Earlier today the 2016 Emmy nominations were announced, and you know what that means: it’s time to complain about how wrongheaded Emmy voters are for failing to recognize your favorite show. That’s part of the fun, right? But while we’re at it, it’s worth pointing out a few things they got right, too, even if — as in the case of The Americans — it took ’em a while. Below, let’s look over some of 2016 Emmy snubs and surprises.
If you hoped 2016 would be the year the Emmys finally let go of their genre bias, we’ll we’ve got some bad news for you. And if you further hoped HBO’s utter dominance meant some of its more underrated gems might finally get some love, well, we’ve got even more bad news.
The CW has been killing it lately. Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend are two of the most distinctive shows on television right now (as the Golden Globes have already recognized), and The Flash is a bright spot in a TV landscape saturated with superhero dramas. You wouldn’t know it from looking at the Emmy nominations list, though. The CW scraped together a meager five nominations, none of them in the “major” categories. On the bright side, one of those five went to Anthony Mendez for his utterly perfect narration on Jane the Virgin.
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee
Alums of Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show had a weak showing at this year’s Emmy nominations. Sure, John Oliver got a much-deserved nod for Last Week Tonight. However, Stephen Colbert’s Late Show and Larry Wilmore’s Nightly Show were both shut out — as was The Daily Show itself, for the first time since 2000. And Samantha Bee‘s excellent Full Frontal might be the snub that hurts the most. In the past few months Bee has emerged as one of the most vital voices on late night, equal parts funny and furious. But voters apparently disagreed as her show only managed to secure one nomination, for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series.
Netflix’s Marvel Series
The Emmys have never been much for superhero shows, so it’s probably not surprising that they’ve little use for Daredevil or Jessica Jones. That doesn’t mean it’s not disappointing. The two shows got four nominations between them — sound editing and stunt coordination for Daredevil, title design and theme music for Jessica Jones. None of the actors doing excellent work on this show were recognized — not Krysten Ritter, not David Tennant, not Charlie Cox, not Jon Bernthal — and neither were the writers nor the directors.
Starz’s Outlander has been one of the most talked-about new shows of the past few years, which should make it a contender, right? Nope. Although the sumptuous period piece did get recognized for its production design and costumes, it was completely shut out in the best drama, acting, writing, and directing categories.
HBO cleaned up with 94 total Emmy nominations this year, the most of any network. Yet not a single one went to The Leftovers, which is regularly hailed by critics as one of the best shows currently airing. Emmy voters will have one last chance to catch up, as The Leftovers‘ next season will be its last.
Show Me a Hero
Here’s another HBO show that got left in the cold while Game of Thrones, Silicon Valley, and Veep gobbled up every accolade in sight — this despite the fact that Show Me a Hero stars one of the hottest rising stars of the day, Oscar Isaac. Sadly, creator David Simon is probably used to getting ignored by now. He was also the guy behind The Wire, which managed only two nominations in its entire critically acclaimed five-season run.
The Good Wife
Though the Emmys’ affection for The Good Wife has definitely waned in the past couple of years, fans might have hoped that season 7 might get a bit of a bump by virtue of being the show’s last. Alas, it did not. The Good Wife failed to make the cut for Best Drama, and star Julianna Margulies — who took home Best Actress for the role in 2011 and 2014 — couldn’t break into the Best Actress category.
Orange Is the New Black
Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black started out as an Emmy darling in 2014, picking up three wins and another nine nominations for its first season. Sadly, that love affair seems to have cooled off fast. This year, the Netflix dramedy only managed one nomination for casting. Granted, season 3 was not the show’s best. But seeing as much worse seasons of much worse shows have been nominated in the past, it’s interesting how quickly the Emmys have changed their minds about this series.
Well, that was a bummer, so let’s move on to some good news…