Emmys 2021: A breakdown of the biggest nominated TV series

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As has been the case for several years of award shows, streaming services came out on top when it comes to this year’s Emmy nominations with Netflix, Disney+, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video and Hulu all scoring multiple nods.

This year’s nominations included a handful of surprises like “The Boys,” “Cobra Kai” and “Emily in Paris” all earning nominations for some of the night’s biggest awards.

As expected, “The Crown,” “Ted Lasso” and “Mare of Easttown” also earned plenty of nominations.

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With a large number of nominations to consider before the big night, here’s a breakdown of this year’s biggest nominated shows.

“The Boys”

'The Boys' earned five Emmy nominations.

‘The Boys’ earned five Emmy nominations.
(Amazon Studios)

One of Amazon Prime Video’s forays into the world of superheroes, “The Boys” follows a group of vigilantes who work to take down superheroes that misuse their powers.

The show earned five nods this year, including one for outstanding drama series. Other nominations include outstanding writing for a drama series, outstanding sound mixing for a comedy or drama series (one hour), outstanding special visual effects in a season on a movie and outstanding original music and lyrics.

“Bridgerton”

Netflix’s “Bridgerton” quickly became famous for its steamy scenes. The show helped launch the careers of Regé-Jean Page and Phoebe Dynevor as lovers in Regency-era England.

In total, “Bridgerton” earned 12 Emmy nominations for its debut season – most notably for outstanding drama series and for Page’s performance. Additionally, Julie Andrews earned a nod for her voice-over performance as Lady Whistledown.

“The Crown”

A tried-and-true awards contender, “The Crown” earned several nominations for telling the story of Queen Elizabeth II. The show’s most recent season focused heavily on the Queen’s relationships with Margaret Thatcher, Prince Charles and Princess Diana.

In all, 2021 brought in a gobsmacking 24 nominations for the popular Netflix drama, among them nods for outstanding drama series, as well as performances from nine actors: Olivia Colman (Elizabeth), Josh O’Connor (Charles), Emma Corrin (Diana), Gillian Anderson (Thatcher), Helena Bonham Carter (Princess Margaret), Tobia Menzies (Prince Philip), Emerald Fennell (Camilla Parker Bowles), Charles Dance (Lord Mountbatten) and Claire Foy (young Elizabeth).

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“The Mandalorian”

One of Disney+’s flagship properties, “The Mandalorian” follows a lone bounty hunter on a journey to unite a young child with the Jedi, despite the remnants of the evil empire bearing down on him.

The show’s second season collected 24 nominations, including outstanding drama series and nods for actors Carl Weathers, Timothy Olyphant and Giancarlo Esposito.

“Lovecraft Country”

One of HBO’s entries in this year’s race, “Lovecraft Country” tells the tale of a young man enlisting his family and friends to help him on a supernatural journey to rescue his missing father.

The show earned a nomination for outstanding drama series, and 17 others, including recognition for stars Jonathan Majors, Jurnee Smollett, Aunjane Ellis, Courtney B. Vance and the late Michael Kenneth Williams.

“Pose”

FX’s history-making “Pose” examined New York’s ball culture set against the backdrop of the AIDS crisis.

Earning a total of eight nominations, “Pose” received nods, among others, for outstanding drama series and for performances from MJ Rodriguez and Billy Porter.

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“The Handmaid’s Tale”

After several successful seasons on Hulu, “The Handmaid’s Tale” has retained its audiences who tune in to follow a group of women fighting against an oppressive and violent patriarchy.

This year, the show is nominated for outstanding drama series and performances from Samira Wiley, Mckenna Grace, Alexis Bledel, Yvonne Strahovski, Madeline Brewer, Max Minghella, O-T Fagbenle, Bradley Whitford, Ann Dowd and star Elisabeth Moss and 10 other nods.

“This Is Us”

NBC’s ever-popular “This Is Us” follows the various branches of the Pearson family as they struggle with their past and present.

This year brought a nomination for outstanding drama series and nods in five other categories, including individual nominations for Sterling K. Brown, Chris Sullivan and Phylicia Rashad.

“Perry Mason”

HBO's 'Perry Mason' earned four Emmy nominations.

HBO’s ‘Perry Mason’ earned four Emmy nominations.
(WarnerMedia)

HBO’s “Perry Mason” is a drama based on a popular program of the same name that ran from 1957-1966. It tells the story of an ambitious defense attorney and the intense clientele he takes on.

In total, “Perry Mason” earned four Emmy nominations this year, most notably for actors Matthew Rhys and John Lithgow.

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“In Treatment”

Another semi-reboot from HBO, “In Treatment,” picked up in May for the first time since 2010 and now follows a new psychotherapist as she works to heal a number of clients.

This year, its sole nomination came for star Uzo Aduba’s lauded performance in the lead role.

“Black-ish”

A longtime favorite, ABC’s “Black-ish” follows the everyday exploits of a Black family living in a predominantly White, upper-middle-class neighborhood.

This year’s five nominations include outstanding comedy series as well as nods for stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross. Stacey Abrams also earned a nomination  for playing herself in voice-over form.

“Cobra Kai”

Though often looked down upon by critics, Netflix’s “Cobra Kai” has earned a large audience as it tells the story of Daniel LaRusso decades after his adventures in the “Karate Kid” movies.

Of the program’s four nominations this year, the most notable is one of the night’s biggest honors: outstanding comedy series.

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“PEN15”

Another entry from Hulu, “PEN15,” follows two middle school girls as they face all of the problems that come along with being teenagers.

This year brought in nominations for outstanding comedy series, outstanding casting for a comedy series and outstanding writing for a comedy series.

“Emily in Paris”

Another that was reamed by critics and shocked fans when it was nominated for Golden Globes, “Emily in Paris” follows a young American woman who moves to France’s capital to chase her dreams.

Outside of outstanding comedy series, “Emily in Paris” earned recognition for outstanding