And the Winner for Best Comedy Was...

This coming Sunday, September 23, we’ll get to see the winners of the Emmy Awards for 2012.  I’m looking forward to finding out who the victors are, though I have favorites I’m cheering for.

In my last blog, I listed some of the past winners for Best Drama.  So, naturally, I’m following that up with past winners for Best Comedy.  As before, I’m not including any series that are still being broadcast with new episodes.  But the list is pretty long, with a variety of settings -- from domestic to wartime to office – and with humor ranging from slapstick to satire to dramedy.

The situation comedy dynamic usually stays the same over the decades, with a close-knit group of people interacting with each other and with circumstances that disrupt their home or office or even their camaraderie.  There may be squabbles within the group, whether family or friends or co-workers.  But there’s always the sense of “we’re all in this
together.”  And that is why comedies always find a place in our homes -- and sometimes in our hearts.

I Love Lucy (1953, 1954) – Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, William Frawley
The Dick Van Dyke Show (1963, 1964, 1966) – Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie, Morey Amsterdam
The Monkees (1967) – Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork
Get Smart (1968, 1969) – Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, Edward Platt
All in the Family (1971, 1972, 1973, 1978) – Carroll O’Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, Sally Struthers
M*A*S*H (1974) – Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, McLean Stevenson, Loretta Swit, Larry Linville, Gary Burghoff
The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1975, 1976, 1977) – Mary Tyler Moore, Valerie Harper, Edward Asner, Ted Knight, Gavin McLeod, Betty White
Taxi (1979, 1980, 1981) – Judd Hirsch, Danny DeVito, Marilu Henner, Jeff Conaway, Tony Danza, Andy Kaufman, Christopher Lloyd
Barney Miller (1982) – Hal Linden, Abe Vigoda, Max Gail, Ron Glass, Jack Soo, Steve Landesberg
Cheers (1983, 1984, 1988, 1991) – Ted Danson, Shelley Long, Rhea Perlman, George Wendt, John Ratzenberger, Kelsey Grammer, Kirstie Alley
The Cosby Show (1985) – Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Sabrina Le Beauf, Lisa Bonet, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Tempestt Bledsoe, Keshia Knight Pulliam
The Golden Girls (1986, 1987) – Bea Arthur, Estelle Getty, Rue McClanahan, Betty White
Murphy Brown (1990, 1992) – Candice Bergen, Charles Kimbrough, Faith Ford, Joe Regalbuto, Grant Shaud
Seinfeld (1993) – Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards
Frasier (1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998) – Kelsey Grammer, David Hyde Pierce, John Mahoney, Jane Leeves, Peri Gilpin
Ally McBeal (1999) – Calista Flockhart, Jane Krakowski, Greg German, Peter MacNicol
Will & Grace (2000) – Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes, Megan Mullally
Sex and the City (2001) – Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon
Friends (2002) – Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer
Everybody Loves Raymond (2003, 2005) – Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Doris Roberts, Peter Boyle, Brad Garrett
Arrested Development (2004) – Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi, David Cross, Will Arnett, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, Alia Shawkat

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