Emmy Nominations: Which Drama Series Deserves an Award?

Emmy Nominations: Friday Night Lights, Boardwalk Empire Among Emmy Nominees
January Jones as Betty Draper in Mad Men ](left) and Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones
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09/16/2011 AT 02:30 PM EDT

The Emmy Awards are almost here, and now it's time to tell us which show deserves to win outstanding drama series.

The nominees are a varied bunch:

There's fan-favorite football drama Friday Night Lights, which follows the stories unfolding inside a small Texas community; and last year's winner, the '60s advertising saga Mad Men, which stars January Jones as sullen housewife Betty Draper.

Then there's Dexter, the story of America's favorite serial killer; Boardwalk Empire about the life of Nucky Thompson, politician and gangster in Prohibition-era Atlantic City.

The Good Wife, which stars outstanding actress nominee Julianna Margulies, follows one woman's career and love life in the wake of her politician husband's high-profile sex scandal.

And Game of Thrones, HBO's well-received fantasy drama based on the best-selling book series A Song of Fire and Ice, features a cast of feuding characters, including exiled princess Daenerys Targaryen played by Emilia Clarke.

It's going to be a tough race when the 63rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards air live from Los Angeles's Nokia Theatre on Fox Sept. 18.

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