With the Emmy nominations celebrating some of 2017's television best, from The Handmaids Tale to Big Little Lies, it can be easy to forget all the great shows that made an impact last year.
One of these such series was, of course, Black Mirror. Streaming its third season on Netflix back in October, one episode in particular became a firm favorite among fans and critics alike.
Yup, "San Junipero" is up for two Emmy nominations. One nod goes to creator Charlie Brooker, for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special while the second nomination is in the Outstanding TV Movie category.
The episode was unlike any Black Mirror story before it in that its characters had an ultimately 'happy ending'. Brooker was also praised by fans for developing a complex episode about queer characters who broke away from the tropes associated with lesbian and bisexual women on television.
Many fans took to social media to express their delight that a positive LGBT storyline had received Emmy nominations:
"San Junipero" is Emmy-nominated for Outstanding Television Movie. It’s been a while* since I rewatched it and cried.— Ryan McPhee (@rdmcphee) 13 July 2017
*four days pic.twitter.com/eiVt4tm1mW
Also, San Junipero gets two Emmy noms and I spontaneously burst into tears. pic.twitter.com/OjlqSZz3AP— R. Eric Thomas (@oureric) 13 July 2017
Only going to refer to "my beloved San Junipero" as "my beloved, Emmy-nominated San Junipero" from now on. Feel free to do the same.— LaToya Ferguson (@lafergs) 13 July 2017
Some Black Mirror fans argued that the episode was overhyped and that a happy ending was out of place in the dystopian series. At the same time, seeing Yorkie and Kelly dance into eternity in San Junipero provided a much-needed burst of light relief.
The episode is up against some strong competition including "Sherlock: The Lying Detective" and "The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks." Here's hoping a win would encourage more shows to properly develop their queer characters and storylines.