34th Primetime Emmy Awards
  • September 19, 1982
  • September 12, 1982
    (Creative Arts Awards)
LocationPasadena Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, California
Presented byAcademy of Television Arts and Sciences
Hosted byJohn Forsythe
Marlo Thomas
Most awardsHill Street Blues (4)
Most nominationsHill Street Blues (16)
Outstanding Comedy SeriesBarney Miller
Outstanding Drama SeriesHill Street Blues
Outstanding Limited SeriesMarco Polo
Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy ProgramNight of 100 Stars
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The 34th Primetime Emmy Awards were held on Sunday, September 19, 1982. The ceremony was broadcast on ABC. It was hosted by John Forsythe and Marlo Thomas.

In its eighth and final season, Barney Miller finally won the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, it had been nominated and lost the previous six seasons. On the drama side, it was once again all about Hill Street Blues. It set multiple records on the night, including receiving 16 major nominations (winning four), breaking the long-held record (subsequently broken) of 14 for a comedy or drama set by Playhouse 90 in 1959. It also received nine acting nominations for regular cast members, this has since been tied by L.A. Law, The West Wing and Game of Thrones. Included in those acting nominations was another milestone, Hill Street Blues received every nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, this achievement has not been duplicated by a comedy or drama in a major acting category since. Another milestone was set by Andrea Martin, who became the first actor from a variety series, in this case Second City Television, to be nominated in the comedy acting field since the categories merged in 1979.

Ingrid Bergman won her final award posthumously, for A Woman Called Golda. It was not only the fourth posthumous acting award in Emmy history, but also the second performance ever to have won from a non-Network Syndicated show.

Winners and nominees





Lead performances


Supporting performances


  • One Day at a Time (CBS): "Barbara's Crisis" – Alan Rafkin
    • M*A*S*H (CBS): "Picture This" – Burt Metcalfe
    • M*A*S*H (CBS): "Pressure Points" – Charles S. Dubin
    • M*A*S*H (CBS): "Sons and Bowlers" – Hy Averback
    • M*A*S*H (CBS): "Where There's a Will, There's a War" – Alan Alda
    • Taxi (ABC): "Jim the Psychic" – James Burrows


  • Hill Street Blues (NBC): "Freedom's Last Stand" – Story by : Michael Kozoll and Steven Bochco
    Teleplay by : Steven Bochco, Anthony Yerkovich, Jeffrey Lewis and Michael I. Wagner
    • Hill Street Blues (NBC): "Personal Foul" – Steven Bochco, Anthony Yerkovich, Jeffrey Lewis and Michael I. Wagner
    • Hill Street Blues (NBC): "The Second Oldest Profession" – Story by : Michael Kozoll, Steven Bochco and Anthony Yerkovich
      Teleplay by : Steven Bochco, Anthony Yerkovich and Robert Crais
    • Hill Street Blues (NBC): "The World According to Freedom" – Michael I. Wagner
    • Lou Grant (CBS): "Blacklist" – Seth Freeman
  • Second City Television (NBC): "Moral Majority Show"
    • I Love Liberty (ABC)
    • Second City Television (NBC): "Christmas Show"
    • Second City Television (NBC): "Cycle Two, Show Two"
    • Second City Television (NBC): "Tony Bennett"

Most major nominations

Networks with multiple major nominations[note 1]
Network Number of
CBS 43
ABC 34
PBS 13
Programs with multiple major nominations
Program Category Network Number of
Hill Street Blues Drama NBC 16
M*A*S*H Comedy CBS 10
Brideshead Revisited Miniseries PBS 8
Taxi Comedy ABC
Lou Grant Drama CBS 6
Second City Television Variety NBC
Barney Miller Comedy ABC 5
A Woman Called Golda Special Syndicated
Bill CBS 3
The Elephant Man ABC
Inside the Third Reich
Skokie CBS
Baryshnikov in Hollywood Variety 2
Benson Comedy ABC
Dynasty Drama
The Jeffersons Comedy CBS
Knots Landing Drama
Love, Sidney Comedy NBC
Mae West Special ABC
Magnum, P.I. Drama CBS
Night of 100 Stars Variety ABC
One Day at a Time Comedy CBS
Oppenheimer Limited PBS
Police Squad! Comedy ABC

Most major awards

Networks with multiple major awards[note 1]
Network Number of
Programs with multiple major awards
Program Category Network Number of
Hill Street Blues Drama NBC 4
Taxi Comedy ABC 3
Bill Special CBS 2
M*A*S*H Comedy
A Woman Called Golda Special Syndicated
  1. ^ a b "Major" constitutes the categories listed above: Program, Acting, Directing, and Writing. Does not include the technical categories.