2016 Emmy Nominated Series Ranked by IMDb User Rating

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 11 months ago

If IMDb users chose the Emmy winners, which shows would win? We ranked the nominees in the Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Comedy Series, and Outstanding Miniseries categories by IMDb user rating to determine which shows are your favorites in each category, and what the overall favorite Emmy nominee is. — Sara Bibel

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Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross in Black-ish (2014)

Series: "Black-ish"

Category: Outstanding Comedy Series

IMDb User Rating: 7.1

Analysis: "Black-ish" has the lowest user rating of any of the nominated shows by a margin of more than half a point. The show has multiple characteristics that IMDb users tend to find less appealing: It's a comedy, and it regularly tackles socially relevant issues.

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Regina King, André Benjamin, and Ryan Green in American Crime (2015)

Series: "American Crime"

Category: Outstanding Limited Series

IMDb User Rating: 7.7

Analysis: Season 2 of ABC's anthology series won over both critics and anthology voters. While it improves on the user rating of "Black-ish" by 0.6, it still ranks as the lowest rated nominee in the limited series category. The show's plot involved the sexual assault of a teenage boy, which may have been too controversial for some users.

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Forest Whitaker, Emayatzy Corinealdi, and Malachi Kirby in Roots (2016)

Series: "Roots"

Category: Outstanding Limited Series

IMDb User Rating: 7.8

Analysis: This remake of what is arguably the most prestigious and influential mini-series of all time outperformed "American Crime" by the narrowest of margins. Its rating is strong, but IMDb users preferred the 1977 original, which has a 8.5 user rating.

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Jane Krakowski, Ellie Kemper, and Tituss Burgess in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2015)

Series: "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"

Category: Outstanding Comedy Series

IMDb User Rating: 7.9

Analysis: This quirky comedy received its second consecutive nomination in the Outstanding Comedy Series category. IMDb's users rate it well above the average comedy, but it's not a favorite.

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Gaby Hoffmann, Jeffrey Tambor, Melora Hardin, Jay Duplass, Amy Landecker, Judith Light, Kathryn Hahn, Kiersey Clemons, Alyvia Alyn Lind, Alex MacNicoll, Zackary Arthur, and Julia Butters in Transparent (2014)

Series: "Transparent"

Category: Outstanding Comedy Series

IMDb User Rating: 8.0

Analysis: "Transparent" star Jeffrey Tambor won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy in 2015. IMDb users rated it fifth out of the seven nominated comedies.

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Veep (2012)

Series: "Veep"

Category: Outstanding Comedy Series

IMDb User Rating: 8.1

Analysis: Last year's Emmy winner for Outstanding Comedy ranks in the middle of the pack among nominated comedies according to IMDb users and in the lower half of all the nominated shows, keeping with the overall preference for dramas.

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Aziz Ansari in Master of None (2015)

Series: "Master of None"

Category: Outstanding Comedy Series

IMDb User Rating: 8.3

Analysis: The sole freshman comedy nominee garnered the second highest user rating of any comedy. IMDb users are obviously fans of the show's star and creator Aziz Ansari.

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Tom Hiddleston in The Night Manager (2016)

Series: "The Night Manager"

Category: Outstanding Limited Series

IMDb User Rating: 8.3

Analysis: This limited series stars IMDb favorite Tom Hiddleston, best known for playing Loki in the Avengers films. It ranks in the middle of the five nominated limited series.

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Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Holly Taylor, and Keidrich Sellati in The Americans (2013)

Series: "The Americans"

Category: Outstanding Drama Series

IMDb User Rating: 8.3

Analysis: "The Americans" is nominated for the first time. Its 8.3 user rating is excellent but actually makes it the lowest rated series among the Outstanding Drama nominees.

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Claire Danes in Homeland (2011)

Series: "Homeland"

Category: Outstanding Drama Series

IMDb User Rating: 8.4

Analysis: "Homeland" won this category in both its first and second seasons. The show's buzz has since cooled somewhat, which is reflected in its user rating.

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Dale Godboldo, Sarah Paulson, Sterling K. Brown, and Angel Parker in American Crime Story (2016)

Series: "People vs O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story"

Category: Outstanding Limited Series

IMDb User Rating: 8.5

Analysis: This limited series scored 16 Emmy nominations and, based on hype, is the frontrunner in this category. IMDb users gave it their second-highest rating in the category.

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Martin Starr, Zach Woods, T.J. Miller, Thomas Middleditch, and Kumail Nanjiani in Silicon Valley (2014)

Series: "Silicon Valley"

Category: Outstanding Comedy Series

IMDb User Rating: 8.5

Analysis: "Silicon Valley" is a show about the technology industry. So, it's no surprise that IMDb's internet-savvy users are big fans. The show tied as the highest-rated comedy among IMDb users.

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Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Eric Stonestreet in Modern Family (2009)

Series: "Modern Family"

Category: Outstanding Comedy Series

IMDb User Rating: 8.5

Analysis: "Modern Family" is the longest-running comedy nominee. It's won this category four times. While some critics think the Emmys should recognize newer shows, it tied for the highest rated comedy among IMDb users.

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Maggie Smith in Downton Abbey (2010)

Series: "Downton Abbey"

Category: Outstanding Drama Series

IMDb User Rating: 8.7

Analysis: The joint BBC-PBS production has a passionate fanbase in both England and the United States. It managed the difficult task of delivering a satisfying series finale. Its 8.7 user rating ties for fourth among the seven drama nominees, an indication of the high caliber of this year's competition.

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Christian Slater and Rami Malek in Mr. Robot (2015)

Series: "Mr. Robot"

Category: Outstanding Drama Series

IMDb User Rating: 8.7

Analysis: "Mr. Robot" is one of the most popular shows on IMDb's TVMeter. It's a surprise that its user rating isn't even higher. It's the only first-season series nominated in this category. So, it will have plenty of opportunity to curry more favor among IMDb users.

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Bob Odenkirk in Better Call Saul (2015)

Series: "Better Call Saul"

Category: Outstanding Drama Series

IMDb User Rating: 8.8

Analysis: Season 2 of the "Breaking Bad" preview got a lot of love from IMDb's users. Given that IMDb's users rank "Breaking Bad" as the No. 3 television series of all time, that's not a surprise.

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Patrick Wilson in Fargo (2014)

Series: "Fargo"

Category: Outstanding Limited Series

IMDb User Rating: 9.0

Analysis: The first season of "Fargo" won the Emmy. IMDb users think it deserves to take home the statue again, rating it a full half point higher than the No. 2 series in this category.

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Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright in House of Cards (2013)

Series: "House of Cards"

Category: Outstanding Drama Series

IMDb User Rating: 9.0

Analysis: "House of Cards" won the Emmy for Outstanding Directing in its first season but has since been shut out of the major categories. According to IMDb users, it's the second best nominated drama. Maybe this year the TV Academy will give it some recognition since it scored a whopping nine nominations in the acting categories.

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Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones (2011)

Series: "Game of Thrones"

Category: Outstanding Drama Series

IMDb User Rating: 9.5

Analysis: "Game of Thrones" took home its first Outstanding Drama Emmy last year. By a half-point margin, IMDb users thinks it deserves to repeat. In fact, it has the highest user rating of any current series on the site.