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Emmy Awards

Which shows have won the most Emmys of all time?

The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards take place on Sunday September 20 and will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.

FILE - A crew member sweeps the stage during Press Preview Day for the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sept. 19, 2019. The Emmy Awards, the first big Hollywood ceremony to attempt a live broadcast amid the pandemic, will be held on Sunday, Se
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Since the first-ever Primetime Emmy Awards in 1949, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has recognised the best of the best when it comes to television.

If you’re lover of television like we are, you may be wondering what the TV show with the most Emmys is.

The Emmys made a change this year, to be more inclusive by expanding the number of nominees based on how many submissions there are. The nominations will be on a sliding scale (1 to 19 submissions will result in 0 to 4 nominations; 20 to 8 submissions will result in 5 nominations; 81 to 160 submissions will result in 6 nominations; 161 to 240 submissions will result in 7 nominations; and more than 240 submissions will result in 8 nominations.)

The main categories, Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Comedy Series, will now have eight nominees each instead of its usual five.

Top Shows

Shows that feature high on the list of Emmys include; Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Modern Family, The Sopranos, and Taxi.

Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad may be remembered as one of the best television shows of all time, but it has nowhere near as many wins at the TV show with the most Emmys. The drama series, which ran from 2008 to 2013 and followed a drug lord in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has won 16 of its 58 nominations. Most of its wins are for acting categories: Lead actor Bryan Cranston won four times for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama series, while costar Aaron Paul won three times for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

Mad Men

While Mad Men was on air, the show had a reputation for never winning, despite its massive amount of Emmy nominations. The drama series, which ran from 2007 to 2015, followed the employees of a 1960s advertising agency in New York City. Among its wins was Outstanding Drama Series, which it won for four years straight from 2008 to 2011. The show has won 16 of its 116 nominations.

The Sopranos

The Sopranos, which ran from 1999 to 2007, revolved around Tony Soprano, an Italian-American mobster from New Jersey as he balanced family life and his role as the leader of a criminal organization. The show won 21 of its 112 Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for James Gandolfini.

Modern Family

Modern Family, which ran from 2009 to 2020, followed three families in Los Angeles, each of whom are connected to each other. As of August 2020, the show won 22 of its 81 Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Comedy Series for five years in s row.


Cheers ran from 1982 to 1993. The show is set in a bar named Cheers in Boston, where groups of locals come to gather and relax. The show won 28 of its 117 nominations.

The Simpsons

The Simpsons premiered in 1989 and is one of the longest running sitcoms on TV. The animated series follows a working class family in the fictional town of Springfield. The show has won 34 Emmys out of 78 nomination.

Game of Thrones

As of August 2020, Game of Thrones holds the record for the TV show with the second most Emmy wins. The show, which is based on George RR Martin’s books of the same title, ran from 2011 to 2019. The show won 38 of its 128 Emmy nominations. It has the most Emmys of any drama series.

Most Emmys

Saturday Night Live is the TV show with the most Emmys. The sketch comedy show, which premiered in 1975, has been on air for over three decades. As of August 2020, it’s won 54 Emmys out of 242 nominations, the most of any television program in history.

List of nominees

The list of nominees in key categories for 72nd Emmy Awards:

Outstanding Drama Series: Better Call Saul, The Crown, The Handmaid’s Tale, Killing Eve, The Mandalorian, Ozark, Stranger Things, Succession

Outstanding Comedy Series: Curb Your Enthusiasm, Dead to Me, The Good Place, Insecure, The Kominsky Method, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, Schitt’s Creek, What We Do In The Shadows

HBO’s ”Watchmen” — which is competing in the limited series categories — leads the way with 26 nominations.

Amazon hit comedy ”The Marvelous Mrs Maisel” has 20 nominations. On the drama side, dark crime thriller ”Ozark” and family drama ”Succession” earned 18 nominations each.

When and where?

This year’s Primetime Emmy Awards will air on Sunday, September 20 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. They are scheduled to go until 11 p.m. ET.

Top five platforms with most overall nominations:

Netflix: 160

HBO: 107

NBC: 47

ABC: 36

FX: 33


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