‘The Simpsons’ Takes Home Its 34th Emmy

It’s hard to believe that The Simpsons has watched at least two different generations grow up before its very eyes. With its 30th season officially in the books, the show is guaranteed to carry on for at least two more. There is no sign of the series going off the air after those two years are up either. As the show glides towards immortal success, it has also racked up an impressive list of accolades. The famed cartoon had earned a staggering 33 Emmys in its illustrious career, and this year they’ve added their 34th. The iconic cartoon’s win was actually kind-of a long shot.

What shows was The Simpsons competing against?

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This year The Simpsons faced off against a plethora of highly-regarded animated series. Streaming juggernaut, Netflix had two shows competing in the animated category. Big Mouth, an adult animated series dreamt up by Nick Kroll, focuses on a group of teens growing up in Westchester County, New York. Netflix’s BoJack Horseman also received a nomination.

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Aside from Netflix, The Simpsons was up against a network sibling in Bob’s Burgers. Bob’s Burgers tells the tale of a family run business that is always on the brink of collapse. Cartoon Network also had a nomination in the animated category. Come Along With Me (Adventure Time)  is focused on attempting to thwart the Great Gum War in a 44-minute episode.

The Simpsons hadn’t taken home an Emmy in over a decade

The Simpsons is still very much beloved, but the Television Academy has left the series out in the cold for the last decade. According to Indie Wire, the show’s lasr win came in 2008. That year, the minds behind The Simpsons, competed against Creature Comforts America, King of the Hill, Robot Chicken, and SpongeBob SquarePants.

The show has been nominated every year, except for 2013 since their last win. Clearly, the academy still adores the show, and with 30 years under its belt, it still manages to keep the concept from going stale. For that reason alone, the series remains one of the top contenders in its category. That didn’t mean the 34th win was a sure thing. There were a couple of serious contenders in its class, including another old favorite from Fox.

Netflix was favored in the category

BoJack Horseman finally made it to the Emmy Awards after years of snubs. The well-animated series is coming to the end of its life, and it was thought that the Television Academy might choose to honor the program instead of the longer-running series.

BoJack Horseman wasn’t the only contender looking to snatch the category from the long-standing series. Big Mouth is critically acclaimed, and Kroll seems heavily invested in ensuring the series remains on the top of its game. In fact, there are three more years of Big Mouth guaranteed. Now that the series has broken into the category, many believed there was no stopping it from taking home the trophy, and leaving The Simpsons clinging to “only” 33 wins. That didn’t happen though, so Netflix will need to wait until next year to steal the top animation prize.