September 11, 2000 12:00 PM

Patricia Heaton, Everybody Loves Raymond (CBS)

Jane Kaczmarek, Malcolm in the Middle (FOX) *

Debra Messing, WHI & Grace (NBC)

Sarah Jessica Parker, Sex and the City (HBO)

This is a mighty competitive category, but we bestow the highest accolade on Kaczmarek for her inspired characterization of a mother who manages to be tyrannical, ruthless, wacky and loving all at the same time. One look in her eyes and you know she’ll stop at hardly anything to extract a confession from one of her troublesome brood. On the other hand, Elfman’s charm is indispensable to Dharma, Heaton plays off Ray Romano with such subtle skill…

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