The Impact Award: Murphy Brown (19881998)
Dan Quayle was the presence hovering over the award for the only sitcom ever denounced by a vice-president. The clips included Quayle's 1988 attack on the single mother status of Candice Bergen's title character, the hard charging TV newswoman.
And Bergen did something truly unprecedented for an awards show -- she stopped in the middle of her acceptance speech, announced "This is way too long!" and ushered Diane English, the show's creator, to the mic. English dedicated the award to a late real-life TV journalist, saying she always described Murphy Brown as "Mike Wallace in a dress."