July 22, 2014 at 5:13 pm #325222
Some of the answers in the “most heartbreaking loss” thread inspired me to ask you what you feel were the most deserving winners in the Outstanding Drama and Outstanding Comedy categories for the last decade, among the shows nominated (so not count other eligible shows that weren’t nominated).
This are the winners for Outstanding Drama that I would’ve picked if it was up to me. (I’m not doing a list for Comedy myself since I don’t watch a lot of them)
2004 – The Sopranos – The field was kind of weak (The West Wing post-Sorkin wasn’t the same), and while this wasn’t Sopranos’ best year, it was by far the best of the bunch, and for sure deserving of a first win in the category.
2005 – LOST – Kind of biased here since I’m a big fan, but the first season of LOST was ground breaking, and despite the pretty competitive field (full of legendary shows like Deadwood or Six Feet Under), this was the right choice by the Academy.
2006 – 24 – It helped that The Sopranos had a weak year and that most of the HBO shows were either over or snubbed (The Wire… damn), but in hindsight this was the best shot for the show in a not too much competitive year with its best season yet, so again this was the right choice.
2007 – House – Probably not a popular choice, but I’m not a big fan of Sopranos’ last year (and of the overrated finale) and again, this would’ve been the perfect time to honor a show that shamefully never won an Emmy for being the best.
2008 – Damages – A very close call with Dexter S2, but Damages overall quality was just so damn amazing (production values, cast, writing… everything was top notch) that this would’ve been the most rightfully outcome. Mad Men probably would’ve ranked fifth in my imaginary list. (and I’ve never watched Boston Legal)
2009 – Mad Men – Again, this was close with amazing season from Breaking Bad and Damages (both their second), but Mad Men was just too close to perfect that year not to deserve to be called the best.
2010 – Breaking Bad – While at the time I was rooting for the final season of LOST, in hindsight this would’ve been the right choice. The season was basically perfect with amazing episodes all over the place, and if only the show had it been has buzzed as it is now, this probably would’ve been the outcome.
2011 – Mad Men – The last terrific season of Mad Men, and despite my love for Friday Night Lights, looking at it objectively this was the right choice. Suitcase is an amazing episode, and the whole season was almost on par with their best (S2).
2012 – Breaking Bad – I’m still a bit mad about this, since I thought that this was finally going to be the year for Breaking Bad to beat Mad Men. Another incredible season full of incredible episodes (Crawl Space, Salud, Face Off, just to mention some of them), and the show almost reaching the zeitgest, but instead they decided to go with the overrated Homeland.
2013 – Breaking Bad – Not their best year, but the field was weak with fading glories (the woeful S6 of Mad Men) and Homeland finally showing its true colors to the critics with the horrid last quarter of the season. And since in the real world it had never won, sure this wasn’t a bad choice by the Academy.