When competing for Emmys, nominees must submit samples of their best work to juries of their peers who view the episodes at home. Voters must sign an affadavit attesting that they viewed all video and return it with their ballots when they choose winners.

Actors now submit one sample episode. That's always been true for lead stars, but supporting stars submitted two episodes up until 2007 when they began to enter only one. Contenders win or lose based upon how smart or stupid they are when choosing episodes. Victorious submissions usually have three key elements: range, impact and empathy.


Programs competing for Best Drama and Comedy Series submit six episodes in three sets of pairs that are randomly distributed to voters.

Click links at right to see past Emmy Episodes.