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 Drama, 2000

Best Actor in a Drama, 2000

The Lineup: Dennis Franz (NYPD Blue), James Gandolfini (The Sopranos - winner), Jerry Orbach (Law & Order), Martin Sheen (The West Wing), Sam Waterston (Law & Order)

Clearly, the best man won — after all, as Tony Soprano, James Gandolfini was pretty much the best man in any potential lineup, in any year, ever. But this year's crop of nominees was perhaps unique in that there’s not a bum note to be found in a minute of screen time for any of them. Whatever the depth and scope of the shows in which they starred, these may be the five most likeable leading men in the history of the tube.

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