With The Emmys airing this weekend, I have been lamenting about all of the great television I haven’t been watching this past year. I would consider myself a bit of a TV and film buff, and a few of my good friends and I usually compete to see who can predict the most wins for every awards show, but alas, I am woefully unprepared for this Sunday’s show. While not one of the most memorable years in TV that I can think of, 2016 is still another year full of compelling performances, brilliant writing, and overall great television shows. Here are a few of the Emmys most nominated shows that I have either immensely enjoyed or that I am itching to watch.
Master of None
Parks and Recreation is easily one of my favorite television comedies ever, so, needless to say, when I heard Aziz Anzari (the obnoxiously lovable Tom Haverford) was working on Masters of None, I got pretty excited. The show is everything you’d expect: charming, funny, and relatable, with a fun cast of characters including Anzari’s real-life Dad, who was easily one of the best parts of the season. Along with palpable heart, the show boasts compelling messages about anything from racism in Hollywood to the freakiness of marriage without feeling preachy or contrived. Anzari proves himself as a triple threat here, and I can’t wait to see more from him.
I’ve always been a huge Coen Brothers lover, and the television adaptation of their cult classic film lives up to their greatness. The first season was easily some of the best television I’ve seen in years (I watched the whole thing in one sitting). The spectacular performances, the brilliant writing, the accents! The series is a departure from the movie, but still employs the dark humor and Midwest background of its origin. The second go around promises to be just as great, if not even better, this time set around murders and hijinks in the seventies . True masters of straight up weirdness mixed with pure genius, I’ve been waiting to finally get to what I’m sure will be a spectacular television experience from one of my favorite film duos.
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
One of the most nominated shows at the ceremony (coming in second to the uncontested Game of Thrones), The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story has achieved it’s predicted success with its first season. Boasting an absolutely all-star cast, including a bizarrely triumphant return from Cuba Gooding Jr., the show promises greatness. It centers around one of the most recognizable court cases in history, and strives to maintain authenticity while still creating something artistic in it’s own right. I haven’t been this intrigued by a series in a long time, and I look forward to finally watching this buzzed about show.
Better Call Saul
As an enormous Breaking Bad fan, I was initially a mix of enthused and wary of this spin off centering around everybody’s favorite crooked lawyer, Saul Goodman. I am pleased to report that, thanks to BB creator Vince Gilligan’s tender touch, this series stands on a platform all it’s own. The heart of the show is Bob Odenkirk’s performance as Jimmy McGill. If you liked him in Breaking Bad, you’ll love him here, as well as rejoice in some familiar faces, particularly Jonathan Banks’ pitch perfect return as fan favorite, Mike.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Even if you find yourself annoyed by the peppy, slightly cartoonish Ellie Kemper, and you’re sick of seeing songs about wine all over your Facebook wall, I’d still suggest giving this quirky series a shot, especially if you’re a fan of the fantastic Tina Fey. The show centers around Kimmy Schmidt, a twenty-something confined in a bunker by a cult leader (played brilliant by Jon Hamm) who gets finally gets discovered and decides to take on New York City. 30 Rock vet Jane Krakowski is effortlessly nauseating as an NYC housewife (in the most appealing way), but everybody’s favorite, Titus Andromedon, steals the show with his endlessly quotable one liners and inescapably lovable stage presence.
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