The countdown to the 2019 Emmy Awards is officially on. In just a few days, we’ll find out which actors, directors, writers, and series have been honored by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences at the prestigious ceremony. But if you’re not familiar with some of the nominees, fear not! There’s still time to watch the following series before the big day. Here’s how long it will take you to binge these Emmy-nominated shows, and where to do so.
Fleabag is the TV series that everyone was talking about this summer. The comedy originally aired on BBC Three, but gained an international audience through Amazon. The series follows the titular character (no real name given) as she copes with her best friend’s death and navigates her familial and romantic relationships.
Season 1 aired in 2016, but it was Season 2 that got the attention of Emmy voters, who nominated it for Outstanding Comedy Series, amongst numerous other awards. Both seasons are available to stream with an Amazon Prime membership and contain only six episodes each. So you can watch Fleabag from beginning to end in three hours and seven minutes.
Groundhog’s Day 2019 brought with it a new take on the concept that made the movie of the same name. Russian Doll stars Natasha Lyonne as a Brooklyn woman who repeatedly dies and ends up back on the night of her birthday party. But unlike the film, this is a dark comedy with a lot more twists and turns than you might expect.
Season 1 of Russian Doll was nominated for numerous Emmys, including Outstanding Comedy Series. It has been renewed for a second season, so if you’re interested, now’s the time to tune in. You can watch all of Russian Doll, which is comprised of eight episodes, in three hours and twenty-eight minutes, with a Netflix login.
Yes, Barry stars Bill Hader, a comedic actor with an improv background (remember him as Stefan on Saturday Night Live?). And yes, the episodes are less than 30 minutes long. But generally speaking, the subject matter of this HBO “comedy” is anything but comedic.
Hader portrays the eponymous character, a hitman living in Los Angeles who wants to put his life of crime behind him to become an actor. So let’s just say this is a very dark tragicomedy, with surprisingly light moments sprinkled in. What’s more, Season 2 was very well-received and has been nominated for several Emmys. And you can watch both seasons in less than eight hours — if you have HBO.
This is where the odd distinction between comedy and drama comes in. Succession, which also airs on HBO, is, like Barry, a dark comedy-drama of sorts. But it’s more satirical, and therefore, a bit for of a comedy than the hitman series. Regardless, because the episodes are about an hour long, it’s categorized as a drama.
The first season of Succession, which is about the family of a media mogul, is nominated for a host of Emmys this year, including Outstanding Drama Series. All ten episodes are available to watch with an HBO subscription and can be viewed in about as many hours. If you want to get started on Season 2, which is currently airing, six episodes are available to date.
BBC America has brought us quite a few dramatic hits, including the beloved Canadian series Orphan Black. Now, there’s Killing Eve, which stars Sandra Oh and the titular MI5 agent who is entangled in a game of cat and mouse with her subject, assassin Villanelle.
Both Seasons have been well-received, and Season 2, which aired in Spring 2019, is up for numerous Emmys, such as Outstanding Drama Series. Sadly, only Killing Eve Season 1 is available to watch on Hulu, but if you want to pay for Season 2 on Amazon, it will take you less than 12 hours to watch the entire series.
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