The coronavirus pandemic has given us an abundance of time to catch up on the shows we’ve been putting off for quite awhile now.
As we social distance and quarantine, we’ve been given the opportunity to fill the void of going out and socializing with riveting, award-winning television.
If you don’t know where to begin your binge-watching journey, may we suggest some of the 72nd Primetime Emmy Award nominees?
If there’s anyone that knows about good television, it’s TV critics.
All the shows your friends have nudged you to watch for months are available at your fingertips thanks to streaming services.
Check out the list of nominated shows below:
Remixing the original comic series by Alan Moore and David Gibbons, HBO’s nine-episode version is set in the alternate reality where vigilantes are considered outlaws. Taking place over 30 years after the events of the original comic and starring Regina King and Don Johnson, the series explores the racial divides after a white supremacist group kills much of the Tulsa, Oklahoma police department sans two that remain with the force and ensure laws are passed that allow cops to conceal their identities to prevent them from becoming further targets.
Stream on: HBO, HBO Max
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Hailing from “Gilmore Girls” creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, the series follows a newly single housewife who discovers she has a knack for stand-up comedy. But not only is she good at it, she tries to make a career out of it. Entering its fourth season, Mrs. Maisel and her unrelenting assistant, Susie Meyerson, embrace the success and downfalls of fame while continuing to challenge gender roles in society during the 50s and 60s. Midge’s independence and cleverness have turned this comedic drama into an instant hit.
Wins: 16, including Outstanding Comedy Series
Stream on: Amazon Prime
In the crime thriller, Jason Bateman plays a “numbers guy” who is forced to relocate his family from Chicago to the Ozarks after he gets in way over his head with the Mexican cartel. As his family’s life hangs in the balance, they are all forced to navigate the dark and twisted world of money laundering to stay alive. As obstacles increase so do tensions between the peculiar and strong-willed residents of the summer vacation hot spot.
Wins: 2 including Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Stream on: Netflix
After the fall of the Empire, a new warrior and bounty hunter emerges and navigates the authority of the New Republic in the “Star Wars” series. The biggest breakout star of the series, however, is The Child (known to fans as Baby Yoda), who is found and protected by The Mandalorian despite having a target on his back. The live-action series scored several nominations for its special effects.
Stream on: Disney+
The small-town comedy co-created by father-and-son duo Eugene and Dan Levy focuses on a wealthy family who loses their entire fortune. They’re left with one asset, Schitt’s Creek, the town Johnny Rose bought for his son as a joke. There’s nothing funnier than watching the privileged Rose family take a bite of humble pie while assimilating to their new normal and becoming part of a community for the very first time.
Stream on: Netflix
Entering its fourth season, the historical drama based on Queen Elizabeth’s decades-long reign of the British monarchy, continues to captivate audiences with forbidden romances and political rivalries. The cast changes as the drama chronicles the queen’s life from the 1940s to more modern times with season 1 and 2 starring Claire Foy as the Queen. Olivia Colman, who has received 13 nominations this year alone, takes the crown in season 3 and 4.
Wins: 8, including Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series
Stream on: Netflix
The Morning Show
If you’ve always wanted to know what goes on behind-the-scenes of your favorite morning show, the Jennifer Aniston. Steve Carell, and Reese Witherspoon-fronted drama explores just that. It’s an unapologetically honest look at the power dynamics between men and women in cutthroat workplaces that turned out to be much darker than we previously imagined.
Stream on: Apple TV+