Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Steve Carell Redefined His Career By Surprising Everyone in 'Foxcatcher' Steve Carell Redefined His Career By Surprising Everyone in 'Foxcatcher' Watch: Ellar Coltrane on the 'Brutal' Experience of Watching 'Boyhood' After Living It Watch: Ellar Coltrane on the 'Brutal' Experience of Watching 'Boyhood' After Living It Mortem Tyldum Explains Why Alan Turing Was the Right Subject For His First English-Language Film Mortem Tyldum Explains Why Alan Turing Was the Right Subject For His First English-Language Film Why Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’ is a Great, Unexpected Awards Season Frontrunner Why Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’ is a Great, Unexpected Awards Season Frontrunner Watch: Patricia Arquette on Stripping Away Ego to Get to the Heart of 'Boyhood' 
Watch: Patricia Arquette on Stripping Away Ego to Get to the Heart of 'Boyhood' 'Whiplash' Breakout Miles Teller Has Officially Arrived 'Whiplash' Breakout Miles Teller Has Officially Arrived Michael Keaton Dug Deep to Deliver the Best Performance of His Career in 'Birdman' Michael Keaton Dug Deep to Deliver the Best Performance of His Career in 'Birdman' Mark Ruffalo Explains Why Dave Schultz Was One of the Most Complex Characters He's Ever Played Mark Ruffalo Explains Why Dave Schultz Was One of the Most Complex Characters He's Ever Played Keira Knightley on 'The Imitation Game' and Why Awards Matter Keira Knightley on 'The Imitation Game' and Why Awards Matter Katherine Waterston On the Good and Bad of Working With Paul Thomas Anderson Katherine Waterston On the Good and Bad of Working With Paul Thomas Anderson Emma Stone Proved She Can Do It All in 2014 Emma Stone Proved She Can Do It All in 2014 Jon Stewart is Off to a Strong Start with Directorial Debut 'Rosewater' Jon Stewart is Off to a Strong Start with Directorial Debut 'Rosewater' Awards Spotlight: Don't Be Surprised When J.K. Simmons Takes Home Oscar Awards Spotlight: Don't Be Surprised When J.K. Simmons Takes Home Oscar Jessica Chastain Proved She's a Total Chameleon in 2014 Jessica Chastain Proved She's a Total Chameleon in 2014 Laura Poitras on 'CITIZENFOUR,' The Most Dangerous Work She's Ever Done Laura Poitras on 'CITIZENFOUR,' The Most Dangerous Work She's Ever Done Jake Gyllenhaal On Doing Very Bad Things in 'Nightcrawler' Jake Gyllenhaal On Doing Very Bad Things in 'Nightcrawler' Channing Tatum Explains Why It Took Him Eight Years to Have the ‘Balls’ for ‘Foxcatcher’ Channing Tatum Explains Why It Took Him Eight Years to Have the ‘Balls’ for ‘Foxcatcher’ Ethan Hawke Didn't Know That Richard Linklater Would Bring 'Boyhood' Home So Well Ethan Hawke Didn't Know That Richard Linklater Would Bring 'Boyhood' Home So Well Jack O'Connell Explains What It’s Like to Work For Angelina Jolie Jack O'Connell Explains What It’s Like to Work For Angelina Jolie 'Red Army' Director Gabe Polsky Reveals the Story of Soviet Hockey 'Red Army' Director Gabe Polsky Reveals the Story of Soviet Hockey How Felicity Jones is Getting Noticed This Awards Season How Felicity Jones is Getting Noticed This Awards Season Edward Norton Goes Full-Blown For Alejandro González Iñárritu in 'Birdman' Edward Norton Goes Full-Blown For Alejandro González Iñárritu in 'Birdman' How Eddie Redmayne Transformed His Body and Mind to Become Stephen Hawking How Eddie Redmayne Transformed His Body and Mind to Become Stephen Hawking Oscar Isaac Explains How 'A Most Violent Year' Fits With His Other Roles Oscar Isaac Explains How 'A Most Violent Year' Fits With His Other Roles Timothy Spall Almost Went Mad to Play 'Mr. Turner' For Mike Leigh Timothy Spall Almost Went Mad to Play 'Mr. Turner' For Mike Leigh 'Gone Girl' Composer Atticus Ross: How to Write a Score Without Seeing the Film 'Gone Girl' Composer Atticus Ross: How to Write a Score Without Seeing the Film How to Play James Brown, By Chadwick Boseman: Study the Man, Listen to Drake How to Play James Brown, By Chadwick Boseman: Study the Man, Listen to Drake Chris Rock on Why Making 'Top Five' Was a No-Brainer Chris Rock on Why Making 'Top Five' Was a No-Brainer Steve James and Chaz Ebert Tackled 'Life Itself' Steve James and Chaz Ebert Tackled 'Life Itself' Bennett Miller Explains Why He Had to Make 'Foxcatcher' Bennett Miller Explains Why He Had to Make 'Foxcatcher' How Do You Roll Six Movies Into One? 'Wild Tales' Director Damian Szifron Explains How Do You Roll Six Movies Into One? 'Wild Tales' Director Damian Szifron Explains How Rosario Dawson Stole the Show From Chris Rock in 'Top Five' How Rosario Dawson Stole the Show From Chris Rock in 'Top Five' Alan Hicks: From Drummer-Surfer to Oscar-Shortlist Filmmaker Alan Hicks: From Drummer-Surfer to Oscar-Shortlist Filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu: 'Birdman' Could Have Been 'so wrong' Alejandro González Iñárritu: 'Birdman' Could Have Been 'so wrong' Amir Bar-Lev Likes to Make People a Little Uncomfortable Amir Bar-Lev Likes to Make People a Little Uncomfortable

Emmys: 12 of the Best Comedy Series We'd Like to See Nominated (But Probably Won't Be)

By Peter Knegt and Ben Travers | Indiewire July 3, 2014 at 1:01PM

These Best Comedy contenders probably won't hear their names read on July 10th, but they're all No. 1 in our hearts.
5
Archer in "Archer Vice" on FX
FX Networks Archer in "Archer Vice"

If we left it up to the networks and their campaign departments, almost no one worthy of an Emmy nomination would make the cut (stop nominating Jim Parsons!). So we here at Indiewire are hoping to start some grassroots campaigns of our own, pushing the best of the unlikely nominees to the forefront and hoping to receive some support from you, our wonderful readers. So far, we've already done the acting groups -- supporting drama & comedy as well as lead drama & comedy. Below you'll find our picks -- from Indiewire Awards Editor Peter Knegt and Assistant TV Editor Ben Travers -- for the best comedies we'd like to see honored by the Television Academy, as well as video evidence of their best work. Next week, we'll pick our favorites for drama series before the nominations are announced July 10th. Without further ado, our picks:

READ MORE: 2014 Emmy Predictions: Best Comedy Series 

6) "Faking It"

PK: I have to admit, I wasn't exactly excited for this show when we heard its premise: Two straight girls fake being lesbians to become more popular at high school? In the hands of MTV, God only knew where something like that could go. But the show -- which finished its first season a few weeks ago -- was impressively way more complicated than that and got better with every episode. Set at a progressive high school in Austin, Texas, "Faking It" is probably as insightful as it gets when it comes to portraying youth on television. It sort of feels like a more melancholic, more transgressive, and certainly much more gay version of the cult WB series "Popular." And that's a major compliment, though one I can't imagine Emmy voters will second. Largely because I'd bet 95 percent of them haven't even heard of the show. 


6) "Hello Ladies"

BT: Ninety-five percent might be generous in that regard considering the Emmys inability to keep with the times -- if Kevin Spacey wasn't in "House of Cards," they'd probably be discovering Netflix shows next year. But enough venting. My pick is more of a pity endorsement than a full-fledged "pro" vote. Steven Merchant's HBO comedy "Hello Ladies" was cut after its first season by the pay cable network with higher demands for its funny programming (dramas are almost never axed that early), but I felt like it was finding its stride through those first eight episodes. Merchant's lead character, Stuart Pritchard, had one or two too many moments of true dickishness that were being filtered out by the season's end, instead focusing on just how lonely LA can be for someone seeking true intimacy. It's an extremely relevant, relatable topic, and one Merchant found an enjoyable way to explore each week. If only it had gotten another year to perfect its execution.


5) "Mom"

PK: A show I'm very glad is getting is a getting another year to perfect it's own execution is "Mom," which I can't believe I'm actually saying about a show that's a) on CBS and b) created by Chuck Lorre. But Chuck Lorre returned to the kind of female-led, crass but emotional comedies that started his career ("Grace Under Fire," "Cybill" and especially "Roseanne") with the series, and it generally was a success as far as I'm concerned. And that was in large part due to it's cast, made up of some of my very favorites: Anna Faris, Allison Janney, Mimi Kennedy, Octavia Spencer... all as recovering alcoholics, which I realize doesn't sound like a laugh riot, but a lot of the time it really was. And then other times it effectively portrayed the lower middle class in a way that's rarely seen on television these days.  It's still no "Roseanne," but "Mom" sensitively and hilariously represents self-proclaimed white trash in a way that is certainly more worthy of a nomination here than Lorre's much-more-likely-to-succeed "The Big Bang Theory."


5) "Episodes"

BT: I'd argue almost any show on television is more worthy of a nomination than "The Big Bang Theory," but that would take up my whole paragraph. And I need that paragraph to remind people that "Episodes" exists. Matt LeBlanc deserved the Golden Globe he won in 2012 for the self-aware Showtime series that's now surpassed its initial appeal as "the show where Joey swears and talks about being Joey." In Season 3, it's even managed to make its two leads (Stephen Mangin and Tamsin Grieg) likable after two seasons of off-putting Brit banter (they sounded so whiny). With solid support from veteran character actors like John Pankow, Kathleen Rose Perkins, and Mircea Monroe, "Episodes" is actually one of the best ensemble comedies on television, despite being sold as a one-man show. LeBlanc's best role post-"Friends" (one of only a few, granted) earned him his second Emmy nomination for the show last year, when it also received a nod for writing. It's a long shot, but here's hoping it can ascend the ranks to best comedy series as well.


4) "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"

PK: Here's an even longer shot: The Emmys finally acknowledging "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" nine seasons in. I finally binge-watched the entire season a few weeks ago, and though it was as hit-and-miss as most other seasons, when it hit it did so gloriously. "The Gang Tries Desperately To Win an Award" is case in point, and oddly enough a satirical take on the very fact they never get any Emmy love, as the "Sunny" cast went all out campaigning to win an award for the best bar in Philadelphia (I assume and hope that's the episode they're submitting to the Academy). And really, this show just deserves some sort of recognition for nearly a decade of unique, trashy comedy that has sustained itself over such a long period of time. 


4) "Raising Hope"

BT: I couldn't agree more about "Sunny." I see it as the aughts successor to "Seinfeld." It deserves better from the Academy, and I was glad the "Sunny" team at least drew attention to it in that episode. But I'm heading from one series that's stuck around a while to another on this list put to pasture. "Raising Hope" earned some Emmys love early on for stars Martha Plimpton and Cloris Leachman (who was nominated as a Guest Actress, despite being a pretty regular player). Since then, it's been ignored by Emmys similarly to how the decline in viewership led to its cancellation this year. The quality, though, didn't suffer a bit. Plots got a little convoluted for the last few season finales, in what felt like a ratings grab by a show in need of a boost, but otherwise the poor family rich with love found new ways to surprise us in little moments every week -- especially with Burt's business ventures (Burt bucks!) and Virginia's goofy quests ("Bee Story"!). It's a shame they won't be returning, but a nice parting gift from Emmy would ease the sting.



This article is related to: Emmys, 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards, Emmy Awards, Parks and Recreation, Please Like Me, Archer, Television, Lists






Check out Indiewire on LockerDome on LockerDome



Awards Season Spotlight

Contender Conversations

Indiewire celebrates the best and brightest from Independent film, Hollywood, and foreign cinema.

More