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3 Emmy-Nominated Shows to Binge Before the Ceremony, According to an Entertainment Editor

It's been more than a month since I meticulously planned my Emmys-themed binge-watching schedule, although I have to admit: I am very behind. For the past few weeks, I’ve been chipping away at my list at a snail’s pace, having watched only a few new titles (thanks to my love for The Office). But even so, I’ve already seen enough Emmy-nominated content to know that there are at least three shows you simply must add to your queue.

If you’ve been scrambling to keep up with the most talked about titles but don’t have much time to stream every single one, then allow me to save you some time. Here are three Emmy-nominated shows that won’t disappoint, according to an entertainment editor.

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1. ‘Abbott Elementary’

Nominated for: Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Quinta Brunson), Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Sheryl Lee Ralph), Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (Tyler James Williams), Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Janelle James)

This brilliant mockumentary-style comedy, which follows teachers at an elementary school, has plenty of similarities to NBC’s The Office, from quirky bosses to secret workplace crushes. There’s also no shortage of clever pop culture and Philly references. But what really sets this show apart is that it captures the real-life experiences of people who work in underfunded school districts. Even better, the show explores several issues with the public education system in a smart, compelling and lighthearted way. Since the comedy has only released one season (so far), you’ll fly through all 13 half-hour episodes in no time.

2. ‘Only Murders in the Building’

Nominated for: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (Steve Martin and Martin Short), Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series, Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Program, Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series, Outstanding Contemporary Costumes, Outstanding Music Composition for a Series

As someone who grew up on Wizards of Waverly Place, it’s exciting to see Selena Gomez embody a character who’s so similar to Alex Russo—all the way down to her snarky comebacks. If you're unfamiliar with the plot, this mystery comedy follows a trio of Arconia residents as they launch a true-crime podcast to investigate a death that occurred in their building. Though Gomez is easily the best part of the series, her character, Mabel, teams up with Oliver and Charles (played by Martin and Short ) to create an incredible (and entertaining) team. It's always remarkable to see how well they complement each other, despite their differences. And it’s worth noting that the show’s writing is brilliant.

3. ‘Severance’

Nominated for: Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Adam Scott), Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (John Turturro and Christopher Walken) Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Patricia Arquette), Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series, Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

This criminally underrated series may not be on your radar, but it deserves every single nomination, thanks to its solid cast, smart writing, terrifying plot and spot-on commentary about the challenges of balancing work with your personal life. In a nutshell, the show tells the story of a widower slash Lumon Industries employee, who agrees to participate in a "severance" program that separates his work memories from his non-work memories. The pacing is a bit slow at times, but you’ll want to stick it out for the nuanced characters and unexpected, jaw-dropping twists.

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