Emmy Awards 2017: Netflix catches up to HBO with nods for Stranger Things and The Crown

Shows such as House of Cards and Orange Is The New Black have boosted the network's reputation for quality original content

Sophie Christian
Monday 17 July 2017 15:14 BST
Netflix drama Stranger Things picked up nominations for this year's Emmy awards
Netflix drama Stranger Things picked up nominations for this year's Emmy awards

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Netflix has proven that it is a serious contender in the Emmys after this year's nominations revealed it is only 17 nods behind HBO.

Netflix received 93 nominations – a record number - after receiving 54 last year.

In 2013, Netflix bagged 14 Emmy nominations, compared to HBO’s 108. This was the same year that the series Orange Is the New Black was released, which is regarded as Netflix’s most-watched original series.

Last year, HBO achieved 94 nominations and Netflix secured 54 nominations; Netflix came third in the number of nominations behind FX. In 2015, Netflix was at the bottom of the nominee list, trailing behind Fox, NBC, CBS and ABC.

This year’s nominations for Netflix include season five of House of Cards, as well as the first seasons of Stranger Things and The Crown.

Hulu, another American subscription service, nabbed a nomination for the first season of The Handmaid’s Tale. This is the first year Netflix and Hulu outnumber cable broadcasters in the Outstanding Drama Series category.

HBO’s The Leftovers only received one nomination this year for Ann Dowd’s guest appearance as the cult leader Patti Levine. The network’s heavyweight show Game of Thrones could not be considered for this year’s nominations because of its delayed season 7 premiere.

Netflix is producing approximately 600 hours of content and spends $6 billion a year, explaining why the company’s nominations are almost doubling every year. Last year, Netflix released an estimated 126 original series and films.

Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, highlighted the competition between the two companies in a 2013 GQ profile. He said: “The goal is to become HBO faster than HBO can become us.”

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