There’s no greater victory in the cutthroat world of TV than ending a series on its own terms. Over the past year we’ve witnessed a staggeringly high volume of beloved shows do just that.
From talk titans David Letterman and Stephen Colbert to critical faves like “Justified” and “Parks and Recreation,” the emotional series finales piled up all season long. Perhaps none could top the media frenzy surrounding four-time drama series winner “Mad Men,” which AMC supported with a lavish gala, trendy live read and celebratory museum tour.
But will the nostalgia sway Emmy voters? Last year’s drama series winner, “Breaking Bad,” picked up a series-best six Emmys for its farewell season, nearly sweeping the top categories.
“Everybody Loves Raymond” and “The Sopranos” also went out on top not so long ago with best series wins for their final seasons, while Sarah Jessica Parker (“Sex and the City”) and Kyle Chandler (“Friday Night Lights”) are among those to finally score in the acting categories after their shows came to a close.
Here’s a breakdown of how several of this year’s top contenders might fare in their final bids for Emmy gold.