Quantum mechanics is not often the subject of a TV series, and Emmy voters chose to largely ignore the cerebral FX series “Devs.”

The show starring Nick Offerman earned only four nominations, including for sound editing, special visual effects, cinematography and sound mixing.

Alex Garland, who wrote and directed each episode, created an absorbing meditation on the very essence of human existence and free will, all hidden in an elegant techno-thriller. But it got no cheers in the best limited series category.

Fans of Garland’s breakthrough film “Ex Machina” found familiar stylish fingerprints: Unrushed storytelling, cool menace, elegant doses of philosophy, an affinity with darkness and stillness, profound musical choices and striking visual effects. But some critics were put off by its pretense and air of detachment.

2020 Winter TCA - FX Networks

Alex Garland, left, the creator/executive producer/writer/director of the FX on Hulu limited series "Devs," answers a question as cast members Sonoya Mizuno, center, and Nick Offerman look on at the 2020 FX Networks Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

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