Competition was fierce, among limited series in particular. “WandaVision,” “The Queen’s Gambit,” “Mare of Easttown,” and “I May Destroy You” all earned more nominations than “The Underground Railroad,” and they all earned at least one trophy. Many considered the Limited Series categories to be the most competitive, meaning certain programs would have to lose out.
But “The Underground Railroad” was also one of the most widely and passionately acclaimed series of the last year. Vulture’s Angelica Jade Bastien called it a “masterwork” in her moving review; The New Yorker critic Doreen St. Félix praised its “compositional achievement”; Robert Daniels, writing for Polygon,