18 TV Icons New Shows Can’t Even Touch, No Matter How Hard They Try

Throughout the vast sea of television history, certain shows have sailed smoothly through decades and weathered the storm of changing tastes. These shows continue to capture hearts, no matter the era or kind of technology people are watching them on! Let’s take a look at 18 TV classics that keep us coming back for more.


“I Love Lucy”

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In a world of reality TV and high-stakes dramas, “I Love Lucy” remains a breath of fresh air. Lucille Ball’s impeccable timing and expressive face have left audiences in stitches since the 1950s. The show’s pioneering approach to sitcom production and its fearless ability to tackle then-taboo topics made it the benchmark for all sitcoms to follow.


“The Twilight Zone”

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Rod Serling’s “The Twilight Zone” takes you on a rollercoaster ride through the peculiar and the profound. This anthology series, mixing science fiction with social commentary, has a way of making you question reality while sitting on the edge of your seat. Its timeless themes of humanity, ethics, and the unknown are as relevant today as they were at its creation.



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Set in a cozy Boston bar “where everybody knows your name,” “Cheers” is the perfect hangout show. Its cast of lovable yet flawed characters feels like old friends, making each episode a comforting return to a familiar place. The show’s humor and heartwarming moments have made it the ultimate example of feel-good television.



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Seinfeld, AKA “a show about nothing,” turned everyday mundanity into comedic gold. Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer’s misadventures in New York City laid the groundwork for modern sitcoms. You don’t need grand plots to make great TV – all you need is clever writing and memorable catchphrases. No soup for you!


“The Simpsons”

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America’s favorite yellow family, “The Simpsons,” has been satirizing everything from pop culture to politics since the late ’80s. Its huge cast of characters and sharp humor make it a show that can be watched and rewatched. Sure, some people think the newer episodes aren’t as funny as the old ones, but they’re still comedy gold!



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Six friends navigating life and love in New York City turned “Friends” into a global phenomenon. Its blend of humor and relatable characters created a blueprint for future ensemble sitcoms. The cast clearly has strong chemistry with each other, while the show’s sense of nostalgia makes it a comfort show for many.


“The Office” (US)

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A mockumentary about the day-to-day operations of the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company, “The Office” combines cringe-worthy moments with endearing character development. Its unique format and iconic quotes have inspired countless memes and gifs. Even on social media, its humor is still very much alive! 


“Star Trek: The Original Series”

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Boldly going where no show had gone before, “Star Trek: The Original Series” introduced viewers to the final frontier. Its optimistic vision of the future, along with themes of exploration and diversity, has inspired generations of fans and creators alike. It’s one of the best sci-fi stories out there in any medium. 



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A mobile army surgical hospital during the Korean War doesn’t sound like the best setting for a comedy, but “MAS*H” did it really well! The show explored the absurdities of war and the resilience of the human spirit in a way that made it a timeless classic. The series finale remains one of the most-watched television events in history!


“The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”

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Let’s face it – the song alone is enough to put “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” on this list! Will Smith’s journey from the streets of Philadelphia to the mansions of Bel-Air delivered laughs along with serious discussions on race and class. Even to this day, the Carlton dance remains as iconic as ever!


“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”

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Joss Whedon’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” combined monster-of-the-week episodes with serious character-driven story arcs. Buffy and her friends’ battles against the supernatural are some of the best on TV. It’s clear to see how the show inspired all the supernatural shows that followed, including “The Vampire Diaries“ and “Teen Wolf.”


“Doctor Who”

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With its ability to regenerate its lead character and reinvent itself across decades, “Doctor Who” has taken viewers on time-traveling adventures since the 1960s. Its imaginative stories and iconic villains like the Daleks have made it a staple of British television and a beloved series worldwide. The newest episodes have some of the strongest viewing figures out there, even 60 years later!


“The West Wing”

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Imagine if the White House ran on witty banter and a caffeine high. That’s “The West Wing” for you! In this hit show, Aaron Sorkin created a political dream world where the good guys can actually win (sometimes). With its sharp script and tense storylines, the series pulls back the curtain on the Oval Office in a fascinating way.


“Arrested Development”

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“Arrested Development” takes family dysfunction to Olympic levels, and the Bluths show you exactly how not to handle things! Even on a rewatch, you’ll find new gags hidden underneath the absurdity of it all. Michael trying to save his family from themselves is the endless task we never knew we needed to see.


“The Golden Girls”

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Who knew retirement could be this fun? In “The Golden Girls,” Blanche, Dorothy, Rose, and Sophia are the Miami roommates serving up life lessons with side-splitting zingers. Life doesn’t fade after 50 – it gets louder, bolder, and more fabulous. Their friendship and wit defy def any ageist stereotype. If you thought your grandma’s stories were cool, wait till you meet these ladies!


“The Wire”

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“The Wire” is a raw and unfiltered look at the relationship between the city’s institutions and its streets. It shows the blurring of the line between good and bad in a seriously all-too-real way. The storytelling is so believable that you’ll feel like you’re part of the precinct—or the corner. Its legacy is still going strong today!



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Brace your brain for a workout because “Sherlock” turns London into a giant chessboard, with Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock always five moves ahead. It’s filled with plot twists and enchanting characters that’ll have you second-guessing every move. Fasten your seatbelts – it’s going to be a bumpy night.


“Parks and Recreation”

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Welcome to Pawnee, Indiana, where the parks are green, and the government is…well, trying its best. “Parks and Recreation” is a heartwarming TV show that’s a tribute to the power of optimism and community. If laughter is the best medicine, Pawnee’s Parks Department is running a pharmacy.

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William Tyler

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William Tyler is a prolific movie writer hailing from the vibrant state of Florida. Growing up amidst the lush landscapes and diverse communities of the Sunshine State, Tyler developed a deep appreciation for storytelling from an early age. With a knack for crafting captivating narratives and memorable characters, Tyler’s screenplays captivate audiences with their blend of heart, humor, and insight. Drawing inspiration from the unique experiences and colorful personalities he encountered in Florida, his work reflects a deep connection to the region’s culture and identity.

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