Over the years, the Emmys has demonstrated an affinity for certain familiar genres in the races for Best Comedy and Best Drama: the family sitcom (“The Cosby Show,” “Modern Family”), the office comedy (“The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “The Office”), the police procedural (“Hill Street Blues,” “NYPD Blue”) and the courtroom drama (“The Defenders,” “The Practice”). And the races for Best TV Movie and Miniseries have been filled with historical biopics (“Eleanor and Franklin,” “John Adams”) and literary adaptations (“Roots,” “Nicholas Nickleby”).
But Emmy has continually turned a blind eye to science-fiction and fantasy programs. They represent some of the most popular and acclaimed shows in television history, but only one has ever won an award for Best Series (“Lost,” in 2005), and a scant few have prevailed in the Movie/Miniseries races (“Gulliver’s Travels,” “Taken”).
From “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” to “Battlestar Galactica,” Emmy’s stubborn rejection of genre programs over the years has been one of the greatest criticisms leveled by TV critics. This year, new series such as “Game of Thrones” and “The Walking Dead” as well as returning ones like “Fringe” and “True Blood” are hoping to right that wrong.
The following 25 programs tried to overcome Emmy’s fantasy curse and while some fared better than others, none but “Lost” were able to take the top prize. VIEW GALLERY
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