Netflix is once again a powerhouse at the Emmy awards, with original productions “House of Cards” (13 nods), “Orange is the New Black” (12), “The Square” (4), “Derek” (1) and “Brave Miss World” (1) giving the streaming network a record-high 31 bids.
But did you know there are nine Emmy-nominated series from other networks currently available on this service as well? Thanks to Netflix, you can easily catch up on many of this year’s most-nominated shows… and a few rather obscure gems too. Scroll down to see the complete list exclusively uncovered by Gold Derby.
1. “Breaking Bad” (16 nominations)
When AMC’s “Breaking Bad” won Best Drama Series last year, creator Vince Gilligan thanked Netflix for helping to increase the show’s viewership and prestige. It’s fitting, then, that the reigning Emmy champ is available to stream there in its entirety, including the Emmy-eligible second half of Season 5 (episodes 9-16). A trio of former acting winners are all back in Emmy’s good graces again for those final episodes: Bryan Cranston as Best Drama Actor, Aaron Paul as Best Drama Supporting Actor and Anna Gunn as Best Drama Supporting Actress. The show’s farewell season is also up for two Best Drama Writing nominations (“Ozymandias” and “Felina”) and a Best Drama Directing nod (“Felina”), amongst many other tech bids.
2. “Sherlock: His Last Vow” (12 nominations)
Another year, another “Sherlock” movie for Emmy voters to drool over. This year’s flick is up for an even dozen nominations, including all of the biggies: Best TV Movie, Benedict Cumberbatch as Best Movie/Mini Actor, Martin Freeman as Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actor, Best Movie/Mini Directing and Best Movie/Mini Writing. Besides “His Last Vow,” you can also stream the other two “Sherlock” movies from the third season that Emmy voters won’t see: “The Empty Hearse” and “The Sign of Three.”
3. “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” (7 nominations)
This CNN series hosted by Anthony Bourdain is nominated for Best Informational Series, with two-and-a-third seasons having aired within the Emmy eligibility period. A pair of its nominated episodes are available to stream right now: “Congo” (Best Nonfiction Writing) and “Tokyo” (Best Cinematography, Best Picture Editing and Best Sound Mixing).
4. “Scandal” (3 nominations)
All three of “Scandal’s” bids came in the acting categories this year: Kerry Washington as Best Drama Actress, Joe Morton as Best Drama Guest Actor and Kate Burton as Best Drama Guest Actress. “Scandal” is one the best shows to binge watch thanks to its soapiness and never-ending cliffhangers, so stream at your own risk.
5. “Luther” (3 nominations)
BBC’s returning crime drama produces too few episodes to be considered a regular TV series, so it’s nominated in the miniseries field yet again. This year’s eligible third season is up for Best Miniseries, Idris Elba as Best Movie/Mini Actor and Best Movie/Mini Writing and you can view all four hours at Netflix.
6. “Futurama” (2 nominations)
Two-time Emmy winner Maurice LaMarche (2011-2012) is in contention for the brand new Best Character Voice-Over Performance category for the episode “Calculon 2.0,” while the long-running laffer is up for Best Animated Program for the series finale “Meanwhile.” Both nominated episodes are now streaming.
7. “American Experience: JFK” (2 nominations)
Nominated for Best Documentary and Best Nonfiction Writing, this long-running PBS docu-drama showcases various moments of American history. Netflix has made available all four episodes of the most recent “JFK” documentary.
8. “Good Luck Charlie” (1 nomination)
Gather the kids, because Best Children’s Program nominee “Good Luck Charlie” is streaming its entire family-friendly fourth season online right now.
9. “The Writers’ Room” (1 nomination)
Two seasons of Sundance’s “The Writers’ Room” aired within the Emmy eligibility period, with the first available to watch on Netflix. Nominated for Best Informational Series, Oscar winner Jim Rash (Best Screenplay, “The Descendants,” 2011) hosts this gabfest that discusses current TV shows in depth with the scribes themselves.
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