HBO’s “Game of Thrones” became the most decorated drama series in TV history on Saturday when it took home nine Emmy wins at the 2016 Creative Arts Emmys (the behind-the-scenes awards) – leaving the show’s tally at 35 total wins.
On Sunday, at the Primetime Emmy Awards show, “Game of Thrones” has the potential to move even further up the all-time Emmy list, as it still has eight nominations in play.
And with two more seasons to go, the HBO mega-hit has the chance to do some real damage to the Emmy rankings in the coming years. In a list dominated by comedies with extensive runs, it could eventually become the most Emmy-winning show ever.
Here are the top 10 shows with the most Emmy wins ranked:
10. “Modern Family” — 22 wins and 77 nominations
ABC’s hit sitcom “Modern Family” won the Emmy for outstanding comedy series in each of its first five seasons. This year, the show has received four nominations, including one for outstanding supporting actor for Ty Burrell, which he has previously won twice.
9. “ER” — 23 wins and 124 nominations
NBC’s medical drama ran for 15 seasons (and helped make George Clooney famous). In 1996, it won the Emmy for outstanding drama series. The majority of its Emmy wins are for technical awards, such as sound mixing, sound editing, and graphic design, but it also boasts the most nominations of any drama series in TV history.
8. “The West Wing” — 26 wins and 95 nominations
Aaron Sorkin’s NBC serial political drama explored the Oval Office controversies of a fictional president and won the Emmy for outstanding drama series four consecutive times between 2000 and 2003. Sorkin won an Emmy for outstanding writing in the show’s first season, but he lost his four other nominations in the field.
7. “Hill Street Blues” — 26 wins and 98 nominations
NBC’s police drama shares the Emmys record for the most outstanding drama series wins (four), along with “The West Wing,” “Mad Men,” and “L.A. Law.” CNN once called “Hill Street Blues” the “most influential TV show ever,” as the show’s mix of handheld camera, overlapping story structure, and ensemble cast was highly innovative and copied frequently following its on-air run from 1981 to 1987.
6. “Cheers” — 28 wins and 117 nominations
NBC’s hit sitcom “Cheers” was nominated for outstanding comedy series in each of its 11 seasons – which ran from 1982 to 1993 – and it won the award four times. Many of the show’s cast members won Emmys. Rhea Perlman won twice for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series, and Ted Danson also won twice for outstanding lead actor.
5. “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” — 29 wins and 67 nominations
Mary Tyler Moore’s CBS sitcom was revolutionary in that it featured as its central character an independent, single career woman in her thirties. The show ran from 1970 to 1977, and it won the Emmy for outstanding comedy series three times in consecutive years. Moore herself won four individual acting Emmys for the show as well.
4. “The Simpsons” — 32 wins and 85 nominations
The longest-running primetime animated series in US TV history, “The Simpsons” has won 10 Emmy Awards in the category of outstanding animated program – the most of all time. The show has also won 16 Emmys for outstanding voiceover performance for a number of its actors.
3. “Game of Thrones” — 35 wins and 106 nominations
Now the winningest drama series in Emmys history, HBO’s “Game of Thrones” has a chance to move up to second on this list after Sunday’s Emmys broadcast, where it still has eight nominations in play. Though the majority of the show’s wins are for technical awards, “Game of Thrones” did win its first award for outstanding drama series at last year’s show. This year, it faces up against “Better Call Saul,” “Downton Abbey,” “Homeland,” “House of Cards,” “Mr. Robot,” and “The Americans” for the top drama award.
And as the HBO hit closes in on its last episodes in season seven, it may just ultimately conquer the No. 1 spot.
2. “Frasier” — 37 wins and 108 nominations
NBC’s massively successful “Cheers” spin-off “Frasier” won the Emmy for outstanding comedy series five times over the course of its 11-season run, which lasted from 1993 to 2004. The show’s stars, Kelsey Grammar and David Hyde Pierce, each won four Emmys for acting.
1. “Saturday Night Live” — 44 wins and 199 nominations
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Over the course of 41 seasons, “Saturday Night Live” has raked in the most Emmys ever – and in a multitude of categories. Lorne Michael’s show won the award for outstanding variety, music, or comedy series twice, in 1976 (its first year) and 1993. The Lonely Island’s digital short music videos for the show received a total of six nominations, though only for their first single, “Dick in a Box.”