Is the Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series more prestigious than Comedy Series?

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  • Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)
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    What do you guys think?

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    Riley
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    Yes, the drama categories are more prestigious.

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    Beau S.
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    I would argue the comedy categories are much more prestigious than the drama categories.

    Since Oscars rarely recognizes comedic actors (at least in comedic roles), the comedy acting Emmys are, more often than not, the highest honor that a purely comedic actor can win during their career (Helen Hunt is the exception, not the rule). Dramatic actors have a much more realistic shot of scoring an Oscar nomination.

    But since the movie/mini categories regularly have major names and Oscar nominees, actors probably view those as the most prestigious.

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    Jalal Haddad
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    Drama is definitely much more prestigious now but this is because we are in the “golden era of dramatic television.” From the beginning of television up until the late nineties argue that comedy was much more prestigious

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    Riley
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    The movie/mini categories are a joke because the form is dying and they are just an excuse to award film actors.

    The drama categories are more prestigious because drama is taken more seriously than comedy, hence why comedies do not get nominated at the Oscars.  Plus, the defining and watercooler shows of the last decade have been dramas.

    The drama categories are like the television equivalent of the Oscar categories.  The comedy categories are relatively more like consolation prizes that liken the Emmys to the Golden Globes.

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    Lord Freddy Blackfyre
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    Yes it is.

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    24Emmy
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    Comedy Series was definitely more prestigious in the ’70s when such classic comedies like All in the Family, M*A*S*H, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show competed for the Emmy.

    I’d say Drama Series has been on top since the ’00s.

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    Beau S.
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    The drama categories are like the television equivalent of the Oscar categories.  The comedy categories are relatively more like consolation prizes that liken the Emmys to the Golden Globes.

    For series/writing/directing categories this is probably true because it is much more difficult to write, produce and direct drama and drama shows are, as you mentioned, more popular than comedies today. For acting categories this is far off. Comedic acting is almost unanimously considered by actors to be a much harder feat to pull off than dramatic acting. Timing your jokes and playing scenes for comedic effect is stressful and testing for an actor. The old saying goes: “acting is easy, comedy is killer.” This is why it’s such a shame that comedic actors are rarely acknowledged by the academy, that voters regularly vote for drama in comedy categories and that their wins are “consolation prizes.”

    The Tony Awards are the only awards bodies that do not separate comedy and drama that regularly recognize and reward comedic performances.
     

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    Riley
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    For series/writing/directing categories this is probably true because it is much more difficult to write, produce and direct drama and drama shows are, as you mentioned, more popular than comedies today. For acting categories this is far off. Comedic acting is almost unanimously considered by actors to be a much harder feat to pull off than dramatic acting.

    Oh yeah, that is why the Oscars and SAG nominate so many comedies and comedic performances.

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    Beau S.
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    Oh yeah, that is why the Oscars and SAG nominate so many comedies and comedic performances.

    Hollywood hyprocrisy, Oscar bait and Harvey Weinstein tend to be the shiny objects that distract the actors with ballots in their hands. We both know that.

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    24Emmy
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    The movie/mini categories are a joke because the form is dying and they are just an excuse to award film actors.

    I’d argue that the movie/mini field is actually coming back to life.

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    Riley
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    They are, but people still scoff at the notion of “miniseries”, hence why the networks keep talking up their “event series” and “limited series”.

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    Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)
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    I agree that Drama Series is more prestigious than Comedy Series. Look at the winners of Drama Series in the past. L.A. Law, NYPD Blue, ER, Law and Order, The West Wing, 24, Mad Men, and the one that really stands out, The Sopranos. Also, they announce Drama Series last at the end of the night almost every damn year (last year, I believe, Comedy Series was announced last). Comedy Series has had its share of great winners, as well, such as All in the Family, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, M*A*S*H, Taxi, The Golden Girls, Cheers, etc.

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    GoMe91
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    [quote=”SalantBeau”]For series/writing/directing categories this is probably true because it is much more difficult to write, produce and direct drama and drama shows are, as you mentioned, more popular than comedies today. For acting categories this is far off. Comedic acting is almost unanimously considered by actors to be a much harder feat to pull off than dramatic acting.

    Oh yeah, that is why the Oscars and SAG nominate so many comedies and comedic performances.
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    Really?? C’mon…

    This is my biggest issue with the Oscars. They don’t award enough comedy. If you want to win an acting Oscar, all you have to do is cry and scream. For producers, making a film about the Holocaust usually works.

    Just because Oscar voters are unable to appreciate good comedy (which, IMO, is harder to pull off successfully than drama) doesn’t mean the Comedy categories at the Emmys are less prestigious than the Drama. 

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    Comedy Series was definitely more prestigious in the ’70s when such classic comedies like All in the Family, M*A*S*H, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show competed for the Emmy.

    I’d say Drama Series has been on top since the ’00s.

    Bingo. Before The Sopranos, dramas, especially compared to comedies, were good but not THAT good. Who cares about Cagney & Lacey, Hill Street, St. Elsewhere, LA Law, The Practice, etc. nowadays? Cheers, Golden Girls, Seinfeld are timeless classics but the dramas from their era seem dated, uninspired and repetitive. 

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