The Emmys are the best of times, but they're also the worst of times. Specifically, it sucks when deserving performances or brilliant TV shows are overlooked either because they exist outside the mainstream or because the Emmy voters got drunk the day they were supposed to turn in their ballots. Whatever, we don't know their lives. What we do know, is that being snubbed sucks, and these folks deserved better.
1. Sarah Michelle Gellar and Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Sure, Buffy the Vampire Slayer is widely regarded as one of the most influential series in popular culture, but during its seven seasons on air, the show and star Sarah Michelle Gellar were repeatedly snubbed by Emmy voters. Yes, it's true the series did take home a couple of technical awards (what up, makeup?!), but the series lost far more than it actually won. And the fact that series creator Joss Whedon lost the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for "Hush" to Aaron Sorkin and Rick Cleveland for The West Wing is still a crime against humanity.
2. The Wire
There was a time not that long ago when you couldn't go to a party without a bro cornering you and asking you if you'd watched The Wire yet, and despite the fact people all over the world are currently riding the Idris Elba train and are finally hip to Bunk and McNulty, the harsh truth is that the acclaimed HBO drama went ignored by most viewers, and especially the Emmys, during its run.
3. The Cast of Mad Men
Right now you're thinking, wait, Jon Hamm totally won an Emmy! And it's true, the actor took home the Emmy for his performance as Don Draper in the final season of AMC's Mad Men. But Hamm's Emmy is the series' only acting win in 37 nominations. It also wasn't even for Hamm's finest performance, which actually came in 2010's "The Suitcase." But at the 2011 Emmys — which was notable because Breaking Bad was not eligible and Hamm was considered a lock to win — he lost the award to Kyle Chandler for the final season of Friday Night Lights.
4. Steve Carell, The Office
Unlike some of the people on this list who never even made it to the ceremony, Steve Carell had the unfortunate circumstance of being nominated six times for his performance as the clueless Michael Scott on The Office but never once taking home the statue. Everyone thought Carell had it in the bag for the character's swan song "Goodbye Michael," but he lost to The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons for the second year in a row.
In 2011, when Breaking Bad was not eligible, things looked pretty good for the FX western Justified. During the show's stellar second season, Margo Martindale took home the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama and stars Timothy Olyphant and Walton Goggins were both nominated (they lost to Kyle Chandler and Peter Dinklage, respectively). But despite a couple of nominations and wins for guest actors over the next few seasons, the series was never able to break through again as competition in the drama races really started heating up. The show's excellent final season was robbed. True story.
6. Lauren Graham and Gilmore Girls
For seven seasons Lauren Graham was perfection as the coffee-loving, pop culture-obsessed Lorelai Gilmore. But her performance was overlooked by Emmy voters for the simple reason that the mother-daughter dramedy aired on The WB. Like its successor The CW, the network's programs were frequently dismissed by snooty Emmy voters, which meant that Gilmore Girls and Graham failed to get the recognition they ultimately deserved. Here's hoping the Netflix revival changes that.
7. Katey Sagal, Sons of Anarchy
Sons of Anarchy's Harley ran out of gas near the end, but Katey Sagal's performance as Gemma Teller-Morrow, the fierce matriarch of the violent Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, was a revelation. In Sagal's hands, Gemma was both a loving mother to Jax and his young children and also a formidable opponent who would absolutely stab her daughter-in-law in the head with a barbecue fork if she believed it was the right thing to do. Although Sagal took home the Golden Globe for her work in the show's excellent second season, the Emmys never caught on.
8. Hugh Laurie
Hugh Laurie is nominated for two Emmys in 2016, one as an executive producer of The Night Manager and one for his supporting performance as an international arms dealer in the AMC adaptation of the John le Carré novel. Should he lose in both races, he'll officially be zero for nine at the Emmys. The actor was previously nominated six times for his performance as the curmudgeonly doctor Gregory House in House's eight seasons, and was nominated as an executive producer in 2009, when the series was up for Outstanding Drama Series. In his acting races, he lost to James Spader twice (2005, 2007), Bryan Cranston three times (2008, 2009, 2010) and Kyle Chandler once (2011).
9. Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury may be tied for the most Tony Award wins ever at five, but the 90-year-old British actress is batting zero for 17 at the Emmys. She was nominated 12 times for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama for her performance as Jessica Fletcher on Murder, She Wrote but never once took home the golden winged statue.
10. Bob Newhart
Although Bob Newhart was finally honored with an Emmy in 2013 for a guest appearance on The Big Bang Theory, the actor is just one for nine in terms of nominations over the course of his amazing career. Meanwhile, his sitcom Newhart, which ran from 1982 until 1990, still holds the program record for most losses and no wins at 25.
11. Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Amy Poehler took home her first Emmy on her 17th nomination at last weekend's Creative Arts Emmys, this time for co-hosting Saturday Night Live with Tina Fey. But for her seven seasons, the actress was snubbed for her performance as Leslie Knope on NBC's Parks and Recreation, and that's a bunch of bull.
12. Courteney Cox, Friends
You know how awkward it is when you all your friends are invited to the same party and you're not? That's what it was like for Courteney Cox, the only cast member of NBC's Friends to never be nominated for an Emmy during the show's entire run. Talk about devastating. And awkward.
13. Andy Griffith
In a rather surprising and disappointing statistic, the late actor Andy Griffith was nominated for just one Emmy Award — for Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Special in 1981 — over his entire career, and he failed to take home any hardware. Meanwhile, Don Knotts, his co-star on The Andy Griffith Show, went five for five during the show's run.
The '90s comedy Roseanne took home four Emmys during its nine-year run — Roseanne Barr once (1993), supporting actress Laurie Metcalf three times (1992, 1993, 1994) — but the series was never nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series. Meanwhile, lead actor John Goodman was nominated seven times for his performance and never won.