Nominations for the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards were announced on Tuesday, Jul. 16 and Netflix undoubtedly dominated the most surprising Emmy nominations of 2019. While it's consistently been delivering heavy hitters — remember, it was the first streaming platform to earn an Emmy nod with House of Cards way back in 2013 — it's also been difficult for the bulk of streaming shows to break into awards. Netflix, in particular, produces a massive volume of new shows every year, so it's hard for the Television Academy (and regular audiences, to be honest) to consume everything available. Plenty of diamonds in the rough exist throughout Netflix's reams and reams of content. But anything that isn't a runaway hit tends to get buried like Jon Snow in a pile of bodies during battle.
It's surprising, then, that some of Netflix's subtler shows made a mark on the Television Academy this season. The surprise isn't that they're represented at the Emmys, of course. Fans of these shows know they're great! Rather, the surprise is that the Television Academy actually noticed them in the current crushing onslaught of excellent TV. Here's a non-exhaustive list of some of the impressive upsets this year, from Netflix and beyond.