20th Primetime Emmy Awards

20th Primetime Emmy Awards
DateMay 19, 1968
LocationHollywood Palladium,
Los Angeles, California
Presented byAcademy of Television Arts and Sciences
Hosted byFrank Sinatra
Dick Van Dyke
Most awardsGet Smart (3)
Most nominationsBewitched
Dear Friends
Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night
He & She
Mission: Impossible (5)
Outstanding Comedy SeriesGet Smart
Outstanding Dramatic SeriesMission: Impossible
Outstanding Dramatic ProgramHallmark Hall of Fame: "Elizabeth the Queen"
Outstanding Musical or Variety SeriesRowan & Martin's Laugh-In
Television/radio coverage
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The 20th Emmy Awards, later known as the 20th Primetime Emmy Awards, were handed out on May 19, 1968. The ceremony was hosted by Frank Sinatra and Dick Van Dyke. Winners are listed in bold and series' networks are in parentheses.

The top shows of the night were Get Smart and Mission: Impossible. Get Smart won three major awards, while the most nominated show was the anthology drama CBS Playhouse with ten. It also won three major awards.

The first posthumous Acting Emmy went to Marion Lorne for her performance in Bewitched, while The Avengers was the first non American produced nomination, having been syndicated from ABC Weekend TV, which was a part of the United Kingdom Independent Television Network, by ABC. However, other than sharing the same initials, the two companies were independent of each other.

Winners and nominees


Outstanding Achievement in Daytime Programming - Programs
Outstanding Achievement in Sports Programming - Programs


Lead performances


Supporting performances

Single performances

Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Drama
  • Melvyn Douglas as Peter Schermann in CBS Playhouse (CBS): "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night"
Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Drama




  • Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (NBC)
    • The Carol Burnett Show (CBS)
    • Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: "Pilot" (NBC)
    • The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (CBS): "Ronnie Schell, Kate Smith and Simon & Garfunkel"

Most major nominations

Networks with multiple major nominations
Network Number of
CBS 43
NBC 30
ABC 20
Programs with multiple major nominations
Program Category Network Number of
Bewitched Comedy ABC 5
Dear Friends Special CBS
Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night
He & She Comedy
Mission: Impossible Drama
Get Smart Comedy NBC 4
Ironside Drama
The Lucy Show Comedy CBS
The Crucible Special 3
Family Affair Comedy
Hogan's Heroes
I Spy Drama NBC
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Variety
That Girl Comedy ABC
10th Winter Olympic Games Sports 2
The Avengers Drama
The Carol Burnett Show Variety CBS
The Dean Martin Comedy Hour NBC
Elizabeth the Queen Special
Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass Variety CBS
NET Playhouse Drama NET
Run for Your Life NBC
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour Variety CBS
Star Trek Drama NBC
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Special ABC
Wide World of Sports Sports

Most major awards

Networks with multiple major awards
Network Number of
NBC 10
Programs with multiple major awards
Program Category Network Number of
Get Smart Comedy NBC 3
Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night Special CBS 2
Mission: Impossible Drama
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Variety NBC
Wide World of Sports Sports ABC
  1. ^ a b "Major" constitutes the categories listed above: Program, Acting, Directing, and Writing. Does not include the technical categories.

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