10 limited series, ranked by chances of nomination, according to GoldDerby

Emmy season is about to begin, and many limited series are vying for a spot and competing for television’s most prestigious award. The past year has yielded some incredible limited series – projects like We crashed and The stall highlighted gripping real-life stories, while satires like The White Lotus and horror series like Midnight Mass proved that there is still a lot of room for original ideas.

The limited series category is one of the most competitive at this year’s Emmys, so fans might have a hard time trying to bring some order to the chaos. Fortunately, the people of GoldDerby are here to help, combining ratings from their experts and top 24 users to rank the top contenders.


ten 1883

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1883 Faith Hill and Tim McGraw as Margaret and James Dutton

A prequel to Yellowstone, 1883 follows the Dutton family as they leave Tennessee and begin a journey that takes them to Montona, where they eventually become owners of the land that becomes the Yellowstone Ranch. The series stars Oscar nominee Sam Elliott alongside Grammy winners Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.

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Reviews of the show have been overwhelmingly positive, with many praising Elliott’s story and performance. Her chances of receiving an Emmy nomination are slim, especially with so many high-profile contenders, but her presence among the final nominees for Outstanding Limited Series wouldn’t come as a complete shock.

9 The first lady

Stream on Showtime

Betty, Michelle and Eleanor stand together by a railing in The First Lady

When the casting was first announced, The first lady looked like an Emmys juggernaut waiting to perform. Featuring three of Hollywood’s most acclaimed actresses — Michelle Pfeiffer, Viola Davis and Gillian Anderson –, The first lady would follow the lives of the three first ladies of the United States – Betty Ford, Michelle Obama and Eleanor Roosevelt.

Several shows like The first ladyMrs America, Rivalry: Bette and Joan, political animals — excelled at the Emmys. However, lackluster reviews weighed on The first lady, and few reviewers expect to see it in major categories. Of the three leads, only Pfeiffer seems like a possibility for the lead actress, though it’s never wise to bet against Davis or Anderson.

8 Gas lighting

Stream on Starz

Julia Roberts and Sean Penn Trailer Gaslit, Watergate, Starz

Starz’ political thriller Gas lighting stars Oscar winner Julia Roberts as Martha Mitchell, an Arkansas socialite and wife of Nixon Attorney General John N. Mitchell, played by Sean Penn. Martha will become the first person to allude to Nixon’s involvement in the Watergate scandal.

Along with Roberts and Penn, Gas lighting features several well-known artists like Dan Stevens and Betty Gilpin. However, the show failed to make a big impression on audiences despite rave reviews from critics, who praised Roberts’ top-notch performance.

seven station eleven

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A woman looks distressed in the woods at station eleven

Based on the 2014 novel of the same name, station eleven is set 20 years after a flu pandemic collapsed civilization. The show follows a group of survivors who encounter an abusive cult leader with prior ties to one of the Troupe members.

Premiered in December last year, station elevenAll ten episodes of were critically acclaimed. Most of the praise went to the show’s timely subject matter, writing, direction, and cast performances. The show currently ranks seventh in GoldDerby predictions, but it could easily sneak into the top six.

6 The staircase

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The staircase interview

Oscar winner Colin Firth teams up with Oscar nominee Toni Collette for HBO Max’s The staircase. Based on the 2004 true-crime docuseries of the same name, the series follows Michael Peterson, a man convicted of murdering his wife, Kathleen.

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The staircase received universal praise from critics, with particular praise for Firth’s performance. He’s a top contender in the lead actor category in a limited series, while Collette could prove equally competitive in the supporting actress category. The show itself also has a strong chance of receiving a limited series nomination.

5 Under the banner of heaven

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Andrew Garfield at UTBOH

Fresh off his second Oscar nomination, Andrew Garfield is seemingly heading for his first Emmy nomination. The actor stars in FX’s Under the banner of heaven, based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Jon Krakauer. The show follows Detective Jeb Pyre, whose faith is shaken as he investigates the murder of a Mormon mother and her baby.

Critics gave the show positive reviews, although they criticized the excessive backstory. Under the banner of heaven is a strong contender for a Limited Series nomination, while Garfield remains one of the strongest contenders for Best Actor in a Limited Series.

4 The stall

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Elizabeth Holmes smiling slightly in The Dropout

Amanda Seyfried delivers arguably the best performance of her career on Hulu’s The stall. Based on the podcast of the same name, The stall follows the rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes and her disgraced biotech company, Theranos.

Seyfried will likely face Margaret Qualley for the Lead Actress Emmy, while The stall will face other limited series for the coveted statuette. The series is unlikely to emerge victorious, but its presence among the final nominees is pretty much certain. The stallSupporting actors, including Naveen Andrews, Laurie Metcalf, and William H. Macy, are also good contenders in the supporting categories.

3 Housemaid

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Margaret Qualley’s breakout role came with Netflix’s Housemaidinspired by the memoirs of Stephanie Land, Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive. The show follows Alex, a young mother who escapes an abusive relationship and takes a job cleaning houses to care for her baby girl.

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Housemaid received universal praise, with particular praise for Qualley’s top-notch performance. The show’s presence among the nominees for Outstanding Limited Series is very likely, and it could even walk away with the trophy if Netflix plays its cards right.

2 The White Lotus

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The cast of The White Lotus arriving at the beaches of the titular resort

The White Lotus, Mike White’s biting satire on privilege and class, follows a group of tourists vacationing at a fictional Hawaiian resort. The show features an ensemble cast including Jennifer Coolidge, Murray Bartlet, Sydney Sweeney, Connie Britton, Alexandra Daddario and Steve Zahn.

A second season of The White Lotus is on the way, but it will nonetheless compete in the Limited Series category at the Emmys. The show was widely acclaimed, with critics praising White’s writing and direction and the cast’s performances. The White Lotus is one of the biggest actors in the show and could easily win the Limited Series Emmy.

1 Dope

Stream on Hulu

Official Dopesick Poster

Hulu’s main horse in the race is Dope, which follows multiple characters while framing the story in the context of America’s struggle with opioid addiction. The show features an ensemble led by career-best Michael Keaton alongside Peter Sarsgaard, Rosario Dawson, Kaitlyn Dever, Will Poulter, Philipa Soo and Michael Stuhlbarg.

Praised for its heartbreaking approach and the performances of Keaton and Dever, Dope is one of the favorites to win the Outstanding Limited Series Emmy. Keaton might as well have the Emmy in the bag, and Dever might not be able to defeat Jennifer Coolidge, but she will at least fight.

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