Comedy drama Six Feet Under, set in a funeral home, leads the Emmy awards race, with 16 nominations.
Six Feet under has received 16 nominations
The programme, shown in the UK on Channel 4, is been nominated for best drama actor, best drama actress and best drama series.
It beat strong competition from political drama The West Wing, which is nominated in 15 categories.
Six Feet Under also led the nominations at last year's awards, but The West Wing dominated the winners.
Comedies Everybody Loves Raymond and Sex and The City, as well as mob drama The Sopranos, have 13 nominations each.
The pay-TV network HBO, which produces Six Feet Under, The Sopranos, Sex and the City and Curb Your Enthusiasm received 109 nominations.
"There is no question that this is an HBO year," said Bryce Zabel, chairman of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences which hands out the Emmy awards.
The Sopranos returns to the Emmys race this year after being ineligible in 2002 due to its US scheduling.
James Gandolfini returns to the Emmy race in The Sopranos
Outstanding drama series contenders this year are CSI, Six Feet Under, The Sopranos, 24 and The West Wing.
Outstanding comedy series is being contested by Curb Your Enthusiasm, Everybody Loves Raymond, Friends, Sex and the City and Will and Grace.
Six Feet Under's Peter Krause, who stars as Nate Fisher, is going head-to-head with James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano, and Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer from 24 in the outstanding lead actor in a drama series category.
Also nominated are Martin Sheen for The West Wing and Michael Chiklis for The Shield.
Lead drama actress contenders are Jennifer Garner for Alias, Marg Helgenberger for CSI, Frances Conroy in Six Feet Under, Edie Falco for The Sopranos and Allison Janney for The West Wing.
Outstanding lead actor in a comedy series nominations include Larry David for Curb Your Enthusiasm and Matt Le Blanc for Friends, while Jennifer Aniston is nominated for the female equivalent for her role in Friends, as is Sarah Jessica Parker for Sex in the City.
Sex and the City is another familiar nomination
Other big names who are nominated this year include Peter O'Toole, who is nominated for his role as the German president Paul von Hindenburg in the TV drama Hitler: The Rise of Evil.
Comic actor Gene Wilder is also nominated for a guest spot in comedy Will and Grace, while Oscar-winning actresses Kathy Bates and Sally Field have also been recognised for guest roles in Six Feet Under and medical drama ER.
Curb Your Enthusiasm has taken four of the six nominations in the outstanding directing for a comedy series category.
The animated category includes a nomination for the comedy Futurama, devised by Simpsons creator Matt Groening, despite the show being cancelled by the Fox network last year.
A total of 435 separate nominations are competing in 89 categories.
The awards will be handed out in a live ceremony at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on 21 September.