Emmy Awards: Who's Won the Most?

From the longest nomination streak to the network with the most statuettes, breaking the awards down by the numbers

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Role That's Won Actors the Most Emmys: Cops (33)
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Role That's Won Actors the Most Emmys: Cops (33)

A full 33 trophies have been won for characters in law enforcement, including 20 for Best Actor in a Drama (four of which went to Dennis Franz for his role as Andy Sipowicz in NYPD Blue), three for Best Actor in a comedy (all for Tony Shalhoub playing Adrian Monk), and 10 for actresses — six of which went to Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless, the stars of Cagney & Lacey.

This ridiculously high percentage makes sense if you watch a lot of TV — after all, cop shows tend to dominate serious drama, with legal and medical shows rounding out the staples of a basic TV diet. Accordingly, 13 Emmys have gone to actors playing lawyers, including two recent pairs of Best Actress wins for Glenn Close in Damages and Julianna Margulies in The Good Wife, and many, many for doctors (mostly for Kelsey Grammer).

Meanwhile, 16 dramatic Best Actress trophies have gone to women playing characters defined primarily as wives, from women on older shows depicting domestic life (like Jane Wyatt's performance on Father Knows Best or Mary Tyler Moore’s role on The Dick Van Dyke Show) to Carmela Soprano — a fascinating character who often reads as a critique of the traditional TV housewife.

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