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 putting that together 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.

Yesterday I discussed Comedy, and I just couldn’t contain myself to the prescribed number of nominees per category. But now that I’m looking at Drama, I’m struggling to fully flesh them out. Partly that’s because I watch more comedy than drama, and partly it’s because some of the dramas I do watch had off-years.

But I still watched some good, juicy dramas! And tops among them was most definitely Pose, which is my #1 choice in just about every category. Billy Porter is pretty much showmanship personified, and all the main ladies are undeniably compelling. Sex Education also gets my endorsement. I initially thought it was mis-categorized, but since my drama choices are relatively sparse, I won’t complain. And let’s not sleep on The Orville, which has been consistently putting out some intellectually satisfying hard sci-fi without too much fanfare.

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

Outstanding Drama
Better Call Saul
The Orville
Sex Education


Lead Actor, Drama
Asa Butterfield, Sex Education
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Billy Porter, Pose


Lead Actress, Drama
Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
Julia Roberts, Homecoming
Mj Rodriguez, Pose

CREDIT: Amazon/YouTube

Supporting Actor, Drama
Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
Bobby Cannavale, Homecoming
Chad L. Coleman, The Orville
Ncuti Gatwa, Sex Education
Shea Wigham, Homecoming


Supporting Actress, Drama
Gillian Anderson, Sex Education
Dominique Jackson, Pose
Emma Mackey, Sex Education
Indya Moore, Pose
Rhea Seehorn, Better Call Saul