Golden Globes mystery: How often do TV shows win 3 or more trophies, like ‘The X-Files’ did?

In a recent video slugfest, our fearless Gold Derby editors opined that it is rare for a TV show to win three or more Golden Globes in a single year, implying that “The Crown” won’t win all three of its trophies. But recent Globes history suggests it actually might be more common than one might think. In fact, in the last 20 years, a total of 12 programs — two comedies, four dramas, and six movies/miniseries — have won three or more statues at the same ceremony (like “The X-Files,” pictured above). Two programs went on to win four trophies, while “Angels in America” scored a whopping five Golden Globes. See the full list below.

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“The X-Files” (1996) — 3 wins
Best Drama Series, Drama Actor (David Duchovny), Drama Actress (Gillian Anderson)

“Rasputin” (1996) — 3 wins
Best Movie/Miniseries, Movie/Mini Actor (Alan Rickman), TV Supporting Actor (Ian McKellan)

“The Practice” (1998) — 3 wins
Best Drama Series, Drama Actor (Dylan McDermott), TV Supporting Actress (Camryn Manheim)

“The Sopranos” (1999) — 4 wins
Best Drama Series, Drama Actor (James Gandolfini), Drama Actress (Edie Falco), TV Supporting Actress (Nancy Marchand)

“Angels in America” (2003) — 5 wins
Best Movie/Miniseries, Movie/Mini Actor (Al Pacino), Movie/Mini Actress (Meryl Streep), TV Supporting Actor (Jeffrey Wright), TV Supporting Actress (Mary-Louise Parker)

“Elizabeth I” (2006) — 3 wins
Best Movie/Miniseries, Movie/Mini Actress (Helen Mirren), TV Supporting Actor (Jeremy Irons)

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“Longford” (2007) — 3 wins
Best Movie/Miniseries, Movie/Mini Actor (Jim Broadbent), TV Supporting Actress (Samantha Morton)

“John Adams” (2008) — 4 wins
Best Movie/Miniseries, Movie/Mini Actor (Paul Giamatti), Movie/Mini Actress (Laura Linney), TV Supporting Actor (Tom Wilkinson)

“30 Rock” (2008) — 3 wins
Best Musical/Comedy Series, Musical/Comedy Actor (Alec Baldwin), Musical/Comedy Actress (Tina Fey)

“Glee” (2010) — 3 wins
Best Musical/Comedy Series, TV Supporting Actor (Chris Colfer), TV Supporting Actress (Jane Lynch)

“Homeland” (2012) — 3 wins
Best Drama Series, Drama Actor (Damian Lewis), Drama Actress (Claire Danes)

“Game Change” (2012) — 3 wins
Best Movie/Miniseries, Movie/Mini Actress (Julianne Moore), TV Supporting Actor (Ed Harris)

Claire Foy (‘The Crown’) predicted to win Golden Globe with 5-to-6 odds from TV Experts

So if the Globes have given out three or more awards in nine of the last 20 years, it seems clear that they are not against the idea of showering a single show with multiple honors. This year, FX’s “The People v. O.J. Simpsonleads the television awards with five Golden Globe nominations, followed by AMC’s “The Night Manager” with four. Five TV shows — “This Is Us,” “Black-ish,” “The Night Of,” “Westworld” and “The Crown” — each have three nominations.

Of these programs, two are expected to win at least three awards each according to our experts’ Golden Globes odds. “The Crown” is favored to win Best Drama Series, Drama Actress for Claire Foy, and TV Supporting Actor for John Lithgow. And “The People v. O.J. Simpson” is predicted to win Best Movie/Miniseries, Movie/Mini Actor for Courtney B. Vance, and Movie/Mini Actress for Sarah Paulson. “O.J.” could possibly take a fourth award if Sterling K. Brown, who is in second place according to our odds, overtakes Lithgow in the TV Supporting Actor race.

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