The 2014 Emmy nominations ballots are out, which means it's time to decide whose names we'd like to hear called on Thursday, July 10 when the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences announces the shows and actors who're officially in the running for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards.
I asked some of my fellow TV.com staffers to join me in choosing our dream nominees, and after hours of internal debates and monologues that would make even Scrubs' JD tell us to shut up already, we've boldly narrowed down our picks—and as you'll see at the bottom of this page, we're prepared to defend them, too!
Over the next couple weeks, we'll be bringing you our highly sought-after, well-respected, and very prolific thoughts and opinions on which shows and actors should make the cut. We've already worked our way through most of the comedy categories, having revealed our selections for Supporting Actress, Supporting Actor, Lead Actress, and Lead Actor—so all that's left to discuss before we move on to drama are the shows themselves!
WHY ENLISTED: Enlisted is ridiculous. It's a show where, in any given episode, characters might recreate a stage from the Donkey Kong, square off against poo guns, or deal with a commanding officer who wants Annie Lebovitz-esque photos of himself. All of it's funny in a madcap way that could likely satisfy on most other shows, a sort of early M*A*S*H for the contemporary sitcom audience. What elevates Enlisted for me is its eagerness to tackle Army-related drama without sacrificing the humor, something that later M*A*S*H sometimes struggled with. Episodes like "Pete's Airstream" dealing with PTSD and "Vets" dealing with other repercussions of war find comedy in the grief while never diminishing the actual grief. It's a tricky balancing act, but it's one that Enlisted manages to pull off, and with real panache... sort of like its characters' ability to find a moment of victory in sweeping up horse poop. — Noel Kirkpatrick
WHY SILICON VALLEY: My response to most network comedies is a resounding "NO THANKS." Cable, which is already home to television's best dramas, has been making big strides over the last few seasons to catch up on the comedy side of the spectrum, and in short order has left broadcast sitcoms in the dust. Meanwhile, HBO has finally figured out how to do funny, and Mike Judge's Silicon Valley—to borrow an oft-used phrase from the tech world it satirizes—killed it in its first season. The show bounces between biting, smart parody of an industry that's begging to be mocked and epic dick jokes that satisfy the sophomore in all of us. Like its Sunday-night schedule partner Veep, the show tells serialized stories that we need more of in comedies, and the jokes start with an amazing cast, led by Thomas Middleditch's breakout performance. It's utterly ridiculous and incredibly funny. — Tim Surette
What shows would YOU nominate for Outstanding Comedy Series?
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