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Emmy Award-Winning Shows Throughout the Decade

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An Emmy award is the most prestigious award any TV show can win. Each sector of the television entertainment industry is recognized and awarded for their hard work and creativity. The award show is divided into two media coverages: Primetime and Daytime Emmy awards. Now that this year’s Emmy nominations are out, TRB has compiled a list of Emmy award winning shows. These 5 shows in the past decade won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series and are audience favorites. Ready. Set. Let’s Go!

Mad Men

Emmy Award Year (s): 2010-2011

This American serial drama has consecutively won the Emmy awards Outstanding Drama Series for two consecutive years (2010-2011). The show is brilliantly acted and executed. The show is based on people who worked at an advertising company in the 1960s. The characters are relatable and represent the culture of Western offices during that period. Donald Draper, who is played by Jon Hamm is the protagonist of the show. Throughout the seasons, you will see his journey to balance out his personal and professional life.


Emmy Award Year (s): 2012

This American Spy thriller show is loosely based on an Israeli series called “Prisoner of War”. One of the main characters of the show is Carrie Mathison, played by Claire Danes, is a CIA officer who suffers from bipolar disorder. As the series progresses, you will see how Carrie’s mental conditions have jeopardized herself and the people around her. This nail-biting series has also consecutively won two Golden Globe Awards for Best Tv series- drama. 

Breaking Bad

Emmy Award Year: 2013

It is one of the classic American Crime Drama series, which is one of the most streamed on Netflix and is among the Emmy award winning shows. Breaking Bad revolves around the story of a high school depressed chemistry teacher, who suffers from a financial crisis. After he’s diagnosed with end-stage lung cancer, Walter White turns to a life of crime. He and his former student cook and sell crystallized meth while tackling the threats of the criminal world. This show’s popularity among the audience is immeasurable. Last year, Netflix even released a movie sequel called El Camino for the breaking bad series. 

Game of Thrones

Emmy Award Year (s): 2015, 2016,2018,2019

This fantasy series is based on the novels by the great author George R.R Martin. The show revolves around 7 different kingdoms spread across the continent and their ultimate quest to claim the Iron Throne. Dragons, bloody wards, betrayal, bravery, cowardice, kindness, and cruelty; this show has it all. Each season ends with a major cliffhanger and will have you on the edge. The acting and character development of each character is flawless. The ending of Game Of Thrones  is something that you may or may not be satisfied with, but overall the show is worth a watch. This is the only show in the past decade that has won the Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama Series four times. 

The Handmaid’s Tale

Emmy Award Year (s): 2017

This tragic dystopian series is based on the famous novel of the same name written by Margaret Atwood. The show has a total of 36 episodes divided into 3 seasons and is ideal for a quick binge-watch. The story is about the sad and disturbing culture that was followed in America after the second civil war. The totalitarian system subjugates young fertile women into child-bearing slavery. These women are termed as “Handmaids”. Furthermore, this show is deeply engrossing and realistic. Truly deserves an Emmy for this remarkable plot and storyline and won the same in 2017. The Handmaid’s Tale has to be one of the best book adaptations ever!

Winning an Emmy is no less than winning an Oscar for Tv stars. This year’s Emmy awards nominations are out, and we are excited to see who will win. 

What were your favorite Emmy award winning shows from the list? Let us know in the comment sections.


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