The Shows of the 2018 Emmys

The Crown

One of the most expensive TV shows ever created, The Crown is a Netflix-produced series that premiered in 2016 that follows the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. So far, the estimated budget has been over $128 million USD, which is understandable when you see the show. Since they can’t film in Buckingham Palace, the art department has completely recreated the palaces and country homes of the English monarchy in order to make the characters seem more at home in their surroundings.

This year, The Crown was nominated 13 times, primarily for direction and acting. This was Claire Foy’s last season on the show — they’re replacing her with an older actress as the series moves forward — and her nomination this year will hopefully add to her collection of trophies for this role.

Stranger Things

One of the strangest and most unique shows on TV is Stranger Things, a Netflix sci-fi/horror show created by the Duffer Brothers that’s currently on its second season. The show follows a group of young boys in a fictional Indiana town in the 1980s who are trying to find their missing friend, with the help of a young psychokinetic girl who mysteriously turned up on the eve of their friend’s disappearance.

The show received multiple nods for cinematography and direction, which makes sense because the 80s movie atmosphere is one of the most celebrated aspects of the show. It was also nominated for Outstanding Drama Series.

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The Handmaid’s Tale

Based on a book by Canadian author Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale is a shocking exploration of our country after it’s transformed into a religious autocracy called Gilead. In the current timeline, the fertile women of Gilead are given to leaders as “handmaids,” but in the past timeline, the audience gets to see how this brutal regime came to be.

Although many people wrote off the second season of the show as too brutal to watch, this year it was nominated for 21 Emmys. Last year, it picked up eight awards out of 13 nominations.

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