Last week the Emmy nominations came and went with barely any surprises. “Game of Thrones” was nominated for Best Drama, “Modern Family” was nominated for Best Comedy, and we’ll see the normal faces grace the stage once again. There were no mobs yelling “snub!” on Twitter and there wasn’t a hashtag like #OscarsSoWhite, so maybe this year will go over smoothly.

Being under-prepared for the Emmy's is pretty embarrassing. You’re caught whispering, “Who’s that?” as Tatiana Maslany’s characters flash across the screen or even why everyone is obsessed with a show about O.J.

Simpson.Nominations are announced a little over two months ahead of time so you have the opportunity to catch up on the entire season (10 whole episodes!) of “Game of Thrones” or binge watch Aziz’ Ansari’s “Master of None."

Five best shows from the Emmy's

To not be that guy on Twitter asking about every actor and show, here are the five best shows to watch to prepare for the Emmys:

  • Mr. Robot: USA’s new drama won at the Golden Globes, but people are still wary whether the hacker drama can stack up against the likes of “House of Cards”, “Game of Thrones”, and “Homeland." Rami Malek, the lead anti-social computer programmer, also got a nod for Best Actor in a Drama Series.
  • Black-ish: Up for Outstanding Comedy Series, this ABC show isn’t necessarily all comedic. The episode that gave “Black-ish” the boost it needed to be nominated was one in which family members watch the news about the killing of an unarmed black man by the police.
  • Orphan Black: By now, Tatiana Maslany’s name should be a household name. In its fourth season, this BBC America show has Maslany playing more than 6 characters at a time, all individualized to make you forget that this is the same woman. The show almost feels like a conspiracy theorist documentary and a questioning movie about scientific ethics all rolled into one neat little drama series.
  • Master of None: Seriously, there’s only ten episodes of Aziz Ansari’s Netflix original series.
  • The People v O.J. Simpson: High expectations were placed on FX’s miniseries from the get go and it surpassed them with six acting and three writing nominations.

Next year's nominations

It’s hard not to notice that HBO leads the pack with 94 nominations, a lot of them coming from the very popular “Game of Thrones." While Kit Harington (“Jon Snow”) and Maisie Williams (“Arya Stark”) earned their first Emmy nominations, next year’s Emmy contenders are just happy to hear that “Game of Thrones” season 7 will just miss the Emmy cut.

But with talent like Rami Malek, Kate McKinnon, and Sarah Paulson, it’s easy to forget that “Game of Thrones” might overtake them all.

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