2018 Emmy nominations predictions: Best comedy contenders
As the nominations period comes to an end, EW's team of experts and critics have compiled a list of the top contenders for the 2018 Emmy Awards.
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At a time when out-of-the-gate hits fizzle in a series' second season, Donald Glover's Atlanta masterfully evaded the sophomore slump, delivering a surprising, powerful, unpredictable, and darkly comedic season that more than surpassed the Emmy-winning first season.
The quirky, surprising story of a hitman (Bill Hader as the titular character) who is searching for a sense of community— and a way out of his violent vocation—is a nuanced triumph of wry-and-dry comedy that skewers the L.A. scene of wannabe actors while shaking audiences up with some of the most shocking twists of the past season.
Season 4 of the socially conscious family sitcom kicked off with a Hamilton-inspired musical episode and then broke new ground with its first serialized arc. The final episodes of the season followed Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross) and Dre (Anthony Anderson) as they drifted apart, separated, and, ultimately, found their way back to each other—all while still providing laughs.
Behind the '80s sparkle of this lady-wrestler dramedy is the story of actresses struggling for respect and discovering a new outlet for their talent (and a high-spirited sisterhood) in the disreputable margins of the TV industry. It's a relevant fantasia for Hollywood mid-reckoning—and a celebration of the performing arts that could make any Emmy voter swoon.
Modern Family (ABC)
Nine seasons in, this laugh factory continued to find new ways to gather its extended clan together with hilarious results. From a lake vacation that brought Mitch (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) face-to-face with an old flame, to Jay (Ed O'Neill) and Gloria's (Sofia Vergara) 10th wedding anniversary that unearthed long-buried issues, the ensemble continued to help one another shine.
Will & Grace (NBC)
Like a party that never stopped, Will & Grace picked up where it left off in 2006. The lovable quartet of actors still have zingy chemistry, and the show's writers keep dropping the same type of gut-busting laugh bombs—both topical and absurd—with a whole lot of heart. Special props for the way they said hasta la vista to their amor Rosario.