The first and only time “Will & Grace” won Best Comedy Series at the Emmys was a full adult ago — 18 years, way back in 2000. The NBC sitcom could pick up a bookend Emmy in September with the revival, which would set a record for the longest gap between Best Comedy Series wins.
Now it goes without saying that this wouldn’t be possible without the revival, and a gap this long is practically unheard of, since most shows don’t run continuously for nearly two decades, let alone receive Emmy recognition for that entire duration. The Emmys like to get into streaks with their favorites and then drop them like a bad habit.
Sixteen shows have won multiple Best Comedy Series and almost all of them did it with consecutive wins. “Frasier” and “Modern Family” both pulled off a five-peat. All six three-time winners — “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “The Phil Silvers Show,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Taxi,” “30 Rock” and “Veep” — won theirs in a row. Two-time champs “I Love Lucy,” Get Smart” and “The Golden Girls” went back-to-back.
And when shows didn’t go on a win streak, they usually still bagged wins in a short period of time. “The Jack Benny Program,” “Murphy Brown” and “Everybody Loves Raymond” all won their second Emmy two years after their first.
The current longest coincidentally comes from the four-time champs. “All in the Family” won for its first three seasons and then for its eighth season. “Cheers” won for its first two seasons and then added Emmys for its seventh and ninth seasons.
With “Veep” out, “Modern Family” widely not expected to make the lineup and a return date for “Arrested Development” yet to be announced, “Will & Grace” is the only former champ in our predicted seven nominees. It’s currently in sixth place, behind “Atlanta,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “Black-ish,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Silicon Valley,” and ahead of “GLOW.”
And hey, if “Will & Grace” doesn’t win this year, it has at least two more seasons to set that record.
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