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Image Credit: Byron Cohen/NBC; Chris Haston/NBC; Larry Watson/FoxEvery year prior to Emmy nominations, the suits at the major TV studios stuff voters’ mailboxes with tons of DVDs featuring what they feel are their shows’ best episodes of the season. I just got a hold of Universal Media Studios’ fancy Emmy kit, and here are the episodes they chose to single out from this season’s Office, 30 Rock, Parenthood, etc. Note: These may differ from the formal submissions that are used in determining the winners. Also, keep in mind that Emmy-worthy episodes that aired after the mailer deadline could not be included, which is presumably why SNL didn’t include the Betty White episode.

30 Rock

“Dealbreakers Talk Show #0001”

Aired: Dec. 3, 2009

Everyone tries to be who they’re not, and Liz gets bangs.


“Anna Howard Shaw Day”

Aired: Feb. 11, 2010

Valentine’s Day; Liz gets a root canal.

The Office


Aired: Oct. 8, 2009

Jim and Pam get married.

Parks and Recreation

“Practice Date”

Aired: Oct. 8, 2009

The department competes to see who can unearth the juiciest secrets.


“Hunting Trip”

Aired: Nov. 19, 2009

The staff goes on a (wait for it) hunting trip!



Aired: Sept. 17, 2009

School’s in.


“Introduction to Statistics”

Aired: Oct. 29, 2009

Day of the Dead.

House (produced by NBC)


Aired: September 21, 2009

The season 6 opener, set in a mental hospital.



Aired: March 2, 2010

Welcome back, Lauren Graham!

Friday Night Lights

“The Son”

Aired: Dec. 2, 2009

Matt’s father’s funeral.


“Brave New World”

Aired: Feb. 8, 2010

The season 4 finale.



Aired: March 22, 2010

A flashback reveals that Rabbit watched his father die.


“Can We Get That Drink Now?”

Aired: Sept. 23, 2009

The series premiere.

Law & Order

“Memo From the Dark Side”

Aired: Sept. 25, 2009

The season premiere, which deals with torture.

Law & Order: SVU


Aired: Oct. 21, 2009

Benson and Stabler work to take down a pedophile-rights group.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent

“Broad Channel”

Aired: April 13, 2010

The first episode sans Vincent D’Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe.

Saturday Night Live

Aired: Jan. 30, 2010

Jon Hamm hosts; Michael Bublé croons.

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno

Aired: March 4, 2010

Leno’s fourth night back in the Tonight seat, with guests Brett Favre and Matthew McConaughey.

Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

Aired: Feb. 1, 2010

The debut of Glee parody 6-bee.

Agree/disagree with their choices? Sound off below! (Additional reporting by Sandra Gonzalez)

Law & Order: Criminal Intent
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