Never Nominated! The Most Surprising Emmy Snubs

Ouch! Could anything sting more than starring in a TV show that has it all—ratings and critical acclaim—and still not being respected by your peers come Emmys time? This week, we're taking a look at the actors and shows that never got any Emmy love.

Yolanda Sangweni Sep, 16, 2013

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Here's one of those shows we'll be talking about for the rest of lives. A show college kids watch in sociology class because it's that important. And not a single Emmy nod for best drama? Though it was nominated (and lost) for best writing, The Wire deserved so much more recognition.

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Excuse us while we scream "What?!" Not one Emmy nod for Martin? How could the Emmys have possibly ignored one of the funniest TV sitcoms of all time?

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Okay, so it wasn't quite The Cosby Show, but Moesha never disappointed when it came to giving us wholesome family values. Plus, it addressed social issues like teen drug abuse and pregnancy.

4 of 10 NBC/ Getty

Whatcha you talkin bout, Emmys? For all his genius as the adorable Arnold Jackson, Gary Coleman was never nominated. We can't think of anyone more deserving of a golden angel than Coleman.

5 of 10 CW Network

Nineteen seasons of Tyra Banks hitting all the right notes (great ratings, tons of drama) with her modeling competition and she's never received a nod from the Emmys. Someday we'd like to say, 'Congratulations Tyra, you're in the running to become America's best reality competition show."

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This cleverly written family sitcom had all the makings of a TV classic. Though nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Cinematography, we think it deserved a little more.

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Talk about getting ignored! C'mon Emmys, Girlfriends didn't develop a cult following because it was just a show about single successful women who loved fashion (we get it, Sex and the City had that covered), it was also brilliantly written and full of charm.

8 of 10 Showtime

Tell us you weren't glued to your TV on Sunday nights to catch Soul Food. This critically acclaimed drama captured the complexities of African-American families in a way few TV shows had before. And it didn't have to do it through comedy.

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The hippest trip in America was clearly not relevant to the Emmys. Even in it's heyday of the late 70s and 80s, Soul Train was never recognized for the genius it was.

10 of 10 Annette Brown/ Lifetime

This dramedy about a tight-knit group of sister-friends in Louisiana had an all-star African-American cast that included Jill Scott, Phylicia Rashad, Alfre Woodard, Adepero Oduye and Condola Rashad. Granted, Woodard was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress, but we think the film stood a chance in the Best TV Movie/Miniseries category.