33rd Primetime Emmy Awards
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33rd Primetime Emmy Awards
33rd Primetime Emmy Awards
Date
  • September 13, 1981
    (Ceremony)
  • September 12, 1981
    (Creative Arts Awards)
LocationPasadena Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, California
Presented byAcademy of Television Arts and Sciences
Hosted byShirley MacLaine
Edward Asner
Television/radio coverage
NetworkCBS

The 33rd Primetime Emmy Awards were held on Sunday, September 13, 1981. The ceremony was broadcast on CBS. It was hosted by Shirley MacLaine and Edward Asner.

For the third consecutive year, the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series went to Taxi. The top show on the drama side was Hill Street Blues which, in its first season, tied the record for most major nominations (14) and wins (6) by a non-miniseries. NBC's ratings juggernaut Sh?gun received eight major nominations, but only won one, for Outstanding Limited Series.

Winners and nominees

[1]

Programs

Acting

Lead performances

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Special Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Special

Supporting performances

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Variety or Music Series Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Variety or Music Series
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Special Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Special

Directing

Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series
  • James Burrows for Taxi, (Episode: "Elaine's Strange Triangle"), (ABC)
    • Alan Alda for M*A*S*H, (Episode: "The Life You Save"), (CBS)
    • Rod Daniel for WKRP in Cincinnati, (Episode: "Venus Flytrap Explains The Atom"), (CBS)
    • Linda Day, for Archie Bunker's Place, (Episode: "Tough Love"), (CBS)
    • Burt Metcalfe for M*A*S*H, (Episode: "No Laughing Matter"), (CBS)
    • Jerry Paris, for Happy Days, (Episode: "Hello Mrs. Arcola"), (ABC)
    • Noam Pitlik, for Barney Miller, (Episode: "Liquidation"), (ABC)
Outstanding Directing in a Variety, Music or Comedy Program Outstanding Directing in a Limited Series or a Special

Writing

Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series
  • Michael Kozoll, Steven Bochco for Hill Street Blues, (Episode: "Hill Street Station"), (NBC)
    • Ronald M. Cohen, Barbara Corday, Ken Hecht, for American Dream, (Episode: "Pilot"), (ABC)
    • Seth Freeman for Lou Grant, (Episode: "Rape"), (CBS)
    • Michael Kozoll, Steven Bochco, Anthony Yerkovich for Hill Street Blues, (Episode: "Jungle Madness"), (NBC)
    • April Smith for Lou Grant, (Episode: "Strike"), (CBS)
Outstanding Writing in a Variety, Music or Comedy Program Outstanding Writing in a Limited Series or a Special
  • The Muppet Show, (Syndicated)
    • Lily: Sold Out, (CBS)
    • Musical Comedy Tonight II, (PBS)
    • The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, (NBC)
    • AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Fred Astaire, (CBS)

Most major nominations

By network [note 1]
  • CBS - 52
  • ABC - 40
  • NBC - 32
By program
  • Hill Street Blues (NBC) - 14
  • Lou Grant (CBS) - 10
  • M*A*S*H (CBS) / Sh?gun (NBC) / Taxi (ABC) - 8
  • Masada (ABC) - 7
  • Dallas (CBS) / Playing for Time (CBS) - 5

Most major awards

By network [note 1]
  • CBS - 10
  • NBC - 8
  • ABC - 6
By program
  • Hill Street Blues (NBC) - 6
  • Taxi (ABC) - 5
  • Playing for Time (CBS) - 4
Notes
  1. ^ a b "Major" constitutes the categories listed above: Program, Acting, Directing, and Writing. Does not include the technical categories.

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