‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is 39th Best Drama Series winner in Emmy history, following ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Breaking Bad’ …

The very first Emmy Award for Best Drama Series was presented to ABC’s “Pulitzer Prize Playhouse” in 1951. It is just one of 39 programs that have been honored as television’s top dramatic series. Do you know them all? Click through our photo gallery above of every winner for Best Drama Series in Emmy history, including this year’s inaugural champ “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Four such dramas — “Hill Street Blues” (1981-1984), “L.A. Law” (1987, 1989-1991), “The West Wing” (2000-2003) and “Mad Men” (2008–2011) — hold the record for most wins in this category with four apiece. “Hill Street Blues,” “The West Wing,” and “Mad Men” all accomplished that feat in consecutive years, while “L.A. Law” was interrupted by “thirtysomething” in 1988. In addition, a trio of dramas have each won the prize three times: “Playhouse 90” (1958-1960), “The Defenders” (1962-1964) and “Upstairs, Downstairs” (1974-1975, 1977).

Last week, Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” became the first streaming series to win a top program Emmy. It follows recent TV faves like “Game of Thrones” (2015-2016) and “Breaking Bad” (2013-2014) to claim the top prize. “Game of Thrones” had to sit out this 2017 cycle because it didn’t air any new episodes, but watch out for it to return in a big way at the 2018 Emmys.

As the Emmys are notorious for rewarding repeat winners, it’s getting more and more rare for shows to just win once. Recent one-and-done champs include “Homeland” (2012), “24” (2006), “Lost” (2005), “Law & Order” (1997), “ER” (1996) and “NYPD Blue” (1995).

Overall, the big network winners are NBC with 21 victories, CBS with 18, ABC with nine, AMC with six, HBO with four, and PBS with four.

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