The low profile of the TCA Awards relative to other, televised ceremonies was a subject of frequent jokes.
"I'd never heard of TCA -- I'm in the movie business -- until about six months ago," said producer Jerry Weintraub, accepting the award for Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials.
"Louie" star Louis C.K. appeared in person to accept the award for Individual Achievement in Comedy. C.K. thanked critics for helping small, quality shows along as they establish themselves. He also praised Lear and Reiner.
"Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan also thanked critics for supporting his show in its low-rated first season. Star Bryan Cranston recalled how 40 or 50 people on the crew shaved their heads in solidarity with him when his character, Walter White, shaved his.
"There was an infestation of head lice," he joked.
Incoming TCA president Scott Pierce defended the quality of the awards as he gave the Heritage honor to "All in the Family."
"Clearly there are people in this room who would be surprised at how much these things cost," he said.
After "Parks" star Amy Poehler danced onstage, Lear "did an Amy Poehler" by dancing as well. He recalled that one critic said 40 years ago said his show should be flushed down a toilet.
Here are the nominees, with the winners in bold:
Individual Achievement in Comedy