Going into the 2021 Emmys, there were a few obvious favorites. By the time Cedric the Entertainer opened the show on Sept. 19, Apple TV Plus’ “Ted
Lasso” and Netflix
’s “The Crown
” had seemed like locks for best comedy and drama for weeks, if not months. The extent they would go on to sweep their respective categories, though, was startling. Throw in a convincing showing from HBO’s “Mare of Easttown
,” which won in three of the four limited series acting categories before Netflix’s “The Queen’s Gambit
” won the ultimate prize, and this year’s Emmys felt dominated by fewer shows than ever.
Here, Variety’s chief TV critics Caroline Framke
and Daniel D’Addario
discuss the winners and the show at large.
Caroline Framke: When turning on the Emmys, I was curious to see just how “normal” the ceremony might look one year after Jimmy Kimmel
faced an enormous wall