The 11th Emmy Awards, later referred to as the 11th Primetime Emmy Awards, were held on May 6, 1959 to honor the best in television of the year. The ceremony was held at the Moulin Rouge Nightclub in Hollywood, California. It was hosted by Raymond Burr. All nominations are listed, with winners in bold and series' networks are in parentheses.
For the first time in Emmy history, all major categories were spilt into genre-specific fields, this would become standard for later ceremonies. The top show of the night was the NBC special, An Evening with Fred Astaire, it tied the record of five major wins. Playhouse 90 only took home one award, but it did set the record (since broken) for most major nominations, with 14. Father Knows Best also set a milestone, becoming the first show to be nominated in every major category (series, writing, directing, and the four major acting categories).