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The Most Outrageous Emmy Snubs of All Time

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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.
  • 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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    Andy Griffith

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    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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    Ed O'Neill and Katey Sagal

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    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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    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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