Is ‘Girls’ too raunchy to win Best Comedy Series Emmy?

As we all know, Emmy voters are notorious for honoring series that are classy, high-brow and full of snob appeal. Does that mean HBO’s raunchy, middle-class “Girls” is out of the running for Best Comedy Series? (Vote in our poll at the bottom of this post.)

When compared to some of Emmy’s past favorites in the Best Comedy Series race, “Girls” seems to stick out like a sore thumb.

Five-time champ “Frasier” was about two rich brothers who drank wine and visited the opera; three-time winner “30 Rock” focused on the inner-workings of a successful television show; current undefeated laffer “Modern Family” delved into the lives of a high-class white family in California; 2004 victor “Arrested Development,” which returns to the Emmy field this year thanks to Netflix, showcased what happened when a snobby family lost all of its money.

We could go on and on.

If “Girls” does manage to buck the trend and secure a Best Comedy Series Emmy for its second season, it will likely be because Emmy voters want to be seen as hip and cool. They wouldn’t be acting alone.

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Already this year, “Girls” has secured victory at the Golden Globes (Best Comedy Series and Best TV Comedy Actress), the WGA (Best New Series) and the AFI Awards (Top 10 TV Series of the Year). In addition, series creator and star Lena Dunham made history at the DGA by becoming the first female winner for directing a Comedy Series.

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“Girls” is the hot show right now, and a win in the top category would be similar to when “Sex and the City” prevailed in 2001. Though unlike the martini-drinking, shoe-shopping women of “Sex and the City,” the characters of “Girls” exist in a much more down-to-earth, average world.

At the upcoming Emmys, Dunham is a sure bet to be recognized in the same four categories she was nominated last year: Comedy Actress, Comedy Writing, Comedy Directing and Best Comedy Series. While Dunham lost all four races in 2012, she’s actually a strong contender this year for Best Comedy Actress, coming in second behind Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep“). The show is also a dark horse for the top Comedy Series prize, nipping at “Modern Family’s” heels.

Find out how much love there is for “Girls” when Emmy nominations are revealed July 18. The 65th Primetime Emmys will air on CBS Sept. 22.

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