ⓘ 56th Primetime Emmy Awards


ⓘ 56th Primetime Emmy Awards

The 56th Primetime Emmy Awards were held on Sunday, September 19, 2004. The ceremony was hosted by Garry Shandling and was broadcast on ABC.

The HBO miniseries Angels in America had the most successful night. It became the first, and only, program to sweep every major category, going 7/7, in Emmy history. It also joined Caesars Hour, in 1957, as the only program to win all four main acting categories.

Upstart comedy series Arrested Development won Outstanding Comedy Series being the second time Fox won that specific award and three other major awards overall. Its pilot became the twelfth episode to accomplish the directing/writing double.

After years of winning everything but the top prize, The Sopranos finally took home the crown for Outstanding Drama Series, not only knocking off four-time defending champion The West Wing but by being the first cable show, HBO, ever to beat any of the Big Four television networks for that award. It led all dramas with twelve major nominations and four major wins. One of those wins was for Drea de Matteo for Drama Supporting Actress and, too, was the first time that award went to a cable network. Furthermore, the cable network also won for the first times in the Comedy Lead Actress and Comedy Supporting Actress categories Sarah Jessica Parker and Cynthia Nixon respectively for Sex and the City.

Entering its final ceremony, five-time series champion Frasier needed five major wins to tie The Mary Tyler Moore Show s record of 27 major wins. Because it was only nominated in five major categories, breaking the record was not possible. Though it did not tie the record, Frasier finished its Emmy career on a high note, winning three major awards, the most it had won since 1998. Its 25 major wins put it at second of all time. When adding its wins in technical categories, its total rises to 37, the most for any comedy series.


1. Most major nominations

By network
  • CBS – 19
  • NBC – 33
  • ABC – 12
  • HBO – 56
By program
  • Everybody Loves Raymond CBS / The West Wing NBC – 7
  • Angels in America HBO – 11
  • The Sopranos HBO – 12
  • Sex and the City HBO – 8

2. Most major awards

By network
  • NBC / ABC – 4
  • HBO – 16
  • Comedy Central – 2
  • Fox – 3
By program
  • Arrested Development Fox / Frasier NBC / The Practice ABC – 3
  • Angels in America HBO – 7
  • The Sopranos HBO – 4