Actress Calista Flockhart, who led the legal comedy, was on hand to accept the Groundbreaking Award on behalf of her co-stars, including Gil Bellows, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Peter MACNicol, Lisa Nicole Carson, and Greg Germann, who joined her onstage during the Los Angeles ceremony.

Following a montage of some of the Emmy-winning series' greatest hits, she told the crowd, "What I remember the most are the friendships, truly."

Cult high school comedy Freaks and Geeks was given The 15th Anniversary Award, in recognition of the years that have passed since the series went off the air after just one season.

Most of the show's actors, many of whom have found success since its cancellation, were on hand to receive the award, including Seth Rogen, Busy Philipps, Jason Segel, Linda Cardellini, and executive producers Judd Apatow and Paul Feig.

Meanwhile, the casts of family dramas The Wonder Years and Parenthood also came together as they were honoured with The Impact Award and Fan Favorite Award, respectively.

Special prizes went to sibling stars Donny and Marie Osmond, who were given The Pop Culture Award, and veteran entertainer Betty White, who was given The Legend Award.

The 2015 TV Land Awards will air in America on 18 April (15).