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Who will win the Emmy for best TV drama series?

True Detective is a major contender in 2014 at the 66th annual primetime Emmy awards.
True Detective is a major contender in 2014 at the 66th annual primetime Emmy awards.Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

Tomorrow night is the 66th annual prime time Emmy awards, and as usual the competition is stiff. Although television shows do not seem to compare to a bodybuilding show at first, when you look again there are some similarities.

First of all, there are judges. All contestants are compared and critiqued. Secondly, there's the stage. Then you have the audience, the competitors, awards, and the winners. So in second thought, the Emmy's really aren't all that much different from a fitness competition. On that note, let's see who deserves to take home television's most coveted prize. The categories of criteria are mass, definition, proportion, symmetry, and stage presence.

Category 1- Mass

If this were four years ago, Mad Men would have a sure advantage. It was huge. A historical set piece in 1960s New York, it had the most buzz, fan base, and critic appeal through each of the first four seasons. It was big.

Today, this contest seems to be between two colossal giants: Breaking Bad and True Detective. True Detective was huge in 2014, carrying Oscar winner Matthew Mcconaughey alongside other Hollywood favorite Woody Harrelson, and produced by HBO, who is no newbie to Emmy victories (See The Sopranos). Yet, you can't deny the powerhouse that Breaking Bad is. Hailed by fans and critics alike as one of (if not the number one) the best dramas of all time, even though it's been off the air for almost a year now, its' loyal fans are still buzzing about it, and noone could forget how it went out with a record setting bang of 10.3 million viewers for its' series finale, "Felina", while becoming a pop culture phenomenon.

While House of Cards and Game if Thrones carry respectable size and mass appeal, they cannot keep up with these two mega giants.

Scorecard:

Breaking Bad-1

True Detective-2

Game of Thrones-3

House of Cards-4

Mad Men-5

Downton Abbey-6

Category 2- Definition

Breaking Bad has a clear leg up in this category. Its' storyline was chiseled and efficient throughout its' final season, never wasting a second, and this was a recurring theme throughout its' awesome five season run (A and B included). While True Detective's season started out strong, it eventually wavered in its' second half (which is like its' legs), and considering it's more of a miniseries in that after this 8 episode first season run, it will go with a new storyline with new actors in a whole new direction, it does not compare to Breaking Bad's near flawless aesthetics.

Scorecard:

Breaking Bad-1

True Detective-2

House of Cards-3

Game of Thrones-4

Mad Men-5

Downton Abbey-6

Category 3- Proportion

In this category, Game of Thrones comes up strong against Breaking Bad, with True Detective a close third, but in the end, it goes to Breaking Bad, which once again, holds its' final 8 episode stretch in storytelling balanced from start to finish. It placed its' surprises in all the right places throughout its' run from start to finish, with very few weak spots.

Scorecard:

Breaking Bad-1

Game of Thrones-2

True Detective-3

House of Cards-4

Mad Men-5

Downton Abbey-6

Category 4- Symmetry

If you were to break down each contender's season into two halves, you would come up with symmetry. Here, Breaking Bad broke good- it had equal amounts of high quality storytelling on both sides, with very few plot holes or errors. True Detective, on the other hand, lacked in its' second half.

Scorecard:

Breaking Bad-1

Game of Thrones-2

True Detective-3

House of Cards-4

Mad Men-5

Downton Abbey-6

Category 5- Stage Presence

True Detective and Game of Thrones both have plenty of charisma, and are very powerful in this category. How can you deny star studded Detective and the magnitude of ambition behind Thrones? Breaking Bad still carries its' weight here though as well.

Scorecard:

True Detective-1

Game of Thrones-2

Breaking Bad-3

House of Cards-4

Mad Men-5

Downton Abbey-6

Here are the final scores-

Breaking Bad-7

True Detective-11

Game of Thrones-13

House of Cards- 19

Mad Men-25

Downton Abbey-30

Winner- Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad repeats in 2014 and defends its' championship reign in its' final competition. In doing so, and likely picking up at least two other awards on awards night, it solidifies itself as one of the greatest television dramas of all time, and arguably the best.

All of the other shows will get a shot next year. Just like when Schwarzenegger retired, it will open the door for other good shows to win the top prize in proceeding competitions.

Do you agree with this year's judging? Who do you think should win? Comment in the comments section, and remember: "Tread Lightly."