Some of the most famous TV shows include “The Simpsons,” “Seinfeld” and “The Sopranos.” Acclaimed by critics and adored by fans, these shows rank as some of the most popular and most influential in television.
Infinitely imitated and endlessly referenced, Matt Groening’s “The Simpsons” grew from a family cartoon into one of the sharpest, most wide-ranging pieces of modern satire on television, encompassing a cast of hundreds and taking on topics as diverse as entertainment, politics, religion and immigration. One of the longest-running TV series of all time, the show has remained a cultural touchstone in spite of the critical dismissal of many later seasons.
“Seinfeld” was another landmark 1990s sitcom that reimagined the sitcom format. Writer Larry David and comedian Jerry Seinfeld’s “show about nothing” ending up being a show about everything, skewing the mundane details of everyday life and human interaction. From arguing over parking spaces to faking orgasms, the show’s iconic characters navigated a world that was both comically absurd and endlessly relatable.
HBO’s mob drama “The Sopranos” signaled a sea change in the world of television, ushering in the era of the prestige serial drama. A panoramic family saga that compelled viewers to sympathize with a ruthless, murderous mobster, “The Sopranos” brought a new level of sophistication and complexity to television, opening the doors for critical darlings such as “The Wire,” “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad.”