The 74th Primetime Emmy Awards, which will be broadcast on NBC and streamed on Peacock on September 12, will provide Television Academy voters the chance to remedy historical wrongs. Sandra Oh, who is once again nominated for Killing Eve, has received 13 Emmy nods throughout the years but has never won the award. Issa Rae, who is up for an award for her work on Insecure, has had eight nominations but no awards. And could someone, for the love of Goodman, please award Better Call Saul with an Emmy?
But then, this is the same Television Academy that never awarded prizes to the following programmes (unless that prize was a much-belated Governors Award). See our selections for the TV programmes that deserved plenty of time in the Emmy spotlight but received none by scrolling down.
One of the many problems with My So-Called Life being cancelled after just one season was that Emmy voters were never given the chance to make amends and give this ABC high-school drama, starring Claire Danes, Jared Leto, and Wilson Cruz, the honours it so fully deserved. It is a standout among the 90 Best Shows of the 1990s on our list, and how many other one-season marvels are still brought up in casual conversation almost 30 years after their first airing?
In addition to co-creating Parks and Recreation, Michael Schur also created this NBC sitcom, which combined a high-concept premise—Kristen Bell’s character accidentally entering a paradise-like afterlife—with unexpected philosophical depth. Several of the series’ regular and guest actors received nominations for the 13 categories, but no one took home a prize. In no way.
Even though Katey Sagal, Ron Perlman, and other notable small-screen actors gave frightfully superb performances, this addictive FX drama about a violent motorcycle gang only ever received (well-deserved) Emmy nominations in technical categories and never won an award.
While watching this adorable NBC dramedy from Jason Katims, we couldn’t help but smile or cry. With outstanding performances from Monica Potter, Mae Whitman, and Craig T. Nelson, we watched as the Braverman family matured, fell apart, and then came back together over the course of six seasons. The programme, however, has only ever received one nomination and no wins.
For her portrayal of an idealistic public servant in a quirky Indiana town, Amy Poehler received six consecutive nominations for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, and Parks and Recreation received two nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series in addition to its eight other nominations. However, has anyone from the NBC show ever won? Knope!
For this groundbreaking science fiction programme, the Emmy Awards were the last stop. The Television Academy didn’t show any appreciation for the 1960s-era NBC show, which served as the Big Bang for a media universe, until the 2018 Governors Awards. And it was at that point that actor William Shatner dared to enter a Star Trek: The Original Series first: the Emmys stage.
Many critics, including those who write for Entertainment Weekly, Salon, Slate, and the BBC, among others, have praised David Simon’s multilayered exploration of Baltimore’s failing systems as the best television programme ever made. However, the HBO programme only garnered two Emmy nominations, both in the Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series category, and failed to take home any prizes.