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  • nahborghi
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    I just recently started watching the show via Netflix, and I’m loving it. It’s sweet and funny. I went to look for informations, cause all I ever heard before was about Jane Kaczamarek performance and how it kinda served as an inspiration for another control freak mom, Claire Dunphy. Anyway, I found it weird that the show won both Writing and Directing in Comedy in the first year, but still got snubbed in the Series. They won both awards again in the following year, being nominated for the highest race this time (the one and only). Was there any other time where the winner of both Writing and Directing didn’t managed to get nominated in Series?

    Also, what do you guys think about the show? Kaczamarek already is, for me, in the hall of the great comedy actresses that were never awarded for their big roles, like Kim Catrall and most recently Jane Krakowski.

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    Zooey the Dreamer
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    I can think of My Name is Earl in its first season. It won directing, writing and casting that year.

    Actually Kaczmarek won achievement in comedy both for season 1 and season 2 and she still failed to win a single Emmy. Has this ever happened to anyone else?

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    Gabriel
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    It was very, very unfortunate that Jane Kaczmarek, who was consistently brilliant, never won, when they had SEVEN, opportunities to give her the award. Just further proof that these awards mean very little in terms of recognizing talent. Though, in hindsight, I do wonder if she would have won if she had submitted in supporting.

    Malcolm in the Middle was a terrific series that deserved a Comedy Series win. The cast was uniformly excellent too. Bryan Cranston should have won best supporting actor at least once. I also think Frankie Muniz would have been a worthy lead actor winner; but at least he got nominated once, which is pretty rare for a young child actor….it’s cool that voters actually acknowledged him.

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    dude93
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    I always thought Kaczmarek was out of place in the lead actress category, even though she was the only lead actress (and hell, the only actress) on the show. Same goes for Patricia Heaton and Patricia Richardson. Heaton did well in lead actress with 2 wins, but I still think Debra was a supporting character to Ray on ELR. Richardson was definitely, like Lois, a supporting character on Home Improvement and both of these actresses would have done better in that category I think, in spite of the fact that they were the only female regulars on their shows. 

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    Laactingnyc
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    JANE DESERVED EMMY’S!!!

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    Miss Frost
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    I thought the show was fairly too goofy for my taste when I first saw it a few years back. I might have to give it another viewing, and see if my opinion has changed. Though I will say Jane was a giant standout. I wouldn’t say she deserved to win of any of her seven nominations, since she really was more supporting in that show than lead. 

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    Carlo
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    Let’s not forget Jane wasn’t a great submitter.

    Twice she submitted great.
    In 2001 with “Flashbacks”  – she lost to Heaton. Jane and Messing were better than Heaton.
    in 2006 with “Lois Strikes Back” – Kudrow had the best submission. JLD won.

    Twice she had respectable submissions, but didn’t deserve to win.
    In 2000 with “Red Dress” – Heaton deserved her win
    In 2005 with “Lois Battles Jamie ” – Huffman won thanks to Cross’ tape. Cross probably should have won.

    Three times she submitted poorly.
    In 2002 with “Poker” – probably none was going to beat Aniston
    In 2003 with “Baby” – not always a birth episode means win. It was bad written and had no sentiment.
    In 2004 with “Block Party” – this is one of my personal worst submissions ever. Probably none was going to beat SJP.

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    dude93
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    I’m surprised Heaton won in 2000 with Bad Moon Rising. She’s so damned unlikable in that episode, I don’t know how anyone voted for her. I want to kill Debra in that episode. I thought Heaton’s win was more deserving for The Cannister in 2001. Now that’s a great performance. 

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    Pieman1994
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    Malcolm in the Middle remains one of my favorite series ever. The cast was incredible. The innovation of shooting with film has paid off beautifully. Even if the writing was uneven, few shows have been as consistently interesting and original. Really. It deserved more love than it got with the Emmys. 

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    Emmyfan
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    2001 Best Actress comedy is where I would looove to see the vote totals. I do not understand why and how Patricia Heaton won that year over the more deserving submissions of Debra Messing and Jane Kaczmarek.

    I would have ranked Jane second in 2001, but she should have won in 2006.  

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    Miss Frost
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    2001 Best Actress comedy is where I would looove to see the vote totals. I do not understand why and how Patricia Heaton won that year;

    Heaton won because she had an excellent tape. While it’s not as flashy as”Bad Moon Rising,” “The Canister” was an excellent showcase for Heaton.

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    I loved season two the most. Bowling was one of the best comedy episodes ever.

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