By Maria Yagoda
September 09, 2016 05:20 PM

The 2016 Emmy Awards are fast approaching, and the pressing question is – have you done your homework?

Although watching the awards show, which airs on Sept. 18, is always compelling – fashion! jokes! long-winded speeches! – the experience is even better when you’ve watched the shows and performances that have everybody talking.

Catch up on all the first-timer series at the Emmys.

Mr. Robot, which is nominated in the outstanding drama series and lead actor categories, is the breakout drama of the year (and Rami Malek, the breakout star.)

If you don’t have time to binge (you should make time), watch Malek in this chilling scene.

Other new series and actors that have garnered recognition include The People v. O.J. Simpson: An American Crime Story, Tom Hiddleston for The Night Manager and Kirsten Dunst for Fargo season 2. The People vs. O.J. Simpson received 22 total nominations, and Fargo received 18.

Here’s a memorable scene of Dunst in Fargo.

But spend some time with the returning champs, too.

This year, Veep received 17 nominations, the most of any comedy in the running, which brings the show’s all-time Emmy nom count to a whopping 43.

Here’s one of the scenes from season five of Veep that prove why the show – and Julia Louis-Dreyfus – continues to deserve every ounce of recognition. (Warning: Expletives follow.)

Game of Thrones has racked up a total of 106 all-time Emmy nominations and leads the pack this year with 23 nominations. (The show is nominated for best drama series, and Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey and Maisie Williams have all received acting nods.”

Let us take a moment to appreciate Harington’s intense and heroic performance in episode nine, “Battle of the Bastards.” (Warning: Spoilers and bloodshed ahead.)

Study up on the stars who received multiple nominations this year.

This year, seven actors are nominated in multiple categories. Amy Schumer scored four, while Laurie Metcalfe, Aziz Ansari and Keegan Michael Key grabbed three, and Rachel Bloom, Allison Janney and Sarah Paulson each received two.

Ansari, who is up for best actor in a comedy series for his Netflix series Master of None, is the romantic lead we’ve been waiting for our whole lives.

Schumer is up for best actress in a comedy series for Inside Amy Schumer. We’re still Lol’ing over this sketch, “Size 12.”

Other things you should know.

Jimmy Kimmel, 48, will be hosting the awards, so prepare yourself emotionally for his shenanigans. (Here’s the first preview.)

Presenters will include, but are not limited to, Anthony Anderson, Aziz Ansari, James Corden, Larry David, Kit Harington, Taraji P. Henson, Chris Rock and Jeffrey Tambor. With the upcoming election, we have a suspicion the jokes are going to get pretty political – and we can’t wait.

The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards will broadcast live Sept. 18 on ABC from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

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