Five worthy shows that never won Emmy's top prize

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Critics' wish list for Emmy noms
The critics make their Emmy picks

"China Beach"
(1988-91)
Total noms: 29
"This show single-handedly shattered Hollywood's longstanding stereotype of American soldiers in Vietnam as either right-wing yahoos or psycho killers," Glenn Garvin says. "I can scarcely believe it lost out to smirking bilge like 'L.A. Law.' "
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"The Wire" (2002-08)
Total noms: 2
"TV critics don't agree on a whole lot, but the fact that we almost universally embrace it as one of TV's finest ever makes the crime even more heinous," Neal Justin says.

"The Shield" (2002-08)
Total noms: 6
"I sat in a room full of critics to watch the series finale and there was not a dry eye in the house by the end," Maureen Ryan says. "That was a show that never gave up trying to get better."

"American Idol" (2002-present)
Total noms: 42
"This show has dominated network television for nine seasons now. How has it never won (the reality competition series Emmy)? It's a magnificent machine," Tom Gliatto says.

"Battlestar Galactica"
(2004-09)
Total noms: 19
"Every media outlet and so many cultural critics got that this show wasn't merely a sci-fi genre piece," Ryan says. "How can it elude the Emmys?
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