Emmys 2021: A breakdown of the biggest nominated TV series

This year’s nominations included a handful of surprises likeThe Boys,” “Cobra Kai” en “Emily in Parisall earning nominations for some of the night’s biggest awards.

As expected, “Die kroon,” “Ted Lasso” en “Merrie van Easttown” also earned plenty of nominations.

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With a large number of nominations to consider before the big night, here’s a breakdown of this year’s biggest nominated shows.

The Boys

'The Boys' earned five Emmy nominations.

‘The Boysearned five Emmy nominations. (Amazon Studios)

One of Amazon Prime Video’s forays into the world of superheroes, “The Boysfollows a group of vigilantes who work to take down superheroes that misuse their powers.

The show earned five nods this year, including one for outstanding drama series. Other nominations include outstanding writing for a drama series, outstanding sound mixing for a comedy or drama series (one hour), outstanding special visual effects in a season on a movie and outstanding original music and lyrics.

“Bridgerton”

Netflix’s “Bridgertonquickly became famous for its steamy scenes. The show helped launch the careers of Regé-Jean Page and Phoebe Dynevor as lovers in Regency-era England.

In totaal, “Bridgerton” earned 12 Emmy nominations for its debut season – most notably for outstanding drama series and for Page’s performance. Daarbenewens, Julie Andrews earned a nod for her voice-over performance as Lady Whistledown.

“Die kroon”

A tried-and-true awards contender, “Die kroon” earned several nominations for telling the story of Koningin Elizabeth II. The show’s most recent season focused heavily on the Queen’s relationships with Margaret Thatcher, Prince Charles and Princess Diana.

Alles, 2021 brought in a gobsmacking 24 nominations for the popular Netflix drama, among them nods for outstanding drama series, as well as performances from nine actors: Olivia Colman (Elizabeth), Josh O’Connor (Charles), Emma Corrin (Diana), Gillian Anderson (Thatcher), Helena Bonham Carter (Princess Margaret), Tobia Menzies (Prins Philip), Emerald Fennell (Camilla Parker Bowles), Charles Dance (Lord Mountbatten) and Claire Foy (young Elizabeth).

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“Die Mandalorian”

One of Disney+’s flagship properties, “Die Mandalorian” follows a lone bounty hunter on a journey to unite a young child with the Jedi, despite the remnants of the evil empire bearing down on him.

The show’s second season collected 24 nominations, including outstanding drama series and nods for actors Carl Weathers, Timothy Olyphant and Giancarlo Esposito.

Lovecraft Country

One of HBO’s entries in this year’s race, “Lovecraft Countrytells the tale of a young man enlisting his family and friends to help him on a supernatural journey to rescue his missing father.

The show earned a nomination for outstanding drama series, en 17 ander, including recognition for stars Jonathan Majors, Jurnee Smollett, Aunjane Ellis, Courtney B. Vance and the late Michael Kenneth Williams.

“Stel in”

FX’s history-making “Stel in” examined New York’s ball culture set against the backdrop of the AIDS crisis.

Earning a total of eight nominations, “Stel in” received nods, onder andere, for outstanding drama series and for performances from MJ Rodriguez and Billy Porter.

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“Die Diensmaagd se verhaal”

After several successful seasons on Hulu, “Die Diensmaagd se verhaal” has retained its audiences who tune in to follow a group of women fighting against an oppressive and violent patriarchy.

Hierdie jaar, the show is nominated for outstanding drama series and performances from Samira Wiley, Mckenna Grace, Alexis Bledel, Yvonne Strahovski, Madeline Brewer, Max Minghella, O-T Fagbenle, Bradley Whitford, Ann Dowd and star Elisabeth Moss and 10 other nods.

“Dis ons”

NBC’s ever-popular “Dis ons” follows the various branches of the Pearson family as they struggle with their past and present.

This year brought a nomination for outstanding drama series and nods in five other categories, including individual nominations for Sterling K. Bruin, Chris Sullivan and Phylicia Rashad.

Perry Mason

HBO's 'Perry Mason' earned four Emmy nominations.

HBO’s ‘Perry Masonearned four Emmy nominations. (WarnerMedia)

HBO’sPerry Masonis a drama based on a popular program of the same name that ran from 1957-1966. It tells the story of an ambitious defense attorney and the intense clientele he takes on.

In totaal, “Perry Masonearned four Emmy nominations this year, most notably for actors Matthew Rhys and John Lithgow.

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“In behandeling”

Another semi-reboot from HBO, “In behandeling,” picked up in May for the first time since 2010 and now follows a new psychotherapist as she works to heal a number of clients.

Hierdie jaar, its sole nomination came for star Uzo Aduba’s lauded performance in the lead role.

“Swart-is”

A longtime favorite, ABC’s “Swart-is” follows the everyday exploits of a Black family living in a predominantly White, upper-middle-class neighborhood.

This year’s five nominations include outstanding comedy series as well as nods for stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross. Stacey Abrams also earned a nomination for playing herself in voice-over form.

“Cobra Kai”

Though often looked down upon by critics, Netflix’s “Cobra Kai” has earned a large audience as it tells the story of Daniel LaRusso decades after his adventures in theKarate Kid” flieks.

Of the program’s four nominations this year, the most notable is one of the night’s biggest honors: outstanding comedy series.

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PEN15

Another entry from Hulu, “PEN15,follows two middle school girls as they face all of the problems that come along with being teenagers.

This year brought in nominations for outstanding comedy series, outstanding casting for a comedy series and outstanding writing for a comedy series.

Emily in Paris

Another that was reamed by critics and shocked fans when it was nominated for Golden Globes, “Emily in Parisfollows a young American woman who moves to France’s capital to chase her dreams.

Outside of outstanding comedy series, “Emily in Parisearned recognition for outstanding production design for a narrative program (half-hour).

Hacks

An examination of cancel culture, “Hacksfollows a young comedy writer from Los Angeles who is forced to work for a mouthy Las Vegas stand-up legend when an inappropriate tweet gets her ousted from the industry.

The show earned 14 Emmy nominations, including outstanding comedy series and performances from Jean Smart, Hannah Einbinder, Carl Clemons-Hopkins and Jane Adams.

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“Ted Lasso”

A surprise hit and awards darling from Apple TV+, “Ted Lasso” follows a relentlessly optimistic football coach as he moves to England to lead a popular soccer team.

“Ted Lasso” earned 20 nominations, including one for outstanding comedy series and a bevy of others for cast members Jason Sudeikis, Hannah Waddingham, Juno Temple, Jeremy Swift, Brett Goldstein, Brendan Hunt and Nick Mohammed.

The Flight Attendant

Kaley Cuoco wasted no time afterThe Big Bang Theorywrapped up before diving into HBO Max’sThe Flight Attendant,” which follows a woman’s fight to regain her memory after she wakes up in bed next to a dead man after a boozy night out.

Nominations for outstanding comedy series and performances from Cuoco and Rosie Perez are among the nine earned for its freshman season.

The Kominsky Method

'The Kominsky Method' earned six nominations this year.

‘The Kominsky Methodearned six nominations this year. (Netflix)

The Kominsky Methodfollows an aging and respected acting coach who runs a small school with his daughter. The third season of the Netflix comedy sees Sandy Kominsky deal with the fallout of his best friend’s passing.

Hierdie jaar, “The Kominsky Methodearned six nominations including outstanding comedy series, outstanding lead actor in a comedy series (Michael Douglas), outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series (Paul Reiser) and outstanding guest actor in a comedy series (Morgan Freeman).

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Shameless

William H. Macy was nominated for an Emmy for his work in the final season of Showtime's 'Shameless.'

William H. Macy was nominated for an Emmy for his work in the final season of Showtime’s ‘Shameless.(Photo by Mat Hayward/Getty Images)

The long-runningShamelesscame to an end this year with its eleventh season. The show followed a no-apologies Chicago family and its daily exploits.

For its final season, the dramedy received just one nomination for William H. Macy’s performance as Frank Gallagher.

Kenan

Amid his ongoing and wildly successful run onSaturday Night Live,” comedian Kenan Thompson is headlining his own sitcom withKenan.The show follows the star as a recently widowed father working to raise his children with his father-in-law.

Thompson, 43, received two Emmy nominations this year, one for his performance inKenan.The other is for his work onSNL.

Shrill

Aidy Bryant was nominated for an Emmy for starring in Hulu's 'Shrill.'

Aidy Bryant was nominated for an Emmy for starring in Hulu’s ‘Shrill.(Hulu)

Hulu’sShrillsees another “SNL” cast member – Aidy Bryant – star as Annie Easton, a Pacific Northwest journalist who is working to establish her identity while fighting societal norms surrounding body image.

For its third and final season, “Shrillreceived an Emmy nod for Bryant’s performance.

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“Ma”

'Mom' star Allison Janney was nominated for an Emmy this year.

'Ma’ star Allison Janney was nominated for an Emmy this year. (Photo by Ian Tuttle/Getty Images for Breakthrough Prize)

After eight seasons, “Ma” – a sitcom following a single mother and recovering alcoholic working to raise her own children with her own mother – has come to an end.

For its final season, “Ma” was nominated for outstanding multi-camera picture editing for a comedy series, outstanding directing for a comedy series and outstanding lead actress in a comedy series for star Allison Janney.

“Saturday Night Live”

“Saturday Night Live” has made headlines all summer for its potentially massive casting shakeup with several cast members – including Bryant and Thompson – having hinted that they may depart the popular sketch comedy series.

Come this weekend, egter, SNL could be making headlines for adding to its collection of 83 Emmys after nabbing nominations for outstanding variety sketch series; outstanding directing for a variety series; outstanding writing for a variety series; outstanding picture editing for a variety series; outstanding contemporary makeup for a variety, nonfiction or reality program; outstanding contemporary hairstyling for a variety, nonfiction or reality program; outstanding production design for a variety, nonfiction or reality program and nominations for a slew of cast members and guest hosts.

Dave Chapelle and Maya Rudolph have already nabbed early wins for guest-starring on the show while Thompson, Bryant, Kate McKinnon, Cecily Strong and Bowen Yang each stand to win an award this weekend for their work on the show.

“Merrie van Easttown”

In the limited series category, a favorite of fans and critics alike is “Merrie van Easttown,” the story of a small-town detective that sets out to find the murderer of a young woman in her well-connected community.

The show received a total of 16 nominations, many in technical categories while stars Kate Winslet, Jean Smart, Julianne Nicholson and Evan Peters also received nominations. As expected, the show is up for outstanding limited or anthology series as well.

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I May Destroy You

Viewers were shocked to learn thatI May Destroy You,” the story of a woman trying to piece together memories of a troubling night on the town, was not nominated for any Golden Globes earlier this year, but redemption came in the form of a total of nine Emmy nominations.

The show is up for awards recognizing its writing, regie, casting, music supervision and costumes, as well as performances from stars Michaela Coel and Paapa Essiedu. It was also nominated for outstanding limited or anthology series.

“WandaVision”

bewonder rebranded its ventures into television with Disney+’s limited seriesWandaVision.The genre-bending show followed superpowered Wanda Maximoff’s difficulty to hold together the fabricated community she put together following the death of her fellow hero and love Vision.

The show earned early wins for its costumes and production design and has been nominated for outstanding limited or anthology series, its directing, skryfwerk, casting, special visual effects, hairstyling, music composition, main title theme music, makeup, music supervision, sound editing and mixing, picture editing and main title design. Daarbenewens, actors Paul Bettany, Kathryn Hahn and Elizabeth Olsen each received recognition.

The Queen’s Gambit

One of the most talked-about series of the pandemic’s earlier months, “The Queen’s Gambitfollows a young orphan whose drug habit helps to propel her astounding chess career to international levels.

Of its 18 nominations, the most notable are for actors Anya Taylor-Joy, Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Moses Ingram.

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“Die ondergrondse spoorweg”

From Oscar winner Barry Jenkins, “Die ondergrondse spoorweg” tells the story of a young woman’s fight to break free from slavery in the deep south.

The show received a total of seven Emmy nominations: outstanding limited or anthology series, outstanding directing, outstanding casting, outstanding music composition, outstanding sound editing, outstanding sound mixing, and outstanding cinematography for a limited or anthology series.

“Die ongedaan maak”

Another popular HBO miniseries, “Die ongedaan maak” follows a prominent New York family thrown into turmoil when a father is accused of a brutal murder of a mysterious young woman.

Star Hugh Grant received one of the show’s two Emmy nominations, the other recognizing its production design.

Genius: Aretha

Though embroiled in controversy when Aretha Franklin’s family claimed they were not asked to be involved in the show, “Genius: Arethatold the Queen of Soul’s story of success.

Hierdie jaar, the anthology series received recognition for its sound mixing and choreography, as well as for star Cynthia Erivo’s performance portraying Franklin.

“Hamilton”

A massively famous Broadway musical, “Hamilton” follows founding father Alexander Hamilton in his collaboration with other leaders like George Washington and Aaron Burr to establish the United States of America.

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There was plenty of debate over whether Disney+’s filming of a “Hamilton” stage production should fall under film on television awards, but the Emmys seemed to sink their teeth into the play with 11 nominations, including nods for stars Leslie Odom Jr., Lin-Manuel Miranda, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Phillipa Soo, Daveed Diggs and Anthony Ramos.

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