12 Shows That Changed Television Forever

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Everyone loves movies, but there’s something truly special about a great TV show. Whether you’re smiling at the wild antics on “I Love Lucy” or having deep discussions with neighbors about “Law & Order,” TV shows are a great way to connect with fans worldwide. There are some shows, however, that manage to seriously ignite something in their devoted fanbase and become such a critical darling that folks will have to sit down and watch it in order to see what everyone is talking about. We take a look at 12 shows that have managed to change the landscape of television forever.

 

12) The Simpsons

001-12-the-simpsons-b33cd65357ce0f4424686bff057a0d00For over 25 years, “The Simpsons” has been the king of animated comedy. The show has the honor of being the longest running sitcom and the longest running animated series of all time. “The Simpsons” has won 31 Emmys during its run, including 16 for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance. In 2000, the show was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

11) Cheers

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002-11-cheers-a2ef3704b0d3bdbba953d06adef9e962While it was nearly canceled after its first season, “Cheers” eventually became one of the most beloved sitcoms of all time with 117 Emmy nominations. It was also the first sitcom to have an actual serialized storyline. The success of “Cheers” helped its spinoff “Fraiser” become a top show on NBC.
10) Buffy The Vampire Slayer

003-10-buffy-the-vampire-slayer-3c0c22dcb70ac995b9f13db8c9c4466c“Buffy The Vampire Slayer” became a huge hit for the WB Network when it debuted in 1997. The series delivered one of its most memorable episodes with the musical “Once More, With Feeling,” which was ranked #14 on TV Guide’s list of TV’s Top 100 Episodes of All Time.

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9) The X-Files

004-9-the-x-files-369b694aefc742fb684d115a0fdb31e9“The X-Files” became a smash hit for Fox and brought conspiracy theories to a bigger platform. The series spawned two films: 1998’s “The X-Files: Fight the Future” and 2008’s “The X-Files: I Want to Believe.” In 2016, six brand new episodes of “The X-Files” were released.

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8) American Idol

005-8-american-idol-99fb0948c2348c3088d6cb61eaefd882Since its start in 2002, “American Idol” made music superstars out of a plethora of performers, including Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, and Chris Daughtry. Unfortunately, ratings for the show went down over the years, and it ended its 15 year run in 2016. During its time on the air, it helped spawn over 450 number one hits on the Billboard charts.

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