Emmy season is upon us! Voters have until June 26 to fill out their nomination ballots before the big announcement on July 16. We have a few selections in mind ourselves. Up next: our wish list for Outstanding Comedy Series.
(Some housekeeping: New Emmy rules dictate that 60-minute shows must compete in drama and 30-minute shows must compete in comedy. Jane the Virgin, Shameless and Glee won their appeals to switch to comedy, but Orange Is the New Black lost its appeal and has to stay in drama after competing last year in comedy. Oh, and there will be seven nominees in the series races.)
Few shows are as weird and chaotic as Broad City and we mean that in the best way. Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer's warped, weed-infused brainchild is experimentation at its finest that also gives way to wholly satisfying and relatable observations about 20-something living and the importance of friendship. Yas queen!
The world wasn't ready for Valerie Cherish and The Comeback in 2005. But after nearly a decade of reality TV saturation and schadenfreude, coupled with its scintillating indictment of Hollywood double standards in Season 2, it would be downright tragic to ignore how smart, dark and remarkably prescient the show is. And if voters don't wanna go that deep, the finale took place at the Emmys! (Nudge, nudge, wink, wink.)
The best thing about The Goldbergs is that it's still as loud and unapologetic as it was when it first premiered; the only difference is more people have caught on to how sweet and funny it is. Between its Ferris Bueller episode, world's best smother Beverly and more crazy (true) stories than we can count, the show hit its stride in Season 2, unspooling relatable heart-tugging life lessons and reinforcing the idea that the joyous anarchy of family life is timeless.
Jane the Virgin
Jane, by all accounts, should not work. It's got a narrator, onscreen text and hashtags, fantasy sequences, flashbacks, an actual telenovela -- and this is even before we get to the premise. That it does work is not only due to Gina Rodriguez's and the cast's performances, but the self-assuredness with which it goes about melding the heightened insanity with deeply felt emotion that you wonder why you ever doubted it in the first place. It would be the first WB/CW show to be nominated in either series race.
Silicon Valley surprised last year, landing three big nods: writing, directing and comedy series. There's no reason to think it can't retain its spot here, especially after expanding its formerly insulated world (hi, ladies!) while still drolly skewering the industry's lack of diversity, tech-bro culture, idealism and ambition. The show is also riding high now after winning the Critics' Choice Award for comedy series.
While Transparent will never win when it comes to the laughs-per-minute metric, it is so achingly intimate that you laugh through the tears and cry through the laughs. The series will try to avoid being the second straight Golden Globes champ, after Brooklyn Nine-Nine, to not get an Emmy nomination.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Back in March, we said Kimmy was the best new comedy of the year and we still stand by that. Irrepressible, witty and infectious (if the theme song doesn't win for main title theme music, we will riot), Kimmy is a much-welcome dose of hope and optimism with a side of fantastically kooky in this cold, cynical world. And on top of all that, it taught us the history of artisanal frozen water.
Which shows would you nominate?