#01 The Good Wife
CBS’s The Good Wife is easily one of the best network dramas out there, and usually the Academy notice the brilliance of the court room dram. Nominated for a number of Emmys in its 5 year run, this year the Julianna Margulies led drama was left out of the Best Drama category. Now granted it's a tough category to squeeze into, with Breaking Bad, Mad Men, True Detective, and Game of Thrones all putting our brilliant seasons. But the 5th season of The Good Wife was an extremely good one, with its lead cast delivering masterful performances, the writing giving belting out spectacular story-arcs, and of course leading up to the shocking twist that left most fans crying their eyes out.
#02 Parks And Recreation
The mockumentary style comedy is one of the most under appreciated shows on television today, although the Academy usually gives them at least a nod in the Lead Actress category and the Best Comedy category, this year however although Amy Poehler was given another nomination for her extremely hilarious portrayal of council woman Leslie Knope, the show wasn't shown any Emmy love.
#03 The Americans
Okay, even I'll admit, the first season of FX’s spy drama The Americans is a little slow. But season 2 stepped it up in a big way, showing off its dark and violent nature beautifully. It seems the Academy will continue its trend of snubbing high quality FX dramas like its done in the past with Sons Of Anarchy, It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia and others. Alright, that may explain, why it didn't get a nod for Besr Drama series, but what about Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys? Both have given consistently stellar performances (Russel more so) and were once again ignored.
#04 Michael Sheen for portraying of Dr William H Masters in Masters of Sex
First of all Masters of Sex wasn't nominated, which is still acceptable. But Michael Sheen's dark portrayal of William Masters not getting acknowledgement is just a travesty. He received a Golden Globe nomination earlier this year, and his performance through the course of the season has been getting better and better.
#05 Tatiana Maslany for portraying various characters in Orphan Black
This has been the most curious omission yet. Maslany plays literally more than 5 characters on the BBC show, each having their own distinct traits and mannerisms. Time and time again she manages to slip into the skins of her characters and flawlessly give us a different flavour each week. In fact, the latter seasons have focused more and more on the differences between the clones she plays, forcing Maslany to dig deeper and showcase more of her acting prowess.
#06 James Spader for portraying Raymond 'Red' Reddington in The Blacklist
Over the years, the Academy has shown much love to Spader, a three time Emmy winner for his portrayal of loose moraled layer Alan Shore. However in a show where he has been showing us varrying levels from ruthless killer to father like protector, his turn as FBI's most wanted Reddington has apparently garnered no attention.
#07 John Slattery for portraying Roger Sterling in Mad Men
How is Jonn Hamm nominated by John Slattery isn't? Although he's been nominated in previous years, and not won a single award, the Academy always had the sense to award his brilliant performance as the silver foxed Roger Sterling with at least a nod. Doesn't seem to be the case this year.
I think that this is the worst shun the Academy could ever do. Even How I Met Your Mother got its share of love. This is one of the most intriguing, witty and completely original shows out there. The writing is top notch, the acting is stellar (particularly that of Danny Pudi and Donald Glover) and the show as a whole should have gotten a chance in the Best Comedy category. It seems that getting saved from the recent cancelation is all the good luck Community can muster.