Why was For All Mankind snubbed for an Emmy nomination?


The Emmy Awards, which will take place on September 12 this year, honor the best in television. Until recently, the Emmys were the exclusive domain of traditional television. But in 2013, the first streaming show earned Emmys: Netflix’s House of Cards won Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series among other awards. In 2017, Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale won Outstanding Drama Series and other Emmys. In 2018, Amazon Prime garnered Emmy awards including Outstanding Comedy Series for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Nowadays, streaming services, including Apple TV+, produce some of the best original content out there, and are appropriately recognized for doing so.

Apple TV+ Emmy nominations

Many Apple TV+ original shows were nominated for Emmy awards this year. In fact, Apple TV+ scored a record-breaking 52 Emmy nominations this year. Ted Lasso garnered 20 nominations, including Outstanding Comedy Series and 10 acting nominations. Freshman series Severance (one of my personal favorites) nabbed a nom for Outstanding Drama Series and four acting nods. The Morning Show, the show that got me hooked on Apple TV+, earned three acting nominations (not nearly enough, actually.) The wacky musical comedy Schmigadoon! managed to get four Emmy nominations; The Problem with Jon Stewart and Foundation each got two. A number of other Apple TV+ series (and a commercial) got one Emmy nomination each: Pachinko, See, Lisey’s Story, Central Park, They Call Me Magic, Carpool Karaoke: The Series, and the commercial Everyone but Jon Hamm. 

For All Mankind

For All Mankind (Image credit: Apple )

But nothing this year for the best series you’re not watching (but should be) right now: For All Mankind. Why not? I spoke with NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans to get his take on For All Mankind and Apple TV+ in general.

Why does For All Mankind deserve Emmy recognition?

For All Mankind

For All Mankind (Image credit: Apple )

For All Mankind is one of the most creative, interesting, and entertaining shows on tv. The first episode appears to be historical fiction, chronicling the first manned trip to the moon in 1969 and the space race between the US and Russia. But there’s a twist, and it’s not historical fiction at all. Rather, it takes place in an alternate universe where nothing goes the way you expect. You could call it sci-fi, since much of the show takes place in space. You could also call it a workplace show, only instead of a police station, office, or hospital, the workplace is NASA. It’s also just a very human drama; the writers and the actors draw you into the characters’ stories. I would certainly put it head to head with Severance for Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series. I think it’s at least on par with Apple’s other sci-fi series, Foundation, when it comes to visual effects. The visual effects for the parts that take place in space are utterly believable. For All Mankind did actually win an Emmy last year: Outstanding Innovation in Interactive Programming. But I was hoping to see the show earn more Emmys in “bigger” categories this year.





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