5 Deserving Shows That Will Probably Never Attain Emmy Gold

By Nick Venable 2014-07-10 13:02:52 discussion comments
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In the grand scheme of things, awards aren’t as important to a series as consistent ratings and a dedicated audience, but there’s a difference in prestige between calling something a “fan-favorite” show and an “award-winning” show. The goal will always be for gold, but it’s become clear over the years that Emmy voters have very little interest in giving certain series their due justice, for one reason or another. We’d love to picket down the streets of Emmyville, raising hell every time a deserved nomination slips through the cracks, but sometimes one just has to accept the way things are. And we accepted those things once again with this morning’s nomination reveals.

As such, here are five series that never got the Primetime Emmy attention they deserve, and probably never will. This obviously isn’t an exhaustive list, and doesn’t reflect the entire TV landscape, but these are series that have been on for multiple years that mostly retained the same level of quality and enjoyment. To be clear, some have been nominated and one even took home an award, but not in one of the top categories. (Not that I’m trying to be an elitist here.) So pour yourself a nice big can of wine and read on!

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It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Like every show on this list – spoiler alert! – It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia works best with its brilliant ensemble cast all on screen at the same time, yelling loudly while madness envelops them. For nine seasons now, with more on the way, The Gang has built a rock solid reputation for itself that neither Nightman nor Dayman would ever dream of challenging. Everything about this show is comedy gold, from a career-best Danny DeVito to the imploding plotlines to the revolving door of side characters that Dennis (Glenn Howerton), Charlie (Charlie Day), Mac (Rob McElhenney) and Dee (Kaitlin Olson) inevitably treat like garbage in order to get their way.

Season 9 was predictably just as hilarious as each of its predecessors, with highlights including The Gang’s attempt to correct their lifelong mistreatment of others, as well as Mac Day and the unparalleled lunacy of the episode “The Gang Makes Lethal Weapon 6.” And if there’s any question that It’s Always Sunny should make this list, this season even had the episode “The Gang Tries Desperately to Win an Award,” in which they miss out on winning “Best Bar in Philadelphia," so they head out to mess with the trendy winning bar. If only The Gang could wander through this year’s Outstanding Comedy Series list.
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