2022 Emmy Predictions: Outstanding Drama Series

The upcoming Primetime Emmys will be the third in a row where there’s no chance of back-to-back Best Drama Series wins, as defending champ ‘The Crown’ won’t be releasing new episodes during the June 1, 2021 eligibility window. to May 31, 2022. However, the prize could still likely go to a series that has already won it, since “Succession” is back in the race two years after triumphing for its second season. Scroll down to see our 2022 Emmy predictions for Outstanding Drama Series.

The only two drama nominees of 2021 who are eligible again this year are “Bridgerton” and “This Is Us,” the latter of which is slated to end in May after six seasons. Three of their other five recent contestants — ‘The Boys’, ‘The Mandalorian’ and 2017 winner ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ — failed to return in time. The other two – “Lovecraft Country” and “Pose” – finished their respective runs in October 2020 and June 2021.

Like “Succession,” several other previously nominated shows are seeking Emmy offers this year after brief hiatuses, including “Better Call Saul,” “Killing Eve,” “Ozark” and “Stranger Things.” “Law & Order,” which returned for a 21st season this year after finishing its 20th in 2010, has an outside shot at a 12th series nomination and a second win. It first triumphed here for its seventh season in 1997.

Along with these old contenders, there are several new shows in the mix, including “Severance,” “Squid Game,” and “Yellowjackets.”

“Squid Game”
“You Better Call Saul”
“Yellow Stone”
“Yellow Jackets”

Strong competitors
“Stranger Things”
“The Morning Show”
“It’s us”
“Killing Eve”
“Buying Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty”
“Golden age”

Possible competitors
“The Good Fight”
“Peaky Blinders”
“Obi-Wan Kenobi”
“Star Trek: Picard”
“Shining Girls”

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