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Emmys: 71st Emmys Reviews

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November 22, 2019
The lack of a host - which helped this year's Oscars - seemed to hurt the Emmys, which never gelled.
September 24, 2019
The Emmy Awards as a telecast is in dire need of a rethink. For all the surprises and awards for real excellence, the show was a flop.
September 23, 2019
At this point, the major networks televising the Emmys is a little like coaching a youth soccer team when your kids aren't playing. Small wonder Fox turned in a lackluster presentation.
September 23, 2019
Like the final season of [Game of Thrones], this Emmy show was a mess that ended on a weak note. But the highs were so very high, reminding us of why we came for the spectacle in the first place.
September 23, 2019
Rather than having one pair of awkward presenters, the ceremony ended up trotting out dozens... The ceremony didn't get shorter as a result; it only became more bloated.
September 23, 2019
The 2019 Emmys: strange, sometimes funny, often grating, occasionally miraculous. Without a host, there were bumps and awkward moments, transitions that came out of nowhere and montages forced to do heavy emotional lifting they couldn't support.
September 23, 2019
The Emmys were both exactly what you'd expect and a series of unexpected wins, an embrace of legacy and a refreshing acknowledgment of where both television and pop culture are headed.
September 23, 2019
It was fortunate that the Emmys led with the comedy categories. The first 45 minutes of the show were solid and speedy, dominated by comics who, it seemed to me, had written or at least vetted their material.
September 23, 2019
Um, what was that?
September 23, 2019
This is all to say that despite an indifferently run, often incoherent telecast, the Television Academy produced a surprising, daring, and contemporary array of winners.
September 23, 2019
It's a sign of weird times for this business that we're celebrating the best that television has to offer on networks that have been eclipsed, at least in terms of creativity, by cable and streaming competitors.
September 23, 2019
For every thing that made me confused or frustrated... there were four or five wins that made this normally grumpy critic sit up and go, "Holy cow, they got that right!"... For a show that wasn't very good, that's a lot of stuff that was great.
September 23, 2019
Perhaps we should thank the voters, then, for saving this Emmys from itself. Amidst all the awkwardness were some honest-to-God upsets and thrilling moments of victory.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 22, 2019
For all the energy and verve the winners brought to the Emmy ceremony, every other aspect of the production dragged it down.
September 22, 2019
A sluggish and somewhat messy evening of odd segues and handoffs. Meanwhile, it was the viewer's good luck that the nominees in most of the categories were across-the-board stellar, representing some of the best TV made this century so far.
September 22, 2019
There were some genuinely shocking and deserving winners... These moments were good enough to almost, almost, distract from the fact that just around the corner from these unscripted reprieves lurked some new cringe-inducing bit.
September 22, 2019
What's revealed is that no one's sure what works at the moment. There's more good TV (broadly defined) than ever, but it's too multifarious, too out of control, for the old awards-show format, and no one's found the answer yet.
September 22, 2019
Though plenty of surprise wins helped keep things interesting for die-hard Emmy fans, this year's show didn't feature enough personality, uniformity, or orchestrated highlights - you know, the things a host typically provides.
Full Review | Original Score: B-