Going into the Emmys, much speculation surrounded whether Netflix's "House of Cards" would be the first series not shown on a broadcast or cable network to win best drama. It didn't, but Gilligan said if it wasn't for streaming services like Netflix, his show wouldn't have lasted beyond its second season.
"House of Cards" was the first online program to be nominated for a top series honor, as big a revolution in the TV industry as when HBO's "The Larry Sanders Show" became the first cable series nominee. It was a decade, however, until another cable show, "Sex and the City," won one of the awards. David Fincher of "House of Cards" won a directing award.
The "Modern Family" win can't be called a surprise, since it has been declared best comedy all four years that it has been on the air. None of its ensemble cast took home trophies, though.
Jeff Daniels of the HBO drama "Newsroom" was probably the most unexpected winner, declared best actor in a drama in a category with heavyweights like Cranston, Jon Hamm of "Mad Men," Kevin Spacey of "House of Cards" and Damian Lewis of "Homeland."
"I felt the work stood up to what the other guys are doing," Daniels said. "But we're all doing different things."