Public Meltdowns and Profane Dames: 20 Off-the-Hook Emmy Moments

The unforgettable highs, lows and straight-up WTF occurrences that have happened on the TV awards show's broadcasts

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The Primetime Emmys have never been the most salacious awards show on TV, usually upstaged by the drunken antics of the Golden Globes and the glitzy glamour of the Oscars. But it is still the gold standard when it comes to handing out small-screen statuettes — and it definitely has had its share of water-cooler moments. From Patty Duke's despondent thousand-yard stare to a thrill-seeking stage-crasher to same-sex kissing and political statements, the Emmys have provided some memorable moments throughout their 66-year history.

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