Will ‘Mad Men’ finale break Emmys curse? (Vote now in our poll)

Mad Men” has been shut out of the last three Emmys despite 37 bids in all. However, that curse could be lifted by the series finale, which aired Sunday to almost universal acclaim. Indeed, our Emmy Experts give this AMC hit leading odds of 9/2 to win Best Drama Series for a record fifth time.

Do you agree with them?

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Emmy Experts raise a glass to ‘Mad Men,’ predict fifth victory as Best Drama Series

“Mad Men” claimed the top Emmy for four years running beginning in 2008 for its first season. That string of wins ties it with “Hill Street Blues” (1981–1984), “L.A. Law” (1987, 1989–1991) and “The West Wing” (2000–2003) in the Emmy record books.

Of course, it also holds a dubious Emmys record, having lost all 17 of its bids in 2012. That marked the first year that “Mad Men” lost Best Drama Series with “Homeland” prevailing for its freshman season. In both 2013 and last year, “Breaking Bad” claimed this prize. 

That “Breaking Bad” was recognized for its final season bodes well for “Mad Men” at this year’s Emmys. So does the fact that “The Sopranos” was the winner for its farewell lap in 2007, three years after its only other victory in this race.  

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Six of our seven Emmyologists rank “Mad Men” in either the first or second position: Robert Bianco (USA Today), Debra Birnbaum (Variety), Joyce Eng (TV Guide), Matthew Jacobs (HuffPo), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby) and Ken Tucker (Yahoo).

How do you think it will fare at the Emmys? 

Now, scroll down to predict the Best Drama Series winner using our easy drag-and-drop menu. Best predictions win $1,000. And the 24 Users with the best scores advance to a team to compete against our Experts and Editors next year. Meet the guy who won our contest to predict the Emmys last year — and learn how he did it and how you can be our next Gold Derby superstar. See contest rules.

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