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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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Melissa McBride is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Actresses Who've Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Melissa McBride The Walking Dead - The Walking Dead as Carol Peletier

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Katey Sagal is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Actresses Who've Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Katey Sagal Futurama, Sons of Anarchy, Married... with Children - Sons of Anarchy as Gemma Teller Morrow; Married with Children as Peggy Bundy

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219 83
Mary McDonnell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Actresses Who've Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Mary McDonnell 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)

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210 82
Mary Steenburgen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Actresses Who've Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Mary Steenburgen 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);

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199 75
Robin Wright is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Actresses Who've Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Robin Wright House of Cards, Santa Barbara, A TV Dante - House of Cards as Claire Underwood (Nom. Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series 2013 - 2016)

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Angela Lansbury is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Actresses Who've Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Angela Lansbury Murder, She Wrote, American Masters - Murder, She Wrote as Jessica Fletcher (Nom. Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (1985 - 1996)

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547 458
Connie Britton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Actresses Who've Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Connie Britton 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)

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Alyson Hannigan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Actresses Who've Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Alyson Hannigan 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

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865 697
Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Actresses Who've Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Amy Poehler Parks and Recreation, Saturday Night Live, Broad City - Parks and Recreation as Leslie Knope (Nom. Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series 2010 - 2015)

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595 591
Lauren Graham is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Actresses Who've Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Lauren Graham Gilmore Girls, Parenthood, Townies - Parenthood as Sarah Braverman, Gilmore Girls as Lorelai Gilmore

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502 399
Conchata Ferrell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Actresses Who've Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Conchata Ferrell 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)

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Zooey Deschanel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Actresses Who've Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Zooey Deschanel New Girl, Weeds, Tin Man - New Girl as Jess Day (Nom. Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series 2012)

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607 517
Kristen Wiig is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Actresses Who've Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Kristen Wiig Saturday Night Live, Bored to Death, The Looney Tunes Show - Saturday Night Live (Nom. Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series 2009 - 2012)

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426 437
Keri Russell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Actresses Who've Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Keri Russell Married... with Children, The Americans, Felicity - The Americans as Elizabeth Jennings (Nom. Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series 2016)

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734 649
Courteney Cox is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Actresses Who've Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Courteney Cox Friends, Family Ties, Cougar Town - Friends as Monica Geller-Bing

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748 663
Mayim Bialik is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Actresses Who've Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Mayim Bialik The Big Bang Theory, Blossom, Molloy - The Big Bang Theory as Amy Farrah Fowler (Nom. Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series 2012 - 2015)

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Debra Jo Rupp is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Actresses Who've Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Debra Jo Rupp That '70s Show, The Jeff Foxworthy Show, Teacher's Pet - That '70s Show as Kitty Forman, Friends as Alice Knight Buffay

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510 544
Kerry Washington is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Actresses Who've Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Kerry Washington 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) 

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425 375
Mindy Kaling is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Actresses Who've Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Mindy Kaling The Office, The Mindy Project, The Office: Subtle Sexuality - The Mindy Project as Mindy Lahiri, The Office as Kelly Kapoor

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340 354
Paula Malcomson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Actresses Who've Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Paula Malcomson Deadwood, Ray Donovan, Cold Case - Deadwood as Trixie, Sons of Anarchy as Maureen Ashby, Ray Donovan as Abby Donovan

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388 444
Kim Cattrall is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Actresses Who've Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Kim Cattrall 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)

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308 365
Brooke Smith is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Actresses Who've Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Brooke Smith Grey's Anatomy - Ray Donovan as Frances

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95 98
Joanne Froggatt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Actresses Who've Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Joanne Froggatt Downton Abbey, The Royle Family, Robin Hood - Downtown Abbey as Anna Bates (Nom. Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series 2012, 2014, 2015)

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361 484
Chandra Wilson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Actresses Who've Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Chandra Wilson Grey's Anatomy, Bob Patterson - Grey’s Anatomy as Miranda Bailey (Nom. Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series 2006 - 2009)

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141 144
Jane Kaczmarek is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Actresses Who've Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Jane Kaczmarek Malcolm in the Middle, Raising the Bar, The Paper Chase - Malcom in the Middle as Lois (Nom. Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series 2000 - 2006)

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303 465
Yvette Nicole Brown is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Actresses Who've Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Yvette Nicole Brown Community, Drake & Josh, The Odd Couple - Community as Shirley Bennett

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Phylicia Rashād is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Actresses Who've Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Phylicia Rashād The Cosby Show, Little Bill, Do No Harm - The Cosby Show as Clair Huxtable (Nom. Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series 1985, 1986)

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183 357
Kim Dickens is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Actresses Who've Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Kim Dickens Deadwood, Treme, Out of Order - House of Cards as Kate Baldwin, Sons of Anarchy as Colette Jane, Treme as Janette Desautel, Deadwood as Joanie Stubbs

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60 147
Christina Hendricks is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Actresses Who've Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Christina Hendricks Firefly, Mad Men, Kevin Hill - Mad Men as Joan Holloway (Nom. Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series 2010 - 2015)

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183 405
Retta is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Actresses Who've Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Retta Parks and Recreation - Parks and Recreation as Donna Meagle

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100 408
Felicia Pearson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Actresses Who've Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)
Felicia Pearson The Wire - The Wire as Felicia “Snoop” Pearson