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The Emmys are this Sunday, and we've finally reached the end of our two-week Emmy Extravaganza, in which we've provided our highly sought-after, well-respected, and very prolific thoughts and opinions on who we think SHOULD win each award. Yesterday we chose our picks for lead actor in a drama, and today we're going out with the big one: the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series. 

P.S. Since we all know that most Emmy voters don't share our obviously excellent taste, Cory has put together some official predictions of who actually WILL win this weekend. You should definitely consult it before completing your office pool ballot. 


OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES


THE NOMINEES: Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, Homeland, House of Cards, Mad Men

RECENT WINNERS: Mad Men won four times in a row, from 2008-2011, at which point Homeland broke its streak in 2012. 


TV.COM EDITORS' PICKS

KAITLIN: What's it take for Breaking Bad to win this category? It was refreshing to see Homeland beat Mad Men last year, but I don't think either of those series can top where Breaking Bad went in the first half of Season 5. I know that when we compare Season 5A to Season 5B, the former looks like a dud, but at this point, 99 percent of what's on TV looks like a dud if you compare it to Season 5B (which is practically guaranteed to win next year). Also, I think Downton Abbey was only nominated as a joke. That spot should have gone to Justified.

TIM: These were down seasons for Breaking Bad (which is nominated for 5A, not the currently airing 5B), Downton Abbey, Homeland, and Mad Men, and House of Cards only landed a nomination because of all the A-list names involved. Game of Thrones, however, was awesome, and Season 3 was arguably its best one yet (quiet, haters!). 

JEN: As much as I want to use this opportunity to say that Mad Men's sixth season was "Not great, Bob!" I actually thought it was pretty stong overall. However, I'm not sure it was strong enough. I'd love to see either Breaking Bad or Game of Thrones take home a victory, but I think I'll give to GoT this year (and Breaking Bad next) because Season 3 was great and it's about time a "genre" show earned TV's top honor. 

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PREVIOUSLY:

Emmys 2013: Who Should Win for Lead Actor in a Drama?

– Emmys 2013: Who Should Win for Lead Actress in a Drama?

– Emmys 2013: Who Should Win for Supporting Actor in a Drama?

– Emmys 2013: Who Should Win for Supporting Actress in a Drama?

– Emmys 2013: Which Show Should Win for Best Comedy Series?

– Emmys 2013: Who Should Win for Lead Actor in a Comedy?

– Emmys 2013: Who Should Win for Lead Actress in a Comedy?

– Emmys 2013: Who Should Win for Supporting Actor in a Comedy?

– Emmys 2013: Who Should Win for Supporting Actress in a Comedy?


The 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards air this Sunday, September 22 on CBS.

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Why the hell (excuse my French) is sons of anarchy not nominated? Best show on tv an it's not on that list
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Agree that Justified should have been nominated, but out of this list it's Game of Thrones. Not even close...
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Is there a chance for a show like Person of Interest to get nominated? Because I think it should.
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I don't know about House of Cards, but any of the others can win, they are all very good.
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Breaking Bad but I think that Mad Men are going to win again.
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How can people not like Breaking Bad 5A? Those episodes had some awesome moments. Magnets, Mike's death, and the badass train heist were some of it's standouts.
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Why is the chick from Suits used as the thumbnail for this article? The show isn't even nominated...
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Really...REALLY? That's Catelyn Stark, you uncultured swine!
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I guess there's people that don't watch game of thrones... I know a few myself :)
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It's Breaking Bad's last year so I wouldn't be mad if they picked it, but in general I just like Game of Thrones more, it's literally my all time favorite show. I'd be fine wither either one winning.
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#AGOT
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Where are all the other shows that deserve nominating? (ahem, Hannibal)
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VOTE BREAKING BAD

As much as I love GoT, it's based on a book, which I think is better than HBO's TV adaptation (I read them before they became popular).

Breaking Bad on the other hand. is an original story with great acting, and every episode adds to the show's progression.
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Game of Thrones or Homeland should have it this year. Next year it's Breaking Bad, there is NO competition.
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Personally, I believe they should hand it the 2014 Emmy for best drama on principle.

As for the eligible season, I believe Game of Thrones deserves the 2013 Emmy in this category.
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Agreed...

NO COMPETITION...

and if BB doesn't win next year ... the internet is going to explode...

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Homeland Season 2 was straught up terrible. The finale, episode 5, and episodes 1 and 2 were good, but the rest were just awful.
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"but the rest were just awful."

wtf are you talking about ... ???


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Episodes 1, 2 ,5 and 12, were great, the rest of the season was bad. Season 1 is one of hte best seaons of televon ever, but Season 2 sucked.
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Breaking Bad of course is going to win next year, no story about that (actually they could give both awards at this ceremony, one for this year and another for the next).
so let's say Game of Thrones.
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If we are pitting Game of Thrones S3 against Breaking Bad 5a, the only shows on there that matter, then I'll give the slight, slight, slight edge to Game of Thrones. It was a great year for both, but it also wasn't the best season of either show. They should give it to Game of Thrones this year, because it needs to win it some time, and this is probably the best time. Let's be honest, nothing is going to be able to compete against Breaking Bad next year.
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Game of Thrones is the best! And if it doesn't win, there's gonna be another Red Wedding at the Emmy's! JK.... Not really!
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I'm personally of the camp that that thought GoT season 3 was the best season yet, and I personally wasn't a huge fan of Breaking Bad 5a, because of some pacing issues. So I'd personally love for Game of Thrones to take it this year, and I think there is a good chance it will, but I'll hardly be disappointed if Breaking Bad wins instead. Now if only Orphan Black was nominated, because it was the best and most consistent drama last season in my opinion.
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Come on... Now Game of thrones is supposed to be the only series that delivered last season? Okay.

Firstly, Got's best season was the first and I love the show. But let's be honest, last season was uneven. Besides, Now there're hundreds of characters that often appear at once in a single episode. No, no. Honesty, I can't believe how there could be any doubt.

Breaking bad FTW !

There is no season 5A or 5B. This is just a move from AMC. And if the last 2 episodes deliver... The 5th will be the best one... Along with season 2.
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For me Breaking Bad got better every season. S5 > S4 > S3 > S2 > S1.

GoT is more like S1 > S3 > S2.
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Emmy to lose its credentials by NOT awarding the award to GOT.
GOT should have walked away with the award in its inaugural season. itself!!
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It's outrageous enough that Game of Thrones didn't win the previous years... I hope this year is the year.
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Oh, and GoT FTW.
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Where is the discussion about how great the last episode of Sunny was. It was both the funniest and saddest episode and truly deserves at least one award before it is too late.
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I've been voicing my frustration about Justified getting overlooked in these Emmy articles, so why stop now? Somehow Justified was, yet again, overlooked in the best drama category despite putting together what was arguably their best season.

Now on to the actual nominees. Breaking Bad has been the best drama on TV for years now, and this year is no exception. I really don't see anyone else winning it this year or next.
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I will never understand the lack of Justified love. I don't get how you can nominate three people one year, and have one of them WIN, and then nothing but guest acting nominations (and wins) after that. Season 4 was on par with Season 2 (though I'd argue it was better even), and still nothing.
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Thanks for giving some love to the perennially overlooked Justified, whose fourth season was almost certainly its best.

I wonder if its "redneck" nature automatically works against it in the minds of those whose votes actually count. That wouldn't surprise me at all and more's the pity if so. To me, there's no other show that turns out such amazingly lean, mean and just plain cool dialogue season after season.
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Breaking Bad any day.I didn't really love GoT s3 as much as everybody.
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Next year the Dome shall rule all!!!
mwhahahahahahahahahahahahah!

medication time again
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I actually agree on one thing with Tim for a change, Game of Thrones should win & Orphan Black should of been nominated
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Game of thrones really pissed me off this year
It had a pretty much boring season with shocking episode
where they killed more of my favorite characters (Catelyn and Robb)
but looking at the altenatives there is no other choice
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Breaking Bad! I never really appreciated the awesomeness of 5A until I rewatched it this summer, but it was surprisingly funny and managed to go to some really dark places. Watching Walt's ego grow and seeing how it affected the lives of Jesse, Skyler, and Mike was terrifying. 5B is insanely better but that is only because it will probably end up being the greatest 8 episodes of all time. I mean the deaths in 5A were horrible, but last week's episode nearly killed me.

If show has to beat Breaking Bad, go Game of Thrones. I mean, how could you be upset if this show won?
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How the hell can you say Downton Abbey was nominated as a joke? You're completely wrong, and I would have voted for it to win!
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Because there are at least 3 other shows more deserving of a nomination.
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I don't think there's any that should get in over it though!
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Where's Under the dome, Zero Hour, Revolution, The Following, Cult and Siberia????

(J/K)

I'm a huge fan of Breaking Bad, but season 5a wasn't as intense as 3, 4 or 5b. It also had some pacing issues (not enough time to get to where they needed to be by the end) and not enough Jesse Pinkman. It feels weird to say this, but Breaking Bad is only my number 3 from the past year.

The first two are Game of Thrones and Homeland. I know that some people didn't like 2, but that doesn't make any sense to me. I too didn't particularly like the episode where Brody took the tailor on a road trip, and disagreed with some of the decisions that the writers made about minor details. But the writers made all the right choices about the major details. It was especially awesome that they didn't drag the main problem out over the entire season. They just dealt with it, brilliantly, and moved on to other awesome things. I also loved the ending.

I still have to choose Game of Thrones, because this was the year that my interest in the show developed into a near obsession. I was really excited about the season before it started. After seeing the first teaser trailers, months before the season began, the theme music was playing in my head every time I thought about the show. And it turned out that every episode was great. The only serious problem with the show is that it only has ten episodes per season. I think it would be better with 13 or 16. None of the individual character stories is as great as the story told on Breaking Bad, but the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

My only disappointments with the season were that Arya's story was a bit dull in the first 8 episodes, that the flaming sword guy seemed like a pointless character, that we didn't get to see enough of the liberation of Yunkai, and that a certain female character started falling to the ground before she was cut.

After the top three shows, I think there's a pretty big gap down to number four. My top 6 goes like this:

1. Game of Thrones
2. Homeland
3. Breaking Bad
4. Banshee
5. Person of Interest
6. Scandal

The latter three are kind of silly, but very entertaining. Just outside the list are The Americans, House of cards and The walking dead.
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I forgot about Spartacus. It would have kicked Scandal off the top 6. Some of the earlier seasons were better than the last one, and it's pretty sick that none of them was nominated for anything. Blood and Sand was eligible for nominations in 2010. What eligible season was better that year? Only Breaking Bad season 2. Gods of the Arena was just as good, and is especially interesting in this discussion, because it could have been nominated as a miniseries. Was there a better miniseries in 2011? I don't think so.
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Since we're making lists..

My favorite dramas this year:

1. Breaking Bad
2. Game of Thrones
3. Banshee
4. Justified
5. Hannibal
6. Person of Interest

Honorable mention for: The Americans, Orphan Black and Homeland
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YAY! LISTS! In the context of the Emmy nominees, for me it would be:

Homeland
Game of Thrones
Breaking Bad
House of Cards

I haven't watched Downton since Season 1, and I've never enjoyed Mad Men.

Two shows this year that I watched that I think deserve nominating would be Orange Is The New Black (how House of Cards got a nomination over this is beyond me), and Hannibal. OITNB would be on top for me, and Hannibal under GoT but before BB.
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In my opinion Breaking Bad's season 5A was not as good as Game of Thrones' season 3. So I'd say that Game of Thrones should win if it is, like it looks like, a pick between the two shows.
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I seriously can't remember anything else from season 5A of Breaking Bad than Mike dying. I know it's a bit of a ridiculous reason to NOT think it should win but hey... That just me... Might be a side-effect of binge watching the season.

Meanwhile Game of Thrones S3 managed to (despity the shabby start):

A). Introduce the sickest (and the best acted) sexual sadist in the history of TV (Rheon) and books... Not counting the one from "The Mermaid's Singing"... Horrible book.. Oh God..
B). Deliver one of the most realistic and unexpected (in a way that they were killed under the host's roof... a BIIIG sin in Westeros) betrayal of TV-history (I am 19-years old so that doesn't say much). Though the MEANING of the guest rights were highlighted more in the books.
C). Though the actors in Breaking Bad get MORE chances to shine I have to admit that there's isn't a bad actor in GoT.
D). Tell the viewer just how awesome and powerful Tywin is.
D1). Tell how far Tywin is willing to go to protect his family.
E). Tell the viewer just how effed up Arya is going to end up.

And some other stuff!

Breaking Bad season 5B though... That's a different story.
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none of the above
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I loved Game of Thrones this year, but found Homeland to be the most memorable.
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Game of Thrones.

It was everything a drama should be: engaging, well-written, shocking, thought-provoking and fun.

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Game of Thrones for me, Breaking Bad's 5A was good, but not better than GoT in my opinion. I also would've picked Justified ahead of Breaking Bad but probably not ahead of GoT. Also where's Bansheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee??? That was better than House of Cards and Downton Abbey...
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Agreed. As much as I like Downton Abbey, this wasn't an Emmy nod season for them.
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Breaking Bad! But I wouldn't mind if it goes to Game of Thrones, 'cause like Tim said, season 3 was awesome!
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