12 Comedies to Binge Before Emmy Nominations

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt - H 2014

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt - H 2014

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

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Ellie Kemper stars in the freshman Netflix series created by Robert Carlock and Tina Fey. The comedic show tells the story of Kimmy Schmidt, a woman rescued from a doomsday cult, who starts a new, cult-free life in New York City after being rescued from the group. (Netflix)


Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke and Zosia Mamet star in the HBO series, which will enter its fifth season in January 2016. The Dunham-created HBO show follows four New York City friends in their twenties who go through life's experiences, including friendship, jobs, relationships, etc. (HBO, Amazon, iTunes*)

Silicon Valley

The HBO program follows players in the tech and start-up industry of Silicon Valley, Calif., where the intelligent flock for a chance to strike success. Created by John Altschuler, Mike Judge and Dave Krinsky, the comedy stars Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Josh Brener, Zach Woods, Martin Starr and Kumail Nanjiani. (HBO, Amazon)


The HBO comedy stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky and Tony Hale. Louis-Dreyfus plays former Senator Selina Meyer, who finds that being Vice President of the United States is not what she expected and is everything she was warned about. The show will enter its fifth season in April 2016, its first without showrunner Armando Iannucci. (HBO, Amazon, iTunes)

Nurse Jackie

The Showtime comedic series recently wrapped the show with its seventh season following a drug-addicted nurse (Edie Falco) who must balance her hectic personal life and her job at a New York City hospital. The Liz Brixius-created series also stars Merritt Wever and Paul Schulze. (Showtime, iTunes)


The Kenya Barris-created show follows a black family that lives in a predominantly white neighborhood. The husband struggles to gain a sense of cultural identity while raising his kids in the middle/upper-class white community. The freshman program stars Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross and Yara Shahidi. (ABC, Amazon, iTunes)

Modern Family

The ABC comedy will enter its seventh season in the fall of 2015 and continue telling the story of an extended family and the events that transpire in their different worlds. The Steve Levitan and Christopher Lloyd-created show stars Ed O'Neill, Sofia Vergara and Julie Bowen and has won five outstanding comedy series Emmys. (ABC, Amazon, iTunes)


Jeffrey Tambor stars in the Jill Soloway-created comedic drama which tells the story of a Los Angeles family whose past and future unravels when an admission changes their world. Gaby Hoffmann and Amy Landecker also star in the series, which will enter its second season. (Amazon)

Key & Peele

Comedy Central stars Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele's season five premiere of Key & Peele will debut in early July. Throughout the co-comedian's four seasons and into their fifth, the duo performs sets in front of live audiences, which is interwoven with filmed shorts and sketches. (Comedy Central, iTunes*)

Inside Amy Schumer

Amy Schumer's self-titled show is in its third season on Comedy Central. The comedian's show, co-created by Schumer and Daniel Powell, intermixes sketches, standup and street interviews, typically following a theme or relevant news subject. (Comedy Central, iTunes)


FX's Louie, which recently wrapped its fifth season, stars Louis C.K. as Louie, a divorced comedian who lives in New York City and has two kids. C.K. created the show, which took home the 2014 best writing for a comedy series Emmy. (FX Now, Amazon Prime, iTunes)


TV Land's Younger, created by Darren Star, is signed on for a second season set to air next year. The show stars Sutton Foster, Hilary Duff, Debi Mazar and Miriam Shor and tells the story of a single mother who is mistaken for being younger than she really is and chooses to reinvent herself as a 26-year-old. (TV Land, Amazon, iTunes)

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