With the fifth consecutive win in a row as Outstanding Comedy Series, Modern Family joined history at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards.
Entering Monday night’s telecast, the ABC sitcom had been tied for three awards a piece with All in the Family, Cheers, and The Dick Van Dyke Show. With a record-tying fifth win, the series is now tied with Frasier.
That the series did so against competition that included Netflix’s Orange is the New Black is telling. The Emmy voters, more or less, rejected Netflix for submitting the series as a comedy instead of drama.
There are those critics that argue that Modern Family is the safe choice against the competition.
“The show is just going to be hugely appealing to voters because it makes a social statement, but it is done in an audience-friendly way,” Los Angeles Times awards columnist Glenn Whipp told Reuters. “It is both a critical and a commercial, popular success.”
Factoring in Live plus DVR viewing last season, the ABC sitcom finished 19th in the Nielsen rankings with an average of 14.32 viewers and 5.6 in the 18-49 demo.
Whether Modern Family keeps it up during its sixth season next year remains to be seen but Monday’s win has put the sitcom right up there with some of the greatest television comedies of all time!