Emmy experts divided on Best Drama Series: ‘This Is Us’ or ‘Stranger Things’ for the win?

According to our Emmy experts from major media outlets, this year’s race for Best Drama Series is going to be a true nail-biter. With “Game of Thrones” Season 7 sitting out this cycle because it didn’t air within the eligibility period, that leaves the door open for a brand new contender to claim the top prize. But our experts are split on whether the champ will be “This Is Us,” “Stranger Things,” “The Handmaid’s Tale” or “The Crown.”

As of this writing 17 journalists have made their predictions at Gold Derby, and these six believe that “This Is Us” will win: Debra Birnbaum (Variety), Eric Deggans (NPR), Matthew Jacobs (Huffington Post), Robert Rorke (New York Post), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby) and Ken Tucker (Yahoo). NBC’s family drama that follows the Pearson family across multiple timelines is a hit with critics and TV fans alike, and it’s also predicted to win Best Drama Actor for Sterling K. Brown and Best Drama Supporting Actress for Chrissy Metz. “This Is Us” has 10 total Emmy nominations including a whopping seven for its diverse cast members.

Not to be outdone, five Emmy seers — Joyce Eng (TV Guide), Nikki Novak (Fandango), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Adnan Virk (ESPN) and Glenn Whipp (Los Angeles Times) — are backing a victory for Netflix’s “Stranger Things.” The sci-fi series set in the 1980s took home the top prizes at the SAG and PGA Awards this year, making it a force to be reckoned with at the forthcoming Emmys.

Led by Elisabeth Moss, Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” is based on the novel by Canadian author Margaret Atwood and tells the story of a dystopian future where lower class, fertile women are forced to bear children for rich couples. These three prognosticators think it will prevail on Emmy night: Kerr Lordygan (Rotten Tomatoes), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone) and Jarett Wieselman (Buzzfeed).

The remaining three Emmy gurus believe that Netflix’s “The Crown” will be coronated the champion: Lynette Rice (Entertainment Weekly), Matt Roush (TV Guide Magazine) and Anne Thompson (Indiewire). Centered around the early reign of Queen Elizabeth II of England, “The Crown” stars recent SAG winners Claire Foy as the Queen and John Lithgow as Winston Churchill.

None of our experts are currently predicting a victory for the other three dramas: HBO’s “Westworld,” AMC’s “Better Call Saul” and Netflix’s “House of Cards.” Which show do YOU think will win the Emmy for Best Drama Series?

Be sure to make your Emmy predictions so that Hollywood insiders can see how their TV shows and performers are faring in our Emmy odds. You can keep changing your predictions until just before winners are announced on September 17. And join in the fierce debate over the 2017 Emmys taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our TV forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.

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