ⓘ 55th Primetime Emmy Awards


ⓘ 55th Primetime Emmy Awards

The 55th Primetime Emmy Awards were held on Sunday, September 21, 2003. The ceremony was broadcast on Fox. The Sci Fi channel received its first major nomination this year for Outstanding Miniseries for Taken, for which it won.

With the win for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Debra Messing, Will & Grace became only the third television show to have all credited actors winning a Primetime Emmy Award for their respective role, following All in the Family and The Golden Girls also later tied by The Simpsons. For its seventh season, Everybody Loves Raymond won its first Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series. It led all comedies with four major wins and ten major nominations. The West Wing won Outstanding Drama Series for the fourth consecutive year, tying the record set by Hill Street Blues also later tied by Mad Men.

Despite failing to win Outstanding Drama Series, The Sopranos continued to rake in the awards, leading all dramas with four major wins, including James Gandolfini and Edie Falco winning their third and final trophy for their respective category. Also Joe Pantolianos win for Supporting Actor in a Drama marked the first time HBO had won in this category.

Additionally, for the first time, not only did the Lead Male in a Comedy award went to a show outside the Big Four TV networks, with Tony Shalhoubs win, for Monk on the USA Network, it was that networks first ever Acting win.

For the first time since 1991, the Outstanding Drama Series field did not include Law & Order ; it was nominated 11 times in the category, a record for drama series that still stands. The mark tied the overall record held by comedy series M*A*S*H and Cheers. For the first time since its premiere, Frasier, then in its tenth and penultimate season, didnt win a major award, with its only major nominations going to David Hyde Pierce and John Mahoney for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. The ceremony featured 11 presenters, which included: Ellen DeGeneres, Brad Garrett, Darrell Hammond, George Lopez, Conan OBrien, Bernie Mac, Dennis Miller, Garry Shandling who opened the show with a comedic monologue, Martin Short, Jon Stewart, and Wanda Sykes.


1. Most major nominations

By network
  • CBS – 28
  • NBC – 38
  • HBO – 53
By program
  • Door to Door TNT / Sex and the City HBO – 6
  • Six Feet Under HBO – 9
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm HBO / Will & Grace NBC – 7
  • Everybody Loves Raymond CBS / The Sopranos HBO / The West Wing NBC - 10