The Emmys Become an Actual Good Awards Show

September 19, 2016 5:01 PM

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“Topple the patriarchy!” Jill Soloway shouted from the Emmys stage, wearing a fabulous ensemble that featured bright-red sneakers, a ribbon bolo tie, and a squiggly-print shirt. After the “Transparent” director walked off, the ceremony’s host, Jimmy Kimmel, strolled on with a bemused expression. “I’m trying to figure out if ‘topple the patriarchy’ is a good thing for me or not,” he said dryly. “I don’t think it is.”

It was an invigorating night at the Emmys—and not because the right shows won. (If this critic had her way, “The Americans” would have swept and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” would have been nominated.) Until a few years ago, as the perpetually aggrieved community of TV fans knows all too well, the Emmys we...

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