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Emmy season is upon us! For the next two weeks, voters will be checking off names and shows they think are worthy of getting a nomination come July 18. We at TVGuide.com have a few selections in mind ourselves. Next up: our dream ballot for Best Comedy Series.
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No, this was not quite the same show that won the top prize in 2004, but is that necessarily a bad thing? Though Netflix's anthology format deprived us of classic dysfunctional Bluth family interplay, Season 4 was an amusing, cleverly woven puzzle that rewarded patience. In the end, it was solid as Iraq.
At its best, Girls is frank, funny, exasperating and more uncomfortable than one of Lena Dunham's ill-fitting rompers. Season 2 was even more hotly debated than the first, but it was ultimately just like Hannah & Co.: unapologetic.
Let's take a break from doing this over Happy Endings' cancellation and look back at all the good times. The relentless zingers, the inspired wordplay, the absurd story lines only it could pull off flawlessly (hello, Brad and Max on The Real World), the cynical yet warm humor and the madcap adventures — they all combined to make one pure cacophonous delight. Besides, we need some good news if it's not going to be saved.
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Despite Louis C.K.'s four nominations last year, his show failed to make the series cut. Louie will never be jam-packed with guffaws, but its darkly amusing, observant wit is unlike any other. Plus: With C.K. taking a lengthy hiatus before Season 4, voters will have to wait two years to check off the show again.
30 Rock saw the challenge and took it: going out on top. Perhaps aided by the condensed 13-episode order, the TGS crew was firing on all cylinders, and its series finale was a sparkling, poignant and super-meta punctuation to a wonderfully weird and snappy show. The bad news? Though it's been nominated in various categories every year, 30 Rock has won zero Emmys since its third Comedy Series win in 2009.
The political satire earned a surprising nod last year, so we like its chances of making it back in. Like its titular character, Veep lacks loud fanfare and buzz (compared to, say, its network-mate Girls), but nothing will have you laughing more than its despairing, deadpan bluntness and Selina perpetually waiting for the president to call.
What do you hope is nominated?