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Emmy Predictions: Outstanding Animated Program

Two-time Best Animated Program winner "Rick and Morty" is back for a three-peat, but "Big Mouth" has shown some growth.

Rick and Morty Season 5 Episode 1

“Rick & Morty”

Adult Swim

Last Year’s Winner: “Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal”
Still Eligible: No.
Hot Streak: There are two back-to-back winning streaks to highlight in this category, and they both happen to come from Adult Swim. In addition to winning Outstanding Animation Program the past two years, “Rick and Morty” has also won for its past two seasons, in 2018 and 2020.
Notable Ineligible Series: “Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal” (Season 2 was not eligible); “Ten Year Old Tom” (submitted as a Short Form Animation Program); “Close Enough” (submitted as a Short Form Animation Program)

This article will be updated throughout the season, along with all our predictions, so make sure to keep checking IndieWire for the latest news from the 2022 Emmys race. The nomination round of voting will take place from June 16 to June 27, with the official Emmy nominations to be announced on Tuesday, July 12. The Creative Arts Emmy Awards will be given out over two consecutive nights on Saturday, September 3 and Sunday, September 4, with an edited presentation on the ceremonies to be broadcast on Saturday, September 10, at 8:00 p.m. ET on FXX. Finally, the 74rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will take place on Monday, September 12, and air live on NBC at 8:00 p.m. ET/ 5:00 p.m. PT.

When it comes to animation, probably more than any other major category, there are some very clear usual suspects—and they are competitive too. “The Simpsons,” the longest-running scripted American primetime show, won its last Emmy in this category as recently as 2019. “Bob’s Burgers,” another past winner, has been nominated in the category every year since 2012.

Dipping into some of the newer fare, it does seem like Netflix has been giving past nominee “Big Mouth” even more of a push, giving it the spin-off “Human Resources,” which is also in the race this year. Meanwhile Amazon Prime Video has already racked up two seasons of “Fairfax,” one eligible for the Animated Program Emmy, and the other to air as voting is happening. There is a smattering of contenders from other services as well, but Outstanding Animation Program really is usually a competition between FOX, Adult Swim, and Netflix, with even their cast-offs like “American Dad!” and “Tuca & Bertie” resurfacing, now submitted by a new network home.

Current Contenders (In Alphabetical Order):
“American Dad!” (TBS)
“Arcane: League of Legends” (Netflix)
“Big Mouth” (Netflix)
“Bob’s Burgers” (FOX)
“Central Park” (Apple TV+)
“Fairfax” (Amazon Prime Video)
“Family Guy” (FOX)
“Human Resources” (Netflix)
Rick and Morty” (Adult Swim)
“Santa Inc.” (HBO Max)
“South Park” (Comedy Central)
“Star Trek: Lower Decks” (Paramount+)
The Simpsons” (FOX)
“Tuca & Bertie” (Adult Swim)
“Undone” (Amazon Prime Video)

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