For years the Emmys were the place that Modern Family went to pick up something pretty for the mantle. But that’s all changing thanks to the likes of Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon. Now streaming services compete—and win—right alongside their big network counterparts. With more players in the game, television studios are starting to pony up for really creative shows to grab attention. All of this has lead to a lot of amazing TV. In anticipation of the Emmys, which air tonight at 8 pm Eastern/5 pm Pacific on CBS, WIRED’s editors spent last week reflecting on our favorite shows of the last year—and why we think they deserve to be rewarded.
The Handmaid’s Tale Reinvented Dystopia
How Atlanta Expanded the Limits of Storytelling
Westworld’s Strength Is Its Inhumanity
JOHN P. JOHNSON/HBO
The Night Of’s Single Season Is the Future of TV
O.J.: Made in America Is a Masterful Feat of Editing
MICKEY OSTERREICHER/ESPN FILMS