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5 Iconic TV Shows That Never Won an Emmy

5 Iconic TV Shows That Never Won an Emmy

Although these five iconic TV shows are all that anyone could talk about in their time, they weren’t popular enough to secure an Emmy.

Each of the iconic TV shows is known for its fun storylines, quotable moments, and interesting dialogue. However, they never received recognition from the Emmys.

Here are the top 5 iconic TV shows that never received an Emmy.

1. ‘Star Trek’

The wildly popular sci-fi series never received the Emmy recognition it definitely should have. The classic TV show premiered in the late 60s and ran for three seasons. Although it was mildly short-lived, the hit series had multiple spinoffs and franchise films. William Shatner starred on the show alongside Leonard Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols, Gene Roddenberry, and George Takei. 

2. ‘MacGyver’

The ‘80s classic TV show followed Richard Dean Anderson as MacGyver, who is described as a secret agent armed with extensive amounts of scientific resourcefulness. The show ran from 1985 to 1992 and never received an Emmy. However, a revival occurred in 2016, in which Lucas Till portrayed a younger version of the iconic action-packed hero. 

3. ‘Gilligan’s Island’ (the iconic TV show without a single Emmy nomination)

The laughter, the fun, the… lack of Emmy nominations? What? Gilligan’s Island is the classic TV show everyone didn’t know they needed. The show follows seven men and women who are stranded on an uncharted island following a terrifying storm on the sea. Although it continues to draw in fans with its quotable moments, the show never received an Emmy nomination. 

4. ‘Married… With Children’

“Love and marriage” is such a catchy song and with a star-studded cast, the classic TV show Married… With Children had laughter and fun. It just never received the recognition from the Emmys it deserved. The show ran from 1987 to 1997 and starred Ed O’Neill, Christina Applegate, David Faustino, and Katey Sagal.

While the show was pretty popular during its 10-year run, O’Neill revealed in a 2020 interview on The Ellen Show that he didn’t know that the iconic TV show was canceled until six weeks after the decision was made. “And when they called me, it was like — I swear to God — it was like six weeks later,” O’Neill recalled. “‘Someone dropped the ball, Ed, on this.’”

5. ‘The Addams Family’

They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious, and spooky… The Addams Family created a classic TV show category like no other. The series ran from 1964 to 1966 with 64 episodes during its two-season run.

Although the gothic family was not like any other classic TV show family, their standout wasn’t enough for an Emmy Nomination. However, that didn’t stop the franchise from becoming a household name in the ‘90s when two Addams Family films hit theaters. Netflix also released the hit series Wednesday which follows Wednesday Addams as she attends Nevermore School.