17 Shows That Changed TV

There's a lot of airtime out there. Not all shows are great. But here are some that broke the form

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A television circa 1970

TV changed everything: the way we eat, the way we socialize, the way we feel about "reality." And almost more than any other medium, TV is always changing itself, reflecting current tastes and redirecting current tastes. On TIME.com this week, I've assembled a list of All-TIME 100 TV shows. It's meant to be not just a list of the greatest TV shows (though greatness was the price of admission) but also a survey of what TV can do--what this influential medium is, has been and is becoming. Here are some of the shows that were instrumental in changing TV...

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