21st Primetime Emmy Awards

21st Emmy Awards
DateJune 8, 1969 (1969-06-08)
LocationSanta Monica Civic Auditorium,
Santa Monica, California
Presented byAcademy of Television Arts and Sciences
Hosted byBill Cosby
Merv Griffin
Most awards1968 Summer Olympics
Get Smart
Male of the Species
The People Next Door (2)
Most nominationsHallmark Hall of Fame: "Teacher, Teacher"
Mission: Impossible (6)
Outstanding Comedy SeriesGet Smart
Outstanding Dramatic SeriesNET Playhouse
Outstanding Dramatic ProgramHallmark Hall of Fame: "Teacher, Teacher"
Outstanding Variety or Music SeriesRowan & Martin's Laugh-In
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The 21st Emmy Awards—also known since 1974 as the 21st Primetime Emmy Awards—were handed out on June 8, 1969. The ceremony was co-hosted by Bill Cosby and Merv Griffin.

The top shows of the night were Get Smart, which won Outstanding Comedy Series for the second consecutive year, and Outstanding Dramatic Series winner NET Playhouse. NET Playhouse, from the PBS predecessor National Educational Television Network, became the first show outside the Big Three television networks to win a top series award.

Due to several categories being combined for the ceremony, no show received more than two major wins. The most drastic rule change was that all shows that had aired more than two seasons were ineligible. The cause of this change was due to the rise in repeat winners in recent years. There was no winner in the category of Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, because the judges felt that none of the nominees were worthy of an award.

Winners and nominees

Winners are listed in bold and series' networks are in parentheses.


  • The Bill Cosby Special (CBS)
    • Barbra Streisand: A Happening in Central Park (CBS)
    • Duke Ellington Concert of Sacred Music (NET)
    • Francis Albert Sinatra Does His Thing (CBS)
    • The Rite of Spring (NET)
    • Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (NBC): "February 3, 1969"
    • Vladimir Horowitz: A Television Concert at Carnegie Hall (CBS)
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
  • Paul Scofield as Sir Emlyn Bowen, Q. C. in Male of the Species (NBC)
    • Ossie Davis as Charles Carter in Hallmark Hall of Fame (NBC): "Teacher, Teacher"
    • David McCallum as Hamilton Cade in Hallmark Hall of Fame (NBC): "Teacher, Teacher"
    • Bill Travers as Crichton in Hallmark Hall of Fame (NBC): "The Admirable Crichton"
Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
  • Ned Glass as Sol Cooper in Julia (NBC): "A Little Chicken Soup Never Hurt Anybody"
  • Hal Holbrook as Chancellor Graham in The Bold Ones: The Lawyers (NBC): "The Whole World Is Watching"
  • Billy Schulman as Freddie Putnam in Hallmark Hall of Fame (NBC): "Teacher, Teacher"
Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role


  • The Dean Martin Show (NBC): "October 17, 1968" – Greg Garrison
    • The Bill Cosby Special (NBC) – Bill Hobin
    • Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (NBC): "February 3, 1969" – Gordon Wiles


  • The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (CBS): "David Frye and Liberace"
    • The Carol Burnett Show (CBS): "Nanette Fabray, Mel Tormé and Don Rickles"
    • Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (NBC): "Don Rickles"
  • CBS Playhouse (CBS): "The People Next Door" – J.P. Miller
    • CBS Playhouse (CBS): "The Experiment" – Ellen M. Violett
    • Hallmark Hall of Fame (NBC): "Teacher, Teacher" – Allan Sloane

Most major nominations

Most major awards

  1. ^ a b "Major" constitutes the categories listed above: Program, Acting, Directing, and Writing. Does not include the technical categories.

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