Emmys 2013: The Drama Series Race in Review, Including Our 6 Dream Nominees

Emmy Best Drama Series NomineesThe shows that have won the best drama Emmy for the past five years, AMC’s Mad Men and Showtime’s Homeland, both have been going through up-and-down seasons recently. That is not expected to affect the awards juggernauts’ nomination chances, but it does open the door to an upset come September from likely contenders Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones or Downton Abbey.

More Emmy Races In Review | Outstanding Comedy Series | Lead Comedy Actor | Lead Comedy Actress | Supporting Comedy Actor | Supporting Comedy Actress | Lead Drama Actor | Lead Drama Actress | Supporting Drama Actor | Supporting Drama Actress | Outstanding Reality-Competition Series

Review the following slideshow of the major contenders — including TVLine’s Dream Nominees — then hit the comments to vote for who you think are the six best. And check back Tuesday as we tackle the Outstanding Drama Actor race!

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  1. nannarpite says:

    Southland. Yes, I dare to dream.

  2. Felicia says:

    Scandal….hands down

  3. paulette stephenson says:

    Sons of Anarchy deserves all the recognition it can get. It has great actors, fine writing and the best music I’ve seen in a while.

  4. kavyn says:

    Game of Thrones, Mad Men, Bates Motel, Orphan Black and Hannibal would be my picks.

  5. Honey Boo says:


  6. Valerie says:

    Parenthood and Shameless!

  7. shouw says:

    Scandal !

  8. ONCE UPON A TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BEST DRAMA SERIES ON TV!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. mikerochen says:

    The Americans
    The Good Wife

    I also like Person of Interest and Castle, but they get no love from the Emmys for some reason. Mad Men, Dexter, and Game of Thrones are overrated. They are certainly good shows, to be sure. However, BEST shows on TV(???), not so much!!!

  10. REALLY?????!!!!!!!!! WHERE IS ONCE UPON A TIME???????!!!!!!! I NOMINATE AND VOTE FOR ONCE UPON A TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. tina lofty says:

    Mine would be:
    1. Downton Abbey
    2. Game of thrones
    3. Good Wife
    5.House of Cards
    6.Mad Man

  12. Sagita sicilia says:

    Mine would be :
    The good wife

  13. Ivana says:

    I know that everyone say that it gets old, that it wasn’t best season, some that is boring and overrated…but for me personaly Mad Men is the best damn thing on TV. There’s a lot of great shows now, but nothing tops MM for me.
    But that’s just me, I don’t think they’re gona win.

  14. Kat says:

    mine would be:
    1. Game of Thrones
    2. Fringe (unlikely to get nominated though)
    3. Hannibal
    4. Breaking Bad
    5. Homeland
    6. American Horror Story (also unlikely to be nominated)

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