“Modern Family” has won this award for the last three years in a row. The only show to claim Best Comedy Series for four consecutive years was “Frasier” (1994-1998), which actually triumphed five times.
Besides “Modern Family,” the only other ABC program to win Best Comedy Series multiple times was “Taxi” (1979-1981).
The only laffer in the past four decades to win this top Emmy without a directing or writing nomination was “Friends” (2002). Before that, it was “My World and Welcome To It” (1970). This year “The Big Bang Theory” and “Veep” are the only contenders without directing or writing nominations.
“30 Rock” won the last of its three consecutive Best Comedy Series Emmys in 2009. Shows that won this category and then had to wait at least three years before another win were “All in the Family” (won in 1974, then in 1978) and “Cheers” (won in 1984, then in 1989).
Broadcast networks have won this category every year of its existence except 2001 when HBO prevailed with “Sex and the City."
If "30 Rock" wins for its final season, it will join these other Emmy champs who got a farwell hug: “The Dick Van Dyke Show” (1966), “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” (1977), “Barney Miller” (1982), and “Everybody Loves Raymond” (2005).
Nominated actresses Lena Dunham (“Girls”), Tina Fey (“30 Rock”), and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”) and actors Alec Baldwin (“30 Rock”) and Louis C.K. (“Louie”) are also nominated as producers in the Best Comedy Series category this year.
Most Comedy Series wins (5): “Frasier”.
Second most Comedy Series wins (4): “All in the Family,” “Cheers,” “The Dick Van Dyke Show”.
Most Comedy Series nominations (11): “Cheers”.
Most Comedy Series nominations with no wins (7): “Curb Your Enthusiasm”.
Most overall Emmy nominations for a comedy series in one year (22): “30 Rock” (2009).
Most overall Emmy wins for a comedy series (37): “Frasier”.
Most overall Emmy nominations for a comedy series (117): “Cheers”.
Overall Emmy nominations and wins for 2013 contenders: “30 Rock” (14 wins; 103 noms), “Modern Family” (16 wins; 57 noms), “The Big Bang Theory” (2 wins; 26 noms), “Louie” (1 win; 11 noms), “Girls” (1 win, 10 noms), “Veep” (1 win, 8 noms).
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