ABC’s “Modern Family” or NBC’s “Frasier”: Which TV comedy is more beloved by the Emmy Awards? Both shows are currently tied at eight nominations apiece in the category of Best Comedy Series, and both took home the prize five consecutive times. However, this year “Modern Family” could break that tie.
An additional series bid at the 2018 Emmys for “Modern Family” would push it past “Frasier’s” eight nominations and match “All in the Family’s” nine noms. (For the record, only three TV shows earned more than nine series bids: “Cheers,” “M*A*S*H” and “Law & Order,” all with 11.) Since Christopher Lloyd produces both “Modern Family” and “Frasier, something tells us he’ll be watching this year’s Emmy nominations like a hawk.
In terms of overall Emmy totals, “Modern Family” currently sits pretty at 80 nominations and 22 wins after eight season. “Frasier,” which ran for 11 seasons (1993-2004), topped out at 108 nominations and 37 wins. “Modern Family” still has a couple more years to match “Frasier’s” numbers, but with the vast array of networks and shows out there, it’ll be a tough road. “Frasier” actually remained the all-time Emmy champ at 37 wins until 2016, when “Game of Thrones” took home its record 38th trophy.
Three “Modern Family” cast members have been awarded with Emmys so far, all in the supporting races: Ty Burrell (2011 & 2014), Julie Bowen (2011-12) and Eric Stonestreet (2010 & 2012). The other adult series regulars (Ed O’Neill, Sofia Vergara and Jesse Tyler Ferguson) were nominated through the years, but weren’t able to prevail.
Meanwhile, only two “Frasier” cast members were recognized with trophies: lead Kelsey Grammer (1994-95, 1998 & 2004) and supporting actor David Hyde Pierce (1995, 1998-99 & 2004). The sitcom also did well for its guest actors, scoring victories for Laura Linney (2004), Anthony LaPaglia (2002), Derek Jacobi (2001) and Jean Smart (2000-01).
How do the shows compare when it comes to the all-important writing and directing races? For writing, “Frasier” won four trophies (1994-96 & 1999) compared to “Modern Family’s” pair of trophies (2010-11). And for directing, “Modern Family” prevailed four consecutive times (2011-2014), while “Frasier” won thrice (1994-95 & 1997).
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