The Most Outrageous Emmy Snubs of All Time TV Programs
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The Most Outrageous Emmy Snubs of All Time

Think you know it all when it comes to the Emmy Awards? You may be surprised to learn that a number of favorite TV shows, actors and actresses who seemed deserving never won - and in some case, were never even nominated - for awards by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Yes, from long-running hit shows like "Married...With Children" (never even NOMINATED for an Outsanding Comedy Series Emmy!) and "The Wire" to veteran actors like Michael Landon, Jim Nabors and, most recently, Nick Offerman, many have been denied even an Emmy nomination, much less a win. Read on and be amazed at some of the biggest, most heinous Emmy nomination snubs ever.
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    HBO's "The Wire" was just a first-rate, brilliant series - yet for some absolutely inexcusable reason, it was completely ignored by the Academy, meaning no Emmy nominations EVER for Best Drama. Come on! Over five seasons, the show only got two Emmy nominations total - for writing in 2005 and 2008. (For the record, it lost both times.) Kudos, at least, for Idris Elba's 2011 Emmy nomination for the BBC mystery series "Luther" - awesome as he was as "The Wire's" Russell 'Stringer' Bell, the Academy never noticed.

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    Desi Arnaz

    Academy, you got some splainin' to do...For six years, Desi Arnaz made us laugh as Ricky Ricardo, husband of Lucy Ricardo (and real-life husband of Lucille Ball) on "I Love Lucy." Yet not once was he nominated for an Emmy? Come on! In fact, of the show's four regular cast members (including William Frawley and Vivian Vance as neighbors Fred and Ethel), Arnaz is the ONLY one who never got the Emmy nod.

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    Andy Griffith

    "The Andy Griffith Show" was nominated for Best Comedy Series, and co-star Don Knotts was repeatedly up for Outstanding Comedy Actor (with a total of 5 career nominations for the role of Deputy Barney Fife). But Andy himself was never nominated for an Emmy for his role. PLUS, as long as we're complaining about this particular show, Ron Howard ALSO never got a nomination for his TV acting, for either "Andy Griffith" or "Happy Days"!

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    Nick Offerman

    Perhaps no character was more beloved or inspired more Internet love than "Parks and Recreation's" terse, libertarian Ron Swanson, probably the funniest fervent right-winger on TV since Alex P. Keaton. From his now-legendary "Pyramid of Greatness" presentation, his anti-government rant using a little girl's lunch as a visual aid, his attempts to eat despite suffering from a hernia and his imploring a waiter to bring him "all the bacon and eggs you have," 2011 felt like actor Nick Offerman's year. This one seemed like a lock. And he doesn't even score a nomination? It was nice of the Academy to recognize Amy Poehler's great work on the show, but this was a major oversight.

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    Cult favorite "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" was never once nominated for a Best Dramatic Series Emmy award. The show was nominated frequently for technical achievements - including Outstanding Makeup, Visual Effects and Music Composition - and series creator Joss Whedon got a nomination in 2000 for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series. Still, it seems a crime that the show - and its ensemble cast of talented actors, including Sarah Michelle Gellar - never got recognized.

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