28th Primetime Emmy Awards

28th Primetime Emmy Awards
DateMay 17, 1976
LocationShubert Theatre,
Los Angeles, California
Presented byAcademy of Television Arts and Sciences
Hosted byJohn Denver
Mary Tyler Moore
Most awardsThe Mary Tyler Moore Show (5)
Most nominationsRich Man, Poor Man (17)
Outstanding Comedy SeriesThe Mary Tyler Moore Show
Outstanding Drama SeriesPolice Story
Outstanding Limited SeriesUpstairs, Downstairs
Outstanding Comedy-Variety or Music SeriesNBC's Saturday Night
Television/radio coverage
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The 28th Primetime Emmy Awards were handed out on May 17, 1976. The ceremony was hosted by John Denver and Mary Tyler Moore. Winners are listed in bold with series' networks in parentheses.

The top show of the night was Mary Tyler Moore which won its second straight Outstanding Comedy Series award, and five major awards overall. Police Story, won Outstanding Drama Series, even though it only received one major nomination.

The television miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man set numerous records. It received 17 major nominations, breaking the record held by Playhouse 90 which was set in 1959 (since broken). It also received 13 acting nominations, although some of the acting categories at this ceremony were later eliminated or combined. Despite this, it lost Outstanding Limited Series to Upstairs, Downstairs.

The Shubert Theatre had previously hosted the 1973 Emmy ceremony; it would host the ceremony a third and final time in 2001.

Winners and nominees


  • Gypsy in My Soul (CBS)
    • The Lily Tomlin Special (ABC)
    • The Monty Python Show: Wide World Special (ABC)
    • Rocky Mountain Christmas (ABC)
    • Steve and Eydie: Our Love Is Here to Stay (CBS)


Lead performances


Supporting performances

Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in Variety or Music
Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in Variety or Music
  • Vicki Lawrence in The Carol Burnett Show (CBS)
    • Cloris Leachman in Telly...Who Loves Ya, Baby? (CBS)

Single performances

Outstanding Lead Actor for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy Series
Outstanding Lead Actress for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy Series
  • Gordon Jackson as Hudson in Upstairs, Downstairs (PBS): "The Beastly Hun"
    • Bill Bixby as Willie Abbott in Rich Man, Poor Man (ABC): "Chapter 8"
    • Roscoe Lee Browne as Charlie Jeffers in Barney Miller (ABC): "The Escape Artist"
    • Norman Fell as Smitty in Rich Man, Poor Man (ABC): "Chapter 7"
    • Van Johnson as Marsh Goodwin in Rich Man, Poor Man (ABC): "Chapters 9 & 10"
  • Fionnula Flanagan as Clothilde in Rich Man, Poor Man (ABC): "Chapters 3 & 4"
    • Kim Darby as Virginia Calderwood in Rich Man, Poor Man (ABC): "Chapters 3 & 4"
    • Ruth Gordon as Carlton's Mother in Rhoda (CBS): "Kiss Your Epaulets Goodbye"
    • Eileen Heckart as Flo Meredith in The Mary Tyler Moore Show (CBS): "Mary's Aunt"
    • Kay Lenz as Kate Jordache in Rich Man, Poor Man (ABC): "Chapters 11 & 12"




  • The Mary Tyler Moore Show (CBS): "Chuckles Bites the Dust" – David Lloyd
  • The Lily Tomlin Special (ABC)
  • Saturday Night (NBC): "Elliott Gould"
    • The Carol Burnett Show (CBS): "Jim Nabors"
    • The Sonny and Cher Show (CBS): "Premiere"

Most major nominations

Networks with multiple major nominations
Network Number of
CBS 57
ABC 49
NBC 28
PBS 16
Programs with multiple major nominations
Programs Category Network Number of
Rich Man, Poor Man Limited ABC 17
M*A*S*H Comedy CBS 9
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Eleanor and Franklin Special ABC 8
The Carol Burnett Show Variety CBS 6
Upstairs, Downstairs Limited PBS
The Adams Chronicles 5
Barney Miller Comedy ABC
Fear on Trial Special CBS
A Moon for the Misbegotten ABC
Babe Special CBS 4
The Entertainer NBC
Jennie: Lady Randolph Churchill Limited PBS
Rhoda Comedy CBS
Saturday Night Variety NBC
The Streets of San Francisco Drama ABC
Lincoln Special NBC 3
Maude Comedy CBS
The Waltons Drama
Columbo NBC 2
Gypsy in My Soul Variety CBS
The Law Limited NBC
The Lily Tomlin Special Variety ABC
The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case Special NBC
Mitzi... Roarin' in the 20's Variety CBS
Rocky Mountain Christmas ABC
The Sonny and Cher Show CBS
Steve and Eydie: Our Love Is Here to Stay

Most major awards

Networks with multiple major awards
Network Number of
CBS 12
ABC 10
Programs with multiple major awards
Program Category Network Number of
The Mary Tyler Moore Show Comedy CBS 5
Eleanor and Franklin Special 4
Saturday Night Variety NBC
Rich Man, Poor Man Limited ABC 3
The Adams Chronicles PBS 2
The Waltons Drama CBS
  1. ^ a b "Major" constitutes the categories listed above: Program, Acting, Directing, and Writing. Does not include the technical categories.

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