While everyone is cheering all those deserving Emmy nominations, we're over here asking, "But what about--?"
The 2018 Emmy nominations were revealed on Thursday morning, and while there were some pleasant surprises, along with some stale favorites (William H. Macy again?), there were also some very notable absences.
Some long-time favorites disappeared almost completely from the Emmy voters' radars -- remember when "Modern Family" was hip? -- while several classic revivals didn't get nearly as much attention the second time around as they did during their first runs. And even some shows that did very well in overall nominations, like HBO's "Game of Thrones," saw some notable stars absent from the final tallies.
The return of "Thrones" did tighten the race up on the drama side, but the absence of "Veep" from contention this year didn't seem to do much to help on the comedy side. Or maybe it's just that we're never going to be happy in this era of "peak TV." At last calculation there are just under 25 million television shows on the air or in active development and that is totally not an exaggeration at all.
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences could announce ten nominees in each category, and people would still be upset that this certain show or that certain performer got ignored. Just like we are right now. The difference is that we're totally right. These shows and performances absolutely deserved a little recognition.
Check out our list of the biggest snubs of the 2018 Emmy Awards nominations below:
"This Is Us" -- The hit NBC series secured a nod for drama series along with lead actor nominations for Milo Ventimiglia and Sterling K. Brown, plus guest noms for Ron Cephas Jones and Gerald McRaney, but so much of the cast that helps make this show so special was left out, including Mandy Moore, Justin Hartley and Chrissy Metz. It's especially disappointing for never-nominated Hartley, who gave his best performance yet as his character struggled with addiction, hitting a brutal rock bottom. Moore continues to deftly differentiate her character through the years with subtle acting decisions that do a better job than any makeup. And Metz again blew us away with a number of emotional moments stemming from her weight, guilt and unexpected pregnancy.
"Ozark" -- Jason Bateman's stellar Netflix show missing the cut for Outstanding Drama Series is a real shame because it was easily one of the most well crafted and addictive freshman series of the 2017 season. We love "Game of Thrones," but this past season was light on character-driven drama and heavier on cool battle scenes, so if there was a year for the HBO juggernaut to be dethroned by a little drug drama, this should have been it. Bateman and co-stars Laura Linney and Julia Garner turned in incredibly layered performances for their complex, morally questionable characters. But there is some good news: Season 2 starts streaming on Aug. 31.
"Shondaland" - What happened to Emmy's love for Shonda Rhimes? No love for the final season of "Scandal," except for a guest appearance by Viola Davis as her character from equally-snubbed "How to Get Away With Murder," which only got Cicely Tyson's guest spot there. Even "Grey's Anatomy" only scored one nod for a web project, meaning the rest of the show and its cast were snubbed. Considering what a powerhouse she is, it's shocking that her entire ABC "TGIT" lineup was basically ignored by the Academy.
"Twin Peaks" - The show had its detractors, but nobody expected it to be completely ignored in every major category, including lead acting for Kyle MacLachlan and Laura Dern. The Showtime revival did score six overall Emmys, including a directing one for David Lynch, but it's still surprising that such a landmark revival is sitting out most of the awards ceremony when it proved every bit as compelling, provocative, puzzling and powerfully acted as it was all those years ago.
"Modern Family" - While it's long past its prime, it's still very odd that Emmys one-time darling didn't get nominated for a single Emmy in any category, considering every adult cast member has been nominated at one time or another. The shine is off this one and it may be gone for good. And while the show isn't as sharp as it once was, there's no denying the comedic performances of its stellar cast from Sofia Vergara, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ty Burrell and on down that murderers' row of talent.
"Orange Is the New Black" - The Netflix show's experimental fifth season -- which took place over the span of just 72 hours during a prison riot -- didn't really pay off. While once a critical and award darling, this is the first time the show failed to pick up a single nomination. Maybe it was all just a little too chaotic, or maybe voters just missed the ongoing character development that made the show special. Either way, it didn't work out at all for the show or its stars.
Transparent -- This Amazon series following a family with a transgender father got completely shutout after all previous seasons have been nominated in a plethora of Emmy categories, including two lead actor trophies for star Jeffrey Tambor. Either the TV Academy thought this past season sucked or members were too turned off by the sexual harassment allegations surrounding Tambor to consider it. The cast still delivered terrific performances in Season 4, so it is a little jarring for all of them to be ignored.
"Roseanne" - Honestly, we're surprised Laurie Metcalf climbed out of that burning inferno unscathed enough to score a Supporting Actress Emmy nomination for her work. And while no one was expecting Roseanne Barr's name to show up, John Goodman turned in some of his career-best work, and the show itself was the top-rated sitcom on television, timely and provocative. Sara Gilbert was a surprise revelation as the adult Darlene slapped down hard by an unforgiving world. At least the show will evolve into a Roseanne-less existence. Maybe the Academy will feel its safe to recognize it more then.
"The Good Place" - It took the Academy years to accept provocative drama could still exist on network television, but they're clearly still struggling to recognize experimental comedy there. For the first time, they did see "The Good Place" exists, but only enough to nominate some of their past favorite performers. Ted Danson is deserving of his nod, but Maya Rudolph gets a guest nom while Kristen Bell and the show itself remain ignored? Plus, D'Arcy Carden may be television's unsung comic hero as the computer-programmed guide for "the good place" that starts to gain a soul.
"Will & Grace" - Once an Emmy darling, with all four leads and the show itself getting nominated over and over again, it's a little surprising that Megan Mullally was the lone acting nomination, with only three other technical noms. Eric McCormack seemed a sure thing after his Golden Globes nomination, while Sean Hayes proved almost ageless stepping back into the madcap world of Jack McFarland. What's more, the show was as sharp and topical as ever, and nobody on it got super racist on Twitter.
"GLOW" - The Netflix comedy made a big Oscars push this year, and while it got the show recognized for Outstanding Comedy and Betty Gilpin in the supporting role, it's still a shocker that neither Alison Brie nor Marc Maron scored any love for all they bring to the show. Maron is the breakout star for sure, while Brie's conviction in such a zany reality is the main reason it all works. This show is as ridiculous as the "sports entertainment" it spoofs, but the cast manages to make these women real underneath all that bad hair and spandex.
"One Day at a Time" - For the second year in a row, this Netflix gem only scored one nod, for edting. And yet, the writing staff and the cast are turning in one of the smartest, funniest and most relevant shows on television. Can we at least acknowledge that Rita Moreno is a national treasure and every year that her work goes ignored by Emmy is another the Academy looks foolish?
Freddie Highmore - The "Bates Motel" star shifted from one complex and challenging role as the burgeoning Norman Bates to another as a doctor with autism and savant syndrome on ABC's "The Good Doctor." The show itself can be a bit procedural at times, which could be why Emmy ignored it, but there's no denying the immense talent of Highmore as he brings such a unique character to life.
Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington - The "Game of Thrones" stars submitted themselves in the lead category for the first time, and despite having amazingly powerful seasons, the gambit didn't work for either of them. It's going to be odd seeing neither name mentioned, but at least the show is still up for Best Drama, along with four of its cast in supporting and guest categories (Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey and Diana Rigg).
Winona Ryder -- While "Stranger Things" and stars David Harbour and Millie Bobby Brown got Emmy love, Winona Ryder did not and her fans have a right to be peeved about it. Her character, Joyce Byers, is the heart and soul of the show. Her tireless maternal love for her son, Will, is what grounds the supernatural series so viewers can relate. Harbour and Brown got beefier roles this past season as the writers explored that complicated paternal relationship, but delightfully erratic Joyce never stopped fighting for her son -- this time possessed by the creature from the Upside Down -- and it was Winona's intense performance that really sold us on how dire the situation was.
Jane Fonda - It seems odd that Lily Tomlin got a nomination for her work in "Grace and Frankie" without her partner in crime, but this is the third time it's happened in four years. Fonda got a nomination last year, so there was hope the Academy realized the dramatic actress is every bit an essential component to the show's success, but alas, she was dropped again.
Ellie Kemper - After two years in contention for Lead Actress for her work in "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," Ellie Kemper fell from the category this year, for no reason that really makes any sense. The show suffered no drop in quality, and her perky optimism remains one of the key reasons to watch. We all agree that it's a tight year for women in comedy, but isn't there room for a little positivity?
Christine Baranski - Considering what a critical and awards show darling "The Good Wife" was throughout its run, it's shocking how much the Academy wants to ignore its Christine Baranski-led spinoff "The Good Fight." Baranski was nominated six times for playing this same character. Maybe voters don't have CBS All Access?
Cristin Milioti - It was great to see the "Black Mirror" episode "USS Callister" get some much-deserved accolades from the Academy, including a nod for Best Movie and a surprise nomination for Jesse Plemons. But his performance would have meant nothing without the passion and drive of Cristin Milioti's lead performance. The reason people are crying for this to become an ongoing series has everything to do with what she brought to the screen.