Road to the Emmy Awards: Best Comedy Series
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The Best Comedy category is starting to become more about what got left out than the actual nominees. Where is the best comedy on television, Parks and Recreation? Where are FX’s other comedies Always Sunny and The League? Not to mention an ABC slate that’s growing increasingly strong, headed by The Middle and Happy Endings. Surely, they could join network brethren Modern Family.
Of course, the big snub here is Glee. A show thought to be neck-and-neck with Modern Family in its first season, is now completely out of the race. And this is with seven nominees.
So who’s the best of these magnificent seven? And which will take home the Emmy? Read on to find out.
30 Rock (NBC)
A former winner in this category hangs on in its penultimate season on the strength of several standout episodes that will definitely cause Emmy voters to go back to their nostalgia file and consider casting their vote. However, with Emmy, once you start losing, you usually can’t come back. 30 Rock will likely remain a memory for Emmy voters.
The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
The most-watched comedy on TV is starting to actually develop some critical acclaim to go along with that fanbase.
Jim Parsons is looking like a juggernaut in the acting category and its growing cast has seen more acting nominations bestowed upon this series. Clearly Emmy is starting to take a shine to these geeks.
How big a shine is a bit of a mystery. This has everything going for it to unseat Modern Family: The ratings, the multi-camera setup (something the industry is dying to get back to more regularly), and the huge syndication deals to make this appeal to every type of voter.
It’s the show with the best shot to unseat Modern Family.
Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
With its seventh nomination in this category, it’s clear that Emmy really really likes Curb. However, those seven nominations have come without a single win.
If there is a season for Emmy voters to break this trend, it should be this one. Probably Curb’s strongest season saw Larry in his native New York dealing with a whole new set of problems present in the Big Apple.
The Bill Buckner episode is the perfect submission episode and the pinnacle example of how this show does things others cannot.
This is the show that deserves to win in this category and have its crazy losing streak unbroken.
The polarizing buzz magnet of spring snuck into this 7-series category after a first season that had people proclaiming it either the next great comedy and its creator the voice of her generation or people dismissing it outright.
Emmy voters will likely fall into that latter category. Clearly it appealed to a large enough minority that it earned a nomination, but it’s unlikely it will do the same for the larger (and older) Emmy voting bloc. This is too hip, too urban and too not-a-comedy to really have a shot here.
If the critics (and hipsters) had their way, this would be the only show eligible in this category. Or any category. Louis CK’s singular creation may be the most well-regarded show among a select few on television.
Of course that few is very select. Like miniscule. Like maybe 5% of the Academy watching this on a screener would be a significant ratings bump for this outlaw series.
Its base is devoted, but probably not large enough to make an impact come Emmy night.
Modern Family (ABC)
The comedy juggernaut is poised to stay undefeated in this category. Its ratings are as strong as ever. Its acclaim hasn’t dipped. There are also several submissions episodes that are as funny as anything on television.
Once a show gets on a roll with Emmy, it usually stays that way until something massive comes along to unseat it. Nothing in this category seems like it has the firepower to do that.
A surprise nominee in this category after a bombastic and vulgar debut season. Its lead (Julia Louis-Dreyfuss) is an Emmy favorite and a likely winner for Best Actress in a Comedy and that will likely be the only place voters cast their ballot in this elections. It’s too small, it’s too vulgar and it’s just too unconventional to be a serious threat in this category. Not with the veterans and mega-network shows to compete against.
What Will Win: Modern Family
What Should Win: Curb Your Enthusiasm