Favorite & Formative TV shows

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    Game of Thrones
    It breaks all the rules and creates, within the chaos of the separate storylines, a fully formed world.
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    There has never been a show of this immensely popular scale. Such a beloved cultural phenomenon will never happen again.
  3. 3.
    The Office
    It transcends the original and introduced a new type of humor to the US. In the early 2000s. Which is not that long ago.
  4. 4.
    Gilmore Girls
    Watch it 10+ years later in its entirety and marvel at how well it holds up. This is how people talk, fight, and only partially make up.
  5. 5.
    Broad City
    What you see is what you get. It's sneak-attack feminism at its funniest.
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    The first mainstream TV show to break rules. On network prime time, no less. Not perfect, but ahead of its time. This paved the way for thrillers and mysteries as we know them. Probably the last, truly revolutionary network TV show we'll ever see.
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    The first time we've seen real-life actors do animated-character things on a mainstream level. Incredibly wacky and weird and yet realistically poignant in its serious moments. An early example of a TV show with a fantastic soundtrack.
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    Late Night with Conan O'Brien
    This introduced to me a totally new sense of humor; witty, silly, sardonic and yet ultimately not negative. Conan O'Brien is more influential than we give him credit for, and it's not because of the Tonight Show debacle.
  9. 9.
    Black Mirror
    The modern day Twilight Zone that tackles our relationship with technology and fearlessly goes to its darkest depths.
  10. 10.
    Arrested Development
    The show that was meant to be binge-watched before it was possible to binge watch. You won't like it if you watch one episode and walk away. But you'll love it if you watch three in a row.
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    Adventure Time
    Imagination at its most brilliant. And the most positive show you'll ever see.
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    Strangers with Candy
    This pre-dates Scrubs and Broad City. Amy Sedaris is repulsive, cringeworthy and unlikeable... yet totally lovable. Far ahead of its time.
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    Friday Night Lights
    The best TV parents in history.