The Golden Globe Awards loves its newbies, but its drama series winner Sunday night was not one. “Succession” took the prize, becoming the first show since “Grey’s Anatomy” 13 years ago to win its first drama series Globe for its second season.
Got all that? First-year shows historically dominate the Globes and this category — four of the previous six winners were for freshman series (“The Affair,” “Mr. Robot,” “The Crown” and “The Handmaid’s Tale”), with the other being catch-up prizes for the final seasons of two critically acclaimed shows, “Breaking Bad” and reigning champ “The Americans.” “Homeland” was the most recent show to prevail for its second installment, in 2013, but it had also won for its first.
Like “Succession,” “Grey’s,” which was a midseason replacement in spring 2005, was another show that broke out BIG in its second season (if that’s too far back for you to recall, that was the season with the bomb episode, the first part of which was the post-Super Bowl episode, and introduced Jeffrey Dean Morgan‘s doomed Denny). It won in 2007 for the second half of its second season and the first half of its third.
“Succession,” which led our odds, is the fourth HBO show to win Best Drama Series, following “The Sopranos,” “Six Feet Under” and “Boardwalk Empire.” It overcame “The Morning Show,” which was the sole freshman series in the lineup, former champ “The Crown,” “Big Little Lies” and “Killing Eve.” In its third season, “The Crown” was the oldie of the group. “Big Little Lies,” which, of course, won for Best Limited Series/TV Movie two years ago, and “Killing Eve” were also contending for their sophomore runs.