The Emmy nominations were out last week and if you haven’t checked them already, we bring good news for you! Your favorite show – Game of Thrones – leads with 23 nominations, including Best Drama Series, Best Supporting Actress in Drama Series (Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, and Maisie Williams) and Best Supporting Actor in Drama Series (Kit Harington and Peter Dinklage). On the other hand, popular comedy show Modern Family has been nominated for Best Comedy Series for the seventh consecutive year. While these shows remain classic favorites of TV fans, there’s a lot you need to know about the other nominees, too.
Firstly, the English TV shows of today are possibly some of the best shows ever made on TV. And while some of you may enjoy the generic saas-bahu drama that you find on Indian TV, some of these shows are hitting milestones in terms of writing, story, casting and performance. Sitcom actors are making over $1 million per episode and drama series like Game of Thrones and House of Cards are massive hits worldwide.
But apart from these popular and well-known shows, we bring you a list of 10 outstanding TV series that you need to add to your watch list right now! Here you go:
BETTER CALL SAUL
Nominated for Best Drama Series, Best Actor in a Drama Series, and Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.
If you have watched Breaking Bad, you cannot miss its spin-off series, based on the best character from the show – Saul Goodman. Better Call Saul takes you through the journey of Saul Goodman (previously Jimmy McGill) from a decent attorney to a bad lawyer. Made by the creators of Breaking Bad, this series has all the elements of its predecessor – brilliant actors, great music, classic quotes, crazy twists, and the best bad lawyer you will ever meet!
Nominated for Best Drama Series, Best Actor in a Drama Series, and Best Writing for a Drama Series.
This one is a classic hacker thriller for the geek within you. The series follows a cyber-security engineer, played by Rami Malek, who suffers from social anxiety and clinical depression, as he joins a group of hacktivists to take down one of the largest corporations in the world. What makes it better than the other hacker shows is the attention to detail, depth of acting and brilliant storyline. The show is currently running its second season and is on Indian television.
Nominated for Best Drama Series and Best Actress in a Drama Series.
This political thriller takes you into the functions and activities of the CIA. Officer Carrie Mathison (played by Claire Danes) is always on the hunt for high-profile terrorists as she struggles with bipolar disorder. Other than its crazy twists and intense drama, the show is worth watching for Danes’ excellent performance, which have gotten her Emmy nominations for five consecutive years. Here’s a fun fact: President Obama admits to being a huge fan of the show.
Nominated for Best Drama Series, Best Actress in a Drama Series, Best Actor in a Drama Series, and Best Writing for a Drama Series.
Move over, Russian spy movies. The Americans is about two KGB spies who pose as a married American couple in Washington DC. While it takes you through the period of the Cold War, this show is similar to Homeland in its political segment. Besides, the fantastic script and badass performances add to its credibility. And like Game of Thrones, there is no good guy or bad guy on this show. That’s what it makes awesome!
Nominated for Best Comedy Series, Best Actor in a Comedy Series, and Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.
What happens when a man you’ve known all your life comes out as a woman? This show deals with the struggles of a family, whose patriarch reveals his long-kept secret, and their acceptance of the revelation. This show does not seek sympathy for transgender people, rather identifies them as regular people. The first season won a Golden Globe award in 2015.
UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT
Nominated for Best Comedy Series, Best Actress in a Comedy Series, and Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
This is probably the only TV show you can watch with kids. 29-year old Kimmy (played by Ellie Kemper) was trapped in an underground bunker with three other women for 15 years. After being rescued, Kimmy begins her life anew, trying to spread cheer and positivity wherever she goes. This is the perfect show for an all-night binge, a sleepover, or simply to elevate your mood. To top it all, Jane Krakowski’s antics and Tituss Burgess’ sassy one-liners will leave you in splits!
Nominated for Best Comedy Series, Best Actor in a Comedy Series, and Best Actress in a Comedy Series.
It’s not just another show about an African American family in America, but actually takes you through the struggles of a colored family, living and working in an all-white environment while trying to maintain their identity. It is hysterical, and the dialogues and situations will have you roaring with laughter. More importantly, it negates silly racial stereotypes existing in American society.
Nominated for Best Limited Series, Best Actress in a Limited Series, Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series, and Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series.
One of the best limited series, Fargo’s first season had a star cast of Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman and Colin Hanks, while Season 2 brought together Patrick Wilson, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Jean Smart and Ted Danson. A slow, but intense storyline, coupled with amazing performances make this show Emmy-worthy. In fact, we would be very surprised if Kirsten Dunst did not bag the award.
THE PEOPLE V. O. J. SIMPSON
Nominated for Best Limited Series, Best Actor in a Limited Series, Best Actress in a Limited Series, and Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series.
If you have only heard about O. J. Simpson, but do not know much about him, here’s your opportunity to find out everything about the most notorious murder trial in the US of A. Did famous athlete O. J. Simpson get away with the murder of his wife or was he a victim of racial discrimination? The show takes no sides but gives you a holistic view of what went down behind closed doors. It also stars David Schwimmer as the Late Robert Kardashian (father of the famous trio).
THE NIGHT MANAGER
Nominated for Best Limited Series, Best Actor in a Limited Series, Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series, and Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series.
This show is an ideal watch for James Bond lovers. Other than the fact that Tom Hiddleston goes bare-butt on the show, the performances of Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie make it worth a watch. Like his character in House, Laurie plays his role as the bad guy Roper with equal charm and menace, while Hiddleston simply captivates you with his eyes.
Do not forget to catch the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards on the morning of September 19. We’ll keep our fingers crossed for a GoT win!