Emmy season is here! For the next week, voters will be checking off names and shows they think are worthy of getting a nomination come July 10. We at TVGuide.com have a few selections in mind ourselves. Next up: our dream ballot for Best Comedy Series.
Emmys: TVGuide.com's picks for lead actor in a comedy series
Warm and silly, the Golden Globe champ is powered by a perfect and perfectly game ensemble and has the makings of the next great workplace comedy. Unfortunately, history isn't on its side. Though a number of its shows have scored nods, Fox has only ever reaped two awards in this category, for Ally McBeal in 1999 and Arrested Development in 2004.
Like its former network brethren Brooklyn, the short-lived comedy is endearingly goofy with an easygoing cast chemistry — but also effortlessly touching in handling military life with great care. Unsurprisingly, canceled freshmen shows rarely get nominated — the last to do so was Frank's Place in 1988 and the only one to win was My World and Welcome to It in 1970.
Emmys: TVGuide.com's picks for lead actress in a comedy series
Adam F. Goldberg's autobiographical comedy was crudely labeled too loud and too anachronistic at first. But at its core, the show is a hilarious, relatable reminder of two magical times: the '80s and our childhoods. (Lucky you if they overlapped.) It's sincere without being mawkish and nostalgic without being overly cheesy. And like Beverly, its heart is always in the right place.
With all the category-flopping this year, it's almost inaccurate to call Louie strictly acomedy — especially with its tonal and narrative shifts in Season 4. Blurring all genre lines, Louis C.K.'s acutely observed voice not only wrings laughs out of the mundane, but movingly explores bigger themes like no other show on TV (see: the "Fat Girl" monologue).
Emmys: TVGuide.com's picks for supporting actor in a comedy series
Orange Is the New Black
It's ironic that it took a prison show to unleash the most interesting, well-developed female roles onto the small screen we've seen in ages. Darkly tragicomic, Orange is an addictive mix of humor and misery that adeptly tackles the adversities of being marginalized. Also, shout-out to Netflix for its savvy scheduling, releasing Season 2 just as Emmy voting started.
A lot of things could've gone wrong when Veep took its show on the (campaign) road as Selina launched her presidential bid. But the shakeup just provided ample material for what is the most hysterical, mercilessly savage indictment of politics on TV. And that finale twist that got Selina into the West Wing? Brilliant.
Emmys: TVGuide.com's picks for supporting actress in a comedy series
What would you nominate?