Pop the popcorn, dim the lights! The Golden Globes air this Sunday night, and funny ladies Tina Fey and Amy Poehler return as hosts. It’s sure to be an evening full of laughs, but when it comes to the shows that have been making us laugh all year, who will win big?
There aren’t any musicals in the so-called musical or comedy categories this year (RIP “Smash,” you were a bombshell), so it’s all up to the show-stopping laughs. We picked through this year’s nominees in the categories of Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy, Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy and Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy and listed who we think should win and, more importantly, who will win.
After you read our take, vote for your picks in the polls below.
Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
This category could get a little rough and tumble, containing a little bit of each flavor of nominee: the reigning champ (“Girls”), a previous winner (“Modern Family”), a show with multiple past nominations and no wins (“The Big Bang Theory”), a first-time nominee in the category (“Parks and Recreation”) and a brand-new show (“Brooklyn Nine Nine”). It’ll be a milestone win for any of the shows. Which will it be?
Who Will Win: HBO newcomer “Girls” took the statue in a surprise win last year, but what other show gave us bloody Q-tips snapped off in ears, the greatest weirdo-turned-lovable boyfriend (hey, Adam!), and some of the greatest quotables on the boob tube? Oh, and also actual boobs. The momentum on Lena Dunham and Judd Apatow’s pet project remains strong, and critics agreed that the show’s sophomore season was no slump.
Who Should Win: With due apologies to all nerds, municipal workers and modern families out there, “Girls” deserves to take it again. Whether we’re cringing or laughing, we look forward to it every Sunday. There’s no denying that “Girls” has given us a new breed of TV to talk about.
Best Actress in a Television Series – Comedy
Lena Dunham, last year’s winner, is back as a nominee, but can she be toppled by Edie Falco or Amy Poehler, each nominated for their role for the third time?
Who Will Win: She couldn’t win the primary election, but we think she’ll win the category: Julia Louis-Dreyfus is a television mainstay, with prior roles on “The New Adventures of Old Christine” and “Seinfeld,” but it’s her role on “Veep” that’ll finally clinch the swing vote.
Who Should Win: Another lady we know from elections, albeit local ones, gets our heartfelt pick for the award: Leslie Knope herself, Amy Poehler. Let’s hope the third time (in a row) is a charm for this nominee.
Best Actor in a Television Series – Comedy
Andy Samberg is a fresh face among veteran nominees in the category, but can he topple last year’s winner, Don Cheadle?
Who Will Win: Nope! We predict a big win for Michael J. Fox and his eponymous show. After all, everyone loves a comeback. (But not a comeback via resurrection of a long-dead show, sorry, Jason Bateman.)
Who Should Win: Samberg should clinch the Globe, if only because he’s proven he can take his d— out of the box and carry a storyline longer than a three-minute sketch. “Brooklyn Nine Nine” is genuinely funny, and allows Samberg to showcase his talents more than his former “SNL” gig.
The Golden Globes air Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET. Keep an eye on MTV News for everything you need to know before, during and after the show.
Who do you think should win the TV comedy categories? Cast your vote!