Emmys: 72nd Emmys (2020)

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What could go right? Apparently just enough to make the 72nd Annual Emmy Awards - the first and hopefully last PandEmmys - an entertaining, unusually comforting night of mostly pleasant surprises.

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Critic Reviews for Emmys 72nd Emmys

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (16)

After each Emmy was presented and the winner had had his or her moment, we returned to each of the nominees. That meant the losing nominees had to hold in their disappointment at home long enough to return for a small reprise. I felt their pain.

Sep 23, 2020 | Full Review…

They had to clear a bar so low it might as well have been buried in the ground. Nevertheless: They did it. By the end of the night, the weirdest thing about the Pandemic Emmys was how normal they felt.

Sep 21, 2020 | Full Review…
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Surprisingly enough, it was. It wasn't just watchable; it was ... pretty good.

Sep 21, 2020 | Full Review…
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Ultimately there were winners and losers, but it didn't feel like any other awards show. Good. It shouldn't. Nothing else is normal, so in that way, the Emmys were an accurate reflection.

Sep 21, 2020 | Full Review…

Some bits could have been cut, and others could have been improved... But much like John Oliver learned, live, in front of the world, the 2020 Primetime Emmys show delivered everything it promised, plus a touch of chaos. What fun.

Sep 21, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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Any Emmys that's remarkable for running smoothly can be considered a win

Sep 25, 2020 | Full Review…

The remotely-produced 72nd annual Emmy Awards promised to be an unusual, revised-for-the-pandemic affair and it miraculously came together with almost no technical glitches and enough novelty to freshen and loosen up the staid format.

Sep 28, 2020 | Full Review…

With an A+ for effort and a B+ for execution, it was an obstacle the more than two-hour long Reginald Hudlin and Ian Stewart executive produced ceremony primarily overcame.

Sep 20, 2020 | Full Review…

Three shows basically dominated the Emmys. To their credit, they were three very deserving shows, and so far ahead of most of the other shows in their respective categories that there is very little about which to complain.

Sep 21, 2020 | Full Review…

I hope the Oscars were taking notes. Because this was a terrific show.

Sep 21, 2020 | Full Review…

While some bits fell flat, by the time it was over, this unconventional Emmy show ultimately felt lighter and more down to earth than the traditional extravaganza.

Sep 21, 2020 | Full Review…

I found myself agreeing with repeat winner (one of several) John Oliver of HBO's Last Week Tonight, who could be heard declaring, "This is very creepy" off camera after accepting his Emmy, which burst out of a box on his desk.

Sep 21, 2020 | Full Review…

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