16 Dramas to Binge Before Emmy Nominations

Here's your chance to catch up on the category's frontrunners before noms are announced mid-July.

House of Cards

House of Cards is renewed for its fourth season on Netflix, which is set to hit the streaming service next year. The dramatic political program co-stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright (both were nominated for the best actor/actress Emmys in 2014) as president and first lady of the United States, who are each conniving and have personal agendas in political office. (Netflix, iTunes*)

Orange Is the New Black

Jenji Kohan's Orange is the New Black secured a renewal for its fourth season, set to stream on Netflix in 2016. The Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks and Taryn Manning-starring dramedy follows Piper Chapman (Schilling) serving her 15-month prison sentence for a decade-old crime. (Netflix, Amazon*, iTunes*)

Empire

Fox's Empire created an empire of its own through its season one success. The freshman drama, created by Lee Daniels, stars Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson and deals with the themes of music, family and power. Howard plays a successful music businessman who is diagnosed with a neurodegenerative disease and has to choose one of his three sons to take over when he dies. (Amazon, Fox)

Game of Thrones

Entering its sixth season of drama in 2016, the David Benioff and D.B. Weiss-created HBO drama, which stars Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey and Emilia Clarke, goes back in history to the Middle Ages and tells the mythical story of families fighting for control in Westeros. (HBO Now, Amazon)

The Leftovers

The Damon Lindelof-created HBO drama, which stars Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman and Christopher Eccleston, follows the mysterious disappearances of people world-wide, specifically highlighting those left behind in the suburban community of Mapleton, who must rebuild their lives after the loss of more than 100 people. (HBO, Amazon, iTunes)

Better Call Saul

Vince Gilligan's Breaking Bad spin-off secured its second season, which will hit AMC airwaves in 2016. Bob Odenkirk stars as New Mexico criminal lawyer Saul Goodman. The drama follows the lawyer through the trials and tribulations of establishing his law office. (AMC, Amazon, iTunes)

Mad Men

After seven seasons of showcasing the drama behind New York's advertising industry in the 1960s, AMC's Mad Men, starring Jon Hamm, came to a close. The Matthew Weiner-created drama also starred Elisabeth Moss, January Jones and John Slattery. (AMC, Amazon, iTunes)

The Good Wife

Julianna Margulies stars as Alicia Florrick in CBS' The Good Wife, a woman who returns to work as a litigator in a law firm after her former state attorney husband's sex and corruption scandal comes to light. Michelle King and Robert King co-created the drama, which also stars Chris North and Josh Charles. (CBS, iTunes)

The Affair

Dominic West, Ruth Wilson and Maura Tierney co-star in the Showtime drama, which follows the affair between a married teacher (West) and a waitress (Wilson) during a summer in the Hamptons. The Hagai Levi and Sarah Treem-created show will enter its second season in October 2015. (Showtime, Amazon, iTunes)

Homeland

Season five of Showtime's Homeland will air October 2015, continuing the story of intelligence officer Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes), Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin) and Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) post-9/11. The political drama was co-created by Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon. (Showtime, iTunes, Amazon)

House of Lies

House of Lies will enter its fifth season in 2016, continuing the storytelling of Marty Kaan (Don Cheadle), a narcissistic management consultant who works at a top firm. Kaan is not above utilizing anything necessary to get his clients what they want in the Matthew Carnahan-created Showtime drama. Kristen Bell costars. (Showtime, iTunes*, Amazon*)

Scandal

Shonda Rhimes' Scandal recently completed its fourth season following Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), a former White House communications director who started her own crisis management firm. The ABC drama also co-stars Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes and Guillermo Diaz and will begin its fifth season in September 2015. (ABC, IMDB*, iTunes)

How to Get Away With Murder

How to Get Away With Murder completed its freshman season on ABC, telling the story of a group of ambitious law students and their professor, who become involved in a murder plot that affects their futures. The Peter Nowalk-created drama stars Viola Davis, Billy Brown and Alfred Enoch. (ABC, Amazon, iTunes)

Justified

The Timothy Olyphant-starring drama wrapped its sixth season on FX, which follows old-school U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens and his reassignment from Miami to his childhood home in poor eastern Kentucky. The Graham Yost-created drama also stars Nick Searcy and Joelle Carter. (FX, iTunes, Amazon Prime)

The Americans

Keri Russell stars in the FX political drama, which follows two Soviet intelligence agents who pose as a married couple to spy on the American government. Matthew Rhys and Holly Taylor also co-star in the Joseph Weisberg-created show. (FX, iTunes, Amazon Prime)

Downton Abbey

Created by Julian Fellowes, the PBS program chronicles the lives of the Crawley family and their servants, beginning in the years leading up to World War I. The show stars Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern and Laura Carmichael and will wrap the series with its sixth season in fall 2015. (PBS, iTunes, Amazon Prime)

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