Emmys nominees: Top 10 biggest Emmy upsets

1.) Lowly rated “Hill Street Blues” beat “Lou Grant” and “Dallas” for Best Drama Series of 1980-81 and garnered eight Emmy victories, setting a new record for most wins in a single year.

2.) Red Skelton and his self-titled series beat Lucille Ball and “I Love Lucy” for Best Comedian and Best Comedy Series of 1951-52 – Lucy’s first break-out season on the air.

3.) Lindsay Wagner (“The Bionic Woman”) topped Sada Thompson (“Family”) for Best Drama Series Actress of 1976-77.

4.) Soon after being canceled by ABC and following six losses for Best Comedy Series, “Barney Miller” finally copped the top prize in 1982 over “Taxi” and “M*A*S*H.”

5.) Christopher Lloyd, star of a single episode of Disney Channel’s “Avonlea,” won Best Drama Series Actor of 1991-92 over Michael Moriarty (“Law & Order”), Rob Morrow (“Northern Exposure”) and Sam Waterston (“I’ll Fly Away”), scoring the first victory for a cable program in a top Emmy race.

6.) Months after it was canceled by NBC, “My World and Welcome to It” claimed the trophy for Best Comedy Series of 1968-70 over “Room 222,” winner of the Best New Series award.

7.) Modestly rated “The Dick Van Dyke Show” got the last laugh as Best Comedy Series of 1962-63 over No. 1 ranked, red-hot new skein “The Beverly Hillbillies.”

8.) “Marco Polo” went the distance to win Best Miniseries of 1981-82 over “Brideshead Revisited.”

9.) “The Practice” bumped off “The Sopranos” as Best Drama Series of 1998-99.

10.) “Picket Fences” beat “Northern Exposure” and “NYPD Blue” for Best Drama Series of 1992-93.

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