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Awards / Television PopWrapped | Awards

What Was Our Favorite Emmy Opening Number?

Ursula Martinez | PopWrapped Author

Ursula Martinez

09/23/2016 2:20 pm
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What Was Our Favorite Emmy Opening Number? | Emmy
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Ahead of tomorrow night's Primetime Emmy Awards, we decided to relive (and rank!) some of our favorite opening numbers and monologues from the past few years.

Read on to find out our favorite, and let us know which one was yours!

9. Jimmy Kimmel, 2012: We loved seeing all the ladies getting ready for Emmy night, and Kathy Bates being a badass was the highlight of the opening. However, it wasn't particularly funny or smart, and the "let's all punch Jimmy Kimmel" skit got old fast. Best bit: Naked Lena Dunham eating cake on a toilet. Kathy Bates kicking ass.

8. Neil Patrick Harris, 2009: One of our favorite things ever is watching Neil Patrick Harris perform. For his first Emmy hosting gig, he did just that with an old-timey jazzy song in which he urged viewers to "Put down the remote" and stick with the Emmys. Best bit: "Straight from Mad Men there's Joan [...] she could turn a gay straight, oh wait, never mind, there's Jon Hamm."

7. Neil Patrick Harris, 2013: Harris' second time hosting the show surprisingly didn't start with a musical opening. Instead, his monologue was interrupted by past hosts Jimmy Kimmel, Jane Lynch, Jimmy Fallon and Conan O'Brien, and a fun banter between them ensued. Best bits: Kevin Spacey as his House of Cards character Francis Underwood, and -- naturally -- Tina Fey and Amy Poehler heckling Neil Patrick Harris.

6. Jane Lynch, 2011: Our takeaway from this opening is that Jane Lynch is a star and she should have sung more during her time on Glee. She sings for almost the entirety of the opening and is really good at it, especially at the end when she's singing live. The story behind the opening is that every TV show cohabitates in one building, allowing cameos from many of our favorite performers, which is always a plus. Best bit: The Mad Men segment is gold.

5. Brian and Stewie Griffin, 2007: Ryan Seacrest was the host, but the true stars of the night were Brian and Stewie Griffin and their creator, Seth MacFarlane. The Griffin boys sang about how TV is total trash these days. MacFarlane's well-known dry and dark humor took center stage, and we were treated to a delightful song which was full of jabs. Also, the song is catchy and had us dancing the whole time. Best bit: The dig on the GEICO Cavemen, read: NBC's Cavemen show, which aired only 6 episodes; and the joke about the ending of The Sopranos.

4. Andy Samberg, 2015: The skit opened with Samberg cluelessly chatting about TV shows with some of our favorite TV stars. He realizes he needs to lock himself away and watch all television shows ever, so he does just that. He comes out, a little bit crazy, after watching every show, but he contests he's the most qualified person to host the Emmys. The song, cameos and Samberg channeling Billy Crystal by stepping inside the shows themselves, make this opening one of our favorites. Best bits: Nathan Fillon asking Samberg if he had seen Castle, the "and I'm white" final line from the song, and this gem from his monologue (which you can find here): "Paula Deen is on this season of Dancing with the Stars, but I gotta say, if I wanted to see an intolerant lady dance I would have gone to one of Kim Davis' four weddings. It's so ironic that she came out of jail to Eye of the Tiger when you consider how many dudes have boned each other to that song."

3. Ellen DeGeneres, 2001: Ellen DeGeneres had the difficult task of hosting the Emmy Awards right after the 9/11 tragedy. The show, which was supposed to be held on September 16th, was rescheduled twice and finally aired in November 4th. Ellen had to be funny without being insensitive, and she needed to get the point across that it was all right to laugh, even after unthinkable tragedies. She found that balance effortlessly. Best bits: "They can't take away our creativity, our striving for excellence, our joy. Only network executives can do that." And "I feel like I'm in a unique position as host, because, think about it, what would bug the Taliban more than seeing a gay woman in a suit surrounded by Jews?"

2. Conan O'Brien, 2006: This was almost number one by a hair. We love this type of opening, with lots of cameos from our favorite performers and scenes from shows like Lost, The Office and House. Conan even became animated for the South Park segment. Best bits: Jorge García as Lost's Hurley telling O'Brien, "We weren't exactly invited" after he was asked if he wanted to come to the Emmys. The South Park bit in which Tom Cruise is in the closet.

1. Jimmy Fallon, 2010: It's probably because of our Glee-loving hearts, but this is our all-time favorite Emmy opening. The star-studded Emmy Glee Club performing Springsteen's Born To Run in the taped skit and then live was amazing. And Matthew Morrison beaming at the end of the performance Mr. Schuester-style was perfection. This opening was classic Jimmy Fallon: sweet, fun, and musical, just how we like it. Best bits: We loved everything! The singing (Amber Riley's final note), the cameos (Betty White!) and seeing the forever-missed Cory Monteith performing warmed our hearts.

Tomorrow night's 68th Primetime Emmy Awards will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, and will air on ABC at 8pm ET.


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