Best Comedy, 1995-1996
The Lineup: Frasier (winner, 1995 & 1996), Friends, The Larry Sanders Show, Mad About You, Seinfeld
It was NBC's world; we just lived in it. Between comedy-boom standup-driven showcases Seinfeld and Mad About You, Cheers spin-off Frasier, and "Like Seinfeld, but with a younger, hotter cast" Friends, the network mastered all the ingredients that made for great Nineties comedy. Alone against the Peacock horde, for two years, stood Garry Shandling, Jeffrey Tambor, Rip Torn, and the prototype for the HBO mold-breakers and fake talk shows to come.