Over the last seven years, two shows have reigned supreme in the Emmys comedy universe. “Modern Family” pulled off a historic (and, by the end, inevitable) five-peat in Best Comedy Series. Its heir apparent, HBO’s political satire “Veep,” is working on a streak of its own. On the strength of back-to-back Best Comedy wins, it’s become one of the most decorated half-hours of the decade.
But there are still plenty of shows set to challenge “Veep” for Emmy supremacy, including a few from the defending champ’s own network. With a handful of returning favorites and some brand new first-year challengers, this year’s Emmys race in Best Comedy Series is still far from a lock.
As we’ve done with other categories, we’ve separated out the contenders into three tiers: the dark horses that still have an outside chance at cracking the upper tier, the shows that have emerged with strong shots at nominations and the comedies that are virtual locks for getting their names read when July 13th rolls around.
For more analysis of this year’s Emmy races — comedy, drama or otherwise — visit our predictions homepage.