The Emmy Awards are supposed to honor the finest television shows responsible for consuming our free time and preventing us from conversing with loved ones. And for the most part, they do. But when the nominees are announced — as they will be early Thursday morning — they often elicit outrage from fans who feel their favorite shows have been unfairly snubbed.
Indeed, the unjust snub is now as much an Emmy tradition as the rambling acceptance speech and a victory by “The Daily Show” for outstanding variety, music or comedy series. To prove that point — and to give the inevitable outrage a preemptive shove in the enraged direction — here’s a list of acclaimed shows, and some entire genres, that have not won suitable Emmy love in the best drama or comedy categories. After reading the list, vote in the poll (after the jump) for the oversight that still makes your blood boil at the highest temperature. And, as always, feel free to weigh in with a comment.
The HBO series about crime and politics in Baltimore may have been more critically acclaimed than “Citizen Kane” and the complete literary works of Charles Dickens. But during its five-season run, it never earned a nomination for best drama.
Another critical favorite that never found ratings success, the Dillon, Tex., football drama — which ends its NBC run this week — has been recognized for the work of stars Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler as well as its writing and directing, but never for the series as a whole. Devoted fans have their fingers crossed that Thursday’s announcement might change that.
Genre shows generally don’t resonate with Emmy voters. Yes, there are exceptions: “The X-Files” and “True Blood” landed best drama nods, and “Lost,” whose plots veered into sci-fi territory, even won the Emmy in that category in 2005. But consider the many revered sci-fi series that have been overlooked: every incarnation of “Star Trek”; “Battlestar Galactica”; “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”; and the short-lived “Firefly.” Does this mean that AMC’s “Walking Dead” is a dead issue as far as nominations this year are concerned?
The longest-running series in prime-time history has been nominated 20 times for best animated series and won it 10 times. But it has never been recognized in the best comedy category. Instead, in 2009, “Family Guy” — which never would have existed without “The Simpsons” — became the first animated series since “The Flintstones” to cross over into that category. Ay caramba, indeed.
Networks love shows for young people. But even the finest ones have a hard time winning a spot on the Emmy best drama or comedy lists. Among the snubbed over the years: “My So-Called Life”; “Freaks and Geeks”; “Party of Five”; “Felicity”; and, to the eternal disappointment of Lorelai lovers everywhere, “Gilmore Girls.”
All right, so “Damages” managed to score best drama nods in 2008 and 2009. But several of the network’s other revered shows have never been honored in the category, including “Nip/Tuck,” “The Shield,” “Justified” and “Sons of Anarchy.” “Anarchy’s” oversight last year yielded some especially loud shouts of the “Snubbed!” variety. A motorcycle gang and the people who love them? These strike me as the last individuals on Earth that Emmy should mess with.
Whether you like the mouthy star of this salt-of-the-earth sitcom or not, you have to admit that “Roseanne” was a watershed moment for TV comedy. Several members of the cast, including Roseanne, John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf, were nominated several times for their work, but the show never earned a single nomination as best comedy during its nine seasons on the air. Definitely qualifies as a major snub, if you ask me.
But now I’m asking you: which of the aforementioned snubs was the most unforgivable? Vote below or weigh in with a comment.