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‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”s eight episodes would be second shortest season to win comedy series Emmy

‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”s eight episodes would be second shortest season to win comedy series Emmy

Is eight episodes enough to win Best Comedy Series? That’s how long the first season of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” is. If the Amazon series does walk away with the trophy, it’d do so with the second fewest amount of episodes in a season while continuing a marked trend in Emmy champs.

“Mrs. Maisel” would be behind “The Wonder Years,” the surprise Best Comedy Series champ in 1988 after its six-episode freshman run. The nine-episode first season of “The Art Carney Special,” which won in 1960, is the current No. 2. “Mrs. Maisel” is second place for the win in our early odds, trailing “Atlanta,” which consists of 10 episodes this year.

While it’s more pronounced in Best Drama Series — no show with more than 13 episodes in a season has won since the 24-episodes-per-season “24” in 2006 — both series races have increasingly featured contenders and eventual winners with shorter episode lengths than the broadcast standard of 22 per season.

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