My Alternate Emmy for Best Directing in a Drama Series Winners

by jmpatison003 | created - 21 Jan 2013 | updated - 21 Jan 2013 | Public

This list contains my alternate choices for the Emmy Award for Best Directing in a Drama Series from 1990-2012. Some of the choices are personal favorites of mine, while others are series that time has shown to have been unfairly passed over. I also included 5 alternate nominees (in order to equate the current number of total nominees with the older number and in order to give myself greater ability to recognize ignored shows). For nominees: * indicates nominee and ** indicates winner. Some other information has also been included. Enjoy!

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1. Twin Peaks (1990–1991)
Episode: Pilot (1990)

Unrated | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.9
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Undercurrents of passion, greed, jealousy and intrigue surface in a seemingly respectable town when a high school homecoming queen is found murdered.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook

Votes: 12,230

Year: 1990 Episode: Pilot Director: David Lynch Nominated, and if so, Won?: Yes; No Nominees:

2. Equal Justice (1990–1991)
Episode: In Confidence (1991)

60 min | Drama, Romance

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Director: Thomas Carter | Stars: George DiCenzo, Debrah Farentino, Jane Kaczmarek, Kathleen Lloyd

Year: 1991 Episode: In Confidence Director: Thomas Carter Nominated, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes Nominees:

3. I'll Fly Away (1991–1993)
Episode: All God's Children (1991)

Drama

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Director: Eric Laneuville | Stars: Sam Waterston, Regina Taylor, Jeremy London, Ashlee Levitch

Year: 1992 Episode: All God's Children Director: Eric Laneuville Nominated, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes Nominees:

4. Homicide: Life on the Street (1993–1999)
Episode: Gone for Goode (1993)

TV-14 | 48 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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The team investigate a woman who appears to be murdering her husbands for the insurance money.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Daniel Baldwin, Richard Belzer, Andre Braugher, Clark Johnson

Votes: 182

Year: 1993 Episode: Gone for Goode Director: Barry Levinson Nominated, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes Nominees:

5. NYPD Blue (1993–2005)
Episode: Tempest in a C-Cup (1993)

TV-14 | 49 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.9
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Kelly, Martinez, and the officers arrest Luis Hernandez, a baker, for a murder charge. But Detective Mike Roberts, as well as Detective Kelly, try to get him to confess to the robbery of ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Sackheim | Stars: David Caruso, Dennis Franz, James McDaniel, Sherry Stringfield

Votes: 83

Year: 1994 Episode: Tempest in a C-Cup Director: Daniel Sackheim Nominated, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes Nominees:

6. ER (1994–2009)
Episode: Love's Labor Lost (1995)

TV-14 | 46 min | Drama, Romance

8.1
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Dr. Benton has to deal with the aftermath of his mother's fall and crosses the line with the surgical attending when he insists on scrubbing in for her operation. Dr. Greene deals with Jodi... See full summary »

Director: Mimi Leder | Stars: Anthony Edwards, George Clooney, Sherry Stringfield, Noah Wyle

Votes: 727

Year: 1995 Episode: Love's Labor Lost Director: Mimi Leder Nominated, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes Nominees:

7. Chicago Hope (1994–2000)
Episode: Leave of Absence (1995)

TV-14 | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.1
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Geiger desperately attempts to save Birch's life after he is senselessly gunned down by street thugs.

Director: Jeremy Kagan | Stars: Mandy Patinkin, Adam Arkin, Jamey Sheridan, Roxanne Hart

Votes: 14

Year: 1996 Episode: Leave of Absence Director: Jeremy Kagan Nominated, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes Nominees:

8. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
Episode: Prophecy Girl (1997)

TV-PG | 45 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

8.9
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Giles discovers an ancient book foretelling Buffy's death at the hands of the Master.

Director: Joss Whedon | Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Charisma Carpenter

Votes: 2,046

Year: 1997 Episode: Prophecy Girl Director: Joss Whedon Nominated, and if so, Won?: No Nominees: *ER--Fear of Flying (Christopher Chulack); *ER--Last Call (Rod Holcomb); *ER--Union Station (Tom Moore); **NYPD Blue (Where's Swaldo?); *The X-Files--Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man (James Wong)

9. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
Episode: Innocence (1998)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

9.3
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Buffy and her friends battle the Judge and face unexpected danger from Angel, who has lost his soul after experiencing a moment of true happiness.

Director: Joss Whedon | Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Charisma Carpenter

Votes: 2,140

Year: 1998 Episode: Innocence (Part 2) Director: Joss Whedon Nominated, and if so, Won?: No Nominees: Buffy the Vampire Slayer--Becoming, Parts 1 and 2 (Joss Whedon); Buffy the Vampire Slayer--Passion (Michael Gershman); *ER--Ambush (Thomas Schlamme); **NYPD Blue--Lost Israel, Part II (Paris Barclay); *The X-Files--The Post-Modern Prometheus (Chris Carter)

10. The Sopranos (1999–2007)
Episode: Pilot (1999)

TV-MA | 59 min | Crime, Drama

8.7
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A mobster passes out at a family barbecue and seeks therapy to understand why.

Director: David Chase | Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 3,364

Year: 1999 Episode: Pilot Director: David Chase Nominated, and if so, Won?: Yes; No Nominees: Buffy the Vampire Slayer--Amends (Joss Whedon); Buffy the Vampire Slayer--Doppelgangland (Joss Whedon); Buffy the Vampire Slayer--Graduation Day, Parts 1 and 2 (Joss Whedon)

11. The West Wing (1999–2006)
Episode: Pilot (1999)

TV-14 | 42 min | Drama

8.8
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The West Wing staffers are introduced as each learns via phone or pager that the President was in a cycling accident. Josh faces the possible loss of his job after an on-air insult of a ... See full summary »

Director: Thomas Schlamme | Stars: Rob Lowe, Moira Kelly, Allison Janney, Richard Schiff

Votes: 923

Year: 2000 Episode: Pilot Director: Thomas Schlamme Nominated, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes Nominees: Buffy the Vampire Slayer--Hush (Joss Whedon); Buffy the Vampire Slayer--Primeval (Part 2) (James A. Contner); Buffy the Vampire Slayer--Restless (Joss Whedon); *The Sopranos--Funhouse (John Patterson); *The Sopranos--The Knight in White Satin Armor (Allen Coulter)

12. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
Episode: The Body (2001)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

9.7
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Buffy, Dawn, and their friends deal with the aftermath of Joyce's death.

Director: Joss Whedon | Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Emma Caulfield Ford

Votes: 3,748

Year: 2001 Episode: The Body Director: Joss Whedon Nominated, and if so, Won?: No Nominees: **The West Wing--In the Shadow of Two Gunmen (Parts I and II) (Thomas Schlamme); *The West Wing--Shibboleth (Laura Innes); The West WIng--Two Cathedrals (Thomas Schlamme); *The Sopranos--Pine Barrens (Steve Buscemi); *The Sopranos--University (Allen Coulter)

13. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
Episode: Once More, with Feeling (2001)

TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

9.8
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In this musical extravaganza, Sunnydale residents find themselves bursting into song, and flame, when a demon attempts to make Dawn his bride.

Director: Joss Whedon | Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Emma Caulfield Ford, Michelle Trachtenberg

Votes: 6,373

Year: 2002 Episode: Once More, with Feeling Director: Joss Whedon Nominated, and if so, Won?: No Nominees: Buffy the Vampire Slayer--Grave (Part 2) (Joss Whedon); *The Shield--Pilot (Clark Johnson); **Six Feet Under--Pilot (Alan Ball); *The West Wing--The Indians in the Lobby (Paris Barclay); *The West Wing--Posse Comitatus (Alex Graves)

14. Firefly (2002–2003)
Episode: Objects in Space (2002)

TV-14 | 44 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

9.0
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Serenity encounters a ruthlessly professional bounty hunter, Jubal Early, who will stop at nothing to retrieve River. But River, feeling unwelcome on the ship, takes a novel approach to escaping from the Alliance.

Director: Joss Whedon | Stars: Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin

Votes: 3,686

Year: 2003 Episode: Objects in Space Director: Joss Whedon Nominated, and if so, Won?: No Nominees: Buffy the Vampire Slayer--Chosen (Joss Whedon); *Six Feet Under--Nobody Sleeps (Alan Poul); *The Sopranos--Whitecaps (John Patterson); *The Sopranos--Whoever Did This (Tim Van Patten)

15. Deadwood (2004–2006)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, History

8.7
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A show set in the late 1800s, revolving around the characters of Deadwood, South Dakota; a town of deep corruption and crime.

Stars: Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker, Brad Dourif

Votes: 74,568

Year: 2004 Episode: Pilot Director: Walter Hill Nominated, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes Nominees: *Nip/Tuck--Pilot (Ryan Murphy); *The Sopranos--Irregular Around the Margins (Allen Coulter); *The Sopranos--Long Term Parking (Tim Van Patten)

16. Lost (2004–2010)

TV-14 | 44 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

8.4
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The survivors of a plane crash are forced to work together in order to survive on a seemingly deserted tropical island.

Stars: Jorge Garcia, Josh Holloway, Yunjin Kim, Evangeline Lilly

Votes: 424,092

Year: 2005 Episode: Pilot Director: J.J. Abrams Nominated, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes Nominees: Battlestar Galactica--33 (Michael Rymer); *CSI: Crime Scene Investigation--Grave Danger (Quentin Tarantino); *Deadwood--Complications (Gregg Fienberg); Doctor Who--The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances (James Hawes); *The West Wing--2162 Votes (Alex Graves)

17. The West Wing (1999–2006)
Episode: Election Day: Part 1 (2006)

TV-14 | 42 min | Drama

8.6
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Election day finally arrives; C.J. ponders job offers; the election looks too close to call.

Director: Mimi Leder | Stars: Alan Alda, Kristin Chenoweth, Dulé Hill, Allison Janney

Votes: 325

Year: 2006 Episode: Election Day, Part I Director: Mimi Leder Nominated, and if so, Won?: Yes; No Nominees: Battlestar Galactica--Lay Down Your Burdens, Part II (Michael Rymer); Battlestar Galactica--Pegasus (Michael Rymer); Doctor Who--The Girl in the Fireplace (Euros Lyn); *Six Feet Under--Everyone's Waiting (Alan Ball); *The Sopranos--Join the Club (David Nutter); *The Sopranos--Members Only (Tim Van Patten)

18. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: Blink (2007)

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

9.8
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Sally Sparrow receives a cryptic message from the Doctor about a mysterious new enemy species that is after the TARDIS.

Director: Hettie Macdonald | Stars: David Tennant, Freema Agyeman, Carey Mulligan, Lucy Gaskell

Votes: 14,490

Year: 2007 Episode: Blink Director: Hettie MacDonald Nominated, and if so, Won?: No Nominees: *Battlestar Galactica--Exodus, Part II (Félix Enríquez Alcalá); Battlestar Galactica--Occupation/Precipice (Sergio Mimica-Gezzan); Doctor Who--Gridlock (Richard Clark); *Lost--Through the Looking Glass (Jack Bender); **The Sopranos--Kennedy and Heidi (Alan Taylor); *Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip--Pilot (Thomas Schlamme)

19. Mad Men (2007–2015)
Episode: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (2007)

TV-14 | 49 min | Drama

8.2
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New York City, 1960s. In the ego-driven Golden Age of advertising, everyone is selling something and nothing is what it seems.

Director: Alan Taylor | Stars: Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones

Votes: 2,649

Year: 2008 Episode: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes Director: Alan Taylor Nominated, and if so, Won?: Yes; No Nominees: *Breaking Bad--Pilot (Vince Gilligan); Doctor Who--The Doctor's Daughter (Alice Troughton); Doctor Who--Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead (Euros Lyn); **House--House's Head (Greg Yaitanes); The Wire-- -30- (Clark Johnson)

20. Battlestar Galactica (2004–2009)
Episode: Revelations (2008)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

9.2
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D'Anna demands that the four Cylons in the fleet be sent to the basestar. Only Tory goes, while the remaining three are suddenly drawn to Kara's Viper by the music. The route to Earth is finally found.

Director: Michael Rymer | Stars: Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Katee Sackhoff, Jamie Bamber

Votes: 1,356

Year: 2009 Episode: Revelations Director: Michael Rymer Nominated, and if so, Won?: No Nominees: Battlestar Galactica--Sometimes a Great Notion (Michael Nankin); *Damages--Trust Me (Todd A. Kessler); *Mad Men--The Jet Set (Phil Abraham)

21. Mad Men (2007–2015)
Episode: Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency (2009)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama

9.1
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The bosses come in from London to reorganize Sterling Cooper, but a key player's career is sidetracked by a freak accident. Meanwhile, as Joan prepares to leave her job, her husband gives her some bad news.

Director: Lesli Linka Glatter | Stars: Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones

Votes: 1,519

Year: 2010 Episode: Pilot Director: Michael Cuesta Nominated, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes Nominees: *Breaking Bad--One Minute (Michelle MacLaren); **Dexter--The Getaway (Steve Shill); Doctor Who--The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang (Toby Haynes); *Lost--The End (Jack Bender); *Treme--Do You Know What It Means (Agnieszka Holland)

22. Game of Thrones (2011– )
Episode: Winter Is Coming (2011)

TV-MA | 62 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

9.0
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Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, is dead. King Robert Baratheon plans to ask his oldest friend, Eddard Stark, to take Jon's place. Across the sea, Viserys Targaryen plans to wed his sister to a nomadic warlord in exchange for an army.

Director: Timothy Van Patten | Stars: Sean Bean, Mark Addy, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Michelle Fairley

Votes: 24,755

Year: 2011 Episode: Winter Is Coming Director: Tim Van Patten Nominated, and if so, Won?: Yes; No Nominees: *Boardwalk Empire--Anastasia (Jeremy Podeswa); **Boardwalk Empire--Boardwalk Empire (Martin Scorsese); *The Borgias--The Poisoned Chalice/The Assassin (Neil Jordan); *The Killing--Pilot (Patty Jenkins); The Walking Dead--Days Gone Bye (Frank Darabont)

23. Homeland (2011– )
Episode: Pilot (2011)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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Eight years after being listed as missing in action and presumed dead in Iraq, Marine Corps Sgt. Nicholas Brody is found alive in an Al Qaeda prison. He returns home to a hero's welcome and... See full summary »

Director: Michael Cuesta | Stars: Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, Morena Baccarin, David Harewood

Votes: 3,294

Year: 2012 Episode: Pilot Director: Michael Rym Nominated, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes Nominees: **Boardwalk Empire--To the Lost (Tim Van Patten); *Breaking Bad--Face Off (Vince Gilligan); Doctor Who--The Girl Who Waited (Nick Hurran); *Downton Abbey--Episode Seven (Brian Percival); *Mad Men--The Other Woman (Phil Abraham)