probably enjoying a celebratory microbrew toast right now after being honored by the Grey Lady.