35th Primetime Emmy Awards

35th Primetime Emmy Awards
  • September 25, 1983
  • September 18, 1983
    (Creative Arts Awards)
LocationPasadena Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, California
Presented byAcademy of Television Arts and Sciences
Hosted byEddie Murphy
Joan Rivers
Most awardsCheers (4)
Most nominationsHill Street Blues (14)
Outstanding Comedy SeriesCheers
Outstanding Drama SeriesHill Street Blues
Outstanding Limited SeriesThe Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy ProgramMotown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever
Television/radio coverage
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The 35th Primetime Emmy Awards were held on September 25, 1983. The ceremony was broadcast on NBC, from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, California. It is remembered for the vulgar language during the ceremony, much of it from Joan Rivers who cohosted the ceremony with Eddie Murphy. Rivers also wore nine dresses throughout the ceremony.

Despite being one of the lowest-rated shows of the season, the critically acclaimed first season of Cheers won Outstanding Comedy Series as well as three other major awards. For the third straight year, Hill Street Blues won Outstanding Drama Series, it received at least 14 major nominations for the third straight year, unprecedented at the time, and also received every nomination in the Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series field. Second City Television also garnered every nomination in a category, for Outstanding Writing in a Variety, Music or Comedy Program. NBC dominated the night, on the strength of the shows mentioned, it received 71 of the 128 major nominations, and won 19 of 25 major categories.

In its final ceremony, M*A*S*H was once again nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series. M*A*S*H was nominated every year it was on the air, 11/11, winning once in 1974, this record would be tied by Cheers a decade later when it too went 11/11, finishing with four victories.

Winners and nominees




Lead performances


Supporting performances

  • James Coco as Arnie in St. Elsewhere (NBC) (Episode: "Cora and Arnie")
    • Ed Begley Jr. as Dr. Victor Ehrlich in St. Elsewhere (NBC)
    • Michael Conrad as Sgt. Phil Esterhaus in Hill Street Blues (NBC)
    • Joe Spano as Det. Henry Goldblume in Hill Street Blues (NBC)
    • Bruce Weitz as Det. Mick Belker in Hill Street Blues (NBC)

Individual performances




  • Hill Street Blues (NBC): "Trial by Fury" – David Milch
    • Hill Street Blues (NBC): "Eugene's Comedy Empire Strikes Back" – Story by : Steven Bochco, Anthony Yerkovich and Jeffrey Lewis
      Teleplay by : Anthony Yerkovich, David Milch and Karen Hall
    • Hill Street Blues (NBC): "A Hair of the Dog" – Steven Bochco, Anthony Yerkovich and Jeffrey Lewis
    • Hill Street Blues (NBC): "No Body's Perfect" – Story by : Steven Bochco, Anthony Yerkovich and Jeffrey Lewis
      Teleplay by : Michael Wagner and David Milch
    • Hill Street Blues (NBC): "Officer of the Year" – Karen Hall
  • Second City Television (NBC): "Sweeps Week"
    • Second City Television (NBC): "Christmas Show"
    • Second City Television (NBC): "Joe Walsh"
    • Second City Television (NBC): "Robin Williams"
    • Second City Television (NBC): "Towering Inferno"
  • Special Bulletin (NBC) – Story by : Edward Zwick
    Teleplay by : Marshall Herskovitz
    • The Executioner's Song (NBC) – Norman Mailer
    • The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (Syndicated): "Part IV" – David Edgar
    • Little Gloria... Happy at Last (NBC) – William Hanley
    • Who Will Love My Children? (ABC) – Michael Bortman

Most major nominations

Networks with multiple major nominations
Network Number of
NBC 71
ABC 23
CBS 22
Programs with multiple major nominations
Program Category Network Number of
Hill Street Blues Drama NBC 14
Cheers Comedy 9
The Thorn Birds Limited ABC
Second City Television Variety NBC 7
St. Elsewhere Drama
M*A*S*H Comedy CBS 6
Taxi NBC
Buffalo Bill 5
The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby Limited Syndicated 4
Little Gloria... Happy at Last Special NBC
Live from Lincoln Center Variety PBS
Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever NBC
Who Will Love My Children? Special ABC
The Winds of War Limited
Cagney & Lacey Drama CBS 3
The Executioner's Song Special NBC
Smiley's People Limited Syndicated
Special Bulletin Special NBC
Dynasty Drama ABC 2
The Jeffersons Comedy CBS
M.A.D.D.: Mother's Against Drunk Drivers Special NBC
Magnum, P.I. Drama CBS

Most major awards

Networks with multiple major awards
Network Number of
NBC 19
Programs with multiple major awards
Programs Category Network Number of
Cheers Comedy NBC 4
Hill Street Blues Drama 3
St. Elsewhere
Taxi Comedy
The Thorn Birds Limited ABC
Special Bulletin Special NBC 2
  1. ^ a b "Major" constitutes the categories listed above: Program, Acting, Directing, and Writing. Does not include the technical categories.

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