This year, fans suffered a lot of losses in the world of television. We said goodbye to beloved shows like Parenthood, Parks and Recreation, and Glee. But no loss will be more glaring in the next year than Mad Men. After seven seasons and nearly an eight year run, Mad Men is already considered to be one of the best TV shows of all time. Its characters became beloved and ingrained parts of popular culture. It was the rare show that is equally adored by critics and fans alike. So, why has Mad Men only won four Golden Globes?
Throughout its run, Mad Men received 12 nominations at the Globes, which sounds like a reasonable enough number considering there are only five possible categories it could be nominated in (best actor/actress in a drama, best supporting actor/actress and best drama series). Some of the losses made sense — for example, I don't think anyone begrudges Bryan Cranston his 2014 win — while others seemed completely illogical (*cough, Kelsey Grammer, cough*). By contrast, Mad Men won 16 Emmys. It has 16 Emmys and 4 Golden Globes, see how that seems a little strange?
Sure, the Golden Globes have a tendency to favor TV shows that don't often make the cut when it comes time for the Emmys. And it is nice to have one awards show that's a little unpredictable. With Globes nominations for 2016 coming up, will they show Mad Men some love one last time or dismiss the show as old hat?
If the Golden Globes follow in the steps of the Emmys (which they usually don't), then Mad Men is in a good place. The show was nominated for outstanding drama and, while it lost out to Game of Thrones, Jon Hamm finally, after seven straight losses, took home the coveted outstanding actor in a drama series award. Hamm has one Golden Globe under his belt, but he deserves another, or, at the very least, one last nomination for his portrayal of Don Draper. He created a legendary character that became a household name. This is the last chance the Golden Globes have to pay tribute to what was truly an amazing show. Mad Men was at the forefront of a new golden age of television. They proved that a show on an unassuming network like AMC could do big things. It paved the way for shows like Breaking Bad and The Americans. After the success of Mad Men, cable channels became braver and started taking chances.
While it's a relatively short list, here's a look at the Golden Globes that Mad Men has been nominated for.
- 2013 — Best Performance By An Actor In A Television Series — Jon Hamm
- 2011 — Best Television Series - Drama
- 2011 — Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series - Drama — Elisabeth Moss
- 2011 — Best Performance By An Actor In A Television Series — Jon Hamm
- 2010 — Best Television Series - Drama (won)
- 2010 — Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series - Drama — January Jones
- 2010 — Best Performance By An Actor In A Television Series — Jon Hamm
- 2009 — Best Television Series - Drama (won)
- 2009 — Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series - Drama — January Jones
- 2009 — Best Performance By An Actor In A Television Series — Jon Hamm
- 2008 — Best Performance By An Actor In A Television Series — Jon Hamm (won)
- 2008 — Best Television Series - Drama (won)
Yes, awards are trivial things and one more or one less Golden Globe is not going to impact the legacy of Mad Men. While there was a lot of great TV in 2015, it really was the best drama series. It deserves to win, even if it's just one last time.