CREDIT: Scott Patrick Green/Netflix

The 2019 Emmy nominations will be announced on July 16, and as that annual occasion approaches, I typically put together my own list of which shows and performers I would like to see recognized. But I’ve had some mixed feelings about that this year, as I’ve grappled with the fact that in the era of Peak TV, it becomes more and more impossible to capture all my favorites in one place. Ultimately I decided I wouldn’t be too formal or too precious about it. If there are ten shows I really want to see nominated, then I’ll list ten on my wish list. But if there are just two I really like in another category, then I’ll just list two.

I’m kicking things off today with Comedy. Before I get to my selections, I’ve got some thoughts to share, mainly about the new entrants. Among freshman shows, The Other Two mixed affecting family dynamics with the silliness of fame, while What We Do in the Shadows was just so wonderfully goofy. But it’s a couple of sadly cancelled high school-set sophomore shows that have my most love: Netflix’s poopy mockumentary American Vandal and NBC’s sharp and lovable A.P. Bio.

Among the actors, Young Sheldon‘s ensemble has really been a welcome part of my weekly life, and with that in mind, it’s been a while since either the Academy or I have recognized Jim Parsons for The Big Bang Theory, and you know what? I’m going to recognize him for his final year. Among names that you may not recognize (yet), let’s all keep in mind What We Do in the Shadows‘ Kayvan Novak for our future comedy endeavors.

Nominees are listed in alphabetical order. My top choices are in bold.

Outstanding Comedy
American Vandal
A.P. Bio
The Goldbergs
The Good Place
Jane the Virgin
The Last O.G.
The Other Two
What We Do in the Shadows


Lead Actor, Comedy
Ted Danson, The Good Place
Bill Hader, Barry
Glenn Howerton, A.P. Bio
Christopher Meloni, Happy!
Tracy Morgan, The Last O.G.
Kayvan Novak, What We Do in the Shadows
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Travis Tope, American Vandal


Lead Actress, Comedy
Candice Bergen, Murphy Brown
Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Alison Brie, GLOW
Minnie Driver, Speechless
Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Natasha Lyonne, Russian Doll
Zoe Perry, Young Sheldon
Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin


Supporting Actor, Comedy
Lance Barber, Young Sheldon
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Anthony Carrigan, Barry
Ken Marino, The Other Two
Rob McElhenney, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Stephen Root, Barry
Wallace Shawn, Young Sheldon
Henry Winkler, Barry

CREDIT: Jon Pack

Supporting Actress, Comedy
Allisyn Ashley Arm, A.P. Bio
Sarah Goldberg, Barry
Carol Kane, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Paula Pell, A.P. Bio
Annie Potts, Young Sheldon
Molly Shannon, The Other Two