Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series This is a list of winners and nominees of the Primetime , since its institution in 1951. The award is often cited as one of the "main awards" at the Emmys ceremonies. Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series HistorySince its institution in 1951 the award has changed names many times in its history. It was first called Best Dramatic Show from 1951 to 1954, then 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 Series Best Dramatic , and Anthology Series Best with a winner selected from each category. The following year, the category was differently split into two separate categories, Dramatic Series with Continuing Characters Best Dramatic Series – Less Than . In 1960, the name was changed yet again to One Hour 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 In 1988, Rumpole of the Bailey 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 category. Drama Series Since 2000, every single winner has been a serial drama: The , West Wing The Sopranos, Lost, 24, Mad Men, Homeland, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, and The . Since the advent of Handmaid's Tale in 1981, every winner has had some Hill Street Blues serialized arcs with the exception of Law & Order. The majority of these shows have won between their first and fifth seasons. Only two shows' sixth seasons have won : The Sopranos and Game of Thrones, two shows' seventh seasons have won: Law & Order and Game of Thrones and one show's eighth season has won: Game of Thrones. Winners and nominationsThe following tables, divided by decade, display the winners and nominees of the "Drama Series" award, according to the Primetime Emmy Awards database: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s 2020s Programs with multiple awards;4 awards ;3 awards Game of Thrones Hill Street Blues L.A. Law Mad Men The West Wing ;2 awards The Defenders Playhouse 90 Upstairs, Downstairs ;11 nominations Breaking Bad Cagney & Lacey Dragnet Lou Grant Picket Fences The Practice The Sopranos The United States Steel Hour Programs with multiple nominations ;8 nominations ;7 nominations ;6 nominations ER The Sopranos Studio One The West Wing ;5 nominations Hill Street Blues L.A. Law NYPD Blue St. Elsewhere ;4 nominations Better Call Saul Breaking Bad Downton Abbey Cagney & Lacey Columbo House of Cards Lou Grant 24 ;3 nominations Alfred Hitchcock Presents Dexter Dragnet Homeland House Lost Northern Exposure The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse The Practice thirtysomething The X-Files ;2 nominations Chicago Hope China Beach Climax! The Crown ' The Defenders Fame Family Foreign Intrigue Gunsmoke The Handmaid's Tale I Spy Ironside Magnum, P.I. Marcus Welby, M.D. ' Murder, She Wrote Naked City Playhouse 90 Police Story Quantum Leap Robert Montgomery Presents The Rockford Files Six Feet Under Stranger Things The Streets of San Francisco This Is Us The United States Steel Hour Upstairs, Downstairs The Waltons
The Americans The Avengers Baretta Beauty and the Beast Boardwalk Empire Boston Legal Celanese Theatre Dallas Damages The Dick Powell Show The Good Wife Grey's Anatomy I'll Fly Away Killing Eve Kojak Kraft Television Theatre Maverick Moonlighting Ozark Picket Fences Pulitzer Prize Playhouse Quincy, M.E. Racket Squad Succession The Untouchables Wagon Train Westworld The White Shadow Total awards by network NBC – 21 CBS – 18 ABC – 9 AMC – 6 HBO – 6 PBS – 4 Fox – 1 Hulu – 1 KECA-TV – 1 NET – 1 Showtime – 1
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