Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” set a new record this month for most Emmys ever won by a comedy in a single year, with eight. Its debut season received 14 nominations, winning Best Comedy Casting, Comedy Editing and Music Supervision at the Creative Arts ceremony, then Best Comedy Series, Comedy Writing, Comedy Directing, Comedy Actress (Rachel Brosnahan) and Comedy Supporting Actress (Alex Borstein) at the main telecast. Amy Sherman-Palladino is notably credited on four wins (Comedy Series, Comedy Writing, Comedy Directing, Music Supervision), making her the second person to receive four Emmys in a single year. The first was Moira Demos two years ago; she swept Best Documentary Series, Nonfiction Writing, Nonfiction Directing and Nonfiction Editing for “Making a Murderer.”
“Atlanta” and “Barry” tied for the next most wins of any comedy this year, with three apiece. “Atlanta” had led all comedies in nominations, with 16. “Game of Thrones” led all programs, with nine wins from 22 nominations; this was down from its record-breaking 12 wins from 24 nominations in 2015, which it matched in 2016.
This was the ninth time that a comedy won more than five trophies at a single Emmys. The most recent had been “Modern Family” in 2010 for its first season. It won six of 14 nominations: Best Comedy Series, Comedy Writing, Comedy Supporting Actor (Eric Stonestreet), Comedy Casting, Comedy Editing and Half-Hour Sound Mixing. “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” broke the seven-win record that the second season of “All in the Family” set in 1972 when that series had a series-best 11 nominations. It won Best Comedy Series, Comedy Writing, Comedy Directing, Comedy Actor (Carroll O’Connor), Comedy Actress (Jean Stapleton), Comedy Supporting Actress (Sally Struthers) and Multi-Camera Sound Mixing.
The second season of “30 Rock” matched this record in 2008 when it won seven of its 18 nominations: Best Comedy Series, Comedy Writing, Comedy Actor (Alec Baldwin), Comedy Actress (Tina Fey), Comedy Guest Actor (Tim Conway), Comedy Casting and Half-Hour Sound Mixing. “30 Rock” received 23 nominations the next year for its third season, setting a new record for most nominations ever for a comedy season; it won five. The fourth season of “30 Rock” reaped 16 nominations in 2010 and tied the record set by the fifth season of “The Larry Sanders Show” in 1997 for the greatest comedy shutout in Emmy history. “Mad Men” holds the record for all programs; its fifth season won none of its 17 nominations in 2012.
One of the races that “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” won was Best Music Supervision, which neither “All in the Family” nor “30 Rock” had the opportunity to win, as that award was only created last year. However, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” faced its widest breadth of competition in this category; all television programs were eligible, as opposed to only comedy or even fiction programs. The inaugural winner was limited series “Big Little Lies.”
“All in the Family” was the first comedy to win more than five Emmys in a single year and it is the only to have achieved the feat a second time. It won six of its nine nominations in 1978 for its eighth season: Best Comedy Series, Comedy Writing, Comedy Directing, Comedy Actor (O’Connor), Comedy Actress (Stapleton) and Comedy Supporting Actor (Rob Reiner).
“The Mary Tyler Moore Show” also won six of nine nominations, in 1975 for its fifth season: Best Comedy Series, Comedy Writing, Comedy Supporting Actor (Edward Asner), Comedy Supporting Actress (Betty White), Comedy Guest Actress (Cloris Leachman) and Comedy Editing. When “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” reaped a series-best 12 nominations in 1977 for its seventh and final season, it won only three. “Taxi” won six of a series-best nine nominations in 1981 for its third season: Best Comedy Series, Comedy Writing, Comedy Directing, Comedy Actor (Judd Hirsch), Comedy Supporting Actor (Danny DeVito) and Series Editing.
“Frasier” was the first comedy to win more than five Emmys in a single year without one of them being Best Comedy Series. It won six of nine nominations in 2004 for its 11th and final season: Best Comedy Actor (Kelsey Grammer), Comedy Supporting Actor (David Hyde Pierce), Comedy Guest Actress (Laura Linney), Multi-Camera Editing, Multi-Camera Production Design and Multi-Camera Sound Mixing. “Frasier” peaked in nominations with 12 in 1995 for its second season, but it won only five then. “Desperate Housewives” also won six Emmys without Best Comedy Series. Out of 15 nominations for its first season, it won Best Comedy Directing, Comedy Actress (Felicity Huffman), Comedy Guest Actress (Kathryn Joosten), Comedy Casting, Comedy Editing and Main Title Theme Music.
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