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Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program

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The Simpson family with an Emmy Award.

The Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program is an award given out annually during the Primetime Emmy Awards Creative Arts telecast. The Simpsons has been very successful in the category, winning ten times, and receiving ten other nominations. 1993 (Season 4) and 1994 (Season 5) were the only years the show did not receive a nomination. However, this was because the producers instead chose to submit the show in the normal Comedy Series category (Emmy rules specify that a show can not be submitted in both categories). After failing to be nominated, the producers went back to submitting in this category.


Year Result Nominated episode Winning show
1990 Won "Life on the Fast Lane" The Simpsons
Nominated* "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire"
1991 Won "Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment" The Simpsons
1992 Nominated "Radio Bart" Claymation Easter
1993 Not nominated* N/A Batman: The Animated Series
1994 Not nominated* N/A David Macaulay: Roman City
1995 Won "Lisa's Wedding The Simpsons
1996 Nominated "Treehouse of Horror VI" Pinky and the Brain
1997 Won "Homer's Phobia" The Simpsons
1998 Won "Trash of the Titans" The Simpsons
1999 Nominated "Viva Ned Flanders" King of the Hill
2000 Won "Behind the Laughter" The Simpsons
2001 Won "HOMЯ" The Simpsons
2002 Nominated "She of Little Faith Futurama
2003 Won "Three Gays of the Condo" The Simpsons
2004 Nominated "The Way We Weren't" Samurai Jack
2005 Nominated "Future-Drama" South Park
2006 Won "The Seemingly Never-Ending Story" The Simpsons
2007 Nominated "The Haw-Hawed Couple" South Park
2008 Won "Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind" The Simpsons
2009 Nominated "Gone Maggie Gone" South Park
2010 Nominated "Once Upon a Time in Springfield" Prep & Landing
2011 Nominated "Angry Dad: The Movie" Futurama
2012 Nominated "Holidays of Future Passed" The Penguins of Madagascar
2013 Nominated "Treehouse of Horror XXIII" South Park
2014 Not nominated N/A Bob's Burgers
2015 Nominated "Treehouse of Horror XXV" TBA

1. For the 1990 Emmy Awards, "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" was nominated as a separate cartoon because officially it was considered a TV special and not a part of the series. For this list, it is not a part of the overall count of Simpsons emmy nominations.
2. According to DVD commentary, no episodes were nominated in this category in 1993 and 1994 because the producers had instead submitted episodes into the Outstanding Comedy Series category. However, The Simpsons was not nominated in that category, so in 1995 the producers gave up and went back to submitting episodes in the Animation category.

Winners by year[edit]

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1990 (season 1)[edit]

1991 (season 2)[edit]

1995 (season 6)[edit]

1997 (season 8)[edit]

1998 (season 9)[edit]

2000 (season 11)[edit]

2001 (season 12)[edit]

2003 (season 14)[edit]

2006 (season 17)[edit]

2008 (season 19)[edit]

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