HBO’s Emmy domination of Best Comedy Series continues in 2018 with ‘Barry,’ ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm,’ ‘Silicon Valley’

You have to go all the way back to 2011 to find a year where HBO was snubbed at the Emmys for Best Comedy Series. In fact, for the seventh year in row the premiere network has claimed more than one slot in the category, this time for freshman series “Barry,” returning favorite “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and perennial nominee “Silicon Valley.” Can any of them carry the torch for three-time champ “Veep,” which is sitting out the 2018 Emmys because it didn’t air any new episodes?

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The newest comedy on HBO’s block is “Barry,” about a hitman (Bill Hader) who wants to be an actor, which over-performed with 13 Emmy nominations. The show’s above-the-line bids are for Best Comedy Series, Best Comedy Actor for Hader, Best Comedy Supporting Actor for Henry Winkler, Best Comedy Directing for Hader, Best Comedy Writing for Hader & Alec Berg, and Best Comedy Writing for Liz Sarnoff. At the Creative Arts Emmys it’ll compete for casting, cinematography, picture editing (x2), production design, sound editing and sound mixing.

Hader himself is nominated five times at this year’s Emmys: for starring in, producing, writing and directing “Barry” and for guest hosting “Saturday Night Live.” Amazingly, Hader faces off against Donald Glover (“Atlanta,” “SNL”) in all five of those categories so be prepared for an epic Emmys showdown between these auteurs.

“Silicon Valley” is currently five-for-five in terms of Best Comedy Series bids, losing to “Modern Family” in 2014 and “Veep” in 2015-17. To date the tech-heavy comedy has taken home two below-the-line Emmy Awards: Best Production Design and Best Picture Editing, both in 2015. It’s up for seven trophies this year: Best Comedy Series, Best Comedy Directing for Mike Judge and Best Comedy Writing for Alec Berg at the Primetime ceremony, and casting, production design, sound mixing and creative achievement in interactive media at the Creative Arts.

“Curb Your Enthusiasm” has had an entirely different Emmy trajectory. Because of its on-again, off-again schedule the show has been nominated eight times as Best Comedy Series over the span of 17 years (2002-18). This year “Curb” is only nominated four times, but they’re all pretty, pretty, pretty good nominations: Best Comedy Series, Best Comedy Actor for Larry David, Best Comedy Guest Actor for Bryan Cranston and Best Comedy Guest Actor for Lin-Manuel Miranda.

HBO’s streak of having two or more comedies nominated in this category began in 2012 when “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Girls” and “Veep” all earned series bids. The first-ever HBO laffer to prevail was “Sex and the City” back in 2001, followed by “Veep” thrice from 2015 to 2017. Here’s a closer look at the pay cabler’s recent year-by-year breakdown in Best Comedy Series:

2012
“Curb Your Enthusiasm” (Season 8) — Nominee
“Girls” (Season 1) — Nominee
“Veep” (Season 1) — Nominee

2013
“Girls” (Season 1) — Nominee
“Veep” (Season 2) — Nominee

2014
“Silicon Valley” (Season 1) — Nominee
“Veep” (Season 3) — Nominee

2015
“Silicon Valley” (Season 2) — Nominee
“Veep” (Season 4) — Winner

2016
“Silicon Valley” (Season 3) — Nominee
“Veep” (Season 5) — Winner

2017
“Silicon Valley” (Season 4) — Nominee
“Veep” (Season 5) — Winner

2018
“Barry” (Season 1) — TBA
“Curb Your Enthusiasm” (Season 9) — TBA
“Silicon Valley” (Season 5) — TBA

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