Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series

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This is a list of winners and nominees of the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series.

Winners and nominees[edit]

1960s[edit]

Year Series Episode Network Recipient(s)
1966 Michelangelo: The Last Giant Laurence Rosenthal
Bonanza David Rose
Gunsmoke "Seven Hours to Dawn" Morton Stevens
I Spy Earle Hagen
The Making of the President, 1964 Lalo Schifrin
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Jerry Goldsmith
Run for Your Life Pete Rugolo
1967 The Andy Williams Show Ticker Freeman
George Wyle
CBS Playhouse Aaron Copland
I Spy Earle Hagen
Mission: Impossible Lalo Schifrin
Run for Your Life Pete Rugolo
1968 I Spy "Laya" Earle Hagen
CBS Playhouse "My Father and My Mother" Bernard Green
Gunsmoke "Major Glory" Morton Stevens
The High Chaparral "The Champion of the Western World" Harry Sukman
Mission: Impossible "The Seal" Lalo Schifrin
Run for Your Life "Cry Hard, Cry Fast" Pete Rugolo
1969 Heidi John Williams
Hawaii Five-O "Pilot" Morton Stevens
Hemingway's Spain: A Love Affair Jacques Belasco
Mission: Impossible "The Heir Apparent" Lalo Schifrin
The Outcasts "Take Your Lover In The Ring" Hugo Montenegro

Note: Award titled Outstanding Individual Achievements in Music Composition 1966-69

1970s[edit]

Year Series Episode Network Recipient(s)
1970 Hawaii Five-O "A Thousand Pardons - You're Dead!" CBS Morton Stevens
The Bill Cosby Show NBC Quincy Jones
Charlie, the Lonesome Cougar NBC Franklyn Marks
1971 Bonanza "The Love Child" NBC David Rose
Adam-12 "Elegy for a Pig" NBC Frank Comstock
Love, American Style ABC Charles Fox
The Name of the Game "Gene Berry Segment LA 2017" NBC Billy Goldenberg
Robert Prince
1972 The Bold Ones: The Lawyers "In Defense of Ellen McKay" NBC Pete Rugolo
Love, American Style ABC Charles Fox
Columbo "Lady in Waiting" NBC Billy Goldenberg
1973 Love, American Style ABC Charles Fox
Ironside NBC Marty Paich
Medical Center "Cycle of Peril" CBS Alexander Courage
1974 Hawaii Five-O "Hookman" CBS Morton Stevens
Hawaii Five-O "The $100,000 Nickel" CBS Bruce Broughton
Hawaii Five-O "Nightmare in Blue" CBS Don B. Ray
1975 Benjamin Franklin "The Rebel" CBS Billy Goldenberg
The Streets of San Francisco "One Last Shot" ABC Patrick Williams
1976 Rich Man, Poor Man ABC Alex North
Bronk "Next of Kin" CBS Jack Urbont
Kojak "A Question of Answers" CBS John Cacavas
Little House on the Prairie "Remember Me" NBC David Rose
1977 Roots "Part I" ABC Quincy Jones
Gerald Fried
Bronk "The Vigilante" CBS Jack Urbont
Captains and the Kings "Chapter 8" NBC Elmer Bernstein
Police Story "Monster Manor" NBC Dick DeBenedictis
Roots "Part VIII" ABC Gerald Fried
1978 King NBC Billy Goldenberg
Columbo "Try and Catch Me" NBC Patrick Williams
Holocaust NBC Morton Gould
The Awakening Land NBC Fred Karlin
Wheels NBC Morton Stevens
1979 Little House on the Prairie "The Craftsman" NBC David Rose
Dear Detective CBS Dick DeBenedictis
Dean DeBenedictis
Lou Grant "Prisoner" CBS Patrick Williams
The Paper Chase "A Day in the Life" CBS Charles Fox
Norman Gimbel

1980s[edit]

Year Series Episode Network Recipient(s)
1980 Lou Grant "Hollywood" CBS Patrick Williams
Dallas "The Lost Child" CBS Bruce Broughton
Eischied "Only the Pretty Girls Die, Part II" NBC John Cacavas
Paris "Decisions" CBS Fred Karlin
Skag "Pilot" NBC Billy Goldenberg
1981 Buck Rogers in the 25th Century "The Satyr" NBC Bruce Broughton
The Gangster Chronicles "Chapter 1" NBC Billy Goldenberg
Hill Street Blues "Hill Street Station" NBC Mike Post
Little House on the Prairie "The Lost Ones, Part I" NBC David Rose
Lou Grant "Stroke" CBS Patrick Williams
1982 Little House on the Prairie "He Was Only Twelve, Part II" NBC David Rose
Dallas "The Search" CBS Bruce Broughton
The Incredible Hulk "The Triangle" CBS Joe Harnell
Lou Grant "Hometown" CBS Patrick Williams
1983 Dallas "The Ewing Blues" CBS Bruce Broughton
The Devlin Connection "Ring of Kings, Ring of Thieves" NBC Nan Schwartz
Fame "Not in Kansas Anymore" NBC William Goldstein
Father Murphy "Sweet Sixteen" NBC David Rose
Knots Landing "Loss of Innocence" CBS Jerrold Immel
1984 Dallas "The Letter" CBS Bruce Broughton
Emerald Point N.A.S. "The Homecoming" CBS Angela Morley
Mr. Smith "Mr. Smith Falls in Love" NBC Patrick Williams
St. Elsewhere "In Sickness and in Health" NBC J.A.C. Redford
Trapper John, M.D. "Send in the Clowns" CBS John Parker
1985 Murder, She Wrote "The Murder of Sherlock Holmes" CBS John Addison
Cagney & Lacey "Organized Crime" CBS Nan Schwartz
Dynasty "Triangles" ABC Angela Morley
Highway to Heaven "Thoroughbreds" NBC David Rose
Miami Vice "Evan" NBC Jan Hammer
St. Elsewhere "Fade to White" NBC J.A.C. Redford
1986 Scarecrow and Mrs. King "We're Off to See the Wizard" CBS Arthur B. Rubinstein
Dynasty "The Subpoenas" ABC Angela Morley
Miami Vice "Bushido" NBC Jan Hammer
Moonlighting "The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice" ABC Alf Clausen
1987 Knots Landing "Cement the Relationship" CBS Joel Rosenbaum
Dallas "A Death in the Family" CBS Angela Morley
The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd "Here's Why You Should Never Wear High Heels to the Bank" NBC Patrick Williams
Jack and Mike "Come Together" ABC Nan Schwartz
Matlock "The Chef" NBC Dick DeBenedictis
Moonlighting "Atomic Shakespeare" ABC Alf Clausen
1988 Beauty and the Beast "Pilot" CBS Lee Holdridge
Beauty and the Beast "To Reign in Hell" CBS Don Davis
Dallas "Hustling" CBS Angela Morley
The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd "Here's Why You Shouldn't Get Too Attached to Your Cat" NBC Patrick Williams
Moonlighting "Here's Living with You, Kid" ABC Alf Clausen
1989 Falcon Crest "Dust to Dust" CBS Joel Rosenbaum
Blue Skies "The White Horse" CBS Angela Morley
Columbo "Murder, Smoke and Shadows" ABC Patrick Williams
Moonlighting "A Womb with a View" ABC Alf Clausen
Star Trek: The Next Generation "The Child" Syndicated Dennis McCarthy

1990s[edit]

Year Series Episode Network Recipient(s)
1990 Beauty and the Beast "A Time to Heal" CBS Don Davis
Matlock "The Clown" NBC Bruce Babcock
Star Trek: The Next Generation "Yesterday's Enterprise" Syndicated Dennis McCarthy
Twin Peaks "Traces to Nowhere" ABC Angelo Badalamenti
1991 The Young Riders "Kansas" ABC John Debney
Father Dowling Mysteries "The Consulting Detective Mystery" ABC Bruce Babcock
Jake and the Fatman "God Bless the Child" CBS Joel Rosenbaum
My Life and Times "The Collapse of '98" ABC Don Davis
Star Trek: The Next Generation "Half a Life" Syndicated Dennis McCarthy
1992 Matlock "The Strangler" NBC Bruce Babcock
In the Heat of the Night "Family Reunion" NBC Nan Schwartz
Star Trek: The Next Generation "Unification, Part I" Syndicated Dennis McCarthy
The Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror II" Fox Alf Clausen
1993 The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles "Young Indiana Jones and the Scandal of 1920" ABC Joel McNeely
Murder, She Wrote "Wind Around the Tower" CBS Bruce Babcock
Quantum Leap "Lee Harvey Oswald, Part I" NBC Velton Ray Bunch
The Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror III" Fox Alf Clausen
The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles "Vienna, 1908" ABC Laurence Rosenthal
1994 The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles "Ireland, 1916" ABC Laurence Rosenthal
Christy "Pilot" CBS Ron Ramin
SeaQuest DSV "Whale Song" NBC Don Davis
Star Trek: The Next Generation "All Good Things..." Syndicated Dennis McCarthy
The Simpsons "Cape Feare" Fox Alf Clausen
1995 SeaQuest DSV "Daggers" NBC Don Davis
Murder, She Wrote "Murder in High C" CBS Bruce Babcock
Star Trek: Voyager "Heroes and Demons" UPN Dennis McCarthy
Star Trek: Voyager "Caretaker, Part I" UPN Jay Chattaway
The Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror V" Fox Alf Clausen
1996 Picture Windows "Language of the Heart" Showtime Hummie Mann
Diagnosis Murder "Mind Over Murder" CBS Dick DeBenedictis
SeaQuest DSV "Brave New World" NBC Russ Landau
Space: Above and Beyond "The River of Stars" Fox Shirley Walker
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine "Our Man Bashir" Syndicated Jay Chattaway
1997 The Cape "Pilot" Syndicated John Debney
Louis Febre
Early Edition "The Choice" CBS W.G. Snuffy Walden
Orleans "Pilot" CBS David Hamilton
The X-Files "Paper Hearts" Fox Mark Snow
Xena: Warrior Princess "Destiny" Syndicated Joseph LoDuca
1998 Buffy the Vampire Slayer "Becoming, Part I" The WB Christophe Beck
Roar "Pilot" Fox Jon Ehrlich
Stargate SG-1 "The Nox" Showtime Joel Goldsmith
The Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror VIII" Fox Alf Clausen
The X-Files "The Post-Modern Prometheus" Fox Mark Snow
1999 Invasion America "Final Mission" The WB Carl Johnson
Fantasy Island "Pilot" ABC John Ottman
The Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror IX" Fox Alf Clausen
The X-Files S.R. 819" Fox Mark Snow
Xena: Warrior Princess "Devi" Syndicated Joseph LoDuca

2000s[edit]

Year Series Episode Network Recipient(s)
2000 Xena: Warrior Princess "Fallen Angel" Syndicated Joseph LoDuca
Falcone "Lealta" CBS Jay Gruska
Felicity "Help for the Lovelorn" WB Danny Pelfrey
Snuffy Walden
Star Trek: Voyager "Spirit Folk" UPN Jay Chattaway
The X-Files "Theef" Fox Mark Snow
2001 Star Trek: Voyager "Endgame" UPN Jay Chattaway
The Simpsons "Simpson Safari" Fox Alf Clausen
Star Trek: Voyager "Workforce, Part I" UPN Dennis McCarthy
The West Wing "In the Shadow of Two Gunmen" NBC Snuffy Walden
Xena: Warrior Princess "The Rheingold" Syndicated Joseph LoDuca
2002 The Blue Planet "Seas of Life: Ocean World" Discovery Channel George Fenton
24 "7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m." Fox Sean Callery
JAG "Adrift, Part II" CBS Steven Bramson
The X-Files "The Truth" Fox Mark Snow
Xena: Warrior Princess "A Friend in Need, Part II" Syndicated Joseph LoDuca
2003 24 "10:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m." Fox Sean Callery
The Agency "The Great Game" CBS Jason Derlatka
Jon Ehrlich
Enterprise "The Expanse" UPN Dennis McCarthy
JAG "Need to Know" CBS Steven Bramson
Odyssey 5 "Pilot" Showtime Laura Karpman
2004 Enterprise "Similitude" UPN Velton Ray Bunch
24 "6:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m." Fox Sean Callery
Dead Like Me "Pilot" Showtime Stewart Copeland
Line of Fire "Eminence Front" ABC Larry Groupé
Pandemic: Facing AIDS "Uganda/Thailand" HBO Philip Glass
The Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror XIV" Fox Alf Clausen
2005 Lost "Pilot" ABC Michael Giacchino
24 "2:00 a.m. – 3:00 a.m." Fox Sean Callery
Carnivàle "Lincoln Highway" HBO Jeff Beal
House "Pilot" Fox Christopher Hoag
The Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror XV" Fox Alf Clausen
2006 24 "6:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m." Fox Sean Callery
Masters of Horror "Dreams in the Witch House" Showtime Richard Band
Rome "Triumph" HBO Jeff Beal
Stargate: Atlantis "Grace Under Pressure" Sci-Fi Channel Joel Goldsmith
Supernatural "Pilot" WB Christopher Lennertz
2007 Planet Earth "Pole to Pole" Discovery Channel George Fenton
24 "6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m." Fox Sean Callery
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation "Law of Gravity" CBS John Keane
Ghost Whisperer "Love Never Dies" CBS Mark Snow
Kidnapped "Pilot" NBC Snuffy Walden
Rome "Philippi" HBO Jeff Beal
2008 Pushing Daisies "Pigeon" ABC Jim Dooley
Family Guy "Lois Kills Stewie" Fox Ron Jones
House "Guardian Angels" Fox Jon Ehrlich
Jason Derlatka
Little People, Big World "Roloff Road Trip: Grand Canyon" TLC Joey Newman
Lost "The Constant" ABC Michael Giacchino
The Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror XVIII" Fox Alf Clausen
2009 Legend of the Seeker "Prophecy" Syndicated Joseph LoDuca
24 "7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m." Fox Sean Callery
Castle "Flowers from Your Grave" ABC Robert Duncan
Ghost Whisperer "Leap of Faith" CBS Mark Snow
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency "Pilot" HBO Gabriel Yared
The Simpsons "Gone Maggie Gone" Fox Alf Clausen

2010s[edit]

Year Series Episode Network Recipient(s)
2010 24 "3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m." Fox Sean Callery
Batman: The Brave and the Bold "Mayhem of the Music Meister" Cartoon Network Kristopher Carter
Michael Jelenic
Michael McCuistion
Lolita Ritmanis
James Tucker
FlashForward "No More Good Days" ABC Ramin Djawadi
Lost "The End" ABC Michael Giacchino
Psych "Mr. Yin Presents" USA Adam Cohen
John Robert Wood
2011 American Masters "John Muir in the New World" PBS Garth Neustadter
30 Rock "100" NBC Jeff Richmond
Family Guy "And Then There Were Fewer" Fox Walter Murphy
Family Guy "Road to the North Pole" Fox Ron Jones
The Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror XXI" Fox Alf Clausen
2012 Downton Abbey "Episode Six, November 1918" PBS John Lunn
The Borgias "The Confession" Showtime Trevor Morris
Pan Am "Pilot" ABC Blake Neely
Smash "Publicity" NBC Chris P. Bacon
Marc Shaiman
30 Rock "The Tuxedo Begins" NBC Jeff Richmond
2013 Downton Abbey "Episode Six, July 1920" PBS John Lunn
Arrested Development "Flight of the Phoenix" Netflix David Schwartz
The Borgias "The Prince" Showtime Trevor Morris
House of Cards "Chapter 1" Netflix Jeff Beal
Last Resort "Captain" ABC Robert Duncan
Mr Selfridge "Episode 1" PBS Charlie Mole
2014 Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey "Standing Up in the Milky Way" Fox/NatGeo Alan Silvestri
Downton Abbey "Episode Eight, August 1922" PBS John Lunn
Game of Thrones "The Mountain and the Viper" HBO Ramin Djawadi
House of Cards "Chapter 26" Netflix Jeff Beal
True Detective "Form and Void" HBO T-Bone Burnett

Total awards[edit]

  • CBS - 10
  • ABC - 7
  • NBC - 6
  • FOX - 3
  • PBS - 3
  • Syndicated - 3
  • Discovery Channel - 2
  • UPN - 2
  • WB - 2
  • Showtime - 1

Programs with multiple awards[edit]

3 awards
  • 24 (FOX)
2 awards
  • Beauty and the Beast (CBS)
  • Dallas (CBS)
  • Downton Abbey (PBS)
  • Little House on the Prairie (NBC)
  • The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (ABC)

Programs with multiple nominations[edit]

12 nominations
  • The Simpsons (Fox)
8 nominations
  • 24 (Fox)
6 nominations
  • Dallas (CBS)
5 nominations
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation (Syndicated)
  • Star Trek: Voyager (UPN)
  • The X-Files (Fox)
  • Xena: Warrior Princess (Syndicated)
4 nominations
  • Little House on the Prairie (NBC)
  • Lou Grant (ABC)
  • Moonlighting (CBS)
3 nominations
  • Beauty and the Beast (CBS)
  • Family Guy (Fox)
  • Lost (ABC)
  • Matlock (NBC)
  • Murder, She Wrote (CBS)
  • The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (ABC)
2 nominations
  • The Borgias (Showtime)
  • Bronk (CBS)
  • Columbo (NBC)
  • The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd (NBC/Lifetime)
  • Downton Abbey (PBS)
  • Dynasty (ABC)
  • Enterprise (UPN)
  • Ghost Whisperer (CBS)
  • House (Fox)
  • Knots Landing (CBS)
  • Miami Vice (NBC)
  • Rome (HBO)
  • Roots (ABC)
  • SeaQuest DSV (NBC)
  • St. Elsewhere (NBC)
  • 30 Rock (NBC)

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