- In a historical move, Game of Thrones shocked its viewers by killing off their main character in the first episode, Baelor.
- Killing off main characters in TV shows wasn’t so easy back then. Producers were hesitant to pull the trigger on the popular characters, since they bring in all the eyeballs. M*A*S*H was among the first shows to give this up, by killing the Lieutenant Colonel Henry Blake in the episode Abyssinia/Henry.
Prettysleepy/Pixabay. Making the bad guy the main character is a new trend in TV shows.
- A popular trend viewed in TV shows lately is to make the bad guy their main character. Such shows have gained massive popularity, and the viewers have loved rooting for the bad guy in series such as Breaking Bad, Dexter and The Sopranos.
- Talking of The Sopranos, it was a highly influential show in many aspects. It glorified villains, blatantly showed violence, and forwarded the anti-hero agenda amongst TV shows.
- The first TV drama to air was The Queen’s Messenger. The show aired in September 1928, and its forty-minute episode was televised by General Electric’s Station,called WGY Television.
- One of the most popular American sitcoms, Seinfeld, has earned $3.1 billion since it first entered syndication in 1995.
- The cartoon Looney Tunes was created in direct competition with the popular Mickey Mouse cartoons. Another similar series followed its steps,with similar characters to the Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig and Daffy Duck.
- Frasier’s main character, played by Kelsey Grammer, made $1.3 million for each episode they played in.
- Survivor was one of the pioneers in American reality TV. The show laid the foundation for something America can never live without: reality TV shows.
- NBC’s popular show Cheers was a miss when it first debuted. It ranked 77 out of a 100 shows in the year it first aired, flopping massively in 1982.
luifaelgenio/Pixabay. Game of Thrones is the most pirated TV show in history.
- The most pirated TV show ever is the Game of Thrones.
- The first series revolving around superheroes was The Lone Ranger. After the success of superhero stories, more than hundred superhero stories were televised. Most superhero series are based on the famous comics by DC and Marvel.
nicolardeyer/Pixabay. The Mary Tyler Moore Show brought feminist issues to the front.
- An iconic show, depicting real issues of women, and brining feminist issues to the meainstream was The Mary Tyler Moore Show. It had reality-based stolines about a single woman looking to make it big in a profession dominated by men.
- The show Stranger Things’ season 3 attracted more than 41 million households to tune in to watch its first episode, as streamed on the OTT giant Netflix.