The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards that honour the best in American television were held last week in LA, California. While your favourite show may or may not have won in the relevant category, here’s our list of the shows that you must watch, and why.
Show: The Big Bang Theory, Seasons: 7
What? A group of physicists who have the same problems of life, love, money and junk food as everybody else.
Why? The Sheldon-Amy couple, comic book merch, string theory jokes.
Jim Parsons (the delightful Sheldon Cooper) won the Best Actor in a Comedy Series.
Show: 30 Rock, Seasons: 7
What? An NBC show about an NBC show. TGS with Tracy Jordan is a live comedy show and the show’s head writer, Liz Lemon has fluctuating relationships with other writers, actors and her boss, Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin)
Why? SNL folk doing broadcast TV, Jack Donaghy’s anecdotes & wisdom
Tina Fey and Tracey Wigfield won the award for the Best Writing in a Comedy Series.
Show: Parks and Recreation, Seasons: 6
What? Bureaucrats in a fictional small town in Indiana, USA. The series follows Leslie Knope, an enthusiastic American babu stuck in a particularly lazy department, trying to do some good. It’s shot in the shaky and fourth-wall-breaking manner of The Office.
Why? More Saturday Night Live (SNL) folk doing sitcoms, but more importantly Aubrey Plaza (who plays the deadpan April Ludgate).
Show: Modern Family, Seasons: 5
What? The 21st century American joint family. Rich old white man with gorgeous second wife, his straight/gay children, their spouses and bratty American kids. It’s really about how an unconventional family still functions (or is as dysfunctional as) a conventional one.
Why? The loud and very Columbian Sofia Vergara. Also Cameron and Mitchell’s (the gay couple) fights.
This dysfunctional family won the Emmy for the Best Comedy Series.
Show: Homeland, Seasons: 3
What? A CIA agent believes a recently returned war-hero is a spy for Al-Qaeda. A spy thriller revolving around military intelligence and covert operations in the Middle East.
Why? It’s Fox’s view on the American America; and Claire Danes.
Claire Danes (CIA Agent Carrie Mathison) won the Best Actress in a Drama Series.
Show: Breaking Bad, Seasons: 5
What? A high school chemistry teacher learns he has cancer and starts cooking/selling meth with a former student. The original intention is that his family will have some money after his death. Except that he starts liking the dark side of his life.
Why? Bryan Cranston’s (Walter White) transformation from Anakin to Vader. It won the Best Drama Series, and the Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Anna Gunn (Skyler White, Walter’s wife).
Show: Mad Men, Seasons: 6
What? Ad agencies in the ’60s in America. But really about the life and lovers of Don Draper, rock star ad-exec and Casanova extraordinaire. Brilliant in its portrayal of a much more sexist time, the show manages to hold a tight storyline without being too generous or strict while recreating the era.
Why? Classic American cars from the ’50s and ’60s; the voluptuous Christina Hendricks, who has a chunky role.
Show: House of Cards, Seasons: 1
what? An American politician and his wife playing the game that all politicians must play. Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) plots and schemes to gain power after he is passed over for the position of Secretary of State.
Why? Kevin Spacey’s drama.
Director David Fincher won the Emmy for directing the drama series.
Show: The Newsroom, Seasons: 2
About: Written by Academy award winning screenwriter-producer-playwright Aaron Sorkin, The Newsroom is a drama that chronicles the behind-the-scenes events at a
fictional TV news channel. The show is often accused of taking fantastic liberties.
Why? If you want to know how neurotic news anchors behave, this may be of some interest.
We’re surprised shocked Jeff Daniels (Will McAvoy) won the Best Actor in a Drama Series. Really? Come on!
Show: Game of Thrones, Seasons: 3
What? Based on fantasy king George RR Martin’s books, the show features several great families in the land of Westeros. Changing dynamics between these families, (the Baratheons, the Starks, the Targaryens and the Lannisters) makes for high drama.
Why? If you liked the books. Or Emilia Clarke (the strong-willed Daenerys Targaryen)
Not even ONE award? Come on!
From HT Brunch, September 29
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