Structured & Unstructured Emmy episode submissions: “MythBusters,” “Deadliest Catch,” …

Due to the overwhelming onslaught of reality shows, the TV academy responded this year by splitting up the category of Best Reality Program into two distinct races: Best Structured Reality Program and Best Unstructured Reality Program.

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The TV academy defines structured shows as those like “MythBusters” or “Antiques Roadshow” that have a general layout or plan for each episode. Conversely, unstructured shows are those like “Deadliest Catch” or “Flipping Out” that generally follow people’s lives or occupations without adhering to any specific episodic models.

The Reality Program prize was introduced in 2004. Of the 10 races to date, there’s been an uneven split between structured and unstructured programs, with the former winning seven times and the latter claiming only three Emmys. 

Structured shows won the first three races: “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” (2004) and “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (2005, 2006). Then the very unstructured “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List” won two in a row (2007, 2008) before the surprise wins by the structured “Intervention” (2009) and “Jamie Oliver: Food Revolution” (2010).

Most recently, the unstructured “Deadliest Catch” won in 2011 with the structured “Undercover Boss” claiming the prize for the last two years running. What series will win the two brand-new Emmy races this year?


Antiques Roadshow” – “Detroit, Hour 2” (Season 18, Episode 5)

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” – “Neighborhood Knockouts” (Season 18, Episode 1)

MythBusters” – “Breaking Bad Special” (2013 Season, Episode 10)

Shark Tank” – “Better Life” (Season 5, Episode 7)

Undercover Boss” – “Dutch Bros. Coffee” (Season 5, Episode 8)

Who Do You Think You Are?” – “Christina Applegate” (Season 4, Episode 2)


“Alaska: The Last Frontier” – “Cabin Fever” (Season 3, Episode 1)

Deadliest Catch” – “Careful What You Wish For” (Season 10, Episode 1)

Flipping Out” – “Due Date” (Season 7, Episode 5)

“Million Dollar Listing New York” – “Do You, Fredrik, Take This Building?” (Season 2, Episode 11)

“Wahlburgers” – “The Funky Bunch” (Season 1, Episode 7)

Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan” – “Giant Spitting Cobra” (Season 2, Episode 1)

See full list of Emmy episode submissions here

Click here for our earlier report about episode submissions for Anna Chlumsky, Jeff Daniels, Peter Dinklage, Adam Driver, Lena Dunham, Tony Hale, Woody Harrelson, Lena Headey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Matthew McConaughey, and the series “Game of Thrones,” “Silicon Valley,” “True Detective,” and “Veep.”

Click here for our earlier report about episode submissions for Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Jon Hamm, Christina Hendricks, Aaron Paul, and the series “Breaking Bad” and “Mad Men.”

Click here for our earlier report about episode submissions for Fred Armisen, Christine Baranski, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Lizzy Caplan, Josh Charles, Louis C.K., Claire Danes, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Allison Janney, William H. Macy, Julianna Margulies, Jim Parsons, Mandy Patinkin, and the series “Louie.”

Click here for our earlier report about episode submissions for Mayim Bialik, Andre Braugher, Don Cheadle, Edie Falco, Matt LeBlanc, Amy Poehler, Jon Voight, Kerry Washington, and the series “The Big Bang Theory.”

Click here for our earlier report about episode submissions for Jim Carter, Michelle Dockery, Joanne Froggatt, Melissa McCarthy, Maggie Smith, and the series “Downton Abbey” and “Modern Family.”

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