With so much competition every year in the “Outstanding Drama Series” at the Primetime Emmy Awards, it’s hard enough to get a nomination, let alone win the award outright. But for the following seven TV series, one Emmy Award wasn’t enough — in fact, many of the following shows won their awards in such quick succession that the award dominance can be mind-boggling when you consider what they were up against. Here are the only seven shows in TV history to compile three or more Emmy Awards in the category of “Outstanding Drama Series.”
The Defenders — 3 Wins
The Defenders is a courtroom drama that ran on CBS from 1961 to 1965 starring E. G. Marshall and Robert Reed as father-and-son defense attorneys, created by Reginald Rose. Featuring specialized and legally complex cases, many of the subjects still remain hard-hitting topics like mercy killing, atheism in the workplace, civil rights demonstrations, and many more. In the four years The Defenders was on the air, the series won “Outstanding Drama Series” — then called “Outstanding Program Achievement in the Field of Drama” — in all but its last season in 1965 and it has continued to be named among the best drama series ever made.