Saturday, September 18, 2021

Emmy Winner Predictions: Best Comedy Series

Here’s my breakdown of the last Emmy category. Beware of major spoilers for listed episodes.

Hero Pizza,” “Age Against the Machine,” “Our Wedding Dre,” “What About Gary?,” “First Trap,” “Things Done Changed

This show receives its fourth overall bid after a two-year absence from this category. I don’t regularly watch but did screen all six submitted episodes, which were mostly entertaining if unextraordinary. This show has one season left and could compete then, but don’t expect it to do much this year.

Cobra Kai
Nature vs. Nurture,” “The Right Path,” “Miyagi-Do,” “King Cobra,” “Feel the Night,” “December 19

This show went from one nomination each of the past two years to four this time, plus a place here. I had never seen it before but screened the pilot on the eve of Emmy nominations. It’s fun occasionally but I’m not sure I would classify it as a comedy. I’m not sure exactly what it’s doing here, but I can understand some appreciate nostalgia, karate, and what this show means to them.

Emily in Paris
Emily in Paris,” “Masculin Feminin,” “Sexy or Sexist,” “Ringarde,” “Family Affair,” “Cancel Couture

While this show’s placement here might be a head-scratcher for many, especially since it received exactly one other bid, I actually quite enjoyed it when I went back to catch up on all but the pilot. It’s absolutely light and may not be one of the best comedies of the year, but I had a great time watching it.

The Flight Attendant
In Case of Emergency,” “Rabbits,” “Funeralia,” “Conspiracy Theories,” “Other People’s Houses,” “After Dark

This show is an absolute genre hybrid, classified as a comedy but involving some pretty deadly and often disturbing stuff. But it is pretty great and so very watchable, and its nine nominations suggest that it’s been widely well-received. I don’t think it can upset the two more popular freshmen this year, but it has its supporters.

There Is No Line,” “Primm,” “Falling,” “New Eyes,” “1.69 Million,” “I Think She Will

This show is a lot of fun, and I was fortunate enough to be able to interview the “stars and “creators when it premiered. Its fifteen-nomination haul means that it’s the most serious competition to one very lovable American football coach, and an upset, while not so unlikely, is possible.

The Kominsky Method
Chapter 17. In all the old familiar places,” “Chapter 18. You only give me your funny paper,” “Chapter 19. And it's getting more and more absurd,” “Chapter 20. The round toes, of the high shoes,” “Chapter 21. Near, far, wherever you are,” “Chapter 22. The fundamental things apply

This show, which missed out for its first season, returns for its third and final season after earning a bid last year. It doubled its previous nomination total of three to six this time, and while there’s a sliver of a chance that Michael Douglas or Paul Reiser get goodbye prizes, this show doesn’t stand a chance here. While those, like me, like it, others seem to find it tired and uninspired. It is the only show that aired just six episodes, meaning that its whole season is represented here.

Wrestle,” “Vendy Wiccany,” “Three,” “Sleepover,” “Play,” “Opening Night

I’m not a big fan of this show, which earned a writing mention last year and is now here with six of its seven aired episodes. Some of it can be fun, but I just find it too cringeworthy and awkward to be enjoyable (which I realize is the point). The absence of its two lead actresses means that it doesn’t likely have widespread support, but expect this show to be back in future years and to win some prizes at some point.

Ted Lasso
Pilot,” “Trent Crimm: The Independent,” “Tan Lines,” “Make Rebecca Great Again,” “All Apologies,” “The Hope That Kills You

Now everyone knows this show, and for good reason. It’s solid fun, truly a pleasure, and it’s also in the middle of airing its second season, which definitely helps. I see no negatives, and I think this show is as certain as “Schitt’s Creek” was last year to win this thing.

What should win (based on entire season): “Ted Lasso” or “Hacks”
What should win (based on individual episodes): “Ted Lasso” or “Hacks”
What will win: It’s going to be Ted Lasso for sure.

Next up: That’s a wrap!

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