Emmy nominations have recently been announced for the last year of TV. While there are some certainly deserved nominations in there, I have to disagree with a good portion of them. There are a lot of categories involved so I’m only going to run through what I believe to be the top 5 seasons of TV in the last year.
5. Fargo (Season 3)
Fargo is a show that continues to surprise me. Season 1 of the show is one of my favourite seasons of TV with great performances from Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton along with a great story to go with them. Season 2 replaced the whole cast and focused on a completely new story and season 3 has done the same. When a show does this it’s usually a problem and signals the end of it but not only does the show do this on purpose, it thrives from it. This keeps the show fresh while continuing with the same great dramatic storytelling from the previous seasons. Ewan McGregor and Carrie Coon are brilliant in season 3 with McGregor showing good range by playing a double role. Fargo has been nominated for best limited series with Ewan McGregor and Carrie Coon both getting deserved nominations in acting categories.
4. 13 Reasons Why (Season 1)
I loved the premise of this show when I first saw the trailer and was really excited for its release on Netflix. However, before I got a chance to watch it, the show was bombarded with criticism for “glorifying suicide”. After watching the show twice over, I have to completely disagree. This is a TV show, it has to be entertaining otherwise no one will watch it! The show was also criticised for “going to far” as it actually showed the lead character, Hannah Baker, killing herself. I actually want to praise the makers of the show for having the balls to do this, the scene is chilling. The story is told in a great way that never gives you the full picture, leaving out key pieces of information on purpose making you think one thing one second and then another the next. Kate Walsh, who plays Mrs Baker, demonstrates the loss of a loved one like i’ve never seen on screen before. She is in pain throughout the whole season and all you have to do is look at her face to know if you’re in the past or present, before Hannah killed herself or after.
3. Game Of Thrones (Season 7)
I know Game Of Thrones Season 7 isn’t eligible for nominations as it just finished and despite me having my doubts about the show, I do feel this season deserves to be up there with the best of the year. As I said in my review, the show has solid performances throughout, a great story that fully uses the world around it and impeccable action. Having missed out on this years awards, i’m sure season 7 of Game Of Thrones will get a boatload of nominations next year as it usually does.
2. Westworld (Season 1)
Westworld was another show whose premise I absolutely fell in love with and it did not dissapoint in any way what so ever. The world of Westworld and the way it’s used gave endless possibilities for all the characters involved. Multiple storylines helped create the bigger picture along with helping uncover the dark past of the park. The show knows how to deliver its dramatic moments, the twist with Bernard was an absolute game changer. The characters and the different functions they have in the world constantly set up unique situations that only they can find themselves in. Westworld has been nominated for best drama series and out of all the other nominated shows, I believe it should win. Evan Rachel Wood and Sir Anthony Hopkins are both nominated in their respective acting categories and I believe that they also deserve to win due to being brilliant from start to finish.
1. The Leftovers (Season 3)
It is an absolute joke that season 3 of The Leftovers has not been nominated for best drama series or any award for that matter. The Leftovers is easily the best show I have ever seen, it’s quality is miles above the majority of todays TV. Damon Lindelof is a genius, simple as that. People like to talk about smart TV, there is no show that can match The Leftovers in this area. The amount of symbolism in this show is insane, there is so much true hidden meanings in it’s characters actions and thoughts that i’ve probably missed half of them. The way it makes a supernatural event feel so real is a very hard thing to do and for someone who isn’t big on religion, the way this show can apply so much of it while also disagreeing with it at the same time not only shows how to give characters a proper perspective but how to put them to the test time and time again. While the core of this show is centered around “the departure”, The Leftovers isn’t about trying to find how or why it happened, it’s about how the characters deal with it and how it effects them. The performances are truly brilliant, Justin Theroux, Carrie Coon and Christopher Eccleston shine in every scene and know how to give the dramatic moments the treatment they deserve.