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 Comedy, 1987

Best Comedy, 1987

The Lineup: Cheers, The Cosby Show, Family Ties, The Golden Girls (winner), Night Court

Okay, so Night Court, endearing as it was, is a bit of a qualitative outlier here, Richard Moll notwithstanding. But NBC's first Thursday night Must See TV–style lineup of The Cosby Show, Family Ties, and Cheers was 90 minutes of appointment viewing for a generation. And winner The Golden Girls is more than just a camp/cult phenomenon: Pound for pound, joke for joke, it holds up as well today as stone classics The Honeymooners, I Love Lucy, or Fawlty Towers. Its progressivism, and the fact that it gave four women actors of a certain age carte blanche to kick ass for years, is icing on the cake.

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