'The Simpsons' 1989-PresentHow has America's favorite cartoon family lasted this extended? Since they are also America's realest family. Especially Homer, the doofus father everyone fears turning into, character cruelest error: "And to feel I turned to a cult for mindless happiness, when I had beer all along!" Or possibly particularly Lisa - tooting voice of wisdom. Not to mention Apu Flanders Burns, Amanda Hugginkiss or any of the unforgettable kooks who make Springfield just like your town, except funnier. As creator Matt Groening boasted to Rolling Stone in 2002, "Characters on our present drink, smoke, do not wear their seat-belts, litter and fireplace guns. In this season's Halloween episode, there is probably more gunfire than in the complete history of The Sopranos."
'Friday Night Lights' 200611"Clear eyes, total hearts, can't drop" is the golden rule in a dusty Texas city where everyone lives and dies for the large college football staff. But Friday Night Lights isn't actually about football so muchas family, work, course, the bitter taste of dashed goals, with Kyle Chandler as Coach Taylor, Connie Britton as wife Tami and Taylor Kitsch as Tim Riggins – the most memorable of the several vulnerable kids who go through the Panthers' locker-room. Riggins' story becomes particularly moving genuine existence beats him down and after his grid iron glory fades.
'The Daily Show' 1996-PresentThe phony information display that became mo Re credible in relation to the real news. Comedy Central began The Everyday Display in 1996, when Jon Stewart took over in 1999, but it hit its stride. The Daily Show got mo Re politically abrasive as the the headlines got progressively worse. Stewart had the rage of a guy who'd signed on at the end of the Bill Clinton years, only to end up with an America significantly scarier and more ugly than the one he bargained for, as well as the anger showed. "It's a comic box lined with unhappiness," he informed Rolling Stone in 2006. While the franchise struggles on without him, Samantha Bee and Everyday alumni John Oliver keep that hard-hitting spirit alive on their shows.
'Law & Order' 1990-2010Dick Wolf's long-, long-, long-working procedural developed its own method – gruesomely violent crimes ripped in the headlines, clock-punching cops, idealistic lawyers, stern judges who bang the gavel and say "I Will allow it," each character a different cog in the crime-fixing machine until the trial scene in the finish. All its various incarnations, from Briscoe and Logan to Stabler and Benson proved exactly what a wealthy formulation it was, not to mention a possibility for numerous aspiring NYC actors to get their first first proper taste of catering.
'Twin Peaks' 199091, 2017"These women are authentically dreamy," Twin Peaks auteur David Lynch told Rolling Stone in 1990. "They are all just boss chicks. And and they are just jam packed with secrets." The little town of Twin Peaks is complete of the women and their life-threatening secrets, from high school homecoming queen Laura Palmer that is murdered to alive-and- how seductress Audrey Horne. A couple of years after Blue Velvet, Lynch Pacific Northwest mystery followed Kyle MacLachlan as FBI agent Dale Cooper, to the murder of Palmer on a quest for damn-good espresso in addition to the solution.
'Cheers' 1982 93You require a spot where everyone knows your title – even supposing it's just a dive-bar in Boston full of regulars with no place else to go. Cheers started using an emphasis on the mismatched passionate banter between Ted Danson's washed-up Red-Sox pitcher Sam and Shelley Long's up tight bookworm Diane. ("Over my dead human anatomy!" "Hey, do not b ring last night in to this.") But it regularly renewed it self by bringing in new blood like Kelsey Grammer, Kirstie Alley and Woody Harrelson. Cheers was like that bar, to the point where you could tune in just to see which regulars would hang tonight.
'Lost' 2004-10A cosmic mystery journey so complicated nobody has ever really figured it all out – a band of castaways trapped on an island after the crash of Oceanic Flight 815, using a smoke monster as well as the enigmatic group called the Others, multiple timelines, the Seventies back-story of the Dharma Initiative, each episode full of clues to be argued over for years to come. Lost proved there was a broad audience around who desired their TV to be more unpredictable and challenging, not less – and Television would never be the same.
'Game of Thrones' 2011-PresentThe evening is dark and full of terrors, particularly on Sundays when Game of Thrones is on. With its premise of "The Sopranos in middle earth," it is the the HBO fantasy sequence that broke through genre boundaries to stake its claim as one of the most compellingly realistic dramas on the air, heading beyond George R.R. Martin's books. It might grab attention with all severed heads, the dragons and the nudity, but in your mind it is a a political thriller. As Martin told Rolling Stone, "History is written in blood, a goldmine – the kings, the princes, the generals and also the whores, and all the betrayals and wars and confidences. It's better than 90 % of exactly what the fantasists do make up."
'Mad Men' 2007 15The American dream and how to sell it – aside from Don Draper as well as the hustlers of Sterling Cooper, marketing is the American dream. Mad Males became a feeling as quickly as it appeared, partly due to its glam surface – a New York a-D agency in the JFK era, all sex and money and liquor and cigarettes – but largely because it was an audaciously adult drama that has been not about cops or robbers (or doctors or lawyers), staking out new story telling territory. Jon Hamm's womanizing ad man, Don, is a genius at shaping other individuals goals and fantasies, but he can not e-Scape his own loneliness – he's a con man who stole the identification of a lifeless Korean War officer and constructed a new life out of lies. "A good marketing individual is like an artist, channeling the culture," creator Matthew Weiner informed Rolling Stone. "They're holding up a mirror saying, 'This is the way you wish you were. This is the thing you're scared of.'" Don can reduce an area to tears despite the fact that the happy family memories he is selling are a fraud. There was nothing on TV as seductive as Mad Guys before – and years later, there is still.
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