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The Most Outrageous Emmy Snubs of All Time

Updated June 14, 2019 2.4k votes 560 voters 43.6k views25 items

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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  • Homicide: Life on the Street
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    Homicide: Life on the Street won four Primetime Emmy awards. The first two came in 1993, when the show won Outstanding Achievement in Directing a Drama Series and Writing a Drama Series, for two different episodes. It took two more awards in 1998 - Outstanding Casting for a Series and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama for star Andre Braugher. Notice something missing? Yes, despite being, arguably, one of the finest crime dramas in TV history - and influencing a large variety of films, as well as another acclaimed show The Wire, Homicide never won or was even nominated for Best Dramatic Series. Criminal.
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    Jim Nabors

    Jim Nabors
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    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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  • Hugh Laurie
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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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    Nick Offerman

    Nick Offerman
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    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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