Emmys: 'Breaking Bad,' 'Big Bang Theory's' Jim Parson's win big

It was a big night for "Breaking Bad," "The Big Bang Theory" and "Modern Family" at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards.

"Big Bang" star Jim Parsons had a historic win, taking home the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his role in “The Big Bang Theory.” It was his fourth Emmy win, and it put him in league with Kelsey Grammer and Michael J. Fox.

Fan-favorite series "Breaking Bad" won the Emmy for Best Drama Series, and Bryan Cranston took home the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. His co-star Aaron Paul had a great night too, taking home the prize for Best supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

ABC's "Modern Family" also got its fair share of attention, taking home the award for Best Comedy Series. Ty Burrell won the Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series trophy, and the show also won a directing award.

Meanwhile, Allison Janney was honored as best supporting comedy actress for CBS' "Mom," adding to the trophy she'd already picked up as guest actress on "Masters of Sex."

Click here to see the complete list of winners from the 66th Primetime Emmys

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who received her third consecutive Best Comedy Actress Emmy for the political comedy "Veep," drew big laughs as she stopped to exchange faux heated kisses with "Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston, who earlier was her co-presenter and who appeared with her on "Seinfeld."

"What a wonderful time for women on television," Julianna Margulies said as she accepted the award for Lead Actress in a Drama for her work on "The Good Wife."

Although the Emmys are about celebrating the best of TV, they also included "in memoriam" tributes to industry members who died in the past year. Following the tribute, Billy Crystal remembered his close friend Robin Williams, who died on Aug. 11 at the age of 63.

Earlier in the night, host Seth Meyers kicked off the Emmy Awards with a series of jokes about the industry that left the star-studded audience in stitches.

“I would like to congratulate the writers in the room tonight, but their seats are too far away for them to hear me,” Meyers quipped.

Noting that the Emmys moved to Monday night to avoid a conflict with Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards, he said that MTV doesn't really specialize in videos anymore.

"That's like network TV holding an awards show and giving all the trophies to cable and Netflix. That would be crazy," Meyers joked.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.