"There was a spring in the step of the 62nd Emmys that's been missing from awards shows so generally and for so long that some of us had begun to believe it had been permanently unsprung," wrote Times TV critic Mary McNamara. "Ambitious, energetically hilarious, and, most important, almost seamlessly constructed, this year's telecast actually did what the Emmys are supposed to do -- celebrate television. "This year's host, Jimmy Fallon, took full and marvelous advantage of it. He played to his own strengths as well -- the art of the wide-eyed amiable jab, some wicked guitar-accompanied transitions and a surprisingly good Green Day."
Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times