Emmys 2022 Predictions: Outstanding Drama Series

Every year TV fans look forward to seeing all their favorite TV show actors attend the Primetime Emmys. The event hosts some of Hollywood’s biggest stars and celebrates all of television’s major accomplishments that year. One of the most anticipated and acclaimed awards of the night is Outstanding Drama Series. This category is one of the hardest to nominate, and the shows that receive a nomination usually have the biggest fanbases.



Last year, in 2021, the Emmys nominated a wide range of beloved TV series for the award. The nominees included This Is Us, The Mandalorian, The Boys, Lovecraft Country, Pose, The Crown, The Handmaid’s Tale, and Bridgerton. Despite the great performances of all the nominees, The crown ended up winning the prize. Other big winners at last year’s Emmys included Kate Winslet’s win for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Film or Series for her portrayal of Mare Sheehan in Easton Mare and Olivia Colman’s win for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role in The crown. Per Variety, on July 12, 2022, the nominees for the 74th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be announced and fans are dying to see which shows will receive a nomination. Here are our predictions on who the Outstanding Drama Series nominations might be.


8 It’s us

This year, one of the most acclaimed and beloved shows on the air It’s us released its final season. The show, which first aired in 2016, follows a group of people who, at first glance, appear to be living very different lives, but are actually all intertwined in different ways. Milo Ventimiglia, Chrissy Metz, Sterling K. Brown, Justin Hartley, Mandy Moore and Chris Sullivan are just a few of the stars that make up the show’s incredible cast. From the beginning, It’s us has been a success and the series has already received four Emmy nominations for Outstanding Drama Series over the years, but given that this sixth season is the show’s final run and given its reception, it’s prudent to say that It’s us will likely be one of the nominees for Outstanding Drama Series of 2022.

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seven stranger things

Perhaps the most anticipated show to release this year was the Netflix original series stranger things. The Duffer Brothers took the world by storm with the first volume of the series’ fourth season, which was released on May 27 and involved more horror, evil, and shocking moments than ever before. On July 1, Volume 2 of the fourth season will be released and will consist of two episodes, each lasting between one and a half and two and a half hours. This season so far has been nothing short of epic, and it certainly deserves an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Drama Series.

6 ozark

Another fan-favorite show that released its final season this year was ozark. The show follows the Byrde family and how their lives are turned upside down after they unwittingly become involved in laundering money for a drug cartel. Forced to leave their home in Illinois and relocate to the Ozarks, the family is continually pushed past their breaking point and, in season four, does everything they can to get out of this mess alive. Jason Bateman, Julia Garner, Laura Linney, Sofia Hublitz and Skylar Gaertner are such brilliant actors who are responsible for the success of the show. Audiences have returned each season because of their attachment to Marty, Ruth, Wendy, Charlotte, and Jonah. The fourth season of ozark filled in so many of the show’s greatest moments, and for that, it’s an ideal candidate to receive an Emmy nomination.


5 squid game

There is no doubt that in the fall of 2021 squid game dominated the world of television, breaking several records, such as holding the top spot in the Netflix top 10 in the United States for 24 days and becoming, according to Forbes, the most-watched series on Netflix in history. It seems like everyone was talking about squid game, even entertainment industry giants like Leonardo DiCaprio were impressed. It’s almost certain to be a nominee for Outstanding Drama Series, and for good reason. Fans are eagerly awaiting the second season of squid game to be released after the show’s creator said that the next season will most likely be released in late 2023.

4 Succession

Succession is no stranger to the Emmys, having been nominated a total of 23 times and winning nine. In 2020, the show won the award for Outstanding Drama Series and seems to be very popular among the Television Academy. The dark comedy came back strong with its third season in 2021 receiving a 94% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes and 8.8/10 stars on IMDb. Outstanding Drama Series is hopefully one of my categories Succession will receive Emmy nominations this year.

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3 Euphoria

Euphoria is not only an amazing show, but hugely influential and in many ways has become a staple of pop culture. The second season of the show did not disappoint and was just as successful if not more so than the first season. Zendaya gives her best performance yet as Rue Bennett, a recovering drug addict who is just trying to stay sober and make it out of high school alive. The show is an exaggeration of what high school students in the United States go through on a day-to-day basis, but at its core, it accurately represents a lot of the things the average high school student feels. Euphoria is hugely entertaining, but also relatable enough for audiences to see pieces of themselves in each character.

2 Yellowstone

Kevin Costner, Cole Hauser, Piper Perabo and Ian Bohen star in the drama series Yellowstone, which has been a hit on Peacock for four seasons now. The show draws inspiration from the modern western and involves relatable contemporary themes and characters that keep audiences coming back season after season. Previously, Yellowstone was only nominated for an Emmy, which makes this prediction different from the others. That said, its fourth season was so strong, we can’t help but hold out hope for Yellowstone finally receiving a nomination for Outstanding Drama Series.

1 Breakup

And finally on the list of our Emmy 2022 Outstanding Drama Series nominee predictions is the original Apple TV+ series. Breakup. Although the show has only been out for one season, it has already become a major contender for awards and has received excellent reviews, including a 98% critical score on Rotten Tomatoes. Adam Scott, who stars in the series as Mark, is a very experienced and successful television actor, having previously starred in big little lies like Ed Mackenzie alongside legends like Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley, Zoë Kravitz and of course Meryl Streep. Breakup has so much potential – definitely a possible Outstanding Drama Series contender.