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Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series

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First awarded
  
1951

Official website
  
emmys.com

Instituted
  
1951

Currently held by
  
Game of Thrones (2016)

Country
  
United States of America

Category of
  
Primetime Emmy Award

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Awarded for
  
Outstanding Drama Series

Presented by
  
Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

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Winners & Nominees
  
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This is a list of winners and nominees of the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series, since its institution in 1951. The award is often cited as one of the "main awards" at the Emmys ceremonies, and has changed names many times in its history. It was first called Best Dramatic Show from 1951 to 1954, then Best Dramatic Series in 1955 and 1956. In 1957, no specific award for drama was given, but in 1958 the category was split into two separate categories, Best Dramatic Anthology Series, and Best Dramatic Series with Continuing Characters with a winner selected from each category. The following year, the category was differently split into two separate categories, Best Dramatic Series – Less Than One Hour. In 1960, the name was changed yet again to Outstanding Program Achievement in the Field of Drama; this name was kept from 1960 to 1964. In 1966, it had its sixth name change to Outstanding Dramatic Series or Outstanding Series-Drama; this was used from 1966 until recently, when it became Outstanding Drama Series.

Contents

In 1988, Rumpole of the Bailey (PBS) was initially nominated in the Outstanding Miniseries category but the Academy ruled that the nomination was not valid a few days later and later allowed the program to compete in the Outstanding Drama Series category.

Since 2000, every single winner has been a serial drama: The West Wing (2000–2003), The Sopranos (2004, 2007), Lost (2005), 24 (2006), Mad Men (2008–2011), Homeland (2012), Breaking Bad (2013–2014), and Game of Thrones (2015–2016).

Since the advent of Hill Street Blues in 1981, every winner has had some serialized arcs with the exception of Law & Order.

Winners and nominations

The following tables, divided by decade, display the winners and nominees of the "Drama Series" award, according to the Primetime Emmy Awards database:

Total awards by network

  • NBC – 21
  • CBS – 18
  • ABC – 9
  • AMC – 6
  • HBO – 4
  • PBS – 4
  • FOX – 1
  • NET – 1
  • KECA-TV – 1
  • Showtime – 1
  • References

    Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series Wikipedia