The 2007 Emmy nominees for Outstanding Drama Series are:

Boston Legal
Grey’s Anatomy
The Sopranos

Below you will find lists of the six episodes submitted for Emmy consideration by each of these shows. For the Drama Series Emmy race, these are the episodes sent to Emmy voters to aide them in filling out their Emmy ballot.

“On the Ledge”
“The Good Lawyer”
“Angel of Death”
“Son of the Defender”
“Trial of the Century”

Episodes like these are the reason people should not underestimate this show. The first two episodes listed finish up the darkly comic story arc of Lincoln Meyer (David Dean Bottrell), an effeminate man who kidnaps Shirley Schmidt (Candice Bergen). No other Drama Series nominee will have this level of humor, which may help differentiate it from the others.

The other tapes are more dramatic, and highlight many of the show’s greatest aspects. Voters will see Alan Shore (James Spader) play dirty to win at trial and give a stirring closing in a Hurricane Katrina-related case. They’ll see Denny Crane (William Shatner) struggle with the memory of his father and his own impending downfall into dementia. Despite early beliefs by many that the show didn’t even deserve its nomination, these tapes certainly make it a dark horse to look out for.

“Let the Angels Commits”
“From a Whisper to a Scream”
“Six Days, Part 1”
“Six Days, Part 2”
“Wishin’ and Hopin’”
“Some Kind of Miracle”

There’s a lot of great stuff here, even for those not wild about this show. “From a Whisper to a Scream” is the powerful episode in which Cristina rats out Burke’s hand tremors. “Six Days” is the emotional two-parter in which George’s father dies. But for some, the true test may come in how Emmy voters respond to the final episode, also known as the last part of the ferry boat massacre featuring Meredith’s coma-induced conversations with Denny and that bomb squad specialist who looks a lot like Friday Night Lights‘ Coach Eric Taylor. A few thought it was a masterpiece of surrealism, others thought it was painfully out of character for the show. Love it or hate it may be the key to deciding whether Grey’s Anatomy wins the Emmy.

“The Fix”
“Company Man”

The Heroes producer must have really loved Christopher Eccleston’s performance as Claude, the invisible man, because these six consecutive episodes from the middle of the season cover his entire story arc. It’s very unlikely that this lineup has any chance of success at the Emmys, as the producers left out some of the seasons best episodes, including “Homecoming” and “Five Years Gone.” The only saving grace is that the final episode, “Company Man” could very well have been the show’s single best episode.

“Lines in the Sand”
“Que Sera Sera”
“Son of Coma Guy”
“Merry Little Christmas”
“Top Secret”

As a medical procedural, you’d think any six episodes would be as good as any other six, but you’d be wrong. This list is very unusual and leaves off some of the best in favor of high profiles guest stars. Of these, “Half-Wit” is the only extraordinary effort, about a brain damaged piano prodigy and Dr. House faking cancer. This season had plenty of greatness (the final arc with House losing his team), but none of that is shown in these tapes.

“Sopranos Home Movies”
“The Blue Comet”
“Stage 5”
“Kennedy and Heidi”
“The Second Coming”
“Made in America”

Since the final season only consisted of nine episodes, it might be more helpful to toss out the three worst episodes than determine the six best. It’s good they left out “Remember When,” with Tony getting fed up with Paulie Walnuts’ obnoxious habits, and “Chasin It,” with Hesh coping with Tony’s gambling problem. The other episode left out, “Walk Like a Man,” is a mystery, as it featured brilliant, Emmy-nominated performances by Michael Imperioli and Tim Daly. Regardless, the show chose decently, and it does include that much-talked about finale, which people seem to fall in love with as more time passes.

Heroes and House really don’t have a chance. This year, it’s all about Grey’s Anatomy and The Sopranos, and whether the voters want to send the HBO mob drama off with one last hurrah, or let the new big dog take the day. But never underestimate the power of David E. Kelley and his show, Boston Legal. After all, the last time Kelley won a Drama Series Emmy was in 1999 for The Practice, when it beat out the first season of The Sopranos. How can you not love that kind of poetic irony?

-John Kubicek, BuddyTV Senior Writer
(Image courtesy of ABC)

John Kubicek

Senior Writer, BuddyTV

John watches nearly every show on TV, but he specializes in sci-fi/fantasy like The Vampire DiariesSupernatural and True Blood. However, he can also be found writing about everything from Survivor and Glee to One Tree Hill and Smallville.