Day by day the entertainment industry is becoming better and better in terms of scripts, direction, acting and composition and as is increasing the viewer’s love towards movies and TV shows. With new writers these TV shows are being made more creatively and with growing number of seasons they are increasingly becoming a part of our life and when they end they also take with them a part of us but in our memory we can never forget these shows and their characters. So let us take a look back at some of them.
10. Boston Legal (2004 – 2008)
Boston Legal was a crime drama comedy which seemed to me rather odd genre, I mean crime and comedy! but the show was brilliantly made and the court room drama scenes were impeccably written and delivered. The show ran for four years delivering five great seasons of drama comedy which were about an attorney who works for a powerful firm and remarkably starts winning cases that no one else was even willing to take, mostly by using dishonest methods which makes him an enemy in the eyes of a colleague.
The show won four primetime emmy awards, two for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, one Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series and one Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series and one golden globe award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.
9. 30 Rock (2006 – 2013)
The name 30 Rock is actually a short form for the name of studio where the shooting of this show took place which is 30 Rockefeller Plaza. 30 Rock is a comedy show about head writer of the comedy show who has an egoistic star to control, an arrogant new boss, handle her own personal life and above all successfully run a TV show, all of which together creates a series of funny situations. All the episodes were produced in a single-camera setup in New York. The show ran successfully achieving great critical acclaims and grabbing many industry awards and was nominated for 22 Emmy Awards which is the highest in a single year for a comedy series but despite all this this show had to struggle for the ratings throughout its run.
8. Heroes (2006 – 2010)
It’s a sci-fi drama thriller which tells the story of normal people who discover their superhuman abilities and the storytelling is done remarkably like that it is done in comic books. Shooting took place in Los Angeles, California for complete four seasons out of which the first season that comprised of 23 episodes had the highest appeal with 14.3 million viewers in the United States alone. The second season had about 13 million viewers and ratings kept on falling as the show continued. Though in the meantime it earned a number of awards and nominations, including Primetime Emmy Awards, Golden Globes, People’s Choice Awards and British Academy Television Awards and the show gave rise to an online extension Heroes 360 Experience and its media include magazines, action figures, tie-in and interactive websites, a mobile game, a novel, clothing and other merchandise.
7. Arrested Development (2003 – 2013)
A pure comedy show about a spoiled dysfunctional family which loses all its wealth and now are pretty much broke, the head of the family has been imprisoned and the main character, Michael Bluth is trying to take family responsibilities whose job is made unbearable by rest of the family.
The show originally aired on Fox and spanned for three seasons till 2006 but due to its popular demand the fourth season was made in 2013 and aired on Netfix. The show received a great critical response and won award including six Emmy Awards and one Golden Globe and it even had a cult following. In 2007, Time listed it among the magazine’s “All-TIME 100 TV Shows” and it still stands proudly among the list of top 10 tv shows on IMDB.
6. That 70’s Show (1998 – 2006)
Sometimes regarded as the ‘friends on teen generation’ is a romantic comedy sitcom which is about a group of teenage friends and their mishaps in 70’s period. The show ran for eight consecutive seasons, and concluded with its 200th episode. The teenage cast included biggies of today like Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher.
Initially the show criticized social issues that prevailed in the 70s like feminism, sexual discrimination, generational conflict, 70s recession and teenage drug use. The series also highlighted developments in the entertainment industry. The second season focused less on the socio-political aspects and came up with a more dramatic storyline and later on storyline was presented more comically and less dramatically.
5. Seinfeld (1989 – 1998)
A Tv sitcom about the life of a struggling stand-up comedian and his friends in New York who are going through everyday life, discussing various common funny situations that we can all relate to. Seinfeld was created by Jerry Seinfeld the comedian himself who starred in the show, with main characters being his best friend George Costanza, his ex girlfriend Elaine Benes and his neighbor Cosmo Kramer. The show was commercially very successful and became a cultural phenomenon, its sixth and ninth seasons finished among the top two rated seasons for year 1994 and 1998. A TV Guide even said that Seinfeld is the greatest television program of all time, the Writers Guild of America named Seinfeld as #2 Best Written TV Series of All Time and Entertainment Weekly named it the 3rd best TV series of all time.
4. The Wire (2002 – 2008)
Broadcasted by cable network HBO, spanning for five seasons which comprised of 60 episodes, The Wire was a crime drama thriller and was based on the illegal drug trade, the sea port system, the city government and bureaucracy, the school system, and the print news media all seen through the eyes of drug dealers, and law enforcement. Set in Baltimore the show was written by former police reporter David Simon.
Though it never won any major television awards and received some fair ratings, still the show is described by its fans and some critics as one of the greatest TV dramas of all time and also it maintains a 9.4 rating on IMDB which makes it the fourth highest rated TV series on IMDb.
3. Lost (2004 – 2010)
The story of 48 survivors of a mysterious plane crash flying between Sydney and Los Angeles who are forced to live with each other on an unknown remote island in the pacific and later on discover that everyone is connected with each other in some way and that everyone has a purpose on the island and to either live or to die.
Due to its large cast and the cost of filming in Hawaii the series was one of the most expensive on television. The first season received an average of 15.69 million viewers and was consistently ranked by critics on their lists of top ten series of all time. During its run it received many awards, including Emmy Award, British Academy Television Awards, Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
2. Prison Break (2005 – 2009)
Political conspiracy leads an innocent man to imprisonment with a death sentence, but his brother who is a Structural Engineer deliberately gets himself arrested in the same place in order to save his brother by breaking out of the prison. The series is still a rage among people from all over the world and even after ending four years ago many people by watching fake trailers still believe there is more to come, well even I do wish for another season but there are no plans for it right now.
Prison Break won the 2006 People’s Choice Award and was nominated for the 2005 Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series Drama. The series’ theme music was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in 2006.
1. Friends (1994 – 2004)
Friends was a show about six normal friends struggling with their common problems in life to which anyone would connect very easily. It’s not easy to describe this legendary show, I mean words of all the languages fall short to describe the magic it casted on its viewers making them spellbound with their eyes glued to the screen trying not to miss a single scene. The show had great social impact and achieved a cult status. Friends was one of the most popular sitcoms of all time. The series won several awards and was nominated for 63 Primetime Emmy Awards. Many critics say that it was one of the finest shows in television history. The series finale, was watched by 51.1 million American viewers, making it the fourth most watched series finale and the most watched episode of the decade.