Facepalm! The Fantastic Folks Were Never Nominated for Emmys
You'd think Michael K. Williams and Lauren Graham would have trophies after they impact they've had on the fabric of American television, but you'd be wrong. And they're in rather good company.
Nick Offerman (Ron Swanson, ‘Parks and Recreation’)
The man, the myth, the legend that is Ron Swanson owes all his food and most of his stuff to Nick Offerman. The actor, who was classically trained in dramatic acting, has created a character who is not only revered, but the inspiration for a lifestyle some call “What Would Ron Swanson Do?” How does he not have all the Emmys?
Lauren Graham (Lorelei Gilmore, ‘Gilmore Girls’)
Lorelei Gilmore was so much more than the WB drama’s fast-talking mom with an immunity to cheap Chinese food indigestion and caffeine overdoses. She was a character who demanded a great deal of tenacity and heart with a hefty helping of natural comedic timing, and Graham carried her flawlessly for seven years. How she managed to get through it without an Emmy is mind-boggling.
Charlie Day (Charlie Kelley, ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’)
In the words of a great salesman: Emmy voters, “you’re SO stupid.” And while the commercial pitch for “Kitten Mittens” certainly didn’t nab Day the nomination he deserves, it damn well should have. No one on television can match his signature crazy eyes and maniacal fervor, and few actors can make us laugh as hard or consistently as we do when he brings us into his dark, dirty, nutty little world… his World of Darkness, if you will.
Courtney Cox (Monica Geller, ‘Friends’ & Jules Cobb, ‘Cougar Town’)
While Cox has been turning in a solid performance as Jules Cobb, her wine-loving what-if-Monica-was-still-single fortysomething on ‘Cougar Town,’ the truly unbelievable fact is that in her 10 years on ‘Friends’ Cox didn’t earn a single Emmy nomination for her lovable nutjob, Monica. Her New Year’s Eve performance of 'the routine' with Ross is easily one of the best TV moments we've witnessed.
Danny Pudi (Abed Nadir, ‘Community’)
How infinitely cruel is it that the man who plays the biggest television fan in the history of the universe – and does so to absolute perfection – has not yet been recognized by the Everest of television awards? Then again, Abed would probably say that not being nominated lands him in the exclusive category of under-appreciated, great actors like everyone else on this list. Cool, cool, cool.
Desi Arnaz (Ricky Ricardo, ‘I Love Lucy’)
File this one under “No. way.” One of the most classic television actors, and the lead on one of the largest series of all time, was never recognized for his work with the ego boost of an Emmy nomination. To quote the man himself: Ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay!
Dominic Monaghan (Charlie Pace, ‘Lost’)
“Not Penny’s boat.” It’s a phrase that will trigger a tear in any ‘Lost’ fan’s eye. Charlie, the recovering heroin addict, conquered his drug problem and eventually sacrificed himself for the good of the flight 815 survivors, delivering one final, tearful message that their “rescue” boat wasn’t sent by a friend. Charlie’s struggles and ultimate growth and martyrdom aren’t an easy plot to carry, and Monaghan served up an amazing performance. Sadly, he’ll never earn the shiny trophy to go with tha
Michael Landon (Charles Ingalls, ‘Little House on the Prairie’ & Joe Cartwright, ‘Bonanza’)
He’s widely regarded as one of the best television dads of all time and his words of encouragement could bring any child out of their tantrums – I’m pretty sure my dad used a few on me from time to time. Landon is a television classic, from his work as Laura Ingalls’ Pa to his time as Little Joe on ‘Bonanza.' It’s a wonder his name never crossed an Emmy presenter’s lips.
John Noble (Dr. Walter Bishop, ‘Fringe’)
Noble is one of those names that is always thrown out in the wake of nominations announcements as a “won’t be, but should be nominated” actor. He’s been turning in the performance of a lifetime on the cult Fox hit ‘Fringe’ for four seasons, but like the series itself, Noble just hasn’t managed to entice the masses.
Andy Kaufman (Latka Gravas, ‘Taxi’)
Andy Kaufman, classic comedian, is without a single Emmy for his classic performance on ‘Taxi,’ a series which earns a giant square on the quilt of American TV history. Then again, as Jim Carrey’s biopic reminded us, Kaufman was a polarizing, cult comic – or performance artist, if you address him the way he preferred. And his mark on the comedy community is bigger than any spot on a list of nominees.
Katey Sagal (Gemma Teller Morrow, ‘Sons of Anarchy’)
Give this woman an Emmy already. Sagal may be memorable as Peggy Bundy, and perhaps that’s why she’s yet to receive the nod she deserves, but as Gemma on ‘SOA’ she is blowing many of her colleagues out of the water. She delivers flawless performances as a conflicted wife and mother, rape victim, self-defense murderer, and of course, an all-around badass. If they don’t give her a nod soon, she might smack them in the head with a skateboard and take it for herself.
Michael Cera (George Michael Bluth, ‘Arrested Development’)
It’s the performance that begat every performance Michael Cera has ever done, and in that context, it was perfect. Of course, in the realm of nominations, Cera had to compete with his comedy heavyweight co-stars like David Cross, Will Arnett, Jeffrey Tambor, Tony Hale, and Jason Bateman, but if they gave out Emmys for awkwardness, um… excuse me… (shy giggle)… he would be swimming in them.
Michael K. Williams (Omar Little, ‘The Wire’)
It is an actual travesty that Michael K. Williams is not only without an Emmy nomination, but that he is without the trophy itself. If anyone deserves the recognition, it’s Williams for his portrayal of Omar Little, the Robin Hood of ‘The Wire’’s drug-laden Baltimore streets. He’s the epitome of the TV anti-hero, but the continual frustration with his lack of recognition will have to serve as his well-deserved praise.
John C McGinley (Dr. Perry Cox, ‘Scrubs’)
Yes, Zach Braff’s mushy Dr. Dorian was the heart of Bill Lawrence’s beloved comedy, but the man who kept it ticking was none other than the fast-talking Dr. Perry Cox. He was the antidote to J.D.’s sappy thoughts and ponderings, the fuel to his series-long fire. And he was absolutely hilarious.
Penny Marshall (Laverne DeFazio, ‘Laverne & Shirley’)
Perhaps is the curse of being two spinoff characters, but neither Penny Marshall nor Cindy Williams earned Emmy nods for their portrayal of roommates and brewery-workers ‘Laverne and Shirley.’ It lasted for 178 episodes and weasels its way into most discussions of classic television, so Marshall and Williams had to be doing something right. Right?