Some essentials for your watchlist
It’s Emmy season yet again, and the Television Academy is celebrating a roster of unbelievably talented actors and actresses in wonderfully crafted TV series that made quarantine bearable for many of us.
From a limited drama series that channels an iconic American fashion legend to a thriller based on a beloved classic’s villain, here are some Emmy-nominated, binge-worthy shows to watch during your downtime—in case you haven’t already.
Nominations: Lead actor, limited series/TV movie (Ewan McGregor)
Iconic American fashion designer, Halston, skyrockets to fame, and life starts to spin out of control. His nights of excess at Studio 54 and days fueled by cocaine take a toll as he suffers ruptured friendships, stiff competition and a sudden loss.
Watch Halston on Netflix.
The Queen’s Gambit
Nominations: Lead actress, limited series/TV movie (Anya Taylor-Joy); Supporting actress, limited series/TV movie (Moses Ingram); Supporting actor, limited series/TV movie (Thomas Brodie-Sangster); Limited series.
Set during the Cold War era, a young girl reveals an astonishing talent for chess and begins an unlikely journey to stardom while struggling with addiction. Orphaned chess prodigy, Beth Harmon, sets on a quest to become the greatest chess player in the world.
Watch The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix.
Nominations: Lead actress, drama (Olivia Colman, Emma Corrin); Supporting actress, drama (Gillian Anderson, Helena Bonham Carter, Emerald Fennell); Supporting actor, drama (Tobias Menzies); Guest actress (Claire Foy); Drama series
Based on the award-winning play The Audience, this lavish, Netflix-original drama chronicles the life of Queen Elizabeth II from the 1940s to modern times. As the decades pass, personal intrigues, romances and political rivalries are revealed that played a big role in events that shaped the later years of the 20th century.
Watch The Crown on Netflix.
The Kominsky Method
Nominations: Lead actor, comedy (Michael Douglas); Supporting actor (Paul Reiser); Guest actor, comedy (Morgan Freeman); Comedy series
Acting coach Sandy Kominsky may be in his twilight years but he isn’t ready to ride off into the subset just yet. The once-famous Kominsky and his longtime agent and best friend, Norman Newlander, keep each other laughing as they navigate the ups and downs of getting older in Los Angeles, a city that values youth and beauty.
Watch The Kominsky Method on Netflix.
Nominations: Guest actress, drama (Sophie Okonedo)
Based on the haunted character of Mildred Ratched from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, a young asylum nurse at a mental institution becomes jaded and bitter before turning into a full-fledged monster to her patients.
Watch Ratched on Netflix.
What are your Emmy 2021 predictions? Need more titles to stream for the weekend ahead? Ahead, just some new releases for August 2021.