Magazine article Variety

Comedy Is Relative

Magazine article Variety

Comedy Is Relative

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Many of TV's most acclaimed comedies play to fervent cult auds, and you're either in on the joke or you're watching something else. That makes it tough to gauge which way the Globe winds will blow, although last year's five nominees - four of which are run by female showrunners - are all back in the mix. GEOFF BERKSHIRE

GIRLS

(HBO)

Despite voters' well-known fondness for the new, HBO's "Girls'' has nabbed a nom in every eligible season. Even with stiff competition from its own network, Lena Dunham's idiosyncratic series seems to have HFPA love on lockdown.

JANE THE VIRGIN

(The CW)

A Globe nominee last year before being rather rudely snubbed by Emmy voters, the HFPA has a chance to reaffirm voters' affection for one of TV's most creative and lovable comedies. Given the sparkling second season, it should be an easy call.

SILICON VALLEY

(HBO)

Cracking the category last year in its first season, the hilarious tech comedy got even more addictive in its second. Still, as voters proved by dropping "Veep" last year, there are no sure bets, even when they come with a HBO pedigree.

THE BIG BANG THEORY

(CBS)

Although nominated three times in the past, CBS' smash hit fell out of Globe running last year. Voters rarely return to shows after they've slipped off the list, despite the continued popularity of America's favorite nerds.

BLACK-ISH

(ABC)

If broadcast isn't shut out entirely, the sophomore family comedy is a contender. Though it failed to crack the field last year, a sustained creative streak and increased attention to TV's diversity boom could spur a second look.

MODERN FAMILY

(ABC)

Like fellow broadcast favorite "The Big Bang Theory," the "Modern" crew fell off the comedy series list last year. History suggests it will be a struggle to return. It can't help that the Emmy powerhouse has only won a single Globe in six years. …

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