Emmys The Best Actresses Who've Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)  

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List Rules Actresses, primarily known for TV work, who have been eligible for an Emmy award in an acting category - but haven't won.

Despite years as television mainstays, some of the brightest starts of the small screen have never been recognized by Emmy voters for their work. We're talking big names like Amy Poehler, Zooey Deschanel, and Connie Britton. All are extremely talented women who've never managed to take home the trophy. Tatiana Maslany brilliantly plays multiple characters on Orphan Black, and the girl still can't get any Emmy love!

Angela Lansbury is the queen of the TV actress Emmy snubs with 18 nominations and no trophy. She published 18 books and played Jessica Fletcher on Murder, She Wrote for so many years she could probably have solved actual crimes for law enforcement. The Television Academy sure teased Lansbury with all those nominations and yet she’s one of those great actresses who never won Emmys. Despite all the top TV performances turned in by these ladies, they're all a reminder of how TV actress Emmy snubs go.

How many times will Melissa McBride blow up the screen on The Walking Dead before she gets to be one of the chosen few actresses who won Emmys? Perhaps she should bake them some cookies. Courteney Cox had to watch her female Friends costars take home trophies and be repeatedly nominated while she got left out in the cold. The Television Academy knew that Monica wasn’t a real person, right? And that Cox was just as compelling as Lisa Kudrow and Jennifer Aniston. No?

Another one of those TV actress Emmy snubs belongs to Kim Cattrall. As Samantha Jones on Sex and the City, Cattrall talked about sex, infidelity, younger men, and menopause in a groundbreaking way. Her bold and flawed Jones opened up the dialogue about sexuality and a woman’s right to choose who she shares her bed with. Cattrall joins those actresses who never won Emmys, though she did win a Razzie in 2011 for Sex and the City 2.

Some of these TV actress Emmy snubs are so frustrating, it makes you want to ask the Television Academy what they're even looking for in an actress's performance. Which TV actress Emmy snub gets your goat the most? Vote her up and show some Emmy love for these Hollywood women who deserve recognition.

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1,167 411
Melissa McBride is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Actresses Who've Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead as Carol Peletier
2
814 690
Courteney Cox is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Actresses Who've Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Friends, Family Ties, Cougar Town
Friends as Monica Geller-Bing
3
942 727
Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Actresses Who've Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Parks and Recreation, Saturday Night Live, Broad City
Parks and Recreation as Leslie Knope (Nom. Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series 2010 - 2015)
4
1,020 792
Alyson Hannigan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Actresses Who've Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, How I Met Your Mother, Veronica Mars

Buffy the Vampire Slayer as Willow Rosenberg; How I Met Your Mother as Lily Aldrin

5
1,808 1,048
Katey Sagal is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Actresses Who've Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Futurama, Sons of Anarchy, Married... with Children

Sons of Anarchy as Gemma Teller Morrow; Married with Children as Peggy Bundy

6
255 117
Robin Wright is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Actresses Who've Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
House of Cards, Santa Barbara, A TV Dante

House of Cards as Claire Underwood (Nom. Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series 2013 - 2016)

7
597 492
Connie Britton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Actresses Who've Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
American Horror Story, Friday Night Lights, Nashville
Friday Night Lights as Tami Taylor (Nom. Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series 2010 - 2011) Nashville as Rayna James (Nom. Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series 2013)
8
810 619
Angela Lansbury is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Actresses Who've Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Murder, She Wrote, American Masters
Murder, She Wrote as Jessica Fletcher (Nom. Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (1985 - 1996)
9
250 115
Mary Steenburgen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Actresses Who've Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Bored to Death, Joan of Arcadia, Back to the Future

The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank as Miep Gies (Nom. Outstanding Lead Actress - Miniseries or a Movie 1988);

10
647 628
Lauren Graham is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Actresses Who've Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Gilmore Girls, Parenthood, Townies
Parenthood as Sarah Braverman, Gilmore Girls as Lorelai Gilmore
11
243 127
Mary McDonnell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Actresses Who've Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Battlestar Galactica, Major Crimes, The Closer

Major Crimes as Sharon Raydor; The Closer asS haron Raydor on(Nom. Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series 2011)

12
646 554
Kristen Wiig is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Actresses Who've Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Saturday Night Live, Bored to Death, The Looney Tunes Show
Saturday Night Live (Nom. Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series 2009 - 2012)
13
545 577
Kerry Washington is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Actresses Who've Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Scandal, Black Panther, 100 Centre Street

Scandal as Olivia Pope (Nom. Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series 2013 - 2014); Confirmation (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie 2016) 

14
455 475
Keri Russell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Actresses Who've Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Married... with Children, The Americans, Felicity

The Americans as Elizabeth Jennings (Nom. Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series 2016)

15
795 763
Zooey Deschanel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Actresses Who've Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
New Girl, Weeds, Tin Man

New Girl as Jess Day (Nom. Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series 2012)

16
522 435
Conchata Ferrell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Actresses Who've Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Two and a Half Men, L.A. Law, B. J. and the Bear
Two and a Half Men as Berta (Nom. Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series 2005, 2007)
17
793 697
Mayim Bialik is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Actresses Who've Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
The Big Bang Theory, Blossom, Molloy
The Big Bang Theory as Amy Farrah Fowler (Nom. Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series 2012 - 2015)
18
404 483
Kim Cattrall is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Actresses Who've Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Sex and the City, My Boy Jack, Producing Parker
Sex and the City as Samantha Jones (Nom. Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series 2000 - 2004)
19
451 408
Mindy Kaling is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Actresses Who've Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
The Office, The Mindy Project, The Office: Subtle Sexuality
The Mindy Project as Mindy Lahiri, The Office as Kelly Kapoor
20
824 708
Debra Jo Rupp is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Actresses Who've Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
That '70s Show, The Jeff Foxworthy Show, Teacher's Pet
That '70s Show as Kitty Forman, Friends as Alice Knight Buffay
21
347 389
Paula Malcomson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Actresses Who've Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Deadwood, Ray Donovan, Cold Case
Deadwood as Trixie, Sons of Anarchy as Maureen Ashby, Ray Donovan as Abby Donovan
22
320 498
Yvette Nicole Brown is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Actresses Who've Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Community, Drake & Josh, The Odd Couple
Community as Shirley Bennett
23
107 132
Joanne Froggatt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Actresses Who've Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Downton Abbey, The Royle Family, Robin Hood

Downtown Abbey as Anna Bates (Nom. Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series 2012, 2014, 2015)

24
395 512
Chandra Wilson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Actresses Who've Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Grey's Anatomy, Bob Patterson
Grey’s Anatomy as Miranda Bailey (Nom. Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series 2006 - 2009)
25
314 399
Brooke Smith is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Actresses Who've Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Grey's Anatomy
Ray Donovan as Frances