The Way They Were

Back in the day, multicamera comedies ruled at the Emmys

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"Mary Tyler Moore"
Not merely a comedy series but also a groundbreaking piece of popular culture that put a young single woman's life under the TV microscope for the first time. And she made it, after all. It totaled 65 Emmy nominations, winning 29 statuettes all told including the outstanding comedy series prize each of its final three seasons. Moore would cart off four trophies, her co-stars Valerie Harper and Ed Asner three each.

"All in the Family"
The series about working-class Archie Bunker and his long-suffering family is considered by many to be TV's finest sitcom ever. And that's reflected in its Emmy performance: 56 nominations and 22 wins, including four for best comedy and four for star Carroll O'Connor. The show would have won even more had it not run during the same years as "Mary Tyler Moore."

It lasted just five seasons but the story of the colorful staff of a New York taxicab company made a sizable imprint on Emmy culture, earning 34 nominations and converting more than half of those -- 18 -- into wins. Three of the victories were for outstanding comedy series.

The "Cheers" spinoff about the mixed-up life of a Seattle radio shrink won more Emmys than any series in history: 37 of 107 nominations. It included a record (for a comedy) five consecutive wins in top comedy series (1994-98) and four triumphs apiece for castmates Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce. No primetime show dominated its era in terms of awards like this one, dwarfing even the performance of its classic predecessor.