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History of the Emmy Awards

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The Emmy Awards are television production awards, similar to the Peabody Awards but more focused on entertainment. You can discuss the Emmys (any year) in our forums.

Three related but separate organizations present Emmy Awards:

  • the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences honors national prime time entertainment (excluding sports);
  • the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences recognizes daytime, sports, news and documentary programming; and
  • the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences honors programming originating outside the United States.

The best-known of the awards are the Primetime Awards (some of which are classified as "Creative Arts Emmys") and the Daytime Emmy Awards.

Primetime Emmys

The Primetime Emmys generally air in mid-September, on the Sunday before the official start of the fall television season. They are currently seen in rotation among the four major networks (CBS, ABC, NBC, and Fox). However, the 2006 Primetime Emmys (which will be seen on NBC) will air a few weeks early, on Sunday, August 27, 2006, in order to accommodate the Peacock network's coverage of Sunday night NFL beginning in September.

History

"Emmy" was a feminization of "immy", a nickname used for the image orthicon tubes that were common in early television cameras. Shirley Dinsdale has the distinction of receiving the very first Emmy in the first awards ceremony. The Emmy Awards trophies are currently made by a private company with a manufacturing site at the maximum security El Dorado Correctional Facility, in El Dorado, Kansas.

The statuette of a winged woman holding an atom has since become the symbol of the TV Academy's goal of supporting and uplifting the art and science of television: The wings represent the muse of art; the atom the electron of science. It was created by television engineer Louis McManus, using his wife as a model.

Winners of Primetime Emmys

We more complete lists for our favorite years: 1969-70, 70-71, 71-72, 72-73, 73-74, 74-75, 75-76, 76-77, 77-78, 78-79, 79-80.

In the early days of the Emmy Awards, categories awarded by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences changed year-to-year, causing irregularities in the continuity of the listed awards.

For several years in the late 1950s and early 1960s the Academy did not differentiate between comedies and dramas in the individual performance categories, issuing only a catch-all "Best Continuing Performance" or "Outstanding (Actor/Actress) in a Series".

During the mid 1950s the Academy split the Best Drama award into several categories, including (but not limited to) "One Hour or More", "Half Hour or Less", and "Western or Adventure Series". Each winner is indicated below.

In 1964-1965, Academy President Rod Serling initiated "Area Awards" that narrowed the categories to a select few and allowed for multiple winners in an attempt to foster less competition in favor of more programs and individuals receiving credit for their work. The experiment lasted for only one awards season.

Here are the major winners:

Year Comedy Drama Comedy Actor Drama Actor Comedy Actress Drama Actress
1950 Pulitzer Prize Playhouse Alan Young (CBS) Gertrude Berg (CBS)
1951 The Red Skelton Show (CBS) Studio One (CBS) Sid Caesar (NBC) Imogene Coca (NBC)
1952 I Love Lucy (CBS) Robert Montgomery Presents (NBC) Thomas Mitchell Helen Hayes
1953 The U.S. Steel Hour (ABC), Dragnet (NBC) Donald O'Connor, Colgate Comedy Hour (NBC) Eve Arden, Our Miss Brooks, (CBS)
1954 Make Room for Daddy (ABC) The U.S. Steel Hour (ABC), Dragnet (NBC), Stories of the Century (Syndicated) Danny Thomas, Make Room for Daddy (ABC) Loretta Young, The Loretta Young Show (NBC)
1955 The Phil Silvers Show (CBS) Producers' Showcase (NBC), Disneyland (ABC) Phil Silvers, The Phil Silvers Show (CBS) Lucille Ball, I Love Lucy (CBS)
1956 Playhouse 90 (CBS) Sid Caesar, Caesar's Hour (NBC) Robert Young, Father Knows Best (CBS) Nanette Fabray, Caesar's Hour (NBC) Loretta Young, The Loretta Young Show (NBC)
1957 Gunsmoke (CBS), Playhouse 90 (CBS) Robert Young, Father Knows Best (CBS) Jane Wyatt, Father Knows Best (CBS)
1958-
1959
The Jack Benny Show (CBS) The Alcoa House/Goodyear Playhouse (NBC), Playhouse 90 (CBS), Maverick (ABC) Jack Benny, The Jack Benny Show (CBS) Raymond Burr, Perry Mason (CBS) Jane Wyatt, Father Knows Best (CBS) Loretta Young, The Loretta Young Show (NBC)
1959-
1960
Art Carney Special (NBC) Playhouse 90 (CBS) Robert Stack, The Untouchables (ABC) Jane Wyatt, Father Knows Best (CBS)
1960-
1961
The Jack Benny Show (CBS) Macbeth, Hallmark Hall of Fame (NBC) Raymond Burr, Perry Mason (CBS) Barbara Stanwyck, The Barbara Stanwyck Show (NBC)
1961-
1962
The Bob Newhart Show (NBC) The Defenders (CBS) E.G. Marshall, The Defenders (CBS) Shirley Booth, Hazel (NBC)
1962-
1963
The Dick Van Dyke Show (CBS) Jack Klugman, The Defenders (CBS)
1963-
1964
Dick Van Dyke, The Dick Van Dyke Show (CBS) Mary Tyler Moore, The Dick Van Dyke Show (CBS)
1964-
1965
The Dick Van Dyke Show (CBS) Dick Van Dyke, The Dick Van Dyke Show (CBS), four others (non regular series)
1965-
1966
The Dick Van Dyke Show (CBS) The Fugitive (ABC) Dick Van Dyke, The Dick Van Dyke Show (CBS) Bill Cosby, I Spy (NBC) Mary Tyler Moore, The Dick Van Dyke Show (CBS) Barbara Stanwyck, The Big Valley (ABC)
1966-
1967
The Monkees (NBC) Mission: Impossible (CBS) Don Adams, Get Smart (NBC) Lucille Ball, The Lucy Show (CBS) Barbara Bain, Mission: Impossible (CBS)
1967-
1968
Get Smart (NBC)
1968-
1969
NET Playhouse (NET) Carl Betz, Judd for the Defense (ABC) Hope Lange, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (ABC)
1969-
1970
My World and Welcome to It (NBC) Marcus Welby, M.D. (ABC) William Windom, My World and Welcome to It (NBC) Robert Young, Marcus Welby, M.D. (ABC) Susan Hampshire, The Forsyte Saga (NET)
1970-
1971
All in the Family (CBS) The Bold Ones: The Senator (NBC) Jack Klugman, The Odd Couple (ABC) Hal Holbrook, The Bold Ones: The Senator (NBC) Jean Stapleton, All in the Family (CBS) Susan Hampshire, The First Churchills, (Masterpiece Theatre) (PBS)
1971-
1972
Elizabeth R, (Masterpiece Theatre) (PBS) Carroll O'Connor, All in the Family (CBS) Peter Falk, Columbo (NBC) Glenda Jackson, Elizabeth R, (Masterpiece Theatre)
1972-
1973
The Waltons (CBS) Jack Klugman, The Odd Couple (ABC) Richard Thomas, The Waltons (CBS) Mary Tyler Moore, The Mary Tyler Moore Show (CBS) Michael Learned, The Waltons (CBS)
1973-
1974
M*A*S*H (CBS) Upstairs, Downstairs, (Masterpiece Theatre) (PBS) Alan Alda, M*A*S*H (CBS) Telly Savalas, Kojak (CBS)
1974-
1975
The Mary Tyler Moore Show (CBS) Tony Randall, The Odd Couple (ABC) Robert Blake, Baretta (ABC) Valerie Harper, Rhoda (CBS) Jean Marsh, Upstairs, Downstairs, (Masterpiece Theatre) (PBS)
1975-
1976
Police Story (NBC) Jack Albertson, Chico and the Man (NBC) Peter Falk, Columbo (NBC) Mary Tyler Moore, The Mary Tyler Moore Show (CBS) Michael Learned, The Waltons (CBS)
1976-
1977
Upstairs, Downstairs, (Masterpiece Theatre) (PBS) Carroll O'Connor, All in the Family (CBS) James Garner, The Rockford Files (NBC) Bea Arthur, Maude (CBS) Lindsay Wagner, The Bionic Woman (ABC)
1977-
1978
All in the Family (CBS) The Rockford Files (NBC) Edward Asner, Lou Grant (CBS) Jean Stapleton, All in the Family (CBS) Sada Thompson, Family (ABC)
1978-
1979
Taxi (ABC) Lou Grant (CBS) Ron Leibman, Kaz (CBS) Ruth Gordon, Taxi (ABC) Mariette Hartley, The Incredible Hulk (CBS)
1979-
1980
Richard Mulligan, Soap (ABC) Edward Asner, Lou Grant (CBS) Cathryn Damon, Soap (ABC) Barbara Bel Geddes, Dallas (CBS)
1980-
1981
Hill Street Blues (NBC) Judd Hirsch, Taxi (ABC) Daniel J. Travanti, Hill Street Blues (NBC) Isabel Sanford, The Jeffersons (CBS) Barbara Babcock, Hill Street Blues (NBC)
1981-
1982
Barney Miller (ABC) Alan Alda, M*A*S*H (CBS) Carol Kane, Taxi (ABC) Michael Learned, Nurse (CBS)
1982-
1983
Cheers (NBC) Judd Hirsch, Taxi (NBC) Ed Flanders, St. Elsewhere (NBC) Shelley Long, Cheers (NBC) Tyne Daly, Cagney & Lacey (CBS)
1983-
1984
John Ritter, Three's Company (ABC) Tom Selleck, Magnum P.I. (CBS) Jane Curtin, Kate & Allie (CBS)
1984-
1985
The Cosby Show (NBC) Cagney & Lacey (CBS) Robert Guillaume, Benson (ABC) William Daniels, St. Elsewhere (NBC)
1985-
1986
The Golden Girls (NBC) Michael J. Fox, Family Ties (NBC) Betty White, The Golden Girls (NBC) Sharon Gless, Cagney & Lacey (CBS)
1986-
1987
L.A. Law (NBC) Bruce Willis, Moonlighting (ABC) Rue McClanahan, The Golden Girls (NBC)
1987-
1988
The Wonder Years (ABC) thirtysomething (ABC) Richard Kiley, A Year in the Life (NBC) Bea Arthur, The Golden Girls (NBC) Tyne Daly, Cagney & Lacey (CBS)
1988-
1989
Cheers (NBC) L.A. Law (NBC) Richard Mulligan, Empty Nest (NBC) Carroll O'Connor, In the Heat of the Night (NBC) Candice Bergen, Murphy Brown (CBS) Dana Delany, China Beach (ABC)
1989-
1990
Murphy Brown (CBS) Ted Danson, Cheers (NBC) Peter Falk, Columbo (ABC) Patricia Wettig, thirtysomething (ABC)
1990-
1991
Cheers (NBC) Burt Reynolds, Evening Shade (CBS) James Earl Jones, Gabriel's Fire (ABC) Kirstie Alley, Cheers (NBC)
1991-
1992
Murphy Brown (CBS) Northern Exposure (CBS) Craig T. Nelson, Coach (ABC) Christopher Lloyd, Avonlea (Disney) Candice Bergen, Murphy Brown (CBS) Dana Delany, China Beach (ABC)
1992-
1993
Seinfeld (NBC) Picket Fences (CBS) Ted Danson, Cheers (NBC) Tom Skerritt, Picket Fences (CBS) Roseanne Arnold, Roseanne (ABC) Kathy Baker, Picket Fences (CBS)
1993-
1994
Frasier (NBC) Kelsey Grammer, Frasier (NBC) Dennis Franz, NYPD Blue (ABC) Candice Bergen, Murphy Brown (CBS) Sela Ward, Sisters (NBC)
1994-
1995
NYPD Blue (ABC) Mandy Patinkin, Chicago Hope (CBS) Kathy Baker, Picket Fences (CBS)
1995-
1996
ER (NBC) John Lithgow, 3rd Rock from the Sun (NBC) Dennis Franz, NYPD Blue (ABC) Helen Hunt, Mad About You (NBC)
1996-
1997
Law & Order (NBC) Gillian Anderson, The X-Files (FOX)
1997-
1998
The Practice (ABC) Kelsey Grammer, Frasier (NBC) Andre Braugher, Homicide: Life on the Street (NBC) Christine Lahti, Chicago Hope (CBS)
1998-
1999
Ally McBeal (FOX) John Lithgow, 3rd Rock from the Sun (NBC) Dennis Franz, NYPD Blue (ABC) Edie Falco, The Sopranos (HBO)
1999-
2000
Will & Grace (NBC) The West Wing (NBC) Michael J. Fox, Spin City (ABC) James Gandolfini, The Sopranos (HBO) Patricia Heaton, Everybody Loves Raymond (CBS) Sela Ward, Once and Again (ABC)
2000-
2001
Sex and the City (HBO) Eric McCormack, Will & Grace (NBC) Edie Falco, The Sopranos (HBO)
2001-
2002
Friends (NBC) Ray Romano, Everybody Loves Raymond (CBS) Michael Chiklis, The Shield (FX) Jennifer Aniston, Friends (NBC) Allison Janney, The West Wing (NBC)
2002-
2003
Everybody Loves Raymond (CBS) Tony Shalhoub, Monk (USA) James Gandolfini, The Sopranos (HBO) Debra Messing, Will & Grace (NBC) Edie Falco, The Sopranos (HBO)
2003-
2004
Arrested Development (FOX) The Sopranos (HBO) Kelsey Grammer, Frasier (NBC) James Spader, The Practice, Boston Legal (ABC) Sarah Jessica Parker, Sex and the City (HBO) Allison Janney, The West Wing (NBC)
2004-
2005
Everybody Loves Raymond (CBS) Lost (ABC) Tony Shalhoub, Monk (USA) Felicity Huffman, Desperate Housewives (ABC) Patricia Arquette, Medium (NBC)
Year Comedy Drama Comedy Actor Drama Actor Comedy Actress Drama Actress

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