Emmy Recap


Last year saw a real changing of the guard for television as new shows hit the ground running and other shows finished off with a bang.

Last year was pretty good for TV in both network and streaming services. Above all, it was a banner year for HBO who, after losing the Emmy race last year to Netflix, retook the mantle as the most nominated platform with 137 total nominations. This is mainly due to a few Netflix shows that didn’t air during the eligibility window for this year like “The Crown” and “Stranger Things”. But the 2019 Emmys are officially in the books, so here’s a roundup of the favorites and the long shots that won big.

Game of Thrones, Best Drama

No matter how controversial you may have thought the final season was, it was a shoe-in for best drama. It fell short in a couple other categories mainly acting ones, but nonetheless, it took best drama. Even though there was some pretty solid competition there is was really no way that “Game of Thrones” wasn’t finishing without an award. For a show that was so vehemently loved and widely watched, it would be criminal not to give it a royal send off.

Fleabag, Best Comedy

The long shot winner of the year, “Fleabag” beat out returning best comedy champs “The Marvelous Ms. Maisel” and “Veep”. The Oddball comedy took home two additional awards for best comedy directing and best comedy writing but still this was a surprise. This category looked like a two horse race for a while but “Fleabag” has a special unique flare that separates it from the average comedy. “Fleabag” will return for more seasons.

Chernobyl, Best Limited Series

HBO’s critically acclaimed limited series did not disappoint on it’s night of judgement, pulling in three awards including best limited series. “Chernobyl” was hailed as the best limited series since 2001’s “Band of Brothers” so there is no surprise that the gritty drama got it’s due. There were some other solid entries in the limited series category but “Chernobyl” rode a wave of other awards, including best writing and best directing for a limited series to the finish line. The Golden Globes await.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Best Variety Talk Series

The Dynasty continues as HBO’s long running late night show took home it’s fourth consecutive award for best variety talk series and third consecutive for best writing for a variety show. This year’s accolades elevate “Last week Tonight” to the elite level of variety show, as they are now the most awarded late night show ever. Jon Stewart is jealous.