John Hamm as Don Draper in the US TV series Mad Men
Mad Men, the period show about the advertising industry, has won an Emmy for best TV drama for the second year running, at a ceremony in Los Angeles.
In the comedy section, 30 Rock, a series about a fictional TV programme, won its third trophy in as many years.
The BBC's Little Dorrit took the most awards, winning seven categories.
Glenn Close won lead actress in a drama series for her role in Damages, while best actor in a drama series went to Bryan Cranston for Breaking Bad.
Emmys Main Winners
Little Dorrit - seven including best mini-series
Grey Gardens - six including best made for TV movie
30 Rock - five including best comedy series
Pushing Daisies - four including best supporting actress
Mad Men - three including best drama series
Little Dorrit's award haul included best mini-series, best script for writer Andrew Davis, best art direction, costumes and cinematography.
"We are thrilled that Little Dorrit has gone down so well this side of the Atlantic," executive producer Anne Pivcevic said.
The BBC's Peter Bowes in Los Angeles said Mad Men, the drama category winner, has attracted a small audience but is a favourite of the critics.
Our correspondent said the awards ceremony was a relatively low key show, reflecting what has been a difficult year in the television industry.
It was left to the star of The Office, Ricky Gervais, to lighten the mood as he claimed the awards ceremony was his favourite.
"The thing about Oscars and the Golden Globes is they've got film stars there," he said.
Glenn Close won for her role in Damages for a second year
"With their jaw lines and chiselled looks, making me feel bad. But in this room, I'm probably above average."
In other awards, Australian actress Toni Colette won the Emmy for leading actress in a comedy series for her role in United States of Tara, while Alec Baldwin scooped the men's category for his role in 30 Rock.
Tina Fey failed to win best actress for 30 Rock, but she was honoured for her Sarah Palin impersonation.
Irish actor Brendan Gleeson won an Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a mini-series or movie for his role as Winston Churchill in Into The Storm.
Kristin Chenoweth won the best supporting comedy actress, one of four awards for Pushing Daisies.
But the show has now been cancelled.
Toni Collette won for United States of Tara
"I'm not employed now so I'd like to be on Mad Men. I also like The Office and 24," she joked as she collected her award.
Jon Cryer won best supporting comedy actor for Two and a Half Men.
"I used to think that awards were just shallow tokens of momentary popularity, but now I realise they are the only true measure of a person's worth as a human being," quipped Cryer.
TV movie Grey Gardens starring Jessica Lange picked up six awards including best television film.
Our correspondent said the ceremony devoted a significant amount of time to reality television, one of the fastest growing genres in entertainment.
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