Emmy’s comedy series category finally breaks a gender barrier with a record 5 female-driven nominees

Emmy’s comedy series category finally breaks a gender barrier with a record 5 female-driven nominees
Who says women aren’t funny? Certainly not those voters who picked the nominees for the 71st Primetime Emmys. They probably don’t even know it. But history has been made.

The first time that female-fronted shows dominated the comedy series category was in 1955, when “I Love Lucy,” “Our Miss Brooks” and “Private Secretary” made the cut.

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The next time lady-led shows were the majority occurred in 1989, 1990 and 1991. That was when CBS’ “Designing Women” and “Murphy Brown” (which won twice) as well as NBC’s “The Golden Girls” brought some gender parity to TV’s funny business. It took until 2018 to repeat such a trifecta in the form of Amazon Prime’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” which won the trophy, plus Netflix’s “Glow” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”

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