Shafted: 15 TV Stand-Outs Who Deserved More Emmys
Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny in 'The X-Files,' one of the many shows that have been under-rewarded at the Emmys. © 20th Century Fox Film Corp./Courtesy of the Everett Collection

All award shows make mistakes. However, the Primetime Emmys is truly unique — because it seems to make the same mistakes over and over again. Whereas a great film can only lose Best Picture at the Academy Awards once, so many fantastic television dramas and comedies are ignored year after year by Emmy voters. It's not just shows that miss out on the trophies either: Many classic television roles, from George Costanza to Don Draper to Jessica Fletcher, never got their Emmy due.

We've combed through the archives and found the 16 most under-rewarded TV icons, from show runners to modern classics like The Wire to an entire network (!) that have been given the cold Emmy shoulder. For some, the 2014 ceremony offers another shot at recognition; for others on this list, their time has passed. Either way, they're all winners to us.