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Primetime Emmy Winners: Drama Series

Note: The names of award categories have changed dramatically through the years. Where the difference is significant, the actual title is cited in parentheses below. If the series also won another major program award — like Outstanding New Series, back in the days when there was such a category — it’s also noted. Missing years indicate that the award categories were dropped.

1950 Pulitzer Prize Playhouse

1951 Studio One

1952 Robert Montgomery Presents Dragnet (Best Mystery, Action or Adventure Program)

1953 U.S. Steel Hour (also Best New Program), Dragnet (Best Mystery, Action or Adventure Program)

1954 U.S. Steel Hour, Dragnet (Best Mystery or Intrigue Series), Stories of the Century (Best Western or Adventure Series)

1955 Producer’s Showcase Disneyland (Best Action or Adventure Series)

1956 Playhouse 90 (Best New Program Series)

1957 Gunsmoke, Playhouse 90 (Best Dramatic Anthology Series)

1958-59 The Alcoa House/Goodyear Playhouse (Best Drama Series, Less Than One Hour), Playhouse 90 (Best Drama Series, One Hour or Longer), Maverick (Best Western Series)

1959-60 Playhouse 90

1961-62 The Defenders

1962-63 The Defenders

1963-64 The Defenders

1965-66 The Fugitive

1966-67 Mission: Impossible

1967-68 Mission: Impossible

1968-69 Net Playhouse

1969-70 Marcus Welby, M.D.

1970-71 The Senator, The Bold Ones

1971-72 Elizabeth R, Masterpiece Theatre (also Outstanding New Series)

1972-73 The Waltons

1973-74 Upstairs, Downstairs, Masterpiece Theatre

1974-75 Upstairs, Downstairs, Masterpiece Theatre

1975-76 Police Story

1976-77 Upstairs, Downstairs, Masterpiece Theatre

1977-78 The Rockford Files

1978-79 Lou Grant

1979-80 Lou Grant

1980-81 Hill Street Blues

1981-82 Hill Street Blues

1982-83 Hill Street Blues

1983-84 Hill Street Blues

1984-85 Cagney & Lacey

1985-86 Cagney & Lacey

1986-87 L.A. Law

1987-88 thirtysomething

1988-89 L.A. Law

1989-90 L.A. Law

1990-91 L.A. Law

1991-92 Northern Exposure

1992-93 Picket Fences

1993-94 Picket Fences

1994-95 NYPD Blue

1995-96 ER

1996-97 Law & Order

1997-98 The Practice

1998-99 The Practice

1999-00 ???????

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