The general rule with awards shows, including the 2019 Emmys, goes something like this: It’s all very silly, this attempting to make objective decisions about very subjective things, but if we really insist on doing it, well, we might as well at least try to do it right. Things don’t always work out that way. People get mad and they yell and they write things. You’ve read the internet. It’s a whole thing.
Luckily, we are here to help this year. Two of our television experts, Brian Grubb and Jessica Toomer, have run through all the major categories and provided some analysis of the nominees and some ideas on rightful champions. Consider it your primer for Sunday’s ceremony.
Outstanding Drama Series
Better Call Saul
Game of Thrones
This Is Us
BG: I would very much like to see this go to Better Call Saul, a show whose most recent aired — if my math is correct — 45 years ago. I suspect this one is Thrones’ to lose, though, and hopefully Succession’s to claim next year.
JT: It pains me to not cast a vote for Game of Thrones, because this show marks the end of a communal watching era and that deserves to be recognized, but the writing just wasn’t enough to beat out Succession for me. Sure, we all like to watch rich people doing terrible things, but the complicated family dynamics coupled with some breakout performances elevated the premise of this show to something far more exciting than GoT was able to deliver. Plus, there was a distinctive lack of errant coffee cups, which I appreciated.
Outstanding Comedy Series
The Good Place
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
JT: The comedy categories this year are sheer chaos. Every show deserves to win, but I think what Phoebe Waller-Bridge was able to do with the second season of Fleabag just edges out Schitt’s Creek this year. There’s no series that could make us want to f*ck a priest so badly in 2019 so credit where credit is due.