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STEVE CARELL, THE OFFICE
Though the show won multiple Emmys, it’s surprising that Carell, who played the socially inept manager at the Dunder Mifflin paper company, was repeatedly overlooked. That led to this Tweet from his outraged costar, Rainn Wilson: “The world of TV should be ashamed of itself that Steve Carell never won an Emmy for Michael Gary Scott.” Now that’s a loyal underling!
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HUGH LAURIE, HOUSE M.D.
The talented Brit s Dr. Gregory House was surly and smart, the antithesis to the Dr. McNiceys that typically make the rounds of TV medical dramas, yet Laurie was nominated – and lost – seven times. Clearly Laurie’s bedside manner won over viewers, but not Emmy voters.
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PHYLICIA RASHAD, THE COSBY SHOW
The sitcom was groundbreaking in its depiction of a happy and loving upper-middle-class African-American family from Brooklyn, N.Y. Rashad’s portrayal of the stern but loving working mom Clair Huxtable gave the show its heart. So it seems particularly heartless that her contribution was never acknowledged by the TV academy.
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ED O'NEILL, MARRIED WITH CHILDREN
He may be Jay Pritchett on Modern Family, but the actor first came to viewers attention playing Al Bundy, the crass but lovable shoe salesman with the miserable life on Married With Children. Though O’Neill starred on the popular sitcom for more than a decade, the actor never even received a single Emmy nod! As for his current gig, he’s still waiting for the award but at least he’s been nominated three times!
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JASON ALEXANDER, SEINFELD
His character, George Costanza, once described himself as “a short bald guy with glasses who suddenly doesn t seem so funny.” Alexander got laughs aplenty as Jerry’s neurotic pal, and with seven consecutive nominations, clearly someone liked him. Just not enough.
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COURTENEY COX, FRIENDS
While all the other Friends received at least one Emmy nod over the years and a few wins, Cox got nada. Being shut out in 2001 was especially painful. “I had a hard time not taking it personally when it was both Lisa and Jennifer [getting nominated] at the same time,” the actress told TVLine. “Both girls and not me? It hurt.”
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JACKIE GLEASON, THE HONEYMOONERS
With the classic comedy lasting only one season as a stand-alone show (he reprised The Honeymooners years later as a skit on The Jackie Gleason Show), the actor didn’t have many opportunities to nab an award. Still, he was considered one of the all-time great comedians and a pioneer in the early days of television – you’d think his Ralph Kramden would have been shown some love. “To the moon, Academy!”
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MARTIN SHEEN, THE WEST WING
The political drama nabbed more than two dozen Emmys for the actors and crew – but none for veteran Sheen, who portrayed the President of the United States as an intellectual, compassionate Democrat. We demand a recount!
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LAUREN GRAHAM, GILMORE GIRLS
As Lorelai, the plucky single mom raising a teen daughter in small-town Connecticut, Graham was adept at the show’s witty, fast-paced dialogue. But an acting award wasn t in the cards; in fact, the only Emmy the show ever won was for best makeup.
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LARRY HAGMAN, DALLAS
In 1980, an astounding 350 million viewers were glued to their TVs to learn the answer to “Who shot J.R.?” Even though the character was one of TV’s all-time greatest villains who did evil things even to his family, Hagman somehow made J.R. human. But all the oil in Texas couldn’t buy the actor an Emmy.
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BOB NEWHART, NEWHART
With his deadpan delivery and uncanny timing, Newhart made comedy look easy. Maybe that’s why the former standup, who had another Emmy-less hit, The Bob Newhart Show, earlier in his career, repeatedly went home empty-handed on awards night. (He finally won for a guest role on The Big Bang Theory in 2013.)
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MICHAEL LANDON, LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE
The beloved actor spent nine years as the wise, warm and persevering patriarch Charles Ingalls, which earned him legions of fans but inexplicably no Emmys. If Pa Ingalls didn’t deserve an award, who did? Surely, Half Pint wasn’t happy!
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KERI RUSSELL, FELICITY
The main character evolved from an impulsive college freshman to a more mature senior as portrayed by Russell. The show was cherished by fans but Emmy voters didn’t feel the love. In 2014 Russell was snubbed again, for her starring role on the critically acclaimed first-season drama, The Americans.