Primetime Emmy Award for Program of the Year

Primetime Emmy Award for Program of the Year
Awarded forOutstanding Program of the Year
CountryUnited States
Presented byAcademy of Television Arts & Sciences
First awarded1955
Currently held byA War of Children (1973)

The Primetime Emmy Award for Program of the Year was an annual award presented as part of the Primetime Emmy Awards. It recognized the best single television program of the year. In early Emmy ceremonies, anthology series were more common than traditional sitcoms or dramas; this made Program of the Year the highest honor.[1]

Though traditional comedy and drama series were nominated, the majority of nominees and winners were: telefilms, variety specials, and documentaries. The award was last presented in 1973.

Winners and nominations


Year Program Episode Network
Disneyland "Operation Undersea" ABC
Light's Diamond Jubilee Variety Special Simulcast
Medic "White is the Color" NBC
Chrysler Shower of Stars "A Christmas Carol" CBS
Westinghouse Studio One
"Twelve Angry Men"
Producers' Showcase "Peter Pan" NBC
Disneyland "Davy Crockett and the River Pirates" ABC
Ford Star Jubilee "The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial" CBS
Make Room for Daddy "Peter Pan Meets Rusty Williams" ABC
Producers' Showcase "The Sleeping Beauty" NBC
The United States Steel Hour "No Time for Sergeants" ABC
Wide Wide World "The American West" NBC
Playhouse 90 "Requiem for a Heavyweight" CBS
Kraft Television Theatre "A Night to Remember" NBC
Omnibus "Leonard Bernstein" CBS
See It Now "Secret Life of Danny Kaye"
Victor Borge: Comedy in Music Variety Special
Playhouse 90 "The Comedian" CBS
The Edsel Show Variety Special CBS
General Motors 50th Anniversary Show NBC
Hallmark Hall of Fame "The Green Pastures"
Playhouse 90 "The Helen Morgan Story" CBS
An Evening with Fred Astaire Variety Special NBC
Hallmark Hall of Fame "Little Moon of Alban" NBC
Playhouse 90 "Child of Our Time" CBS
"The Old Man"


Year Program Episode Network
Not Awarded
Hallmark Hall of Fame "Macbeth" NBC
1960 Presidential Nominating Conventions News Program NBC
An Hour with Danny Kaye Variety Special CBS
Astaire Time NBC
NBC Sunday Showcase "The Sacco-Venzetti Story"
Hallmark Hall of Fame "Victoria Regina" NBC
Bell & Howell Close Up! "Walk in My Shoes" ABC
CBS Reports "Biography of a Bookie Joint" CBS
The Judy Garland Show Variety Special
Vincent Van Gogh: A Self-Portrait Telefilm NBC
The Tunnel Documentary NBC
Alcoa Premiere "The Voice of Charlie Pont" ABC
The Danny Kaye Show with Lucille Ball Variety Special NBC
The Defenders "The Madman" CBS
The Making of the President 1960 Documentary ABC
The American Revolution of '63 News Program NBC
The Defenders "Blacklist" CBS
The Kremlin Documentary NBC
Town Meeting of the World News Program CBS
Not Awarded
[note 1]
The Ages of Man Telefilm CBS
Hallmark Hall of Fame "Eagle in a Cage" NBC
"Inherit the Wind"
Slattery's People "Rally 'Round Your Own Flag, Mister" CBS
[note 1]
Death of a Salesman Telefilm CBS
ABC Stage 67 "A Christmas Memory" ABC
"The Love Song of Barney Kempinski"
CBS Playhouse "The Final War of Olly Winter" CBS
"The Glass Menagerie"
Mark Twain Tonight! Telefilm
[note 1]
Hallmark Hall of Fame "Elizabeth the Queen" NBC
CBS Playhouse "Dear Friends" CBS
"Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night"
NET Playhouse "Uncle Vanya" NET
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Telefilm ABC
Xerox Special "Luther"
[note 1]
Hallmark Hall of Fame "Teacher, Teacher" NBC
CBS Playhouse "The People Next Door" CBS
Heidi Telefilm NBC
A Midsummer Night's Dream CBS
Mission: Impossible "The Execution"
NET Playhouse "Talking to a Stranger" NET


Year Program Episode Network
[note 1]
Hallmark Hall of Fame "A Storm in Summer" NBC
David Copperfield Telefilm NBC
Marcus Welby, M.D. "Hello, Goodbye, Hello" ABC
My Sweet Charlie Telefilm NBC
The Andersonville Trial Telefilm PBS
Hallmark Hall of Fame "Hamlet" NBC
"The Price"
Night Gallery "They're Tearing Down Tim Riley's Bar"
Vanished Telefilm
Brian's Song Telefilm ABC
All in the Family "Sammy's Visit" CBS
Elizabeth R "The Lion's Cub" PBS
Hallmark Hall of Fame "The Snow Goose" NBC
The Six Wives of Henry VIII "Jane Seymour" CBS
A War of Children Telefilm CBS
That Certain Summer Telefilm ABC
Long Day's Journey into Night
The Marcus-Nelson Murders CBS
The Red Pony NBC

Total awards by network

  • NBC – 8
  • CBS – 5
  • ABC – 3
  • PBS – 1

Programs with multiple awards

5 awards
  • Hallmark Hall of Fame (2 consecutive; 3 consecutive)
2 awards
  • Playhouse 90 (consecutive)

Programs with multiple nominations

12 nominations
  • Hallmark Hall of Fame (NBC)
5 nominations
  • CBS Playhouse (CBS)
  • Playhouse 90 (CBS)
2 nominations
  • ABC Stage 67 (ABC)
  • The Defenders (CBS)
  • Disneyland (ABC)
  • NET Playhouse (NET)
  • Producers' Showcase (NBC)


  1. ^ a b c d e Limited to dramatic programs.


  1. ^ O'Neil, Thomas. "1960-61 A Bloodless Coup for Macbeth." The Emmys: The Ultimate, Unofficial Guide to the Battle of TV's Best Shows and Greatest Stars. New York: Perigee, 2000. 80.

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