“Game of Thrones” has won 26 Emmys over the course of its run so far, tying it with “Hill Street Blues” and “The West Wing” as the most awarded drama series in history. It’s all but guaranteed to break that record this year, but it has its sights set even higher than that: it’s within striking distance of the 37 awards won by “Frasier,” the most ever for a narrative series.
“Thrones” needs to win 11 more Emmys to tie “Frasier.” That would be a tall order for most shows, but “Thrones” won 12 awards just last year, the most ever for a series in a single year. And since HBO’s epic fantasy series keeps improving its Emmy haul from year to year, it’s possible it’ll break that record this September.
If “Thrones” can repeat or improve upon last year’s Emmy total, that puts another record into play: it could catch the miniseries “John Adams,” which won more awards in a single year than any other program — it won 13 times in 2008. “Thrones” slid in right under that last year.
However, it will be tougher for “Game of Thrones” to catch the Emmy leader among all series: NBC’s sketch comedy “Saturday Night Live,” which currently has 47 victories and can keep incrementally adding to that total for years to come. But that’s not necessarily a fair fight since “SNL” had a 36-year head start.
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