The Emmy Awards is just around the corner, and while it’s dubbed the Oscars of TV some of our favourite shows have never managed to bag one.
Here are some of the best TV shows that never won an Emmy.
Sons of Anarchy
Sons of Anarchy fans blame the Emmy committee’s vendetta against its outspoken creator Kurt Sutter for their lack of accolades. Who knows if they’re really holding a grudge, but there has to be a reason why one of FX’s highest-rated shows has only been nominated five times for music, stunts, and makeup.
As much as the fans and the critics loved The Wire, the show never managed to bag itself an Emmy. Through its six-year run, it only managed to get nominated twice.
So 2016 might have been the first year Doctor Who was eligible for an Emmy Award, thanks to the co-production status with US cable channel BBC America. But still, it wasn’t nominated, despite being put forward for a number of applications.
The Fresh Prince of Bel Air
Will Smith led the cast in the hilarious comedy show, it was hugely successful and was the perfect launching pad for the superstar actor, but it still never managed to take home an Emmy.
Star Trek: The Original Series might have boldly gone where no show has ever gone before, but that wasn’t enough to land it an Emmy Award. During the three years, it ran after its 1966 debut, Star Trek got zero nods from the Emmy committee. Even worse: The Next Generation only ever received ONE nomination in its history: for Outstanding Drama in 1994.
Hannibal never managed to even bag a nomination during its three-year stint. We're still not sure why Mads Mikkelsen was so overlooked.
Prison Break might have left us waning towards the end, but the early seasons definitely should have received more than just one nomination for the music score. Maybe they’ll win something once it returns.
Married with Children
We’re pretty used to comedy shows with dysfunctional families, and all of that started with Married with Children. An amazingly funny, crude show that started in the 80s, and it’s still just as funny now. It’s almost impossible to watch Ed O’Neill in Modern Family now without thinking about the vulgar character Al Bundy.
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
After 11 seasons this quirky comedy only managed three nominations, which were all for stunts.
Now it might not be comparable to some of the amazing TV dramas we’ve seen over the years, but you’d think after 11 seasons it would have been nominated for something.
As much of a classic TV show Charlie’s Angels was, you might be surprised to learn that it never won an Emmy award. There were a few nominations for sound editing and some of the actors, but nothing for the leading ladies Jaclyn Smith, Cheryl Ladd or Farrah Fawcett.
The A-Team was one of the shows that defined the eighties, yet it only managed to bag nominations from the Emmy board for sound editing.
Parks and Recreation
The NBC workplace sitcom signed off in 2015 after seven seasons. It picked up nine nominations throughout its run and Amy Poehler racked up six nominations for best lead actress in a comedy series, but unfortunately, she never landed the gold for it.
Brutal and violent, Oz was an excellent portrayal of life in prison. The show might have pushed the boundaries, but without a doubt, it was deserving of an Emmy win, it's just unfortunate it never managed to bag one.
So this show might not be the best cop procedural out there, but the ratings and popularity of this show surely mean it should have more nominations than those it has.