The Golden Globes nominations are always a bit confusing. Who can forget Matt Damon’s win for musical or comedy film actor for his harrowing work on the 2016 film “The Martian”? What the Hollywood Foreign Press decides is (or isn’t) a comedy is always entertaining if not totally confounding, and the list of 2021 nominations did not disappoint. Variety editors Michael Schneider and Danielle Turchiano surveyed the comedy series contenders on Awards Circuit, presented by HBO.

First up was the comedy series that surprised everyone, “Emily in Paris.”

This is the kind of show that the HFPA [Hollywood Foreign Press Association] is really into,” says Schneider. “It takes place overseas. It’s not the kind of show that you expect to get many awards. But it is a show that everyone was talking about for a period of time. And Lilly Collins is delightful as is that cast. Some people were surprised to see it nominated I said, ‘That’s the HFPA for ya, of course they were going to nominate ‘Emily in Paris.'”

Next up was “The Flight Attendant” for HBO Max. The series, based on the book by Chris Bohjalian, centers around an alcoholic flight attendant who winds up in the middle of a whodunnit mystery as she wakes up next to her one night stand.

“That doesn’t really scream comedy to a lot of people,” says Turchiano. “But they really did a great job of mixing the tone. And having Kaley Couco both as an executive producer and the star of the show inherently bring some of that. Everyone knows her from ‘The Big Bang Theory’ and ‘Eight Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter,’ you have someone like that in this role and it just lightens certain things up. That made the show a lot more fun and a lot more accessible to people who wanted the escape.”

After discussing the other nominees in the category, from Hulu’s “The Great” to Pop TV’s “Schitt’s Creek” and Apple TV Plus’ “Ted Lasso,” Schneider and Turchiano picked who they would award. Turchiano made a case for “Schitt’s Creek’s” final season having one more celebration, while Schneider went for newbie “Ted Lasso.”

Watch the full episode of Awards Circuit ahead of the 78th annual Golden Globes on Feb. 28, above.