The 2014 Emmy nominations are out, and as someone who was hopeful that some previously-snubbed shows and performers would get their due recognition, I feel like a pretty big idiot right now. Because with a few exceptions, the list of nominations was pretty much just copy-pasted from previous years.
We’ve already talked about our biggest disappointments as far as which shows didn’t get nominated, but I also want to spend some time on who did, because it’s just as frustrating, if not more. HOW ARE THESE SHOWS STILL GETTING NOMINATED. Haven’t they scooped up enough awards now over the years? Many of them started out great, and even award-worthy, but many of them haven’t sustained that quality, which makes sense, because it’s a hard thing to do.
And yet and yet and YET their names are still showing up every season, just because they’re recognizable and a ‘safe’ choice! As someone who is overwhelmed on a daily basis by how much quality television there is out there right now for me to catch up on, it’s truly insane to me that the Emmy voters’ insistence on trotting out the same old, tired names to come onstage and give the third or fourth or fifth or eighth acceptance speech.
After that many awards, it must not matter anymore, right? So why don’t you recuse yourselves and let some of these talented underdogs get some of the action. (Is ‘recuse’ not a word you can use about TV shows? Sorry, I guess I’ve been watching too much of The Good Wife. THE GOOD WIFE. Now there’s a show that should’ve gotten a nomination for Best Drama!)
…you know what? I’m getting carried away here, so why don’t I just put this in list format. Here they are, folks, the eight overrated shows that we’re tired of seeing sweep the Emmys.
1. Modern Family
It’s won ‘Outstanding Comedy Series’ the last four years in a row and will probably take it again, even though everyone I know who started out loving it bailed by the middle of the fourth season. And not only that, but it’s also taking up two spaces in the Supporting Actor category, and one in the Supporting Actress. I’ll agree that Ty Burrell deserves every award we throw at him, but really? Julie Bowen? We’re still on that train?
2. The Big Bang Theory
STAAAAHHHHP. Just stop. How is it possible that this behemoth is raking in three nominations in its seventh season while a show like Broad City is completely ignored? Where is the justice in this universe??
Remember when Girls came out and it was such a refreshing, honest concept and we hailed Lena Dunham as the voice of her generation? Yeah probably not, because it was three seasons ago, and Hannah Horvath still hasn’t learned anything. Pass.
4. Mike & Molly
I love Melissa McCarthy as much as the rest of you, but please raise your hand if you’re watching this show. Anyone? Bueller? I feel like the voters are just thrilled to recognize Melissa’s name, so they throw her hat in the ring over the backs of performers whose…um…material is maybe a little stronger and more suited to their talents.
5. Downton Abbey
Again, this is another show that was SO GREAT when it first started, but we don’t need to keep rewarding it on the basis of those first couple seasons! We can feel free to move on to other amazing shows — like Orphan Black for example!! — that are still waiting around for their first shot.
6. Mad Men
No. No no no no nope. I stuck with this one longer than I probably should have, given that they’ve bailed on almost all their original character choices, but at least I don’t still think it’s one of the six best shows of the year! Christina Hendricks absolutely deserves her nomination, but there’s no way the show as a whole has the chops to stand up next to shows like Breaking Bad, True Detective, and Game Of Thrones.
Come ON! This is like, a notoriously bad season for Homeland, so we gotta stop nominating Claire Danes just by habit! Having the same names on the nomination list from year to year is the easy way to go, but it makes the shows seem consistent in ways that they’re not, and honestly cheapens previous, earned nominations and wins.
8. Parks & Recreation
Please don’t murder me for saying this, but Parks & Rec has really lost its edge, and you can tell because they’re grasping at plot straws. They’ve kind of run out of places to take the characters, so any time interest flags, they just have a wedding or get someone pregnant. I love Amy Poehler…but triplets? Really? We can do better than that, Emmys. Can’t we?