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    Boidiva02
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    Does anybody know for which episodes TGG won “Best Comedy Series” for in 1986 and 1987?

    And lastly, in your opinion why didn’t Bea and Rue get nominated again for the last two seasons while Betty and Estelle did?

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    These are great questions and I do not know what episodes were submitted for seasons 1 and 2. I would speculate that the season 1 episode submission would have been either the pilot episode or “A Little Romance.” A Little Romance won the Writing Emmy and was nominated for the Directing Emmy.

    I would speculate that Isn’t It Romantic was the episode submission for season 2 because this won the Directing Emmy and was nominated for the Writing Emmy.

    I am also curious why Bea Arthur and Rue McClanahan were not nominated for seasons 5, 6, and 7. Betty White and Estelle Getty were the most popular of the four and I read that Estelle Getty got the most fan mail during the run of the show. I do think that Bea and Rue should have been nominated for all seven seasons, but I will admit that I am biased.

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    From what I read somewhere, Bea and Rue were the sacrificial lambs when other TV producers complained that the ladies hogged all of the spots in the Lead Actress in a Comedy Series category. Of course, after they stopped nominating Bea and Rue, voters started the trend of repeat winners (Candice Bergen, et al). SMH!

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    From what I read somewhere, Bea and Rue were the sacrificial lambs when other TV producers complained that the ladies hogged all of the spots in the Lead Actress in a Comedy Series category. Of course, after they stopped nominating Bea and Rue, voters started the trend of repeat winners (Candice Bergen, et Al). SMH!

    This. Don’t quote me on it but I’m pretty sure no concurrent leads on a show have won in either comedy or drama categories since 2000, and that probably extends back to The Golden Girls (it’s certainly true in the Comedy Actress category). Foy and Colman have both won for The Crown but not competing concurrently. They probably started the trend, however, even 30+ years later it entirely holds up

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    I never noticed that until you pointed this out. I knew that Cagney & Lacey won Lead Actress in a Drama from 1983 to 1988.

    Other shows that had a shot, but did not do it:

    L.A. Law had 2 nominees in Lead Actress from 1987 to 1989 for Jill Eikenberry and Susan Dey.

    Sisters had Sela Ward and Swoosie Kurtz in 1994.

    Julianna Margulies and Sherry Stringfield for E.R. in 1997.

    The Sopranos had Edie Falco and Lorraine Bracco from 1999 to 2001.

    Six Feet Under had Frances Conroy and Rachel Griffiths in 2002.

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    Desperate Housewives had 3 nominated actresses in 2005 and Felicity Huffman won.

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