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The Best TV Shows That Never Won A Single Emmy  

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List Rules Vote up the TV series you can't believe never won any Emmys. Vote down the shows that didn't deserve the award anyway.

Emmy snubs are a common complaint of television fans as there are some series with zero Emmys that just seem to have rotten luck. Despite critical acclaim and huge followings, the programs below never took home that coveted statue. These shows didn't just miss out on the big awards like Best Series; they have not won one single Emmy period, not even for obscure niche categories. Given their acclaim, that is truly a shock.

TV shows that never won an Emmy span across all genres, from lighthearted comedies to seedy dramas. These shows are so esteemed, many are surprised to hear they never received an Emmy. With The Wire's influence, how did it never snag at least one award? It's not uncommon for critics to be wary of genres like sci-fi, so the lack of Best Drama awards for Star Trek: The Original Series is understandable. However, how could it not have at least scored a win for technical effects like sound editing? These TV shows with no Emmy wins are truly baffling and often downright infuriating. 

What do you think are the best shows that didn't get Emmys? Cast your vote below! 

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The Wire is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Shows That Never Won A Single Emmy

Nominated For: 

-Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (2005, 2008)

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Star Trek: The Original Series is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows That Never Won A Single Emmy

Notable Nominations:

-Outstanding Dramatic Series (1967, 1968)
-Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Leonard Nimoy, 1968
-Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Leonard Nimoy, 1969
-Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction and Scenic Design, 1969
-Outstanding Achievement in Film Editing, 1969

3
Outlander is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows That Never Won A Single Emmy
Outlander

Nominated For:

-Outstanding Music Composition for a Series, 2015
-Outstanding Costumes for a Period/Fantasy Series, Limited Series or Movie, 2016
-Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Period Program, 2016

4
Sons of Anarchy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows That Never Won A Single Emmy

Nominated For: 

-Outstanding Main Title Theme Music, 2009
-Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics: A Mother's Work, 2014
-Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic), 2015
-Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Limited Series or Movie, 2015
-Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics: Papa's Goods, 2015

5
Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Shows That Never Won A Single Emmy
6
Oz is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows That Never Won A Single Emmy

Nominated For:

-Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Charles S. Dutton, 1999
-Outstanding Casting for a Series, 1999

7
Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows That Never Won A Single Emmy

Notable Nominations:

-Outstanding Drama Series (2015, 2016, 2017)
-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Bob Odenkirk (2015, 2016, 2017)
-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Jonathan Banks (2015, 2016, 2017)
-Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (2015, 2017)

8
It's Always Sunny in Philadelp... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows That Never Won A Single Emmy

Nominated For: 

-Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Comedy Series or a Variety Program (2013, 2014, 2015) 

9
NCIS is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows That Never Won A Single Emmy

Nominated For: 

-Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Charles Durning, 2005
-Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Miniseries, or Movie (2008, 2012, 2013)

10
Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows That Never Won A Single Emmy

Never Nominated

11
Bates Motel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows That Never Won A Single Emmy

Nominated For:

-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Vera Farmiga, 2013
-Outstanding Music Composition for a Series, 2016 
-Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series, 2016

12
Justified is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows That Never Won A Single Emmy
13
Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows That Never Won A Single Emmy
14
Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows That Never Won A Single Emmy

Nominations:

-Outstanding Visual Effects, 2016

15
Prison Break is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows That Never Won A Single Emmy

Nominated For: 

-Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music, 2006 

16
Party Down is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows That Never Won A Single Emmy

Never Nominated

 

17
Better Off Ted is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows That Never Won A Single Emmy

Never Nominated

18
My So-Called Life is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows That Never Won A Single Emmy

Nominated For: 

-Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series: Scott Winant, 1995
-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Claire Danes, 1995
-Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, 1995
-Outstanding Main Title Theme Music, 1995

19
Rectify is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows That Never Won A Single Emmy

Never Nominated

20
Deadwood is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows That Never Won A Single Emmy
21
Terriers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows That Never Won A Single Emmy

Never Nominated

22
New Girl is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows That Never Won A Single Emmy

Nominated For:

-Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series: Jake Kasdan, 2012 
-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Zooey Deschanel, 2012
-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Max Greenfield, 2012
-Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series, 2012
-Outstanding Main Title Design, 2012

23
Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Shows That Never Won A Single Emmy

Never Nominated

24
Jane the Virgin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Shows That Never Won A Single Emmy

Nominations: 

-Outstanding Narrator: Anthony Mendez (2015, 2016)

25
Alias is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows That Never Won A Single Emmy