The Sopranos turned its fade-to-black final season into Emmy gold, winning best drama series at the television awards ceremony, and newcomer 30 Rock was named best comedy series.
The mob saga's victory Sunday night was nearly unprecedented, with only one other drama series, 1977's Upstairs, Downstairs, having claimed the top trophy after leaving the air.
James Spader was named best drama series actor for Boston Legal, stealing the thunder of fellow nominee James Gandolfini.
America Fererra of the campy Ugly Betty was named best actress in a comedy series. Supporting actor honors went to stars of Grey's Anatomy, Lost, Entourage and My Name is Earl.