Creative Arts Emmys: Netflix's 'Cheer' Wins for Best Unstructured Reality Show

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The program beat out the likes of 'Amy Schumer Learns to Cook' and 'RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked' for the honor.

Netflix's Cheer took home the Emmy for outstanding unstructured reality series at Saturday's Creative Arts awards.

The docuseries about the cheerleading squad at Navarro College in Texas beat out Food Network's Amy Schumer Learns to Cook, Netflix's Kevin Hart: Don't F*** This Up, VH1's RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked and HBO's We're Here for the award.

"When we began filming, it would not have occurred to us that this would've been possible," executive producer and director Greg Whiteley said in a pretaped acceptance speech. "All of us owe a debt to the good people at Navarro College."

Whiteley won an Emmy for directing the series earlier in the week.

The show was a breakout for Netflix after its January release, earning widespread acclaim. The Hollywood Reporter TV critic Daniel Fienberg said the show is an "utterly convincing portrait" of the sport and the people on Navarro's squad.

The Emmy win for Cheer comes two days after one of its subjects, Jerry Harris, was charged with producing child pornography, with him being accused of enticing an underage boy to produce sexually explicit videos and photos.

Emmy voting was completed well before the charges against Harris came to light.