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“Glee” is golden. Fox’s freshman hit danced away with the Golden Globe kudo Sunday night for best TV comedy or musical. That reps the first win by a series that qualifies under both of those descriptors.

“Glee” also becomes part of the Golden Globes’ time-honored tradition of being the first major kudocast to honor a new TV series, given that the Globes’ are handed out in the middle of the TV season.

“This is for anybody and everybody who got a wedgie in high school,” quipped exec producer Ryan Murphy about the show that revolves around a group of oddball high school students and a teacher determined to revive the glee club. Murphy, who took home a Globe drama series trophy in 2005 for FX’s “Nip/Tuck,” thanked “the wonderful people who actually thought a musical would work on primetime television,” reeling off a list of execs at 20th Century Fox TV and Fox Broadcasting.

On the drama side, the Globes went in the opposite direction, handing a third consecutive win to AMC’s critical fave “Mad Men.”

The win for “Mad Men” repped the first drama to win three in a row, at least within the past two decades. HBO’s “Sex and the City” accomplished that feat on the comedy side in 1999, 2000 and 2001.

Television is amazing right now,” said “Mad Men” creator/exec producer Matthew Weiner. “To be in this lineup with these (other) shows — my TiVo is burned out. I love being a part of this.”

Weiner’s trophy case is getting crowded: “Mad Men” has also won two consecutive Emmys for drama series, and will undoubtedly be a front-runner for a third win this fall.

If “Glee” repped something new and “Mad Men” repped something old, then the Globes also went for something bloody: “Dexter,” which won two awards, the most of any series Sunday. Showtime also scored a first in its Globes history by scoring the more awards in series acting categories than any other net.

“Dexter” sliced the competish early in the evening, as star Michael C. Hall won for lead drama actor and John Lithgow’s thrilling turn as “Dexter’s” Trinity Killer nabbed the trophy for TV supporting actor in a series or longform.

“I’ve had the most wonderful time creeping out the whole country for the past six months,” Lithgow said.

Showtime’s haul included a win for lead comedy actress for “United States of Tara” star Toni Collette, who won the same category at the Emmys last year.

It marked Collette’s first Globe win after four nominations. She thanked Showtime execs “for having the balls to work on all of these amazing confronting shows.”

“Glee” wasn’t the only freshman series to land in the spotlight. CBS’ “The Good Wife” landed the best drama actress statue for star Julianna Margulies.

Globes voters couldn’t resist recognizing some perennial faves, however. “30 Rock” star Alec Baldwin picked up another win for best comedy actor. That makes three Globe wins out of the past four years for Baldwin, who did not attend the ceremony.

HBO’s “Grey Gardens,” which picked up the Emmy last fall, was feted again for in the movie or miniseries heat. But in a twist, “Grey Gardens” star Drew Barrymore won for movie/miniseries actress over her co-star Jessica Lange. Lange took home the Emmy last fall when Barrymore was also nommed in the category.

Barrymore’s win on Sunday marked her first-ever Globes victory.

Kevin Bacon took the lead longform actor category for HBO’s “Taking Chance.” Chloe Sevigny of HBO’s “Big Love” prevailed in the supporting actress for series/longform category. That made for total of four wins for HBO and three for Showtime. CBS, NBC, AMC and Fox earned one trophy apiece.

Given that the Globes were telecast by NBC, the elephant in the room – the Peacock’s current ratings woes and latenight traumas – came up more than a few times.

In accepting her award for “Good Wife,” Margulies thanked CBS chief Leslie Moonves and entertainment prexy Nina Tassler “for believing in the 10 o’clock drama” – a reference to NBC’s ill-fated experiment with “The Jay Leno Show.” Margulies, of course, got her big career break on a 10 p.m. NBC drama, “ER.” That history was evident as Margulies stopped on her way to the stage to kiss her former “ER” co-star George Clooney.”

Host Ricky Gervais, meanwhile, finished his opening monologue by quipping, “Let’s get on with it, before NBC replaces me with Jay Leno.”

Even before the show started, NBC was getting ribbed by none other than Hollywood’s Nice Guy.

Interviewed during NBC’s live Golden Globes pre-show by “Access Hollywood’s” Billy Bush, Tom Hanks made light of the precipitation soaking the arrivals red carpet. “It was going to rain at 10, but NBC moved it to 11:30,” Hanks said.

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