It’s so refreshing now to pick a field of our five favorite Limited Series of the year, and not have to struggle with doing so. The Emmys have a luxury of so many great shows out there to choose from that deliver such a wide array of different things. Within the five choices we’ve named below (be sure to vote for your favorite at the bottom of the article!), we’ve got everything from a historical drama to a modern-day indictment of the justice system to a fun, nostalgic show that may make you want to pick up a cup of coffee and have a conversation with someone close to you.
One thing that you should know here is that Sherlock and Black Mirror are actually submitting individual episodes in the TV Movie category as opposed to being a part of this field … just in case you’re wondering where they are.
How do you vote? It’s easy. Just pick your favorite of the nominees at the bottom of the article, and you can do so however many times you like — you may need to clear the cache first. (Note that if you are visiting on mobile and do not see the poll, you may need to click to view the non-AMP version of the page.) If your favorite is not on our list, be sure to leave us a comment in the box below with your choice. We still want to hear from you!
The 2017 Emmy nominations will be formally announced on July 13. The results of all of our CarterMatt Emmy polls will be formally revealed on July 12 at 9:00 a.m. Pacific. They will officially close in the minutes leading up to that time.
CarterMatt Picks – Limited Series
Big Little Lies (HBO) – A real masterclass in not only adapting source material, but also finding a way to tell personal, powerful stories where the A-list cast was an asset rather than a distraction. Also, it was refreshing creatively to not have the murder define the show; it was about the buildup to the act more than the investigation into it after the fact
Feud: Bette & Joan (FX) – Ryan Murphy remains brilliant in first seasons. Look at Glee, American Horror Story, The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story, and now this. Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon dominated every scene of this powerful series about the Hollywood icons, making you feel for them even in spite of their flaws. It was true enough to life to be accurate, but entertaining enough to get lost of it like it was fiction and you were surprised by every turn.
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (Netflix) – Going into A Year in the Life airing on Netflix, fans of the original series would be happy to have it back. Yet, there was something about the end product that was more than just a celebration of nostalgia: It was funny, poignant, and just as relevant as it always was. It may not have tried to touch on some epic theme or try to solve the world’s problems, but it was heartwarming, comforting television — sometimes, that is all you need to create great art.
The Night Of (HBO) – This, meanwhile, was the network trying to say something big and bold with the story of Naz, his injustice, and a low-rent lawyer in John Stone working to prove his innocence via some unconventional means. The writing was outstanding as it reflected the anti-Muslim rhetoric by many in America, and the performances from Riz Ahmed and John Turturro were top-notch. Somehow, this series may still be underrated in the end.
The White Princess (Starz) – Great historical drama needs a few different things: Fabulous performances, realistic writing, and a costume and set design that makes you feel transported to another time. The White Princess did all of that, while telling the story that is featured in other shows like The Tudors. The time with Henry VII on the throne is not often as explored, but Emma Frost and the creative team delivered an end product with equal significance and style.