How to Watch the 2022 Primetime Emmy Awards

Forget the TV Guide app and fancy onscreen programming guides—we can tell you how to watch the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards live on Monday, September 12, 2022.

Maybe you want to see your favorite TV series and stars honored with extra pomp and circumstance. Or perhaps you hope all awards shows have celebrity-on-celebrity fisticuffs now that Will Smith and Chris Rock blazed the trail.

Your motivations don’t matter to us—we’ll still tell you how to watch the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards live on NBC this Monday, September 12.

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What are the Primetime Emmy Awards?

The Emmys are to TV what the Oscars are to film: a televised awards show where celebrities get dressed up to be elevated or let down—while we cheer and jeer from our couches. And the Primetime Emmys recognize artistic and technical merit in television series that air after we’re home from work with dinner in our bellies (or are available to stream or download in at least half of the US).

Where to watch the Primetime Emmy Awards

NBC is the network you need to watch the Primetime Emmys live. One network to rule them all (until the exclusivity contract expires).

How to watch the Primetime Emmy Awards on NBC

Most traditional (cable and satellite) TV providers and live TV streaming services carry the NBC network. We recommend DISH Network for traditional TV providers and YouTube TV for streaming.

Pro tip: Until September 9, YouTube TV has a promotion that’ll give you one month of service for $14.99—after a 21-day free trial (extended from 14 days). Act now!

Another way to watch the Primetime Emmys is with an over-the-air (OTA) TV antenna. They’re affordable ($25–$60), easy to install, and they’ll pick up your local NBC affiliate and many other live TV channels.

How to watch the Primetime Emmy Awards on Peacock

If something prevents you from watching the Primetime Emmys live, you can stream the festivities free on demand—after the fact, of course—on the Emmys website. Just sign up for a free account, and you’re all set.

Pro tip: Those over-the-air (OTA) TV antennas aren’t free, but you pay for them only once. Then you can enjoy your free channels forever without a monthly TV payment.

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The envelope, please . . .

For your reference, here are nominees in six significant Primetime Emmys categories:

  • Outstanding Comedy Series
  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
  • Outstanding Drama Series
  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Don’t worry. Other Emmy categories exist for supporting actors, directors, and even lowly writers. (Otherwise, it’d be a pretty short ceremony.)

Outstanding Comedy Series

  • Abbott Elementary
  • Barry
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • Hacks
  • Only Murders in the Building
  • Ted Lasso
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • What We Do in the Shadows

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Donald Glover (Atlanta)
  • Bill Hader (Barry)
  • Nicholas Hoult (The Great)
  • Steve Martin (Only Murders in the Building)
  • Martin Short (Only Murders in the Building)
  • Jason Sudeikis (Ted Lasso)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
  • Quinta Brunson (Abbott Elementary)
  • Kaley Cuoco (The Flight Attendant)
  • Elle Fanning (The Great)
  • Issa Rae (Insecure)
  • Jean Smart (Hacks)

Outstanding Drama Series

  • Better Call Saul
  • Euphoria
  • Ozark
  • Severance
  • Squid Game
  • Stranger Things
  • Succession
  • Yellowjackets

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

  • Jason Bateman (Ozark)
  • Brian Cox (Succession)
  • Lee Jung-jae (Squid Game)
  • Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul)
  • Adam Scott (Severance)
  • Jeremy Strong (Succession)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

  • Jodie Comer (Killing Eve)
  • Laura Linney (Ozark)
  • Melanie Lynskey (Yellowjackets)
  • Sandra Oh (Killing Eve)
  • Reese Witherspoon (The Morning Show)
  • Zendaya (Euphoria)

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