Every year the Emmy Awards bring to light and applaud some of the greatest shows released over the past year. Despite the plans being changed for how the Emmys would go down this year, the 2020 Emmy nominations have, like always, put the spotlight on some amazing shows that should not be missed.
If you are looking for a new show to watch but confused which of these deserves your time, then it's time you gave a shot to some Emmy nominated shows. Here’s a list of some of the 2020 Emmy nominations that you should watch immediately!
1. One Day at a Time
This reboot of the classic family sitcom is a must-watch for those looking for a comedy yet emotional show on family, life, and love. The storyline follows the life of a Latino family and their Caucasian landlord/honorary family member. Starring Justina Machado as Penelope, a war veteran and a single mother who is taking each day as it comes while she continues to work hard and be there for her family. Machado’s acting exceeds all expectations and her character reflects the dilemma of any mother in today’s time. This show is all set to make you laugh, cry, and relate to each character as the story unfolds. You will not doubt its 2020 Emmy nomination once you are through watching this series.
2. Schitt’s Creek
If you still haven’t gotten around to watching this show, this is a sign that you need to! Up for a solid 15 Emmy nominations, the praise and appreciation for Schitt’s Creek does not come unwarranted. A much-needed comedic relief given the current times, this Canadian small town show follows a riches-to-rags story of a former wealthy family now tucked in sharing rooms in a motel. With themes of self-love and acceptance wrapped in a quirky and original blanket, it is the perfect binge watch for a relaxing day.
This Netflix limited series is based on a true story which offers a revolutionary portrait of rape. With two distinct storylines unfolding in different timelines, this show moves the spotlight away from the perpetrator and towards the survivor and the trauma one inflicts, when we refuse to believe those victims who come forward. For all those with a knack for shows on truth, crime, and reality, this one's for you.
The fourth and latest season of ‘Insecure’ has racked up 8 Emmy nominations and all for good reason. The combination of an everlasting friendship and a unique loss, illustrated by lean writing, exceptional cinematography and a beautifully curated soundtrack is the perfect recipe for a successful TV show. The performances by Issa Rae and Yvonne Orji are cherries on top of a delicious cake.
5. A Black Lady Sketch Show
“A Black Lady Sketch Show” is a subversive, smart and exceptionally executed show created by Robin Thede. This show is a testament on how you can make a show successful by having more than one token comedic character. The hilarious characters are brought to life by talented stars such as Ashley Nicole Black, Quinta Brunson and Gabrielle Dennis. This Emmy nominated show presents sketches performed by a core cast of black women and a range of fun-loving characters. Notable for its numerous firsts, if you are looking for a light-hearted binge watch backed by insight, this show is a must watch for you!
With academy award winners, Ramy Youssef and Mahershala Ali gracing our screens in this complex yet poignant, comedic and beautifully-layered show, Ramy is a show you shouldn’t miss. The series follows the story of a first-generation, Egyptian-American Ramy Hassan. As Ramy navigates through a spiritual journey in his politically-divided New Jersey neighbourhood, we encounter numerous hilarious adventures and instances which are sure to leave you in splits.
7. Dead To Me
A show full of wild plot twists enhanced by the powerful performances of Linda Cardellini and Christina Applegate, ‘Dead to Me’ is definitely worthy of all 2020 Emmy nominations. The incredible plotline of a blossoming dynamic friendship between a wounded widow and a free spirit is a bonus for the watchers. With a shocking secret entangling its way within the plot and making it a dark comedy series, this series will put you at the edge of your seats.
A show following the aftermath of an aging father of the Roy family, ‘Succession’ will give you a peek behind the curtain of a business family filled with drama and politics in each corner. Similar to a Shakespearean family with all the in-fighting, powerplay, high stakes, and characters with interesting back stories, this show ticks all the right boxes. Succession is one of the best dramas out there right now, and if you haven’t gotten around to it yet, now is the time!
If watching Zendaya shed her Disney days persona into a wayward teenager isn’t enough reason for you to watch this show, it’s beautiful direction and cinematography should be. The plot line, based on real experiences of the showrunner, follows a group of high school students as they navigate love and friendships in a world of drugs, trauma, and social media. “Euphoria” acts as an unfiltered lens into the modern world as it explores concepts of violence, lust, and addiction in a teenager’s life. The charismatic cast brings to life beautifully broken sketched-out characters.
10. Normal People
‘Normal People’ is based on Sally Rooney’s novel by the same name and explores themes of modern love. This series shows how one person can single-handedly alter another’s life when in love and how intimacy is a complex and layered concept. This show will remind you of what it feels like to fall in love for the very first time and the heartache which accompanies it. The incredible performance of Paul Mescal, for which he received an Emmy nomination, makes this show a must-watch for all the romance fans out there!
A continuation of the DC comics series of the same name, this show takes place 34 years after the original story. After a white supremacist attack that leaves only two surviving cops, laws are passed that allow cops to hide their identity behind masks. A gripping TV show dealing with a legacy of vigilantes is a must-watch for all comic book fans. Nominated for 26 awards this year, this is one of the shows where the praise is not unwarranted.
12. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Words are not enough to describe this show or why it is deserving of its 2020 Emmy nominations. Set in the 1950s, this show follows the journey of a NYC-based housewife who decides to cling onto her dreams of becoming a comedian. A show dealing with underdogs and drama , executed in a charming manner is a brilliant watch for a rainy day. Produced and directed by the team behind the Gilmore Girls, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel comes through as a breezy and fun watch.