Each year since 1949, the Emmy awards have honored the best in primetime television. This year will be no different with the 71st Emmy Awards scheduled to take place on Sunday, Sept. 22.
A variety of programs have been nominated for awards this year. Some are newer shows that have never been nominated before, such as the comedy show “Fleabag” and the Netflix series “Russian Doll.” Others, including “Veep” and “The Big Bang Theory,” have had substantial success at past Emmy Awards and are returning for more.
24/7 Tempo has identified the 35 television shows that are the all-time Emmy achievers based on data from the Television Academy. Many of these shows managed to maintain overall excellence over long on-air tenures. Other series have had shorter life spans yet dominated awards ceremonies to such a degree that they’ve made history, ranking among the Emmy Awards’ top echelons.
Among the shows with longer life spans are series like “The Simpsons,” which will soon be premiering its 31st season. While the show’s exceptional number of years on the air has contributed to its large number of awards, it is its popularity that has driven it longevity. Other successful shows have left the airwaves only to return later on. These are the best TV shows getting rebooted.
A show like “Boardwalk Empire,” on the other hand, may be hindered by its short run. The HBO series only aired for five seasons, though its outstanding quality compelled the Television Academy — the organization behind the Emmys — to confer it with numerous awards.
“Game of Thrones” is another HBO Original that has done wonders at the Emmys. It has a record breaking 32 nominations this year, thanks in no small part to its recent, widely-watched series finale. These are the greatest television finales of all time.