TV’s Fall premiere is just a couple of weeks away, but before we get into all of the new shows coming up, it’s time to look back at all of the award-worthy offerings that lit up our TV screens during the 2016-17 season with Sunday night’s Emmy Awards.
Every year we look forward to returning hits like Game Of Thrones (which actually doesn’t qualify at this year’s show thanks to its later start date) and Veep racking up the trophies, but this year it seems like a ton of new shows are pulling in some pretty big nominations.
Which means that if you’re anything like us and you’ve been stockpiling some titles to watch when the weather starts to turn, now might be as good a time as any to fire up the PVRs and start streaming. Need some suggestions? Here are nine series with multiple nominations that are bound to make a splash come Emmys night.
9 shows you need to know about before this Sunday’s Emmy Awards
WestworldWhat it’s up for: Outstanding drama series, along with nods in the leading and supporting actor and actress categories.
It’s kind of like: That show Dollhouse that Joss Whedon did once upon a time.
Why you should watch: If you like darkly disturbing dramas with a western edge, this show based on the novel by Michael Crichton is right up your alley. HBO
Big Little LiesWhat it’s up for: Outstanding limited series with additional nods for its all star-cast including Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Alexander Skarsgard, Laura Dern and Shailene Woodley.
It’s kind of like: We’d say this one is a little like Top of the Lake meets Pretty Little Liars. With even more star power, of course.
Why you should watch: The murderous miniseries is a great watch for moms feeling way too much pressure from society, whether they stay at home or head off to work. But, it’s also a fun whodunit that men will equally love. HBO
Stranger ThingsWhat it’s up for: Outstanding drama series, along with a couple of supporting actor nods thrown in for good measure.
It’s kind of like: Every horror movie we ever watched in the '80s.
Why you should watch: Vintage shots and a creepy storyline made this binge-worthy series a pretty buzzed about show last fall. Just be sure to have a good blanket to cover your eyes with during some of the scarier parts. Netflix
The CrownWhat it’s up for: Outstanding drama series, as well as nods for John Lithgow and Claire Foy in their respective supporting and leading roles.
It’s kind of like: What would happen if Downton Abbey met our Royals obsession.
Why you should watch: The story of Queen Elizabeth II is compelling and heartbreaking… and one that will leave you feeling at least a little more in tune with history by the time you’re done. Netflix
The Night OfWhat it’s up for: At least five big trophies on the big night, including outstanding limited series and a nod for lead actor Riz Ahmed.
It’s kind of like: True Detective. The first season, anyhow, and if it were told from the “bad guy’s” point of view.
Why you should watch: If you like compelling whodunits, fiercely dramatic scenes and wacko lawyers with stinky feet, this one is definitely for you. HBO
This Is UsWhat it’s up for: What isn’t it up for? Nearly all the actors were nominated, and the show itself is up for outstanding drama series to boot. (Guest star Gerald McRaney already nabbed an early supporting actor win at the Creative Emmys.)
It’s kind of like: Parenthood meets Brothers & Sisters.
Why you should watch: If you need a cathartic cry every now and then, or if you just want a show that's unlike anything else currently on TV, this is definitely a family drama worth investing in. CTV
The Handmaid's TaleWhat it’s up for: Outstanding drama and lead actress for star Elisabeth Moss, plus nods for Samira Wiley and Ann Dowd. (Alex Bledel, who guest-starred, already nabbed a supporting actress win at the Creative Emmys.)
It’s kind of like: Actually it’s exactly like Margaret Atwood’s award-winning, 1985 novel of the same name.
Why you should watch: This dark and terrifying dystopian tale teaches us the importance of questioning our governments and those in charge. Frankly, it couldn’t come at a more appropriate time. Bravo
Feud: Bette and JoanWhat it’s up for: At least seven big awards, including outstanding limited series and nods for stars Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon.
It’s kind of like: A throwback to old-timey Hollywood and all of the glitzy glamour (and not-so glamorous in-fighting) that came with the studio system at the time.
Why you should watch: The story of Joan Crawford and Bette Davis is a compelling one to say the least, and watching Lange and Sarandon pull off those roles is actually really impressive. FX
AtlantaWhat it’s up for: Creator and star Donald Glover is up for best actor, while the show itself is in the running for outstanding comedy.
It’s kind of like: It’s actually unlike most comedies we’ve seen, with Glover relying heavily on themes from Twin Peaks and The Wire to tell his story of the peachy city.
Why you should watch: A semi dark, single-camera comedy that breaks the mould, Atlanta has already won awards at other shows, making it a true contender in the comedy category. FX