With about 36 Emmy Award categories up for grabs each year, it's clear that the
Outstanding use of knocking
A necessary shared win: Cranston's use of the phrase "I am the one who knocks" to make clear to his wife his place in the hierarchy of drug villains conveyed pure verbal menace, but Spacey's use of short knuckle raps to punctuate his meaning got the message through loud and clear without his having to drawl a single word.
Kerry Washington, "Scandal"
Hiding the pregnant belly is a time-honored soap tradition; this past season, Washington's torso got tucked behind walls, shelves and enormous pocketbooks. Bonus: In real life, the actress even managed to keep the birth a secret from the media for nearly a month.
Best surprise dispatch of a human being
"House of Cards"
Neither hot-on-the-trail-of-conspiracy journalist Zoe Barnes nor the audience saw that Metro train, or politico Francis Underwood's shoving her onto the tracks, coming.
Scene-stealing special mention
Timothy Simons, as Jonah on
The show's punching bag (or, more officially, its ex-White House liaison to the vice president's office) took everything the characters (or, more officially, the writers) had to throw at him and bounced it right back at them, and the audience.
Best celebration dance in a comedy series
The Sue Heck shriek-and-dance has unjustly gone ignored at this year's school proms but is worthy of "Gangnam Style" viral love. Here's just one example of a move that makes you happy just watching it happen: lat.ms/1jSfByz.
It's true that "The Blacklist's"
Proudest use of undergarments in a comedy
Jeff Garlin, "The Goldbergs"
Does anyone enjoy parading around in his underpants more than Murray Goldberg? The man gets home and, before you can say, "How was your day?" has stripped down to his almost-altogether and is a happier human for it. Long may he, and his tighty-whities, reign.
Most complete use of fruit in a series
There will probably never be another series that makes regular use of fruit the way "Psych" did in all 121 of its episodes — a pineapple made an appearance in every one, and the practice spawned its own Web page: psychpineapple.com. Bravely done, sirs, bravely done.