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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 cases, were never even nominated - for major awards by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Yes, from long-running hit shows like Married...With Children (which was never even nominated for an Outsanding Comedy Series Emmy) and The Wire, to veteran actors like Michael Landon, Jim Nabors and Nick Offerman, many have been denied recognition by the Academy. Some of the snubbed actors and shows on this list may have managed to snag a nomination or two, but none of them ever won for their incredible hard work and talent. Even worse, many were never even nominated. Read on and be amazed at some of the biggest, most heinous Emmy 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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    Michael Landon


    No 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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    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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    Ed O'Neill and Katey Sagal


    Talk 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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    Courteney Cox


    Let's discuss Courteney Cox, shall we? The star of Cougar Town and Friends has been completely overlooked by the Emmys. In fact, of the entire main Friends cast, she's the only one without a single Emmy nomination. (Her former co-star Matt LeBlanc - the guy who did that monkey baseball movie after the show was over - got a nod in 2015 for his Showtime series Episodes.) Over ten seasons, more than 60 Emmy nominations - and not one for Cox? Monica is a sore loser - maybe they were scared she'd flip out if she lost?

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    John Noble for Fringe Added by: AmyShumaker1

    Fringe 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.

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    Jim Nabors


    Dear Gomer Pyle: We love you. Actor Jim Nabors, who portrayed the lovable, goofball Gomer Pyle on both The Andy Griffith Show and Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. was never once nominated for an Emmy. He did, however, get a Daytime Emmy nomination in 1978 for The Jim Nabors Show. But still. Gooollly!

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    Lauren Graham


    Fans of Gilmore Girls, take heart: We know your pain and we understand it. In seven seasons, Gilmore was only nominated for one Emmy, and that was in 2004, for outstanding makeup. (It won, by the way). The fact that the show itself didn't seem to get the Emmy recognition it deserved is bad enough, but overlooking the awesome Lauren Graham? Really? We still love you, Lorelai.

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    Though it ran for 9 seasons and dramatically helped to change the TV landscape forever (would there be "blue collar comedy" on TV without Dan and Roseanne Conner?), Roseanne was never nominated for a Best Comedy Series Emmy. Several of the show's actors got the nod (most more than once), but the show itself never got the Emmy recognition that many feel it deserved as a ground-breaking look at a lower-middle-class Midwestern family.

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    Amy Poehler


    In 2015, Poehler was nominated (for the last time, as the show came to an end that year) for her incomparable and iconic performance as Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation. She didn't win. She also didn't win in any of the previous five years, despite being nominated each time.

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    The Honeymooners changed the meaning of comedy on TV, and to this day remains one of the most beloved and iconic of TV sitcoms - yet it never ONCE received a Best Comedy Series Emmy nomination. Not a one. Series stars Art Carney, Jackie Gleason and Audrey Meadows all were nominated for their performances (and Carney won in 1956), but the show itself continually came up empty-handed. (Popular shows that were nominated during the Honeymooners era included I Love Lucy, Make Room for Daddy, Our Miss Brooks, The Phil Silvers Show and The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show.)

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    Nominated six times for his role as drug-addicted doctor Gregory House on Fox's House M.D., Hugh Laurie never managed to win.

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    This show has repeatedly been snubbed by the Emmy voters, especially Katey Sagal's performance as the maven of the Sons.

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    Michael C Hall has never won an Emmy. He snagged five nominations for playing serial killer Dexter Moran on Dexter and another a few years earlier for his role on Six Feet Under.

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    Despite snagging an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe win, Steve Carell has never won an Emmy-- a fact that is especially heinous considering his tenure as the hilarious and iconic Michael Scott on The Office. He was nominated six times for playing well-meaning boss of a paper company, but never managed to bring home the statue. The show itself took home the prize for Outstanding Comedy Series in 2006.

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    The Cosby Show's matriarch, Phylicia Rashad, never won an Emmy for her role as Claire Huxtable, despite being nominated twice in the show's eight year run. She was nominated again more than two decades later for the TV movie A Raisin in the Sun.

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    In all, Angela Lansbury has been nominated for 18 Emmys, but she has never won. Lansbury is obviously best known for Murder, She Wrote, but she was also nominated for roles in Law & Order, and the TV movies The Blackwater Lightship and Little Gloria... Happy at Last.

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