Emmys 2017: What shows are nominated in the Best Drama category?

The Handmaid’s Tale — “Birth Day” — Episode 102 — Photo George Kraychyk/Acquired from Hulu

Freshman shows like ‘This is Us’ and ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ dominate this year’s Emmys. Here are the complete nominees for Outstanding Drama Series.

Before we move from one TV season to the next we have to properly celebrate the TV shows that shocked and moved us throughout the year. That’s where the The Emmy Awards come in! Helping us close out one successful year of episodic adventures while simultaneously shifting focus to another.

Shows that were eligible for Emmy Nominations this year aired programming anytime between June 1, 2016  – May 31, 2017. Which is why fan favorite – and Emmy Award staple – Game of Thrones isn’t dominating the drama category this year (season seven premieres this Sunday!). Similarly, Orphan Black‘s final season start date also prevented the show from getting some post-series nods until next year.

The Emmy Award nominations were announced Thursday morning, kicking off the hype for that big show in September as well as reminding us of all the shows we loved and lost!  It’s the Super Bowl for television lovers (and awards show junkies) and sometimes the Super Bowl is even nominated! Throughout the year various shows are lauded for their storylines and performances. Heavy contenders in many categories start to emerge and then the talk is about who was snubbed (The Leftovers) and who pulled off a surprise nomination. The Best Drama category tends to be a tight race. Past faves from the category have been 24 and Breaking Bad. And without Game of Thrones this year’s competition is as intense as ever! Were your favorite TV dramas recognized? Check out the full list of nominees for Outstanding Drama Series.

Outstanding Drama Series

  • Better Call Saul
  • This Is Us
  • House of Cards
  • Westworld
  • The Crown
  • The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Stranger Things

Which show are you rooting for to take home the big win? Who are you shocked to not see nominated? Sound off in the comments!

The 69th Annual Emmy Awards air Sunday, September 17 at 8/7c on CBS.