TV Shows

From talk shows and game shows to reality TV and modern-day classics, explore interesting facts about TV shows.


There are strategic reasons writers and creators of huge TV shows like 'Breaking Bad' and 'Game of Thrones' are splitting their seasons into two, shorter segments.

Do producers of shows like "Seinfeld" and "Louie" think comedians wouldn't respond to different names? Or that the audience wouldn't?

"The Simpsons" is famed for its biting humor and lovable, eccentric characters. But what makes the record-setting show so special?

"Schoolhouse Rock" was never just a cartoon. It taught kids of the '70s and '80s about everything from American history and multiplication to grammar and science, without them really knowing it.

Decades after his run on "Captain Kangaroo," the self-described health crusader is still on the mission to educate children about the human body.

There's no big money prize (or any prize) waiting for those who stick it out. So, what motivates them?

Can you say, "amazing"? Here are five facts about the real Mister Rogers that may surprise you.

This well-loved children's show was more controversial than you might think.

David Gerrold and D.C. Fontana, two writers responsible for some of your favorite pieces of "Star Trek," talk about why the series is still beloved by so many.

We know that there's a lot of fakeness in so-called reality shows. But do you know the lengths some of the producers go to get the results they want?

"Game of Thrones" fans, beware spoilers — a new computer program predicts the death of the show's characters.

Who says science can't be fun? Not the hosts and crews behind these captivating shows. These programs are engaging, funny, entertaining, even silly — and you might actually learn something while you watch!

“Canceled.” The worst word the crew of a TV show can hear. The best words? “We're giving your show a second chance.” And a second shot is exactly what these shows all got—some for just one more season, others for many more.

Spin-offs can make it big (hello, "Frasier"). Sometimes they don't (we loved you on "Friends," "Joey"). These 10 were huge—sometimes bigger than the original show.

TV influences the clothes we wear, the music we listen to, the cars we buy—even the way we choose to meet our future spouses. So it's not too much of a stretch to think that TV can change the way we eat.

Did you know the original "Star Trek" was canceled after just three seasons? In fact, there's no shortage of other popular TV shows that got similar treatment and were nixed by their networks, despite fan loyalty and sometimes super-high ratings.

Slowly put down the remote control, and back away from the TV. Walter White will still be there when you get back. If this sounds like you, don't worry: 91 percent of people binge-watch their favorite shows. And these are some of the best for it.

"Gunsmoke." "Law & Order." "The Simpsons." All of them long-running TV classics, which makes you wonder: Which TV show had the longest run in television history? The answer may surprise you.

Sure, we all feel like stars singing in the shower or into a hairbrush in the bedroom. But most of us don't feel confident enough in our vocal abilities to pursue our musical dreams. Is that why we live vicariously through singing competitions?

American television networks have adapted British shows left and right. But a number of original British programs – er, make that programmes – have become hits with U.S. audiences, no translation necessary.

What was once considered obscene and indecent on television is laughable by today's standards. But shows have pushed boundaries as long as there's been TV. Which have given the FCC and network censors the most stress?

Must be a lot of fun to be on a TV game show, getting all of that attention (and not to mention all of those cool prizes!). What really goes on behind the scenes of your favorite game shows?

From highbrow content (politics, literature) to more unrefined fare (paternity tests, cheating spouses), talk shows have been on the tube for as long as there has been television.

Whipping up a four-course meal looks so easy when one of those TV chefs does it. But in reality, it takes a small army of chefs, producers and technical wizards to pull off cooking shows.

"Seinfeld" will forever be known as the best "show about nothing." But is it also an homage to Superman?