Did you know that four classic TV shows — “Hill Street Blues,” “L.A. Law,” “The West Wing” and “Mad Men” — currently share the record for the most Best Drama Series Emmy victories at four apiece? Of course you did. Well, three-time champion “Game of Thrones” could soon join them on this elite list for its sure-to-be-epic final season.
Cop show “Hill Street Blues” first prevailed from 1981 to 1984 and held the Emmy record until legal drama “L.A. Law” matched its four wins, though not consecutively, in 1987 and 1989-91. Then came political series “The West Wing,” which won four in a row between 2000 and 2003. Finally, period drama “Mad Men” is TV’s most recent four-timer, taking home the top trophy from 2008 to 2011.
It took a while for “Game of Thrones” to click with Emmy voters, as it didn’t win Best Drama Series until its fifth season in 2015. HBO’s fantasy epic then prevailed a second time in 2016 before taking off a year due to ineligibility; it returned in 2018 with its third victory. The eighth and final season, which premiered April 14 on the paycaster, consists of only six episodes, which just happens to be the bare minimum for a continuing series to be eligible at the Emmys.
According to Gold Derby’s Emmy experts from major media outlets, “GoT” is essentially a lock at this early stage to win Best Drama Series. All 10 of these prognosticators believe that it will tie the Emmy record this year: Joyce Eng (Gold Derby), Chris Harnick (E!), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Matt Roush (TV Guide Magazine), Susan Wloszczyna (Gold Derby), Kelly Lawler (USA Today), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), Ken Tucker (Yahoo), Matthew Jacobs (HuffPo) and Ben Travers (Indiewire).
Similarly, all nine of our website editors predict that “Game of Thrones” will triumph on Emmy night: O’Neil, Eng, Wloszczyna, Paul Sheehan, Chris Beachum, Marcus James Dixon, Daniel Montgomery, Rob Licuria and Matt Noble.
As for our savvy readers, 23 of our Top 24 Users who got the best scores predicting last year’s Emmy bids have “Game of Thrones” in their first positions, as well as 23 of our All-Stars Users who’ve done the best forecasting the past several years of Emmy nominations.
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