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9 Emmy-Nominated Shows You Need to Binge Watch Now

Celebrities Suzee Skwiot Aug 21, 2014

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The Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Seth Meyers, will air on Monday, August 25, and that leaves everyone with just enough time to binge-watch as many possible nominated shows as humanly possible. There's nothing wrong with that, right?

Fear not, because we'll definitely be joining you. But with all of the shows and TV programs nominated for awards this year, there are a lot of possible choices. So we've narrowed it down for you to the 9 best Emmy-nominated shows that you should watch:

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1'Downton Abbey'

The "Masterpiece" show is gearing up for its fifth season, complete with some hilarious promo fails, but its fourth series just earned the program 12 nominations at this year's Emmy Awards. The early-20th century themed program follows the Crawley family and the servants in their Yorkshire country estate. Complete with some dark humor, hierarchical drama, and Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess (played by the ever-perfect Maggie Smith), the period piece is a must-watch for any drama-loving television viewer.

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2'House of Cards'

Starring Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, and Kate Mara means that the show has hit a trifecta of acting. Add to that the exceptional drama of now-POTUS Frank Underwood and his conniving ways, and you have a binge-worthy addictive show.

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3'Breaking Bad'

The series is officially over, so this Emmys season marks the last awards show round for the Breaking Bad cast and crew. Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, along with director Vince Gilligan are all nominated this year. So as chemistry teacher-turned-meth cook/dealer Walter White and his former student/apprentice Jesse Pinkman part ways, the critically acclaimed series will go in the vault.

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4'True Detective'

Remember those days when Matthew McConaughey was a true rom-com star? Well, they're clearly over. Not only did he star in (and win an Academy Award for) Dallas Buyers Club, but he also went to television in HBO's True Detective. Alongside Woody Harrelson, McConaughey investigates the case of a Louisiana serial killer over the span of 17 years. It's only 8 episodes, but you'll be hooked from the start.

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5'Game of Thrones'

George R. R. Martin's books have come to life in the HBO series. As season 4 has just wrapped, over 18.4 million viewers have tuned in each week for the high fantasy series. From Westeros to Essos to its memorable characters, GOT has become a pop culture phenomenon. If you're not already watching, sit down with the handy viewer's guide to really understand the intricacies.

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6'Orange Is the New Black'

Before the Emmys even air, we already know that Uzo Aduba won for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series. And well deserved, too. The OITNB cast starts off with Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), who is sent off to Litchfield Correctional Facility to serve time for a crime she committed 10 years ago. Along the way, she meets the rest of the prison's characters, including Suzanne 'Crazy Eyes' Warren (pictured here).

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus has already won the Emmy twice for her role as Selina Meyer, the fictional Vice President of the United States. No surprise here, but she's up for the award yet again, as is the show itself for best comedy. The HBO program centers around the VP and her rag-tag team of advisers and aides, all complete with some solid JLD charm and humor.

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It's a little bit of Louis C.K.'s stand-up, coupled with a fictionalized portrayal of his real life, but Louie is one of the most critically acclaimed shows of the decade. C.K. writes, directs, and stars in the show, and has most recently won the Emmy for outstanding writing in 2012. Go watch now!


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