37th Primetime Emmy Awards

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37th Primetime Emmy Awards
Date
  • September 22, 1985 (Ceremony)
  • September 21, 1985 (Creative Arts Awards)
Location Pasadena Civic Auditorium,
Pasadena, California
Host John Forsythe
Television/Radio coverage
Network ABC
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The 37th Primetime Emmy Awards were held on September 22, 1985. The ceremony was broadcast on ABC, from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, California.

The Cosby Show defeated two-time reigning champion Cheers to win Outstanding Comedy Series, one of three major awards it won. Although it only took home one major award, Cheers did tie the then-record for most major nominations by a comedy series (11), set by The Mary Tyler Moore Show in 1977. In the drama field Cagney & Lacey, en route to winning four major awards on the night, defeated presumed favorite Miami Vice to win Outstanding Drama Series, four time defending champion Hill Street Blues still received nine major nominations, but only won one award. This was Hill Street Blues 18th and final major award, setting an Emmy record for a drama series that still stands.

The ceremony also had a memorable unscripted moment involving the arrest of impersonator Barry Bremen for grand theft while attempting to accept the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series award on behalf of Betty Thomas, who would show up on the auditorium stage a few minutes late

Winners and Nominees[edit]

[1]

Programs[edit]

Outstanding Comedy Series Outstanding Drama Series
Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program Outstanding Drama/Comedy Special
Outstanding Limited Series

Acting[edit]

Lead performances[edit]

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[edit]

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy 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[edit]

Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series
Outstanding Directing in a Variety or Music Program Outstanding Directing in a Limited Series or a Special
  • Terry Hughes for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, (PBS)
    • Hal Gurnee for Late Night with David Letterman, (Episode: "3rd Anniversary Special"), (NBC)
    • Clark Jones for Night of 100 Stars II, (ABC)
    • Don Mischer for Motown Returns to the Apollo, (PBS)


Writing[edit]

Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series
  • Patricia Green for Cagney & Lacey, (Episode: "Who Said It's Fair, Part II"), (CBS)
    • Deborah Arakelian for Cagney & Lacey, (Episode: "Child Witness"), (CBS)
    • Jacob Epstein, Michael I. Wagner for Hill Street Blues, (Episode: "The Rise and Fall of Paul the Wall"), (NBC)
    • Tom Fontana, John Masius, Steve Bello for St. Elsewhere, (Episode: "Murder, She Rote"), (NBC)
    • Tom Fontana, John Masius for St. Elsewhere, (Episode: "Sweet Dreams"), (NBC)
    • Anthony Yerkovich for Miami Vice, (Episode: "Pilot"), (NBC)
Outstanding Writing in a Variety, Music or Comedy Program Outstanding Writing in a Limited Series or a Special
  • Late Night with David Letterman, (Episode: "Christmas with the Lettermans"), (NBC)
    • Motown Returns to the Apollo, (NBC)
    • Late Night with David Letterman, (Episode: "The Late Night Morning Show"), (NBC)
    • Late Night with David Letterman, (Episode: "Late Night in Los Angeles"), (NBC)
    • AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Gene Kelly, (CBS)
  • Vickie Patik for Do You Remember Love, (CBS)
    • John Gay for Fatal Vision, (NBC)
    • Rose Leiman Goldemberg for The Burning Bed, (NBC)
    • Gerald Green for Wallenberg: A Hero's Story, (NBC)
    • Ken Taylor for The Jewel in the Crown, (Episode: "Crossing the River"), (PBS)

Most major nominations[edit]

By network [note 1]
  • NBC – 66
  • CBS – 37
  • PBS – 10
By program
  • Cheers (NBC) – 11
  • Hill Street Blues (NBC) – 9
  • Cagney & Lacey (CBS) / St. Elsewhere (NBC) – 7
  • Miami Vice (NBC) – 6


Most major awards[edit]

By network [note 1]
  • NBC – 12
  • CBS – 8
  • PBS – 3
  • ABC – 2
By program
  • Cagney & Lacey (CBS) – 4
  • The Cosby Show (NBC) / Do You Remember Love (CBS) – 3
Notes
  1. ^ a b "Major" constitutes the categories listed above: Program, Acting, Directing, and Writing. Does not include the technical categories.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1985 Primetime Emmy Awards". IMDb. Retrieved April 19, 2013.