The Shows of the 2018 Emmys
This Is Us
One of the only broadcast TV shows to make it on to this list is This Is Us, an NBC show that premiered in 2016. The show follows a set of siblings all born on their father’s birthday and tracks their lives together through their childhood and into adulthood. The show is on its second season, and although it was initially written off by some as a family soap opera, it has consistently impressed critics with its authenticity and feel-good charm.
Last year, it was nominated for four awards, and Sterling K. Brown took home one for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. This year, it was nominated for nine awards.
Returning this year with 16 nominations is Atlanta, a comedy-drama created by Donald Glover that follows two cousins trying to make it in the Atlanta rap scene. Donald Glover stars in the show alongside Brian Tyree Henry, Lakeith Stanfield, and Zazie Beetz. All of whom were nominated for Emmys this year, excluding Lakeith Stanfield — which many people consider a major oversight.
The show explores many serious topics like police brutality, mental illness, and transphobia, but does it in a humorous and heartening way. This year was the first year that Atlanta was nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series. It’s expected that the show’s third season will premier in 2019.
GLOW is a fictionalized retelling of the development of the real-life 1980s TV show Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, which was one of the very first shows of the women’s professional wrestling circuit. The Netflix show, which just released its second season, features a strong, female-dominated cast headed by Alison Brie and Betty Gilpin as Ruth and Debbie, former best friends whose interactions are the heart of the show’s drama and pathos.
The show received 10 nominations this year, which includes a nod for Gilpin in Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. The rest of their nominations are in casting and production design, undoubtedly two of the show’s strongest elements.