“Breaking Bad,” AMC
“Downton Abbey,” PBS
“Game of Thrones,” HBO
“House of Cards,” Netflix
“Mad Men,” AMC
Will win: “Breaking Bad” is one of the best dramas ever made, and still no Emmy? I think the Academy will rectify that this year. After all, “The Sopranos” didn’t win until its fifth season. The show is nominated for last summer’s episodes, but the current finale obsession has surely added to the voting momentum.
Should win: “Breaking Bad,” no question. “Homeland,” last year’s winner, quickly embedded itself in our culture, in op-eds and a “Saturday Night Live” parody. But season two was a “24”-like mess, largely because there was no character continuity with Carrie. Her hatred of Brody turned to undying love too quickly. “Game of Thrones” was strong, and so were “House of Cards” and four-time winner “Mad Men,” but “Breaking Bad” was the tops.
Was robbed: That “Downton Abbey” slot belongs to “Southland,” “The Americans,” or “Orphan Black.” Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
Matthew Gilbert can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.