All right, nominees, let’s form an orderly queue. What do we have here?
Y’know, I’ve only ever seen one minute of Breaking Bad. I didn’t like it. I know that’s a completely arbitrary and ridiculous way to judge a show, but it was my minute and I didn’t enjoy it. So, yes, Breaking Bad is a potential, probably deserving, maybe even likely winner this year, but it wouldn’t be mine. Next.
Ah, I’ve seen a few episodes of Dexter, although they were way back in season 1. I liked them more than that minute of Breaking Bad but I didn’t really like them. So, whether it’s got a chance of beating the other nominees, I don’t know, but it wouldn’t be my winner either. Next.
The Good Wife’s a tricky one. I started watching it at the beginning of the season but lost interest after a few episodes. It was perfectly watchable and reasonably entertaining but, amongst the deluge of tv this year, perfectly watchable and reasonably entertaining weren’t enough to keep me on the hook. Much as I adored the cast, the few episodes I saw weren’t Emmy-worthy. Jed stuck with it though, and his reviews suggest it became much more than perfectly watchable and reasonably entertaining. Not my winner then, but maybe in with a shot? I’m not sure. Next.
True Blood is actually nominated? For Outstanding Drama Series? Seriously? I watch it, I quite like it, but come on. It’s too patchy, too erratic and too anxious to shock to merit a nomination, let alone a win. It’s not the best drama on television. It’s not even the best vampire drama on television. Next.
Mad Men, now that’s more like it. It’s won the past couple of years, and it’s deserved to. And it probably deserves to again, after a strong third season with some utterly brilliant material and some fantastic acting. Yes, I’d be perfectly happy if Mad Men won again. But…
Look, I know. Breaking Bad’s edgier. Dexter’s cooler. The Good Wife’s easier. True Blood’s sexier. And Mad Men’s worthier. But, in a year of superb drama – plenty of which didn’t make it onto the shortlist – Lost’s final year was special. Despite a few misfires, the season and the show as a whole, as Jed has said, was a momentous, astounding achievement and, for me, “The End” was the tv experience of the year. Nothing else on this list came anywhere near affecting me in the same way as that last couple of hours with the passengers of Oceanic 815. So I know a lot of people don’t agree, and maybe the Emmy voters won’t agree, but Lost is my winner. Feel free to use the comments to tell us yours.