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The Emmy Awards

The Primetime Emmy Awards is an awards ceremony dedicated to celebrating the best of primetime television each year whether it be from an artistic or technical point of view. It is generally considered to be the most prestigious TV award ceremony in the world and has been running since the first ceremony took place at the Hollywood Athletic Club in Los Angeles in 1949.

The most coveted awards are for Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series, Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series, Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series, though each of the awards given on the night comes with its own degree of prestige.

Each category winner is awarded a copy of a golden statuette as a trophy which depicts a winged muse holding an electron.

There are numerous versions of the Emmy Awards: Primetime, Daytime, Sports, News & Documentary, Children's & Family, Engineering and Regional.

Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series

The Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series is one of the two most prestigious awards at the Emmys ceremony as it encompasses how well-made a television series is as a whole, with many factors taken into consideration as opposed to individual factors for the other remaining awards.

The first television series to win the award was Studio One back in 1952, and the latest is The Crown, which won in 2021.

Year Winner
2021 The Crown
2020 Succession
2019 Game of Thrones
2018 Game of Thrones
2017 The Handmaid's Tale
2016 Game of Thrones
2015 Game of Thrones
2014 Breaking Bad
2013 Breaking Bad
2012 Homeland
2011 Mad Men
2010 Mad Men
2009 Mad Men
2008 Mad Men
2007 The Sopranos
2006 24
2005 LOST
2004 The Sopranos
2003 The West Wing
2002 The West Wing
2001 The West Wing
2000 The West Wing
1999 The Practice
1998 The Practice
1997 Law & Order
1996 ER
1995 NYPD Blue
1994 Picket Fences
1993 Picket Fences
1992 Northern Exposure
1991 L.A Law
1990 L.A Law
1989 L.A Law
1988 thirtysomething
1987 L.A Law
1986 Cagney & Lacey
1985 Cagney & Lacey
1984 Hill Street Blues
1983 Hill Street Blues
1982 Hill Street Blues
1981 Hill Street Blues
1980 Lou Grant
1979 Lou Grant
1978 The Rockford Files
1977 Upstairs, Downstairs
1976 Police Story
1975 Upstairs, Downstairs
1974 Upstairs, Downstairs
1973 The Waltons
1972 Elizabeth R
1971 The Bold Ones
1970 Marcus Welby M.D
1969 NET Playhouse
1968 Mission: Impossible
1967 Mission: Impossible
1966 The Fugitive
1965 (Four winners)
1964 The Defenders
1963 The Defenders
1962 The Defenders
1961 Macbeth
1960 Playhouse 90
1959 The Alcoa Hour
1958 Gunsmoke
1957 Playhouse 90
1956 Producers' Showcase
1955 The U.S Steel Hour / Dragnet / Stories of the Century
1954 The U.S Steel Hour / Dragnet
1953 Robert Montgomery Presents
1952 Studio One
1951 (Most Popular Television Program) Pulitzer Prize Playhouse
1950 (Most Popular Television Program) Texaco Star Theatre
1949 (Most Popular Television Program) Pantomime Quiz

Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series

The Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series is one of the two most prestigious awards at the Emmys ceremony as it encompasses how well-made a television series is as a whole, with many factors taken into consideration as opposed to individual factors for the other remaining awards.

The first television series to win the award was The Red Skelton Show back in 1952, and the latest is Ted Lasso, which won in 2021.

Year Winner
2021 Ted Lasso
2020 Schitt's Creek
2019 Fleabag
2018 The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
2017 Veep
2016 Veep
2015 Veep
2014 Modern Family
2013 Modern Family
2012 Modern Family
2011 Modern Family
2010 Modern Family
2009 30 Rock
2008 30 Rock
2007 30 Rock
2006 The Office
2005 Everybody Loves Raymond
2004 Arrested Development
2003 Everybody Loves Raymond
2002 Friends
2001 Sex and the City
2000 Will & Grace
1999 Ally McBeal
1998 Frasier
1997 Frasier
1996 Frasier
1995 Frasier
1994 Frasier
1993 Seinfeld
1992 Murphy Brown
1991 Cheers
1990 Murphy Brown
1989 Cheers
1988 The Wonder Years
1987 The Golden Girls
1986 The Golden Girls
1985 The Cosby Show
1984 Cheers
1983 Cheers
1982 Barney Miller
1981 Taxi
1980 Taxi
1979 Taxi
1978 All in the Family
1977 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
1976 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
1975 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
1974 M*A*S*H
1973 All in the Family
1972 All in the Family
1971 All in the Family
1970 My World and Welcome to It
1969 Get Smart
1968 Get Smart
1967 The Monkees
1966 The Dick Van Dyke Show
1965 (Four Winners)
1964 The Dick Van Dyke Show
1963 The Dick Van Dyke Show
1962 The Bob Newhart Show
1961 The Jack Benny Program
1960 Art Carney Special
1959 The Jack Benny Program
1958 The Phil Silvers Show
1957 The Phil Silvers Show
1956 The Phil Silvers Show
1955 Make Room for Daddy
1954 I Love Lucy
1953 I Love Lucy
1952 The Red Skelton Show
1951 (Most Popular Television Program) Pulitzer Prize Playhouse
1950 (Most Popular Television Program) Texaco Star Theatre
1949 (Most Popular Television Program) Pantomime Quiz

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series

The Emmy Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series is one of the top awards for on-screen performance at the Emmys ceremony.

The first actor to win the award in its current incarnation was Bill Cosby in 1966. Prior to that, different variations of the award existed.

The most recent recipient of the award was Josh O'Connor, who won for his role as Charles, Prince of Wales in The Crown.

Year Winner Show
2021 Josh O'Connor The Crown
2020 Jeremy Strong Succession
2019 Billy Porter Pose
2018 Matthew Rhys The Americans
2017 Sterling K. Brown This Is Us
2016 Rami Malek Mr Robot
2015 Jon Hamm Mad Men
2014 Bryan Cranston Breaking Bad
2013 Jeff Daniels The Newsroom
2012 Damian Lewis Homeland
2011 Kyle Chandler Friday Night Lights
2010 Bryan Cranston Breaking Bad
2009 Bryan Cranston Breaking Bad
2008 Bryan Cranston Breaking Bad
2007 James Spader Boston Legal
2006 Kiefer Sutherland 24
2005 James Spader Boston Legal
2004 James Spader The Practce
2003 James Gandolfini The Sopranos
2002 Michael Chiklis The Shield
2001 James Gandolfini The Sopranos
2000 James Gandolfini The Sopranos
1999 Dennis Franz NYPD Blue
1998 Andre Braugher Homicide: Life on the Street
1997 Dennis Franz NYPD Blue
1996 Dennis Franz NYPD Blue
1995 Mandy Patinkin Chicago Hope
1994 Dennis Franz NYPD Blue
1993 Tom Skerritt Picket Fences
1992 Christopher Lloyd Road to Avonlea
1991 James Earl Jones Gabriel's Fire
1990 Peter Falk Columbo
1989 Carroll O'Connor In the Heat of the Night
1988 Richard Kiley A Year in the Life
1987 Bruce Willis Moonlighting
1986 William Daniels St. Elsewhere
1985 William Daniels St. Elsewhere
1984 Tom Selleck Magnum, P.I.
1983 Ed Flanders St. Elsewhere
1982 Daniel J. Travanti Hill Street Blues
1981 Daniel J. Travanti Hill Street Blues
1980 Ed Asner Lou Grant
1979 Ron Leibman Kaz
1978 Ed Asner Lou Grant
1977 James Garner The Rockford Fules
1976 Peter Falk Columbo
1975 Robert Blake Baretta
1974 Telly Savalas Kojak
1973 Richard Thomas The Waltons
1972 Peter Falk Columbo
1971 Hal Holbrook The Bold Ones: The Senator
1970 Robert Young Marcus Welby, M.D.
1969 Carl Betz Judd, for the Defense
1968 Bill Cosby I Spy
1967 Bill Cosby I Spy
1966 Bill Cosby I Spy

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series

The Emmy Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series is one of the top awards for on-screen performance at the Emmys ceremony.

The first actress to win the award in its current incarnation was Barbara Stanwyck in 1966. Prior to that, different variations of the award existed.

The most recent recipient of the award was Olivia Coleman, who won for her role as Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown.

Year Winner Show
2021 Olivia Colman The Crown
2020 Zendaya Euphoria
2019 Jodie Comer Killing Eve
2018 Claire Foy The Crown
2017 Elisabeth Moss The Handmaid's Tale
2016 Tatiana Maslany Orphan Black
2015 Viola Davis How to Get Away With Murder
2014 Julianna Margulies The Good Wife
2013 Claire Danes Homeland
2012 Claire Danes Homeland
2011 Julianna Margulies The Good Wife
2010 Kyra Sedgwick The Closer
2009 Glenn Close Damages
2008 Glenn Close Damages
2007 Sally Field Brothers & Sisters
2006 Mariska Hargitay Law & Order: SVU
2005 Patricia Arquette Medium
2004 Allison Janney The West Wing
2003 Edie Falco The Sopranos
2002 Allison Janney The West Wing
2001 Edie Falco The Sopranos
2000 Sele Ward Once and Again
1999 Edie Falco The Sopranos
1998 Christine Lahti Chicago Hope
1997 Gillian Anderson The X-Files
1996 Kathy Baker Picket Fences
1995 Kathy Baker Picket Fences
1994 Sela Ward Sisters
1993 Kathy Baker Picket Fences
1992 Dana Delany China Beach
1991 Patricia Wettig Thirtysomething
1990 Patricia Wettig Thirtysomething
1989 Dana Delany China Beach
1988 Tyne Daly Cagney & Lacey
1987 Sharon Gless Cagney & Lacey
1986 Sharon Gless Cagney & Lacey
1985 Tyne Daly Cagney & Lacey
1984 Tyne Daly Cagney & Lacey
1983 Tyne Daly Cagney & Lacey
1982 Michael Learned Nurse
1981 Barbara Babcock Hill Street Blues
1980 Barbara Bel Geddes Dallas
1979 Mariette Hartley The Incredible Hulk
1978 Sada Thompson Family
1977 Lindsay Wagner The Bionic Woman
1976 Michael Learned The Waltons
1975 Jean Marsh Upstairs, Downstairs
1974 Michael Learned The Waltons
1973 Michael Learned The Waltons
1972 Glenda Jackson Elizabeth R
1971 Susan Hampshire The First Churchills
1970 Susan Hampshire The Forsyte Saga
1969 Barbara Bain Mission: Impossible
1968 Barbara Bain Mission: Impossible
1967 Barbara Bain Mission: Impossible
1966 Barbara Stanwyck The Big Valley

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series

The Emmy Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series is one of the top awards for on-screen performance at the Emmys ceremony.

The first actress to win the award in its current incarnation was Mary Tyler Moore in 1966. Prior to that, different variations of the award existed.

The most recent recipient of the award was Jean Smart, who won for her role as Deborah Vance in Hacks.

Year Winner Show
2021 Jean Smart Hacks
2020 Catherine O'Hara Schitt's Creek
2019 Phoebe Waller-Bridge Fleabag
2018 Rachel Brosnahan The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
2017 Julia Louis-Dreyfus Veep
2016 Julia Louis-Dreyfus Veep 
2015 Julia Louis-Dreyfus Veep 
2014 Julia Louis-Dreyfus Veep 
2013 Julia Louis-Dreyfus  Veep 
2012 Julia Louis-Dreyfus  Veep  
2011 Melissa McCarthy Mike & Molly
2010 Edie Falco Nurse Jackie
2009 Toni Collette United States of Tara
2008 Tina Fey 30 Rock
2007 America Ferrera Ugly Betty
2006 Julia Louis-Dreyfus The New Adventures of Old Christine
2005 Felicity Huffman Desperate Housewives
2004 Sarah Jessica Parker Sex and the City
2003 Debra Messing Will & Grace
2002 Jennifer Aniston Friends
2001 Patricia Heaton Everybody Loves Raymond
2000 Patricia Heaton Everybody Loves Raymond
1999 Helen Hunt Mad About You
1998 Helen Hunt Mad About You
1997 Helen Hunt Mad About You
1996 Helen Hunt Mad About You
1995 Candice Bergen Murphy Brown
1994 Candice Bergen Murphy Brown
1993 Roseanne Barr Roseanne
1992 Candice Bergen Murphy Brown
1991 Kirstie Alley Cheers
1990 Candice Bergen Murphy Brown
1989 Candice Bergen Murphy Brown
1988 Bea Arthur The Golden Girls
1987 Rue McClanahan The Golden Girls
1986 Betty White The Golden Girls
1985 Jane Curtin Kate & Allie
1984 Jane Curtin Kate & Allie
1983 Shelley Long Cheers
1982 Carol Kane Taxi
1981 Isabel Sanford The Jeffersons
1980 Cathryn Damon Soap
1979 Ruth Gordon Taxi
1978 Jean Stapleton All in the Family
1977 Bea Arthur Maude
1976 Mary Tyler Moore The Mary Tyler Moore Show
1975 Valerie Harper Rhoda
1974 Mary Tyler Moore The Mary Tyler Moore Show
1973 Mary Tyler Moore The Mary Tyler Moore Show
1972 Jean Stapleton All in the Family 
1971 Jean Stapleton All in the Family 
1970 Hope Lange The Ghost & Mrs Muir
1969 Hope Lange The Ghost & Mrs Muir
1968 Lucille Ball The Lucy Show
1967 Lucille Ball The Lucy Show
1966 Mary Tyler Moore The Dick Van Dyke Show

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series

The Emmy Award for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series is one of the top awards for on-screen performance at the Emmys ceremony.

The first actor to win the award in its current incarnation was Dick Van Dyke in 1966. Prior to that, different variations of the award existed.

The most recent recipient of the award was Jason Sudeikis, who won for his role in Ted Lasso.

Year Winner Show
2021 Jason Sudeikis Ted Lasso
2020 Eugene Levy Schitt's Creek
2019 Bill Hader Barry
2018 Bill Hader Barry
2017 Donald Glover Atlanta
2016 Jeffrey Tambor Transparent
2015 Jeffrey Tambor Transparent
2014 Jim Parsons The Big Bang Theory
2013 Jim Parsons The Big Bang Theory
2012 Jon Cryer Two and a Half Men
2011 Jim Parsons The Big Bang Theory
2010 Jim Parsons  The Big Bang Theory 
2009 Alec Baldwin 30 Rock
2008 Alex Baldwin 30 Rock
2007 Ricky Gervais Extras
2006 Tony Shalhoub Monk
2005 Tony Shalhoub Monk 
2004 Kelsey Grammer Frasier
2003 Tony Shalhoub Monk 
2002 Ray Romano Everybody Loves Raymond
2001 Eric McCormack Will & Grace
2000 Michael J. Fox Spin City
1999 John Lithgow 3rd Rock from the Sun
1998 Kelsey Grammer Frasier
1997 John Lithgow 3rd Rock from the Sun 
1996 John Lithgow 3rd Rock from the Sun 
1995 Kelsey Grammer Frasier 
1994 Kelsey Grammer Frasier 
1993 Ted Danson Cheers
1992 Craig T. Nelson Coach
1991 Burt Reynolds Evening Shade
1990 Ted Danson Cheers
1989 Richard Mulligan Empty Nest
1988 Michael J. Fox Family Ties
1987 Michael J. Fox Family Ties 
1986 Michael J. Fox Family Ties 
1985 Robert Guillaume Benson
1984 John Ritter Three's Company
1983 Judd Hirsch Taxi
1982 Alan Alda M*A*S*H
1981 Judd Hirsch Taxi
1980 Richard Mulligan Soap
1979 Carroll O'Connor All in the Family
1978 Carroll O'Connor  All in the Family
1977 Carroll O'Connor  All in the Family
1976 Jack Albertson Chico and the Man
1975 Tony Randall The Odd Couple
1974 Alan Alda M*A*S*H
1973 Jack Klugman The Odd Couple
1972 Carroll O'Connor All in the Family
1971 Jack Klugman The Odd Couple
1970 William Windom My World and Welcome to It
1969 Don Adams Get Smart
1968 Don Adams Get Smart
1967 Don Adams Get Smart
1966 Dick Van Dyke The Dick Van Dyke Show