After reveling in amazing television shows over the last year, the 2022 Emmy nominations have finally been revealed. If you're a faithful reader of the Cheddar Digital Team's weekly What to Stream column, chances are you've heard of and maybe even watched some of the nominees on your own. Check out the lists below to see which of our picks made the cut and perhaps you'll find something new to watch over the weekend.
*Titles in bold are shows that were suggested by Cheddar staff. Click on the links to read the reviews.
Outstanding Drama Series:
Squid Game - Netflix's Squid Game took the world by storm this year and was an office favorite here at Cheddar News. The gritty nine-episode series followed a group of people, who were drowning in debt, competing for hundreds of millions of dollars. The catch? They had to survive a series of deadly games.
Outstanding Comedy Series:
Abbott Elementary - The series, which is inspired by creator and lead actress Quinta Brunson's childhood, had Americans gripping their bellies in laughter this year. With Philadelphia as the backdrop, the series follows the struggles of a financially disadvantaged elementary school and how teachers and administrators, who often bump heads, work to provide a quality learning experience for students.
Curb Your Enthusiasm
What We Do in the Shadows
Limited or Anthology Series
Dopesick - With the opioid crisis as rampant as it is today, Hulu's Dopesick was very timely. The limited series dives into how opioids became mainstream through marketing and distribution and documents how everyday people fell victim to the drug.
The White Lotus
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Jason Bateman, Ozark - One of the most popular titles on Netflix, Ozark follows a family of four from Chicago as they venture to the Ozarks, where Marty Byrde, portrayed by Bateman, is forced to launder money for a Mexican drug cartel. It spans four seasons, so if you haven't jumped in yet, there is much for you to binge on.
Brian Cox, Succession
Lee Jung-jae, Squid Game
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Adam Scott, Severance
Jeremy Strong, Succession
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Melanie Lynskey, Yellowjackets - This Showtime series follows a New Jersey high school girl's soccer team as they travel to Canada for a game — but their plane goes down in the wilderness and the fight for survival begins. While it's not a true story, the events closely mirror those of Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 which crashed in the Andes mountains in 1972.
Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
Laura Linney, Ozark
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
Reese Witherspoon, The Morning Show
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Donald Glover, Atlanta - FX struck gold with this hit series. Spanning three seasons, it follows music manager Earnest 'Earn' Marks, played by Glover, and his artist Paper Boy. It's a rollercoaster ride that often gets dark as the show attempts to convey what it is like being Black in America.
Bill Hader, Barry
Nicholas Hoult, The Great
Steve Martin, Only Murders in the Building
Martin Short, Only Murders in the Building
Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Issa Rae, Insecure - This HBO comedy follows the life of a Los Angeles friend group as they navigate their late 20s and early 30s. From relationship woes to career changes, Insecure covers the millennial life experience to a tee.
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Quinta Brunson, Abbott Elementary
Kaley Cuoco, The Flight Attendant
Elle Fanning, The Great
Jean Smart, Hacks