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  • Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)
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    What do you guys think are the best guest performances in TV history?

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    Emmyfan
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    #294181

    Alfre Woodard’s guest appearance in the pilot of L.A.Law

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    Miss Frost
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    Nancy Walker in the Golden Girls.

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    Emmyfan
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    Beatrice Arthur on All In The Family.  How many times have someone made a guest appearance and have the network offer them a spin off? 

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    Jake C
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    Cloris Leachman from Malcolm in the Middle. 

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    Blythe Danner St. Elsewhere

    Philip Baker Hall Seinfeld

    Too bad this category wasn’t around for every ceremony.

     

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    Halo_Insider
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    John Larroquette in The Practice. Edward Herrmann, too.

    John Lithgow is an obvious choice for his work on Dexter, though one could certainly argue that that was a one-season supporting turn.

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    Andrew Eng
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    Some of these might qualify as supporting performances, but given that they submitted in Guest at the Emmys, I’m sticking to it. 5 drama performances from the top of my head…

    Jimmy Smits, Dexter (2009)
    Zach Gilford, Friday Night Lights (2010)
    John Lithgow, Dexter (2010)
    Gregory Itzin, 24 (2010)
    Julia Stiles, Dexter (2011) 

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    sorcery
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    Peter Boyle (The X-Files)
    Moses Gunn (Homicide: Life on the Street)
    Richard Kiley (Picket Fences)
    Amanda Plummer (The Outer Limits)
    Annabella Sciorra (The Sopranos)

    Three of the above five actors won Emmys for their guest performances and four were nominated for the award. Not bad. Is it just me or have they gotten a lot worse with the guest categories? Allowing the contractual “guest stars” who are in almost every episode of a season to compete is a problem.

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    AJ-Lo
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    Seinfeld
    Phillip Baker Hall
    Sandy Baron
    Terri Hatcher
    Liz Sheridan
    Bette Midler
    Raquel Welch

    I would consider John O’Hurley, Jerry Stiller, and Estelle Harris supporting actors on the show, or else they’d be here. 

    30 Rock
    Elaine Stritch
    Carrie Fisher
    Oprah Winfrey
    Weird Al Yankovic
    Patti LuPone 
    Chris Parnell

    Arrested Development
    James Lipton
    Tommy Tune
    Julia Louis-Dreyfus

    I would also consider Liza Minelli supporting for the seasons on which she appeared, or else she’d be here as well.  

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    GoMe91
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    Glynn Turman for In Treatment is always the first name that pops into my head.

     

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    unsunganthem
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    John Lithgow in Dexter
    Sally Field in E.R.
    Elaine Stritch in 30 Rock
    Jon Hamm in 30 Rock
    Jim Beaver in Justified
    Annabella Sciorra in The Sopranos 

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    Laactingnyc
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    Beatrice Arthur – Malcolm in the Middle
    Susie Essman – Curb your Enthusiasm
    Nancy Walker – The Golden Girls
    Herb Edelman – The Golden Girls
    Elaine Stritch – 30 Rock
    Tina Fey – SNL
    Betty White – SNL 

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    M H
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    I don’t know what is the very best, but Betty White playing a crazy version of herself on The John Laroquette Show definitely deserves mention. 

    Ditto Christine Baranski’s Dr. Laura send-up on Frasier.  

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    IEnjoyTV
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    Michael Emerson – The Practice

    If you are a fan of his work on Lost, I suggest checking this performance out.

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