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Emmys 2017: Your guide to the best US TV drama

From BBC - September 16, 2017

We are, as we are regularly told, in a golden age of TV - and the cream of the current crop will be rewarded when this year's Primetime Emmy Awards are handed out in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Five of the seven nominees in the most keenly contested category - outstanding drama series - are new shows.

Game of Thrones, which has won for the past two years, is not eligible this time.

With so many new shows having made a splash over the past year, you'd be forgiven for not having caught up with them all.

Here's a rundown of the best American TV drama series, as per the Emmy best drama category.

Westworld

Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton

In a nutshell: A Wild West theme park is populated with life-like robots programmed to indulge the every whim of wealthy tourists.

As the visitors live out their fantasies and the "hosts" behave in unexpected ways, the show explores the nature of consciousness and humanity itself.

Total 2017 Emmy nominations: 22

Made by: HBO

Stranger Things

Stars: Winona Ryder, Millie Bobby Brown, David Harbour

In a nutshell: A feast of '80s nostalgia and supernatural thrills, the show follows a group of bike-riding boys who stumble upon some terrifying paranormal goings-on in their small town.

Contains shadowy government agents, monsters and portals to another dimension.

Emmy nominations: 18

Made by: Netflix

The Crown

Stars: Claire Foy, Matt Smith, John Lithgow

In a nutshell: The royal family has always been one big soap opera. But in The Crown it actually is one big soap opera - albeit a classy, big-budget one.

It follows the ups and downs of Queen Elizabeth II (Foy), Prince Philip (Smith) and their clan from the 1950s on.

Emmy nominations: 13

Made by: Netflix

The Handmaid's Tale

Stars: Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Ann Dowd

This Is Us

Better Call Saul

House of Cards

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