Category Archives: Emmys

’80s Emmy Award Winners – Television Shows

Here is the list of winners of Best Comedy and Best Drama throughout the ’80s:

1980

Best Comedy Best Drama
Taxi (ABC)
Lou Grant (CBS)

1981

Best Comedy Best Drama
Taxi (ABC)
Hill Street Blues (NBC)

1982

Best Comedy Best Drama
Barney Miller (ABC)
Hill Street Blues (NBC)

1983

Best Comedy Best Drama
Cheers (NBC)
Hill Street Blues (NBC)

1984

Best Comedy Best Drama
Cheers (NBC)
Hill Street Blues (NBC)

1985

Best Comedy Best Drama
The Cosby Show (NBC)
Cagney & Lacey (CBS)

1986

Best Comedy Best Drama
The Golden Girls (NBC)
Cagney & Lacey (CBS)

1987

Best Comedy Best Drama
The Golden Girls (NBC)
L.A. Law (NBC)

1988

Best Comedy Best Drama
The Wonder Years (ABC)
thirtysomething (ABC)

1989

Best Comedy Best Drama
Cheers (NBC)
L.A. Law (NBC)

’80s Emmy Award Winners – Actors and Actresses: 1985-1989

Here are the rest of the Best Actors and Actresses: 1985-1989. It is pretty cool to look back to see who the winners were. Some of these people are still around, but have slowed down a little. However, we still have found memories of them.

1985

Lead Comedy Actor Lead Drama Actor

Robert Guillaume (Benson DuBois) from Benson

William Daniels (Dr. Mark Craig) from St. Elsewhere
Lead Comedy Actress Lead Drama Actress

Jane Curtin (Allie Lowell) from Kate & Allie – 2nd in a row.

Tyne Daly (Det. Mary Beth Lacey) from Cagney & Lacey – 3rd in a row.

1986

Lead Comedy Actor Lead Drama Actor

Michael J. Fox (Alex P. Keaton) from Family Ties

William Daniels (Dr. Mark Craig) from St. Elsewhere – 2nd in a row.
Lead Comedy Actress Lead Drama Actress

Betty White (Rose Nylund) from The Golden Girls

Sharon Gless (Christine Cagney) from Cagney & Lacey

1987

Lead Comedy Actor Lead Drama Actor

Michael J. Fox (Alex P. Keaton) from Family Ties – 2nd in a row

Bruce Willis (David Addison) from Moonlighting

Lead Comedy Actress Lead Drama Actress

Rue McClanahan (Blanche Devereaux) from The Golden Girls

Sharon Gless (Christine Cagney) from Cagney & Lacey – 2nd in a row.

1988

Lead Comedy Actor Lead Drama Actor

Michael J. Fox (Alex P. Keaton) from Family Ties – 3rd in a row!

Richard Kiley (Joe Gardner) from A Year in the Life
Lead Comedy Actress Lead Drama Actress

Bea Arthur (Dorothy Petrillo Zbornak) from The Golden Girls

Tyne Daly (Det. Mary Beth Lacey) from Cagney & Lacey

1989

Lead Comedy Actor Lead Drama Actor

Richard Mulligan (Harry Weston) from Empty Nest

Carroll O’Connor (Chief William O. ‘Bill’ Gillespie) from In the Heat of the Night
Lead Comedy Actress Lead Drama Actress

Candice Bergen (Murphy Brown) from Murphy Brown

Dana Delany (Nurse Colleen McMurphy) from China Beach – 2nd in a row.

’80s Emmy Award Winners – Actors and Actresses: 1980-1984

With the Prime Time Emmy’s airing this Sunday, let’s Return to the ’80s, and see who the winners were for each year. Today will be the Actors and Actresses from 1980-1984. Tomorrow will round out the ’80s.

1980

Lead Comedy Actor Lead Drama Actor
Richard Mulligan (Burt Campbell) from Soap Ed Asner (Lou Grant) from Lou Grant
Lead Comedy Actress Lead Drama Actress
Cathryn Damon (Mary Campbell) from Soap Barbara Bel Geddes (Miss Ellie Ewing) from Dallas

1981

Lead Comedy Actor Lead Drama Actor
Judd Hirsch (Alex Reige) from Taxi
Daniel J. Travanti (Capt. Frank Furillo) from Hill Street Blues
Lead Comedy Actress Lead Drama Actress
Isabel Sanford (Louise Jefferson) from The Jeffersons
Barbara Babcock (Grace Gardner) from Hill Street Blues

1982

Lead Comedy Actor Lead Drama Actor

Alan Alda (Captain Benjamin Franklin Pierce – a.k.a Hawkeye) from M*A*S*H

Daniel J. Travanti (Capt. Frank Furillo) from Hill Street Blues – 2 in a row.

Lead Comedy Actress Lead Drama Actress

Carol Kane (Simka Dahblitz-Gravas) from Taxi

Michael Learned (Mary Benjamin) from Nurse

1983

Lead Comedy Actor Lead Drama Actor
Judd Hirsch (Alex Reige) from Taxi
Ed Flanders (Dr. Donald Westphall) from St. Elsewhere
Lead Comedy Actress Lead Drama Actress

Shelley Long (Diane Chambers) from Cheers

Tyne Daly (Det. Mary Beth Lacey) from Cagney & Lacey

1984

Lead Comedy Actor Lead Drama Actor

John Ritter (Jack Tripper) from Three’s Company

Tom Selleck (Magnum) from Magnum P.I.
Lead Comedy Actress Lead Drama Actress

Jane Curtin (Allie Lowell) from Kate & Allie

Tyne Daly (Det. Mary Beth Lacey) from Cagney & Lacey – 2nd in a row.