What Are Some of the Most Popular Television Shows of the 20th Century?


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Some of the most popular shows of the 20th century include "I Love Lucy," "The Cosby Show" and "Seinfeld." Other popular shows of this era include "The Simpsons," "The Twilight Zone" and "60 Minutes."

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Many of the most popular shows of the 20th century are sitcoms. The genre was incredibly popular during the early years of television in the 1950s, with enduring successes such as "I Love Lucy" and "The Honeymooners." These influence of these shows led to other popular sitcoms in the 1970s and 80s, such as "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "All in the Family" and "The Cosby Show." "Seinfeld" and "The Simpsons," two of the most popular sitcoms of all time, began airing in the 1990s, with the latter still on the air as of 2015.

In addition to sitcoms, a wide variety of shows were popular during the 20th century. Though science fiction shows weren't common, some, such as "The Twilight Zone" and "Star Trek," proved incredibly popular. News programs, such as "Meet the Press" and "60 Minutes," were incredibly popular, and are still airing. The 20th century also featured popular variety and talk shows, such as "Saturday Night Live," "The Tonight Show" and "The Late Show with David Letterman."

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