Emmys – Lets talk about COMEDY

As I write this, the Emmys are 10 days away. When the nominations were read on July 13th, I wasn’t really a fan, about all of them actually. But let’s talk about Comedy.

For those of you who don’t know, here are the nominations.

Atlanta – Season 1 

Black-ish – Season 3

Master of None – Season 2

Modern Family – Season 8

Silicon Valley – Season 4

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Season 3

Veep – Season 6

My main gripe is I am sick of seeing shows past their prime being nominated, so having one of those precious spots taken up by Modern Family makes me sad.  There is nothing wrong with Modern Family. I just don’t see the need for it to be nominated again. We have finally broken free of the five year Modern Family Emmy domination. In my honest opinion, there are better, fresher comedies that can be recognized.  Related to that, Veep announced yesterday that it will end after season seven. I whole heartedly support that. While sometimes I want my favorite television shows to go on forever, I am also happy when they leave on a high note, not after actors have left the show from being bored or after the writers have long since run out interesting places to take the story. Seven seasons is prime. Don’t get me wrong though, I support the Veep being nominated.

My second issue is with Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Season 1 was fine. It was very reminiscent of the slapstick comedy of I Love Lucy or Carol Burnet. But for me one season of that show was enough. I was never a huge fan of 30 Rock. I was talking to a friend who was a huge fan of 30 Rock and she confirmed my feeling that Kimmy just isn’t that great, even if you loved 30 Rock. It’s like watching the dumbest people on multiple shows get together and have a show. It is joke, after joke, after joke… but there is no intelligent person to redeem them. If Kimmy was an animated comedy, I might feel differently, but alas that’s not what it is. I just think that we as an audience are smarter than that. I think we deserve smarter comedy.

As far as the rest go, I am pretty okay. I like Black-ish a lot. I love Master of None. Veep is strong, even at season 6. Fingers crossed Veep ends strong on note with season 7.  Silicon Valley is also a great pick. I am a little behind with it, but with the way it was going, I am not afraid.  I am making my way through the new season of Master of None right now, with high expectations that I will like this season even more than the last. Atlanta is next on my list, so I can’t say either way about that right now.

That being said, here are the shows I would have liked to see nominated.

Catastrophe

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Where to watch: Amazon
Previous Nominations
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, 2016 – Rob Delaney, Sharon Horgan
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, 2017 – Carrie Fisher, posthumously

I know I go on about this show all the time. It just doesn’t get the recognition it deserves, even though it is available to American audiences. I am glad to see Carrie Fisher get a nomination, but I am sad that her character is only getting it’s due once Carrie passed.

Fleabag

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Where to watch: Amazon
Previous Nominations: No Emmys, but it has been nominated for multiple BAFTA’s and won the award for Best Female Performance in a Comedy Programme. It also won best Television Situation Comedy, Writer’s Guild of Great Britain Award.

This show just officially announced it’s second season and I couldn’t be more pleased. It’s another Amazon/BBC mash up that I have gushed about in the past. I would have loved to see it get nominated in Comedy, Acting or Writing in the future. Phoebe Waller-Bridge is definitely a person to watch.

Search Party

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Where to Watch
: TBS.com / rent on Amazon
Awards: Gracie for Actress in Breakout Role – Alia Shawkat, SXSW Gamechanger Award for Sarah-Violet Bliss (creator)

Okay, so this show might be a bit of a reach for an actual nomination. But it is so smart. It’s dark and funny, all the while being something new. I binged the whole first season in a day or two. The whole time I was watching, all I could think was that it was like being able to watch a procedural crime show that wasn’t a procedural crime show, but it was funny, Alia Shawkat (while being super hipster) looks like a regular girl I would be friends with, and that it is everything I want in a show about Millennial. Sorry for the run on sentences, my excitement knows no punctuation.

Grace and Frankie

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Where to watch: Netflix
Previous Nominations: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series – Lily Tomlin (2016, 2017); Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series – Jane Fonda (2017)

 

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I don’t understand how this wasn’t nominated. It’s what the Golden Girls would be if they had the luxury of airing on a streaming channel. I read the pilot for Grace and Frankie one day, then immediately went home and binged all three seasons (over the course of a week). I don’t know why it isn’t nominated now. I don’t know why season 1 or 2 weren’t nominated. Any show that you want to show to your mom, but would be afraid to show to your Grandma is something special. I found this delightful Golden Girls/Grace and Frankie picture mash up on line. I can’t take credit for it, but I like it. Also, Sol is not the Dorothy of the group, but that is a post for another day.

 

Take My Wife

k_f_t_16x9_TakeMyWife_1280x720Where to watch: Seeso (RIP)…but also Youtube, yay! Someone save this show.
Nominations: None so far.

I always had intentions to watch this show, but didn’t get around to it until news that Seeso was ending. When I did, I binged all 6 episodes in one sitting. This is a sweet little show that is very funny. It takes two off-beat comedians who doesn’t fit the classic “Hollywood” mold and tells us a beautiful love story. My favorite part is probably when Cameron and Rhea talk to the camera at the end of each episode. They talk about how they developed the story idea for the episode and their lives. This is a special show. Please watch it.

 

Honorable Mentions:

 

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW) – This is a very good show. It did very well last year, sad to see it not among the nominations this year. 
Transparent (Amazon) –
  To be fair, this show always feels more Drama than Comedy to me, but excellent television all the same. 
Vice Principals (HBO) – 
Very funny. Please watch.
It’s Always Sunny in Philidelphia (FXX) – How have they never been nominated for this?
One Day at a Time (Netflix)  – Very funny and important. Please, please, watch.

 

So that being said, I am back to watching as many nominated shows as I can before the big night. What comedy shows would you like to have seen nominated? What shows were you disappointed by? Keep an eye out for my Emmy prediction list!

 

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