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42nd Primetime Emmy Awards

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The 42nd Primetime Emmy Awards were held on Sunday, September 16, 1990. The ceremony was broadcast on Fox from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. Two networks, The Family Channel and The Disney Channel received their first major nominations.

For its second season, Murphy Brown won Outstanding Comedy Series and two other major awards. Defending champion Cheers received the most major nominations for a comedy series with 11 and Newhart finished its series run with 21 major nominations, but not a single win. On the drama side, L.A. Law won Outstanding Drama Series for the third time in four years and also won three major awards, receiving the most major nominations for a drama series with 11. This became the first year that every cast member of The Golden Girls wasn't nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award.

This ceremony was remembered for an anomaly that took place, as three major categories resulted in ties, the most ever for one ceremony.

A clip of The Simpsons presenting the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series can be seen on the DVD boxset of the second season as a special feature.

Winners and nominees



Outstanding Comedy Series Outstanding Drama Series
Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special
Outstanding Drama/Comedy Special Outstanding Miniseries


Lead performances

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special

Supporting performances

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
  • Bebe Neuwirth as Lilith Crane on Cheers (Episodes: "The Stork Brings a Crane" + "Severe Crane Damage" + "The Ghost and Mrs. Lebec"), (NBC)
    • Julia Duffy as Stephanie Vanderkellen on Newhart (Episodes: "Cupcake in a Cage" + "Lights, Camera, Contractions!" + "Seein' Double"), (CBS)
    • Faith Ford as Corky Sherwood on Murphy Brown (Episodes: "And the Whiner Is..." + "Bad Girls" + "Going to the Chapel"), (CBS)
    • Estelle Getty as Sophia Petrillo on The Golden Girls (Episodes: "Sick and Tired" + "Not Another Monday" + "Clinton Avenue Memoirs"), (NBC)
    • Rhea Perlman as Carla Tortelli on Cheers (Episodes: "Death Takes a Holiday on Ice" + "50–50 Carla" + "The Ghost and Mrs. Lebec"), (NBC)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
  • Marg Helgenberger as KC Kolowski on China Beach (Episodes: "The Unquiet Earth" + "Skin Deep" + "Nightfall"), (ABC)
    • Sherilyn Fenn as Audrey Horne on Twin Peaks (Episodes: "Pilot" + "Episode 2" + "Episode 6"), (ABC)
    • Melanie Mayron as Melissa Steadman on thirtysomething (Episodes: "Mr. Right" + "Strangers" + "Good Sex, Bad Sex, What Sex, No Sex"), (ABC)
    • Diana Muldaur as Rosalind Shays on L.A. Law (Episodes: "The Pay's Lousy, But the Tips Are Great" + "Whatever Happened to Hannah?" + "Watts a Matter?"), (NBC)
    • Susan Ruttan as Roxanne Melman on L.A. Law (Episodes: "The Good Human Bar" + "Bang... Zoom... Zap" + "Forgive Me Father, For I Have Sued"), (NBC)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Special

Guest performances

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
  • Jay Thomas as Jerry Gold on Murphy Brown (Episode: "Heart of Gold"), (CBS)
    • David Huddleston as Grandpa Arnold on The Wonder Years (Episode: "The Powers That Be"), (ABC)
    • Darren McGavin as Bill Brown on Murphy Brown (Episode: "Brown Like Me"), (CBS)
    • Jerry Orbach as Glenn O'Brien on The Golden Girls (Episode: "Cheaters"), (NBC)
    • Dick Van Dyke as Ken Whittingham on The Golden Girls (Episode: "Love Under The Big Top"), (NBC)
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series


Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series
Outstanding Directing in a Variety or Music Program Outstanding Directing in a Miniseries or a Special


Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series
Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program Outstanding Writing in a Miniseries or a Special
  • The Tracey Ullman Show (Episode: "I Hate Paris"), (Fox)
  • Billy Crystal: Midnight Train to Moscow, (HBO)
    • In Living Color (Episode: "Pilot"), (Fox)
    • Late Night with David Letterman (Episode: "8th Anniversary Special"), (NBC)
    • Saturday Night Live, (NBC)

Most major nominations

By network [note 1]
  • NBC / ABC – 47
  • CBS – 35
  • HBO – 11
By program
  • Cheers (NBC) / L.A. Law (NBC) – 11
  • Murphy Brown (CBS) – 9
  • thirtysomething (ABC) – 8
  • Twin Peaks (ABC) – 7
  • The Golden Girls (NBC) – 6

Most major awards

By network [note 1]
  • ABC – 10
  • CBS – 9
  • NBC – 8
  • HBO – 3
  • Fox – 2
By program
  • L.A. Law (NBC) / Murphy Brown (CBS) – 3
  • Age-Old Friends (HBO) / Caroline? (CBS) / Cheers (NBC) / Columbo (ABC) / thirtysomething (ABC) / The Wonder Years (ABC) – 2
  1. ^ a b "Major" constitutes the categories listed above: Program, Acting, Directing, and Writing. Does not include the technical categories.


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