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The Most Outrageous Emmy Snubs of All Time 

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Updated June 14, 2019 2.2k votes 549 voters 43.5k views 25 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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In 2006 Hugh was nominated for an Emmy due to his portrayal of Earl of Essex in Elizabeth I. In recent years, his chance of get nomitated again was very high due his work in Hanniblal (2013-2015) as Will Graham, being this his most iconic role, and a complex well developed character. Unfortunately, Hugh never got the recognition for his portrayal.

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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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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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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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