Emmys 2021: 16 of the Best, Worst and Weirdest Moments

Emmys 2021 Best Worst Moments

Much like the past year of truly excellent television, the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards had a little something for everyone: Tearful speeches! Funny presenters! Rita Wilson rapping! Twice!

It was indeed an eventful night for the TV industry, and we here at TVLine have boiled down the broadcast to 16 memorable moments, from the emotionally stirring to the eyeroll-inducing. Among the highlights this year: Seth Rogen’s only-sorta-joking horror at the ceremony’s indoor setting, Robin Thede’s perfect reaction to Saturday Night Live‘s win over A Black Lady Sketch Show, and a wonderful reunion of Schitt’s Creek‘s Rose family.


Of course, a few of the evening’s acceptance speeches made our list, as well… but not always because we loved them. Lookin’ at you, The Queen’s Gambit director Scott Frank!

Plus, as with any major televised awards show, parts of the Emmys were downright weird, from the Met Gala-themed appearance of Cedric the Entertainer’s Neighborhood co-stars, to an absurdly outdated comedy bit involving the fly on Mike Pence’s head. (We’re not kidding when we say that happened a year ago.)

How did you feel about this year’s Emmy ceremony? Grade the broadcast in our poll below, then continue scrolling to see our picks for the best and worst moments!

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