Canadian comedy Schitt's Creek was the big winner at this year's Primetime Emmy Awards after it pickied up all seven comedy-related trophies in recognition of the show's sixth and final season.

Other shows that had a memorable night at the Emmys on Sunday were Succession and Watchmen, which both landed four awards.

This year's show was presented by Jimmy Kimmel, who welcomed the TV audience to what he called "The Pandemmys", noting that "The world may be terrible but TV has never been better".

The chat show host performed his duties to an empty auditorium at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The first winner on the night was Canadian Catherine O'Hara, who picked up the award for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Moira Rose in Schitt’s Creek.

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Her Creek co-star Eugene Levy, who plays Johnny Rose on the show, landed the Lead Actor in a Comedy Series award, then his son Dan Levy won the Writing for a Comedy Series Emmy, and also got the Director for a Comedy Series gong with co-director Andrew Cividino.

Daniel then added the Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series, while the Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series went to co-star Annie Murphy before the show itself completed an unprecedented clean sweep with the Outstanding Comedy Series award.

It marked a stunning farewell for Schitt’s Creek, which recently ended after six seasons, with the final run due on Netflix in Ireland next month.

Daniel Levy tied the record for most Emmy wins by an individual in a single season with his four, joining Moira Demos (2016) and Amy Sherman-Palladino (2018).

The drama awards went mostly to HBO show Succession, which enjoyed a pretty sensational second season and lifted four Emmys on the night.

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As well as capturing the top award for Best Drama Series, Jeremy Strong’s portrayal of Kendall Roy earned him the Lead Actor in a Drama Series award, while the drama writing gong went to Jesse Armstrong and Andrij Parekh won for direction.

Other notable winners included Watchmen, which also picked up four awards, including the Outstanding Limited Series Emmy. The drama is a searing exploration of racism in America.

Creator Damon Lindelof, who is white, said: "I knew this was never my story to tell," and thanked everyone involved with the show, describing it as "one of the great honours of my life" to accept the Emmy on their behalf.

Lindelof referenced the Tulsa Massacre of 1921, also known as the Black Wall Street Massacre, which was recreated in the show.

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The in memoriam section of this year's Emmys featured singer HER performing Prince's song Nothing Compares 2 U, as pictures of stars who have died in the last year, including Chadwick Boseman, Naya Rivera, Adam Schlesinger, Caroll Spinney, Carl Reiner, Jerry Stiller, Kirk Douglas, Ian Holm and Diana Rigg, appeared in black and white on a big screen behind the stage.

Zendaya won the Lead Actress in a Drama Series award for her role as Rue in stark teen drama Euphoria, becoming the youngest-ever Emmy winner in the category, as she turned 24 just a few weeks ago.

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She’s also the first African-American actor to take this trophy since How To Get Away With Murder’s Viola Davis in 2015.

"I know this feels like a really weird time to be celebrating," said Zendaya. "But I just want to say that there is hope in the young people out there.

"I know that our TV show doesn’t always feel like a great example of that, but there is hope in the young people.

"And I just want to say to all my peers out there doing the work in the streets, I see you, I admire you and I thank you."

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