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The WireHBO'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 ArnazAcademy, 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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Buffy the Vampire SlayerCult 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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Andy GriffithThe 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 OffermanPerhaps 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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Michael LandonNo Emmy snubs list would be complete without adding beloved actor Michael Landon. Sadly, despite outstanding performances on Little House on the Prairie and Bonanza (and yeah, while we're at it, let's just throw in Highway to Heaven as well, because we love him), Landon was never once even nominated for an Emmy award. Not. One. Time.
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Ed O'Neill and Katey SagalTalk about a double whammy: Despite giving us eleven seasons of hilarity as Al and Peggy Bundy on Married...With Children, neither Ed O'Neill nor Katey Sagal ever received Emmy nominations for their performances! And even more heinous: Married...With Children never WON a single Emmy. The show was largely snubbed by the Academy, receiving Emmy nominations in more minor categories like costuming, editing and lighting direction. Now, sure, perhaps the Academy likes more uplifting, positive entertainment (though, hey, they supported Everybody Loves Raymond, one of the most caustic and bilious shows in network TV history). But Married...with Children was a satire after all, and Al and Peggy have rightfully taken their place in the pop culture pantheon. (Plus, O'Neill now gets nominations for his character from Modern Family while Sagal continues to shine as a voice actor on Futurama.)
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John Noble for FringeAdded by: AmyShumaker1Fringe actor John Noble never got an Emmy nod for his role as Dr. Walter Bishop on J.J. Abrams's sci-fi TV show. Fans were so upset by his constant snubs, they even started a Facebook page called Give John Noble an Emmy for Walter Bishop. The show itself was only ever nominated for Outstanding Sound Editing and Outstanding Visual Effects. It lost both times.