Murderers’ Row: The Greatest Emmy Awards Lineups Ever

The strongest nominee for each major category in TV’s top honors

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Best Actor in a Comedy, 1979

Best Actor in a Comedy, 1979

The Lineup: Alan Alda (M*A*S*H), Judd Hirsch (Taxi), Hal Linden (Barney Miller), Carol O’Connor (All in the Family - winner), Robin Williams (Mork & Mindy)

Arguably the most olive-green lineup of actors in television history, it seemed that every nominee in this superstar-saturated year spent the bulk of his screen time in surroundings drab enough to make Travis Bickle reach for his Good Housekeeping subscription. The exception, of course, was Robin Williams, who somehow wedded his anarchic improvisatory talent to a character designed for children who found Fonzie too edgy.

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