If “Glee” wins its third consecutive Golden Globe as Best Comedy Series, it will tie the mark set by “Taxi,” “The Golden Girls” and “Sex in the City” and be just one away from the record four claimed by “All in the Family.”
Like “Glee,” “Sex and the City” came out strong, attracting critical praise and a passionate viewership. Both series won Golden Globes for two different performers — Jane Lynch and Chris Colfer for “Glee”; Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall for “Sex and the City” — and both had big-screen versions. While the “Sex and the City” movie was a blockbuster hit that spawned a so-so sequel, this summer’s “Glee: The 3D Concert Movie” only earned $11.8 million.
For “Glee” to match the “Sex and the City” three-peat at the Globes, it must beat back a challenge from “Modern Family,” which has bested it twice at the Emmys. That ABC laffer continues to build momentum with both critics and viewers, while the opposite is true for the Fox musical-comedy. Despite a strong start in 2011 with a post-Super Bowl episode that attracted over 26 million, “Glee” has seen a dramatic drop in viewership since then and been knocked by critics for recent storylines.
However, “Glee” could still prevail at the Globes given that the HFPA voters tend to reward what’s hip and cool over more traditional fare. For example, “Desperate Housewives” is a two-time Comedy Series champion at the Globes, while two-time Emmy champ “Everybody Loves Raymond” was never even nominated there.
Below, “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy accepts this year’s Golden Globe in the top comedy race.