7 good shows to watch on Netflix before the Emmys 2019, including Russian Doll, Ozark, and more!
It’s officially Emmys week! The 2019 Emmy Awards will be live on Sunday, Sept. 22. Netflix and their many shows scored more than 100 Emmy nominations. Below, you’ll find a list of good Netflix shows you need to watch before the Emmys.
You won’t find the list of Emmy nominees from Netflix below. You can find that here!
If you’re watching the Emmys and want to be in the loop, check out all seven of these shows on Netflix this week!
- Outstanding Comedy Series
- Natasha Lyonne for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
- Episode “A Warm Body” for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series
- Episode “Nothing In This World is Easy” for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series
If you haven’t already caught Season 1 of Russian Doll, please clear your plans for the night and do so.
While nominated in the comedy category, Russian Doll is truly a dark comedy sprinkled in surrealism. Each episode leads you further into the rabbit hole of Nadia’s time loop as our lead dies each night only to return to the same bathroom at a party being thrown in her honor.
- Episode “Free Churro” for Outstanding Animated Program
Bojack Horseman has been a staple for Netflix’s original series since it began. The show has already been renewed for a sixth season and follows Bojack, a washed up star from a 90s sitcom who is challenged daily with his relationships, career, and mental health.
Much like Russian Doll, Bojack is a dark comedy and the nominated episode is one, continuous monologue as Bojack gives a eulogy. The episode is bittersweet, with soft humor evenly spread out over a somber stream of consciousness. If you don’t have time to binge the entire 5th season or even series, I would recommend at least watching “Free Churro” because it does stand firmly on its own.
- Outstanding Drama Series
- Jason Bateman for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
- Laura Linney for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
- Julie Garner for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
- Episode “Reparations” for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
Ozark is an American crime series, which follows a financial adviser from Chicago who needs to launder $500 million in order to satisfy a drug lord. To do this, he relocates his family to the Missouri Ozarks where their lives become intertwined with local criminals.
At its root, Ozark is a horror story drenched in realism. The dark series is perfect for anyone craving a show that will keep them on pins and needles from start to finish.
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Dead to Me
- Christina Applegate – Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Dead to Me is a recent Netflix series that has already been renewed for a season 2. The show follows two grief-stricken women, one having recently lost her husband and the other harboring a dark secret.
Dead to Me is another excellent dark comedy and Christina Applegate’s performance is well-recognized. Her hot-headed character spends the series searching for the driver of her husband’s hit and run while also learning to adjust to his absence and being the strong one for her grieving family. Dead to Me is the perfect weekend binge – a series full of suspense and dark humor.
When they See Us
- Outstanding Limited Series
- Jharrel Jerome for Outstanding Actor in a Limited Series
- Aunjanue Ellis for Outstanding Actress in a Limited Series
- Episode “Part Four” for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series
- Ava DuVernay for Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series
Based on a true story, When They See Us follows 5 Harlem teenagers who are accused of a crime they did not commit. The series is a brutally realistic telling of racial profiling and holds a mirror up to the same issues facing society today.
Brilliantly written and directed, this series is a hauntingly important tale worth viewing and deserving of its Emmy nomination.
- Episode “The Planned Parenthood Show” for Outstanding Animated Series
Big Mouth follows a group of teenagers who are faced with their biggest challenge yet – puberty. This coming of age series that doesn’t shy away from the uncomfortable or rather gross moments of growing up.
The Emmy nominated episode presents sex education through a series of short, cinematic inspired sketches (such as imitating a Bachelorette episode where a woman chooses a contraceptive instead of a boyfriend). Much like “Free Churro” this would be a good episode to watch by itself if you haven’t started Big Mouth yet and want a dose of the show’s humor-filled antics.
Black Mirror: Bandersnatch
- Outstanding Television Movie
Bandersnatch brought an entirely new viewing experience to Netflix when it allowed its audience to choose their own adventure while watching.
At points, the movie would pause long enough for viewers to decided which choice they’d want their characters to make. From silly choices like breakfast cereal to more deadly decisions, Bandersnatch is a unique and interactive story that will have you coming back to find all alternative endings and scenes.