Emmys

The Emmys' Most Memorable Moments: Laughter, Tears, Historical Wins, 'The Big One' and More

Emmys Memorable Moments

Whereas the Academy Awards will always have Adele Dazeem, “You like me!” and Sacheen Littlefeather to remember, the Primetime Emmy Award telecasts have delivered memorable TV moments as well.

Will this year’s virtual, pandemic-era “ceremony” serve up anything to rival Kirstie Alley celebrating “the big one,” or Bryan Cranston’s Kissing Bandit? With dozens of presenter and winners at the mercy of their live streams/home WiFi, it just might!

Now more than seven decades old, the Primetime Emmys have gotten emotional — with historical wins, heartfelt tributes to fallen stars, and even the occasional on-stage question-popping — and they have brought the funny (even if by threatening to asphyxiate a beloved TV icon). Acceptance speeches have left us a bit befuddled, in stitches or, as noted above, blushing.

Bookending the awarding of assorted accolades, there have been production numbers and comedic/”comedic” bits that had us grinning… or audibly groaning. Though maybe nothing on the Emmys has ever measured “up” to the Oscars’ quite infamous Rob Lowe/Snow White bit, phew.

What can we expect from this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards telecast? Tune into ABC on Sunday, Sept. 20 and find out! But until then, review our rundown of some of the Primetime Emmys’ most memorable moments, pressing play on handy video links where available, and then chime in with the memories that will always stick with you.