Monday, January 28, 2008

17 shows that changed TV

Before TV gets interactive, let's honor the shows that changed the medium and inherently, the message. TIME has a complete list of 100 if you're curious, but these are the most influential ones to note in cultural (and media) history:

I Love Lucy, 1951-57
The Ernie Kovacs Show, 1952-56
The Super Bowl (and the ads), 1967-present
Sesame Street, 1969-present
The Mary Tyler Moore Show, 1970-1977
M*A*S*H, 1972-1983
An American Family, 1973
Hill Street Blues, 1981-87
MTV, 1981-92 era
The Cosby Show, 1984-92
The Simpsons, 1989-present
Twin Peaks, 1990-91
Beavis and Butt-head, 1993-97
The Sopranos, 1999-2007
Survivor, 2000-present
24, 2001-present
Lost, 2004-present

And thanks to another media revolution, we can happily relive these shows with DVDs from Netflix. Side note: Is Netflix the next Bandaid, Starbucks, Coca-Cola? I just used it as a catch-all for renting DVDs and chose it over Blockbuster for more cultural appeal and timeliness. But truth be told, I've never used Netflix. Hmmm, interesting to note. Happy Monday.

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