The Primetime Emmy Awards are awards presented by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in recognition of excellence in American primetime television programming. First awarded in 1949, they were originally referred to as just the "Emmy Awards" until the first Daytime Emmy Award ceremonies were held in the 1970s, and the word "primetime" was added to disambiguate between the two.
The Primetime Emmys generally air in mid-September, on the Sunday before the official start of the fall television season. They are currently seen in rotation among the four major networks: CBS, ABC, NBC, and FOX.
Brian and Stewie sang "You Can Find It on TV" live during the 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. The song was to the tune of "The FCC Song", which was featured in "PTV". As the awards aired on FOX that year on a Sunday night, the awards pre-empted the network's animation lineup.
In 2009, Family Guy became the first animated show to be nominated for the Emmy award for Outstanding Comedy Series since The Flintstones in 1961, losing to 30 Rock.
Family Guy has won Emmy awards in 2000 for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance by Seth MacFarlane for playing Stewie Griffin and 2002 for Outstanding Music and Lyrics for "Brian Wallows and Peter's Swallows" for the song "You've Got a Lot to See"
"Down's Syndrome Girl", performed by Stewie Griffin in "Extra Large Medium", was nominated for Outstanding Music and Lyrics in 2010. In an Emmy award category without nominations, Director Greg Colton won a 2010 Emmy Award for "Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation" for storyboarding "It’s A Wonderful Day for Pie" in "Road to the Multiverse”.
- Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score) – "Road to the North Pole", music by Ron Jones. “And Then There Were Fewer”, music by Walter Murphy.
- Original Music and Lyrics – Song title: “Christmastime Is Killing Us”. Music by Ron Jones, music and lyrics by Seth MacFarlane, lyrics by Danny Smith.
- Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) and Animation – Patrick Clark and James F. Fitzpatrick.