Nominees: House of Cards, Mad Men, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, Homeland, Breaking Bad
Should win: There are some shows missing from this category. For me, I don't like it that The Good Wife isn't in the mix; you could also argue that The Americans and Boardwalk Empire deserve to be here (depending on my energy level, I might join you). Or Scandal, the most talked-about show of the networks' season! But let's deal with reality, people: These are the choices we have. The strongest contenders, therefore, are Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, and Mad Men — but I will also throw in Homeland (despite its disappointing second season) and House of Cards (for the Netflix novelty factor more than the show itself). Game of Thrones had its breakout season, culminating with the Red Wedding, and there is nothing else like it on television in terms of scale and ambition. If it won, that would be terrific. But I feel like these final episodes (as in, the ones we're currently watching) of Breaking Bad have finally taken it permanently out of Mad Men's shadows. The show is one for the ages, and its penultimate episode will be airing during... the Emmys. Give it over to Breaking Bad.
Will win: Because I am an optimist — ha! not really! — I will also say that should win and will win will meet here with Breaking Bad, and that it will take home the Outstanding Drama title.