2037 6.8 8.51. 24 (2001)
Less than two months after 9/11 this debuted as America's favorite thriller series alongside Alias. Terrorists kill people's daughters while the CTU (Counter Terrorist Unit) torture witnesses in true Tourette's Syndrome inability to control their behavior. The main character was supposed to die at one point in the series, but like Superman or Batwoman he came back.
863 5 4.22. American Idol (2002)
A Massively Multiplayer On-air W/CC, American Idol is a tour for the best singer in America aided by three judges and the nation's ability to decide who's good and who isn't. Season-by-season complaints are of good singers being booted off and of bad ones staying. Of the three judges one is generally positive, one is generally negative, and the other's disposition depends on whether he did his yoga that afternoon.
2480 7.2 7.83. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000)
The fetishes of the criminal mind strike a cord with viewer ratings. Witnesses are cocky during interrogation and forensics specialists wear sunglasses.
2309 6.4 7.44. Desperate Housewives (2004)
Approximately four housewives - this number varies depending on whose mistress joins the team - manipulate as a hobby. Episode by episode, it reminds desperate housewives nationwide that there are people out there just like them.
4832 7.8 95. Friends (1994)
A sizable group of friends reside in Manhattan. Sometimes they lean on each other during moments of trial, still others they antagonize one another. The group contains an even diversity of three white males and three white females. Friends' main recurring themes are sex, relationships, sexual relationships, and semantics.
2457 7.1 7.76. Grey's Anatomy (2005)
Like any successful manga, an ambitious hopeful enters an industry with a group of fellow ambitious hopefuls. As a medical show its advantages are things like pregnant men and stomach bombs. As a sitcom its advantages are things like people sleeping around and attempting to fall in love.
4454 7.7 8.67. Lost (2004)
A group of people who survive a plane crash are left on a tropical island to scrap for food. In addition to survival, the islanders spend their time fretting about who they like and don't like and trying to make sense of the supernatural after they've created the supernatural to make sense of the things they don't understand.
2270 7.4 98. Seinfeld (1989)
Jerry Seinfeld opens every episode with a standup skit before a lengthy bass guitar performance (which lasts the duration of the show) picks up. Characters are accused of both things they did and didn't do, and by show's end are met in court by both people whose dissatisfaction they were and weren't responsible for. Statistics show that the number of television series about nothing skyrocketed as a result of Seinfeld's popularity.
2165 6.4 6.99. Sex and the City (1998)
Four bachelorettes earn a living in the city setting in between conversation about sex, quests in the vein of finding sex, and having sex. Described in its promotion as "sexy", the series was an instant success.
4945 8.1 910. The Simpsons (1989)
The Simpsons centers around the title family, the Simpsons, and the Springfield community they're apart of. The show's key draw? Yellow people, and the cultural eccentricities they diss/embody.
430 5.4 6.811. Survivor (2000)
In order to prevent the taking of vacations, CBS made this show about what really happens beyond shores. People bicker and participate in competitions. Each season takes place on a different island or remote location, where a group of Americans prove through their actions that everywhere is the same.
304 5.6 6.412. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (UK version) (1998)
Regis Philbin hosts an alternate reality that amazingly impacts actual reality. With a formula as simple as answering questions one by one to win more and more money with only three lifelines, the guests are key to the anticipation. In other words, some have to win a lot of money and others have to win a little less.
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