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The 7th Emmy Awards, later referred to as the 7th Primetime Emmy Awards, were held on March 7, 1955, to honor the best in television of the year. The ceremony was held at the "Moulin Rouge Nightclub" in Hollywood, California. The ceremony, hosted by Steve Allen and broadcast on NBC, was the first Emmy Awards ceremony to be televised nationally. All nominations are listed, with winners in bold and series' networks are in parentheses. New categories for this ceremony included awards for writing and directing, as well as one-time performances in anthology series, (this category would eventually morph into the current guest-acting category). Studio One was the most successful show of the night, winning three awards.

7th Primetime Emmy Awards
DateMarch 7, 1955
LocationMoulin Rouge Nightclub, Los Angeles, California
Presented byAcademy of Television Arts and Sciences
Hosted bySteve Allen
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Fredric March made Emmy history when he became the first actor to be nominated for two different works in the same category. However, he lost for both of his performances in the category of Best Actor in a Single Performance.

Winners and nomineesEdit



Best Situation Comedy Best Dramatic Program
Best Variety Series including Musical Varieties Best Audience, Guest Participation, or Panel Program
Best Mystery or Intrigue Series Best Children's Program
Best Cultural, Religious, or Educational Program Best Sports Program
Best Western or Adventure Series Best Daytime Program
Best Individual Program of the Year


Lead performancesEdit

Best Actor Starring a Regular Series Best Actress Starring in a Regular Series

Supporting performancesEdit

Best Supporting Actor in a Regular Series Best Supporting Actress in a Regular Series

Single performancesEdit

Best Actor in a Single Performance Best Actress in a Single Performance


Best Direction


Best Written Comedy Material Best Written Dramatic Material
  • Reginald Rose for Studio One, (Episode: "Twelve Angry Men"), (CBS)
    • Paddy Chayefsky for The Philco Television Playhouse, (NBC)
    • David Dortort for Climax!, (Episode: "An Error in Chemistry"), (CBS)
    • Leonard Freeman for Four Star Playhouse, (Episode: "The Answer"), (CBS)
    • James Moser for Medic, (Episode: "White is the Color"), (NBC)


Best News Reporter or Commentator Most Outstanding New Personality


Best Male Singer Best Female Singer

Most major nominationsEdit

By network [note 1]
  • CBS – 60
  • NBC – 44
  • ABC – 15
By program
  • I Love Lucy (CBS) / Studio One (CBS) / The Jackie Gleason Show (CBS) – 5
  • Four Star Playhouse (CBS) / Make Room for Daddy (ABC) / Medic (NBC) / Your Show of Shows (NBC) – 4
  • Climax! (CBS) / Dragnet (NBC) / The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (CBS) / Lux Video Theatre (CBS) / Mr. Peepers (NBC) / Our Miss Brooks (CBS) / The Philco Television Playhouse (NBC) – 3

Most major awardsEdit

By network [note 1]
  • CBS – 10
  • NBC – 7
  • ABC – 6
By program
  • Studio One (CBS) – 3
  • Disneyland (ABC) / The Jackie Gleason Show (CBS) / Make Room for Daddy (ABC) – 2
  1. ^ a b "Major" constitutes the categories listed above: Program, Acting, Directing, and Writing. Does not include the technical categories.


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