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Primetime Emmy Award
Emmys statues.jpg
The Emmys statue

Awarded for

Excellence in primetime television

Country of origin

United States

Presented by

Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

First awarded

1949

Most recent award winners

Outstanding Comedy Series: Ted Lasso
Outstanding Drama Series: The Crown
Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series: The Queen's Gambit
Outstanding Competition Program: RuPaul's Drag Race
Outstanding Variety Talk Series: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Outstanding Variety Sketch Series: Saturday Night Live
Outstanding Variety Special (Live): Stephen Colbert's Election Night 2020: Democracy's Last Stand Building Back America Great Again Better 2020
Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded): Hamilton

Networks

ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC


The Primetime Emmy Award is an American award bestowed by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS) in recognition of excellence in American primetime television programming. The award categories are divided into three classes: the regular Primetime Emmy Awards, the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards to honor technical and other similar behind-the-scenes achievements, and the Primetime Engineering Emmy Awards for recognizing significant contributions to the engineering and technological aspects of television. First given out in 1949, the award was originally referred to as simply the "Emmy Award" until the International Emmy Award and the Daytime Emmy Award were created in the early 1970s to expand the Emmy to other sectors of the television industry.

The Primetime Emmy Awards generally air every September, on the Sunday before the official start of the fall television season. Since 1995, the Emmys have been broadcast in rotation among the four major networks (ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC), each network taking turns to air the ceremony every four years. The ceremony is typically moved to late-August if it is broadcast by NBC (such as in 2006, 2010, and 2014), so that it does not conflict with NBC's commitment to broadcasting Sunday-night NFL games (due to another conflict, this time with the MTV Video Music Awards, the 2014 ceremony was also shifted to a Monday). The 2018 ceremony, broadcast by NBC, was moved back to September and aired on a Monday.

The name "Emmy" comes from the nickname "Immy," used to describe the image-orthicon camera tube that was a significant 1940s technical breakthrough in capturing images for television. Because the statue features a female figure holding an electron, the name "Immy" was feminized to "Emmy."[

The Emmys are considered the television equivalent to the Academy Awards (for film), Grammy Awards (for music), and Tony Awards (for stage).

Rules[]

Among the Primetime Emmy Award rules, a show must originally air on American television during the eligibility period between June 1 and May 31 of any given year. In order to be considered a national primetime show, the program must air between 6:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m., and to at least 50 percent of the country. A show that enters into the Primetime Emmy Awards cannot also be entered into the Daytime Emmy Awards or any other national Emmy competition. For shows in syndication, whose air times vary between media markets, they can either be entered in the Daytime or Primetime Emmy Awards (provided they still reach the 50 percent national reach), but not in both. For game shows that reach the 50 percent threshold, they can be entered into the Daytime Emmy Awards if they normally air before 8 p.m (including the former "access hour" from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.); otherwise, they are only eligible for the Primetime Emmy Awards. For web television programs, they must be available for downloading or streaming to more than 50 percent of the country, and like shows in syndication they can only enter in one of the national Emmy competitions.

Shows that are offered for pre-sale to consumers, whether on home video devices or via the Web, are ineligible if the pre-sale period starts more than 7 days before the show's initial airing. Also, a show that receives what the Academy calls a "general theatrical release" before its first airing (either via television or the Internet) is ineligible. The definition of this phrase excludes limited releases for the specific purpose of award qualification, such as screenings at film festivals or the one-week releases in Los Angeles (and, for documentaries, New York City as well) required for Oscar eligibility.

Entries must be submitted by the end of April, even if a show is not scheduled to originally air until the following month when the eligibility period ends in May. Most award categories also require entries to include DVDs or tape masters of the show. For most series categories, any six episodes that originally aired during the eligibility period must be submitted (programs that were cancelled before airing their sixth episode are thus ineligible). For most individual achievement categories, only one episode is required to be submitted; if an episode is a two-parter, both parts may be included on the submitted DVD.

Ballots to select the nominations are sent to Academy members in June. For most categories, members from each of the branches vote to determine the nominees only in their respective categories. All members can however vote for nominations in the best program categories. The final voting poll to determine the winners is held in August, and is done by judging panels. In June, the Academy solicits volunteers among its active members to serve on these panels. All active members may serve on the program panels; otherwise they are restricted to those categories within their own branch.

Ceremonies[]

Edition Date Venue Host(s) Network Most awards
1st January 25, 1949 Hollywood Athletic Club, Los Angeles, California Walter O'Keefe KFI Pantomine Quiz (1)
2nd January 27, 1950 Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles, California Bill Welsh Crusade in Europe, The Ed Wynn Show, Texaco Star Theatre and Time for Beany (1 each)
3rd January 23, 1951 Earl Warren KLAC (DuMont) The Alan Young Show, Campus Chorus and Orchestra, City at Night, KFI-TV University, KTLA Newsreel, Los Angeles Rams Football, Pulitzer Prize Playhouse, Time for Beany and Truth or Consequences (1 each)
4th February 18, 1952 Cocoanut Grove, Los Angeles, California Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz KECA (ABC) The Red Skeleton Show, Studio One and Your Show of Shows (1 each)
5th February 5, 1953 Hotel Statler, Los Angeles, California Art Linkletter KLAC (DuMont) Dragnet, I Love Lucy, Robert Montgomery Presents, See It Now, Time for Beany, What's My Line and Your Show of Shows (1 each)
6th February 11, 1954 Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, California Ed Sullivan KHJ I Love Lucy and The United States Steel Hour (2 each)
7th March 7, 1955 Moulin Rouge Nightclub, Los Angeles, California Steve Allen and Dave Garroway NBC Studio One (3)
8th March 17, 1956 Pan-Pacific Auditorium, Los Angeles, California Art Linkletter and Danny Thomas The Phil Silvers Show and Producers' Showcase (4 each)
9th March 16, 1957 NBC Studios, Burbank, California Desi Arnaz Caesar's Hour and Playhouse 90 (5 each)
10th April 15, 1958 Cocoanut Grove, Los Angeles, California Phil Silvers and Danny Thomas Playhouse 90 (4)
11th May 6, 1959 Moulin Rouge Nightclub, Los Angeles, California Raymond Burr An Evening with Fred Astaire (5)
12th June 20, 1960 NBC Studios, Burbank, California Fred Astaire The Jack Benny Program and The Moon and Sixpence (2 each)
13th May 16, 1961 Moulin Rouge Nightclub, Los Angeles, California Joey Bishop and Dick Powell Hallmark Hall of Fame (5)
14th May 22, 1962 Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, California Bob Newhart The Defenders (4)
15th May 26, 1963 Annette Funicello and Don Knotts
16th May 25, 1964 Joey Bishop and E.G. Marshall The Dick Van Dyke Show (5)
17th September 12, 1965 Sammy Davis Jr. and Danny Thomas Hallmark Hall of Fame (3)
18th May 22, 1966 Bill Cosby and Danny Kaye CBS The Dick Van Dyke Show (5)
19th June 4, 1967 The Century Plaza Hotel, Los Angeles, California Joey Bishop and Hugh Downs ABC Mission: Impossible (3)
20th May 19, 1968 Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, California Frank Sinatra and Dick Van Dyke NBC CBS Playhouse and Get Smart (3 each)
21st June 8, 1969 Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California Bill Cosby and Merv Griffin CBS CBS Playhouse, Get Smart and Male of the Species (2 each)
22nd June 7, 1970 The Century Plaza Hotel, Los Angeles, California David Frost and Danny Thomas ABC Marcus Welby, M.D. and Room 222 (3 each)
23rd May 9, 1971 Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles, California Johnny Carson NBC The Bold Ones: The Senator, Hallmark Hall of Fame and The Mary Tyler Moore Show (4 each)
24th May 14, 1972 CBS All in The Family (6)
25th May 20, 1973 Shubert Theatre, Los Angeles, California ABC The Waltons (5)
26th May 28, 1974 Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles, California NBC The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman and The Mary Tyler Moore Show (5 each)
27th May 19, 1975 Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, California none CBS The Mary Tyler Moore Show (5)
28th May 17, 1976 Shubert Theatre, Los Angeles, California John Denver and Mary Tyler Moore ABC
29th September 11, 1977 Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, California Robert Blake and Angie Dickinson NBC Roots (6)
30th September 17, 1978 Alan Alda CBS All in the Family and Holocaust (6 each)
31st September 9, 1979 Cheryl Ladd and Henry Winkler ABC All in The Family, Friendly Fire, The Jericho Mile, Lou Grant, Roots: The Next Generations and Taxi (2 each)
32nd September 7, 1980 Steve Allen and Dick Clark NBC Lou Grant (5)
33rd September 13, 1981 Ed Asner and Shirley MacLaine CBS Hill Street Blues (6)
34th September 19, 1982 John Forsythe and Marlo Thomas ABC Hill Street Blues (4)
35th September 25, 1983 Eddie Murphy and Joan Rivers NBC Cheers (4)
36th September 23, 1984 Tom Selleck CBS Hill Street Blues (4)
37th September 22, 1985 John Forsythe ABC Cagney and Lacey (4)
38th September 21, 1986 David Letterman and Shelley Long NBC
39th September 20, 1987 Bruce Willis Fox Promise (5)
40th August 28, 1988 John Forsythe Thirtysomething (4)
41st September 17, 1989 John Larroquete Cheers and Murphy Brown (3 each)
42nd September 16, 1990 Candice Bergen, Jay Leno and Jane Pauley L.A. Law and Murphy Brown (3 each)
43rd August 25, 1991 Dennis Miller Cheers (4)
44th August 30, 1992 Tim Allen, Kirstie Alley and Dennis Miller Miss Rose White, Murphy Brown and Northern Exposure (3 each)
45th September 19, 1993 Angela Lansbury ABC Picket Fences, The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom and Seinfeld (3 each)
46th September 11, 1994 Ellen DeGeneres and Patricia Richardson Frasier and Picket Fences (4 each)
47th September 10, 1995 Jason Alexander and Cybill Shepherd Fox Frasier (5)
48th September 8, 1996 Michael J. Fox, Paul Reiser and Oprah Winfrey ABC Dennis Miller Live, Frasier, Gulliver's Travels, The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, Picket Fences, Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny and The X-Files (2 each)
49th September 14, 1997 Bryant Gumbel CBS NYPD Blue (4)
50th September 13, 1998 Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California none NBC Frasier, George Wallace, NYPD Blue and The Practice (3 each)
51st September 12, 1999 Jenna Elfman and David Hyde Pierce Fox The Practice (4)
52nd September 10, 2000 Garry Shandling ABC The West Wing (5)
53rd November 4, 2001 Shubert Theatre, Los Angeles, California Ellen DeGeneres CBS The West Wing (4)
54th September 22, 2002 Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California Conan O'Brien NBC
55th September 21, 2003 none Fox Door to Door, Everybody Loves Raymond and The Sopranos (4 each)
56th September 19, 2004 Garry Shandling ABC Angels in America (7)
57th September 18, 2005 Ellen DeGeneres CBS Desperate Housewives, Everybody Loves Raymond and The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (3 each)
58th August 27, 2006 Conan O'Brien NBC Elizabeth I (4)
59th September 16, 2007 Ryan Seacrest Fox Broken Trail, Prime Suspect: The Final Act and The Sopranos (3 each)
60th September 21, 2008 Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles, California Tom Bergeron, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, Jeff Probst and Ryan Seacrest ABC 30 Rock and John Adams (5 each)
61st September 20, 2009 Neil Patrick Harris CBS 30 Rock, Grey Gardens and Little Dorrit (3 each)
62nd August 29, 2010 Jimmy Fallon NBC Temple Grandin (5)
63rd September 18, 2011 Jane Lynch Fox Modern Family (5)
64th September 23, 2012 Jimmy Kimmel ABC Game Change, Homeland and Modern Family (4 each)
65th September 22, 2013 Neil Patrick Harris CBS Behind the Candelabra (3)
66th August 25, 2014 Seth Meyers NBC Breaking Bad (5)
67th September 20, 2015 Andy Samberg Fox Olive Kitteridge (6)
68th September 18, 2016 Jimmy Kimmel ABC The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story (5)
69th September 17, 2017 Stephen Colbert CBS Big Little Lies and The Handmaid's Tale (5 each)
70th September 17, 2018 Michael Che and Colin Jost NBC The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (5)
71st September 22, 2019 none Fox Fleabag (4)
72nd September 20, 2020 Staples Center, Los Angeles, California Jimmy Kimmel ABC Schitt's Creek (7)
73rd September 19, 2021 The Event Deck at L.A. Live, Los Angeles, California Cedric the Entertainer CBS, Paramount+ The Crown (7)
74th September 12, 2022 Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles, California TBA NBC, Peacock TBA

International broadcasters[]

as of 2021

Country Network(s)
Central Europe AMC
Latin America TNT, TNT Series
Middle East OSN Series First
Sub-Saharan Africa M-Net
Australia Fox Arena
Belgium Play More Cinema
Canada CTV
Croatia HRT 1, HRT 2
Denmark TV 2 Zulu
France Série Club
Germany TNT Serie
India Lionsgate Play
Indonesia
Taiwan
Catchplay+
Israel yes Comedy
Italy Sky Atlantic, Sky Serie, Now
Japan U-NEXT
Netherlands OutTV
New Zealand Vibe
Portugal SIC Caras
Russia Amedia Premium
Spain
Andorra
Movistar Seriesmanía
United Kingdom
Ireland
Sky Showcase
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