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  • Trent
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    #231694

    Many times, the episode that is truly the best written of the year is snubbed from the Emmy’s writing categories. Which episodes can you think of?

    2011
    30 Rock – “When It Rains, It Pours”
    Parks and Recreation – “The Fight”
    Mad Men – “The Chrysanthemum and the Sword” 

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    Renaton
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    Fringe – “Entrada”

     

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    Pieman1994
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    #231697

    The Office – “Diversity Day”, “Valentine’s Day”, “PDA”
    Lost – “The Constant”, “Ji Yeon”, “The Brig”, “316”, “The Variable”
    Arrested Development – “Pier Pressure”
    Breaking Bad – “Pilot”, “Grilled”, “Phoenix”, “ABQ”, “One Minute”, “Full Measures” 

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    #231698

    Two words: THE BODY.

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    Riley
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    #231699

    2009

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    sorcery
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    1992–1993
    They voted Picket Fences Outstanding Drama Series of the year two years in a row but never nominated it for writing or directing?! This actually happened to most of David E. Kelley’s 1990s series. Did they feel that after his success with L.A. Law he had too many statuettes? Or that between Chicago Hope, Picket Fences, and The Practice, he would take up too many slots? Anyway, the Picket Fences episode “Thanksgiving” would have made a worthy nominee this year, though the Emmys surprisingly got the winner right.

    1993–1994
    All five slots taken up by NYPD Blue episodes, even though – yet again – the top prize of the year went to Picket Fences. The Picket Fences episode “Buried Alive” should have been nominated, alongside a Law & Order episode or two.

    1998–1999
    Again, too many nods given to a breakout series (The Sopranos deserved to win for “College,” and another nomination for the pilot episode would have been acceptable). But the writers weren’t enough to grant the show a win for the big award. The Outstanding Drama Series winner – David E. Kelley’s The Practice – wasn’t nominated for writing, and neither was critical and cult favorite Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

    2001–2002
    Wow! Five discrete series nominated (with no double nominee). When was the last time this had happened? Strangely, Six Feet Under was snubbed here, perhaps because both seasons one and two were eligible and they submitted too many episodes? The Once and Again episode “Gardenia” should have been nominated here (along with Susanna Thompson and Evan Rachel Wood in Outstanding Supporting Actress), but the show was canceled and only received a casting nomination.

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    Charles Carter
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    You know, the emmys are just like the oscars when it comes to animation. I personally believe The Simpsons and South Park should have been nominated for outstanding writing for best comedy series and outstanding comedy series in their prime. Its a shame that these two excellent shows were not even nominated in those categories, but Family Guy got nominated instead during one of their so-so seasons. (I still enjoy Family Guy regardless) These episodes below are some of the reasons why The Simpsons and South Park should have been nominated in the major categories
    The Simpsons:
    A Streetcar Named Marge – 1992-1993
    Mr. Plow – 1992-1993
    Bart of Darkness – 1994-1995
    Bart Sells His Soul – 1995-1996
    Lisa The Vegetarian – 1995-1996
    Mother Simpson – 1995-1996
    Homer’s Phobia – 1996-1997
    In Marge We Trust – 1996-1997
    Homer’s Enemy – 1996-1997
    Lisa the Skeptic – 1997-1998
    The Joy of Sect – 1997-1998
    The Cartridge Family – 1997-1998
    The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson – 1997-1998
    Lisa Gets an “A” – 1998-1999
    Behind The Laughter – 1999-2000
    Jaws Wired Shut – 2001-2002

    South Park:
    Scott Tenorman Must Die – 2001
    Kenny Dies – 2001
    Red Hot Catholic Love – 2002
    Casa Bonita – 2003
    All About Mormons – 2003
    Butt Out – 2003
    Its Christmas In Canada – 2003
    The Passion of the Jew – 2004
    Best Friends Forever – 2005
    Trapped in the Closet – 2005
    Bloody Mary – 2005
    Cartoon Wars Part I&II – 2006
    Make Love, Not Warcraft – 2006
    With Apologies To Jesse Jackson – 2007
    The Imaginationland Trilogy -2007
    Margariitaville – 2009
    Fishsticks – 2009
    200/201 – 2010

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    Spenser Davis
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    I was always surprised that Lost didn’t receive Writing or Directing nominations for “The Constant.” That is one of those episodes that balances mythology and character so well … it, along with “Shape of Things to Come,” was one of the reasons I think the fourth season of Lost is the best season.

    Breaking Bad gets shafted on the Writing, let’s be honest. It’s never been nominated, which is crazy to me. The way it structures even the slow-burn episodes, and its near-perfect balance of drama and dark humor deserves recognition. No writing love for even the wacky, unique pilot? I think this season deserves a nomination for “Hermanos,” at least.

    I was shocked when Terriers didn’t even submit “Change Partners” for Emmy voting. That was their only real shot a big nomination, period. And they shot themselves in the foot by excluding it from the ballot.

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    FrozenBarbie
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    I think “Justified” deserved to be nominated this year. “Brother’s Keeper,” perhaps… or even “Bloody Harlan.”
    Though I really enjoy the writing in every episode.

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    Ted Mosby
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    #231704

    if end times doesnt get nominated this year for breaking bad you can easily toss that onto this list

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    rockstitution
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    I agree with Charles Carter, a lot of the early Simpsons episodes and most of the South Park have some of the best comedy writing ever produced.

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    2011- Modern Family- “Manny Get Your Gun”
    2011- The Good Wife- “In Sickness”
    2010- Modern Family- “Starry Night”
    2010- House- “Broken”

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    The Golden Girls – Sophia’s Wedding (Part 1) from Season 4 (1988 – 1989)

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    M H
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    Two words: THE BODY.

    I had a feeling you would beat me to the punch.  

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    Daniel B.
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    Twin Peaks – “Lonely Souls,” “Drive with a Dead Girl”

    The Simpsons
    – “Who Shot Mr. Burns? (Part 1),” “You Only Move Twice,” “Homer’s Enemy,” “Homer’s Phobia,” “Behind the Laughter,” “The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson,” many many others.

    Seinfeld – “The Bizarro Jerry,” “The Pool Guy,” “The Sponge,” “The Chicken Roaster,” “The Fatigues,” “The Opposite,” “The Marine Biologist,” “The Jimmy,” so many more.

    Friends – “The One with the Embryos,” “The One Where Ross Got High,” “The One with the Jellyfish,” “The One with Chandler in a Box,” “The One with the Thanksgiving Flashbacks,” “The One with Ross’s Sandwich”

    Curb Your Enthusiasm – “Seinfeld,” “The Doll,” “Denise Handicapped,” “Trick or Treat,” “Shaq,” any of their episodes. I can’t believe this show has never been nominated for writing!  It better get a nomination this year! (“Palestinian Chicken,” “Larry vs. Michael J. Fox,” “The Hero,” etc.)

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