Friends (1994-2004) is an American sitcom created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, which originally aired for ten seasons on NBC. It revolves around a circle of friends living in Manhattan, a borough of New York City. Kauffman and Crane began developing Friends under the title Insomnia Cafe between November and December 1993. Friends received positive reviews throughout its run, becoming one of the most popular sitcoms of all time. The series won numerous awards and was nominated for 63 Primetime Emmy Awards. A critical favourite, commercial success, and cultural phenomenon, the series made a large cultural impact, which still continues today. The series continues in syndication worldwide.
The Simpsons (1989-Present) is an American adult animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series is a satirical depiction of a middle class American lifestyle epitomized by its family of the same name, which consists of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie. The show is set in the fictional town of Springfield and parodies American culture, society, television, and many aspects of the human condition.
Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1997-2003) The series narrative follows Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar), the latest in a line of young women known as “Vampire Slayers” or simply “Slayers”. In the story, Slayers are “called” to battle against vampires, demons, and other forces of darkness. Buffy surrounds herself with a circle of loyal friends who become known as the “Scooby Gang”.
The Sopranos (1999-2007) is an American television series created by David Chase. Revolving around the fictional New Jersey-based Italian-American mobster Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini), the show portrays the difficulties he faces as he tries to balance the conflicting requirements of his home life and his criminal organization.
The West Wing (1999-2006) is an American serial political drama television series created by Aaron Sorkin that was originally broadcast on NBC. The series is set primarily in the West Wing of the White House, where the Oval Office and offices of presidential senior staff are located, during the fictional Democratic administration of Josiah Bartlet. The West Wing was produced by Warner Bros. Television.
Lost (2004-Present) is an American television series that originally aired on the American Broadcasting Company. Lost is a primarily character development based drama series containing elements of science fiction and the supernatural that follows the survivors of the crash of a commercial passenger jet flying between Sydney and Los Angeles, on a mysterious tropical island somewhere in the South Pacific Ocean. The story is told in a heavily serialized manner. Episodes typically feature a primary storyline on the island, as well as a secondary storyline from another point in a character’s life.
24 (2001-Present) Each 24-episode season covers 24 hours in the life of Bauer, using the real time method of narration. Bauer is the only character to have appeared in every episode of the series. The series begins with his working for the Los Angeles–based Counter Terrorist Unit, in which he is a highly-proficient agent with an “ends justify the means” approach, regardless of the perceived morality of some of his actions. Throughout the series most of the main plot elements unfold like a political thriller.
The Wire (2002-2008) Each season of The Wire introduces a different facet of the city of Baltimore. In chronological order they are: the illegal drug trade, the seaport system, the city government and bureaucracy, the school system, and the print news media. It’s about how institutions have an effect on individuals. Whether one is a cop, a longshoreman, a drug dealer, a politician, a judge or a lawyer, all are ultimately compromised and must contend with whatever institution to which they are committed.