The 2014 Emmy nominations, announced Thursday morning, will be remembered as the most snub-tastic nomination pool in recent Emmy history. IBTimes rounded them up yesterday, and people seem to be angriest that Tatiana Maslany, “The Good Wife,” “The Walking Dead” and Mariska Hargitay (!) were shut out of their respective categories. While we haven’t seen this many deserving shows and actors left in the dust in a long time, Emmy snubs are as old as prime time itself. Here are some of the most unforgettable snubs in Emmy history:
It’s hard to believe, but “The Wire” – considered by some to be the Greatest Show Of All Time, Ever (even better than “The Sopranos”!) -- never received an Emmy. In fact, the show was only nominated twice in its six-season run, both times for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series. It’s an incomprehensible slight that still stings: When discussing her show’s nomination with Entertainment Weekly on Thursday, Amy Schumer said she wished she could go back and give everyone on “The Wire” their propers. “… Everyone who worked on 'The Wire,' down to the last grip. Every extra on the show 'The Wire,' I want to give every Emmy to,” she said when asked what one show she felt most deserved an honor. “I can’t believe that show never won one. It’s so good. It’s like Shakespeare.”
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Before there was “Twilight, “True Blood” or “The Vampire Diaries,” there was “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” the supernatural teen drama that launched Joss Whedon’s career. Unlike “The Wire,” Buffy wasn’t completely shut out -- the WB series won two technical Emmys, and Whedon was nominated once in the writing category (he lost to Aaron Sorkin for “The West Wing”). Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy was completely ignored by the Primetime Emmys, though she did win a Daytime Emmy in 1995 for her work on “All My Children.”
An American Family
Widely considered the prototype for the contemporary unscripted series, “An American Family” followed the quirky, affluent Loud family through what turned out to be its disintegration -- though that wasn’t part of the original plan -- raising the question of how much the nonstop presence of cameras may have destroyed the family's dynamic. However, there was no unscripted television Emmy category when the series first aired on PBS in 1973 -- though you’d think the Academy would have found a way to squeeze it into the documentary category at the time or give it a special honor when “An American Family” re-aired in 2011. But no. Still, it’s not all bad news for the Loud family: In an interview for the New York Times last year, matriarch Pat Loud told Philip Galanes that she and husband Bill reconciled more than a decade ago.
The pioneering sitcom about a working class family with unglamorous problems never got a nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series, though the cast received numerous nominations and awards through its nine-season run. (We think Roseanne Barr is still angry. )
He loved Lucy, but the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences didn’t love him. Though his co-star Lucille Ball was nominated seven times and won twice, the multitalented Arnaz never got a nod. It’s enough to make you want to go on a hunger strike.
Believe it or not, Jon Hamm has never once taken home an Emmy award, though he has been nominated nine times (for his work on “Mad Men” and one time for a guest spot on “30 Rock.”). Here’s the thing: Is he the best actor on the show? No, he is not. But he is the show. So we think that before Don Draper inhales his last drag (filming for the final season just wrapped), Hamm will stand alone at the Emmy podium. But probably not this year -- our drug money is on Bryan Cranston.