Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Batty History: Looking at "the big winner" each season

One way of looking at the big winner of a given Battys is counting up total awards. However, in a competition that includes prizes for facial hair, some might argue the outstanding series and outstanding episode trophies are most important. When the same show wins both in the same ceremony, it is arguably the big winner of the season. 

Let's take a look at past Battys and see who won Episode and who won Series:

1: CHiPs (Episode), The Incredible Hulk (Series)
2: Search (Episode), Magnum P.I. (Series)
3: Three's Company (Episode), Taxi (Series)
4: Late Night with David Letterman (Both)
5: Best of the West (Episode), Hill Street Blues (Series)
6: Cheers (Both)
7: Doctor Who (Episode), Miami Vice (Series)
8: Columbo (Both)
9: The Rockford Files (Both)

So the last two, 3 of the last 4, and 4 of the last 6 have had a double winner at the end of the night. Will Season 10 continue the trend and yield one big winner that can earn both awards? 

Also note that a special or a movie has never won for best episode. Will that streak end this season with, say, High School USA? Bob Hope's Tahoe special? The Easter Bunny Is Comin' to Town? Find out soon!

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