There are few things as enjoyable as flopping down on the living room couch after a long day, to tune in to your favourite show. Or reserving an entire weekend to binge-watch that hilarious new series with friends. And who hasn’t experienced the sly joys of furtively watching a drama on one’s phone to spice up a dull day at work?
Whether you’re happy, sad, bored or just tired…there’s a show out there that goes with your mood. To help you along, we’ve curated a list of Emmy-winning shows to make your day even more awesome!
You’re in the mood to be inspired
Having a woman president in the White House might remain an unfulfilled dream for many in the real world, but Veep, the runaway hit political satire, allows us to indulge our fantasy of watching a powerful and inspirational female political figure at the highest echelons of power.
Veep revolves around Selina Meyers, the Vice-President, and later President, of the United States. Meyers is played by played by the unmatchable Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who has picked up six consecutive Emmys for her brilliant performance. Although far from perfect, Selina successfully navigates a dizzying number of political minefields and dodges controversy left and right to keep her job. Louis-Dreyfus is so convincing and likeable in her role that irrespective of all her character’s clumsiness, you’re invariably rooting for Selina to succeed.
You’re angry with the world
Sometimes, it feels like the whole world’s gone nuts. And if you’re feeling angry and helpless about it, the best thing to do…is sit back and laugh. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver takes on everyday issues around the world, and delivers them with a vigorous dose of satire and comedy that will instantly melt all your irritation away. Oliver’s razor-sharp wit and humorous explanations of complex subjects—from the US President’s shenanigans to China’s stand on Tibet, and demonetization in India—is truly impressive, and the sheer, audacious sarcasm dripping from his every sentence will have you in fits of laughter. The show won 2 Primetime Emmy 2017 Awards, including for ‘Outstanding Variety Talk Series’.
You’re missing your loved ones
Staying away from home and loved ones can be tough. And This Is Us is the perfect show to catch when you’re missing the important people in your life. The sitcom tracks the lives of the Pearson ‘triplets’ (two biological children and one adopted son) and their parents. This Is Us is all about the connections that bind us together across distances, time and even death, and is sure to have you reaching for the phone to call your loved ones. The show was nominated for 10 Emmys this year, of which it won two, including the Emmy for Best Actor in a Drama Series, awarded to Sterling K. Brown, who plays the adopted son Randall Pearson.
You’re in the mood for some drama
The leading characters of Big Little Lies are primarily suburban mothers from wealthy families, all of whom lead seemingly perfect lives. However, events reveal the cracks and unhappiness that linger under the veneer of normalcy. The show, which scooped up 8 Emmys, including for ‘Outstanding Limited Series’, this year, stars veteran actors such as Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, and explores themes such as sexual assault, parenting, romance and infidelity while revolving around a murder investigation. The beautiful homes, expensive clothes, and sumptuous lifestyles of the characters will leave you open-jawed with admiration.
You’re in the mood to be challenged
Winner of one Primetime Emmy and 4 Creative Arts Emmys, The Night Of is one of the finest crime dramas to have hit television screens in a while. The 8-part miniseries begins with a mysterious murder being pinned on a seemingly innocent Pakistani-American taxi driver, Nasir Khan (Riz Ahmed). Subsequent episodes revolve around the courtroom trial, and investigations into the baffling events that raise a question on what happened that fateful night. The Night Of will keep you scratching your head to guess the identity of the murderer, all the way to the finale.
You’re feeling restless and craving adventure
Westworld is an unlikely, but surprisingly clever combination of ‘Futuristic’ and ‘Old Western’. The series introduces viewers to a huge Western-themed amusement park populated by amazingly lifelike and semi self-aware android ‘hosts’. The park’s primary goal is to provide human visitors the opportunity to play out their ultimate fantasies and choose their ‘adventures’ in a safe, artificial and continuously-monitored environment. Featuring Anthony Hopkins, Jeffrey Wright, Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton and Ed Harris, Westworld is a visual treat from the word go—which explains why it won 5 Creative Arts Emmys this year. It is a great show for anyone who’s dreamt of walking straight into a Western movie and becoming the hero or villain, they’ve always wanted to be.
You’re wondering how the other side lives
Healthy rivalry among two individuals is a good thing—it can drive both to push themselves harder and do better. However, sometimes a feud can go too far. And that’s what Feud: Bette and Joan is all about. The first installment of a series that follows real-life feuds between famous historical figures, Feud: Bette and Joan is all about the seething rivalry between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, Hollywood actresses who starred together in the 1962 film, ‘What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?’ However, the show’s aim is not to chronicle a catfight. Far from it, you’ll come away with deep insights into the lives of these two talented and strong-willed women, played by doyennes Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange. It gives viewers a rare peek into the other side of the show reel and tells a beautiful, riveting story. Bette and Joan picked up two Creative Arts Emmys this year.
You’re in the mood for a good fright
You’re alone at home for the night, and have great plans. The pizza is on its way and the drinks are in the fridge. What next? Well, if you’ve got the stomach for some eerie thrills, watch American Horror Story: Roanoke, and not just because Sarah Paulson is incredible in her role! The series revolves around the story of a couple that moves to North Carolina for some peace and quiet. Until, that is, scary and abnormal events in the house throw their lives into turmoil. The series won a Creative Arts Emmy for prosthetic makeup—which means that you can expect some very realistic-looking scares in this one!
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