The Emmy for Best Comedy Actress went to nine different actresses during the 2000s, an astonishing turnover given how much the Television Academy loves repeat winners. As such, some of the most iconic leading lady performances on television were rightfully awarded the medium’s highest honor. But which Best Comedy Actress winner of the 2000s do you consider your favorite? Take a look back on each of the decade’s winners and vote in our poll below.
Patricia Heaton, “Everybody Loves Raymond” (2000-2001) — The only repeat winner in this category was Heaton, for playing the constantly irritable Debra Barone in “Everybody Loves Raymond.” Her first win came from submitting one of her most memorable episodes, “Bad Moon Rising,” in which Debra is grappling with PMS. Heaton was also nominated in 1999 and every year from 2002-2005.
Jennifer Aniston, “Friends” (2002) — Aniston, a household name and one of the most popular stars on television, finally earned her Emmy for the eighth season of “Friends” in 2002. This was a big season for Aniston as her character, Rachel Green, gives birth to a baby girl. Aniston earned Emmy nominations the previous two and subsequent two years.
Debra Messing, “Will & Grace” (2003) — Messing became the last “Will & Grace” star to win an Emmy, for her neurotic portrayal of Grace Adler. The actress won for her standout moment in the episode “The Kid Stays in the Picture,” in which she has a dramatic argument with Will (Eric McCormack) that nearly ends their friendship. Her performance earned Emmy nominations from 2000-2003, and also in 2006. She’s eligible again at the 2018 Emmys for NBC’s current revival.
Sarah Jessica Parker, “Sex and the City” (2004) — The run of overdue actresses finally earning an Emmy in later seasons continued with Sarah Jessica Parker winning for the final season of “Sex and the City.” As love columnist Carrie Bradshaw, Parker won with the series finale, in which she finally gets the man she’s wanted. Parker was nominated for all six seasons of the show, from 1999-2004.
Felicity Huffman, “Desperate Housewives” (2005) — This year was a matter of which “Desperate Housewives” star would nab the Emmy, between Huffman, Marcia Cross and Teri Hatcher. Huffman wound up the victor, having submitted the pilot episode in which her character, Lynette Scavo, struggles to contain her four children. Huffman was nominated again in 2007, the only “Desperate Housewives” star to earn kudos from the Emmys multiple times.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “The New Adventures of Old Christine” (2006) — While JLD may be more known for “Seinfeld” and “Veep,” she also earned acclaim for the series the came in between, “The New Adventures of Old Christine.” Playing divorced mother Christine Campbell, Louis-Dreyfus won this Emmy for the episode “Supertramp,” which involves her finally getting out into the dating pool again. Louis-Dreyfus was nominated for the rest of the show’s run, from 2007-2010.
America Ferrera, “Ugly Betty” (2007) — Ferrera was the new girl in town when she burst onto the scene with “Ugly Betty,” in which she plays an enterprising young woman hired as an assistant at a famous fashion magazine. She won for the pilot episode, in which Betty discovers she was hired because she was thought of as unattractive, and would thus prevent her boss from sleeping with her. Ferrera was nominated the next year as well.
Tina Fey, “30 Rock” (2008) — Fey was the new it-girl in comedy in the late 2000s for her iconic performance in “30 Rock” as Liz Lemon, geeky head writer of a late night sketch show. The actress/writer won with the episode “Sandwich Day,” during which she memorably eats an entire sandwich in front of airport security after being told she can’t bring it on the plane. Fey was nominated for all seven seasons of “30 Rock” from 2007-2013.
Toni Collette, “United States of Tara” (2009) — The final winner of the decade signaled a bit of a sea change at the Emmys. Toni Collette’s performance as a woman with multiple personality disorder in “United States of Tara,” while comedic, was also very dark and dramatic, showing the Emmys were willing to embrace edgier fare. Collette won with the pilot episode, and she was nominated again in 2010.
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