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When TV sets made their way into American homes in the 1940s, it marked a cultural transformation. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans spend more than half their leisure time watching television. So what have we been watching all these years?

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  • How Being A Reality Show Contestant Really Works

    How Being A Reality Show Contestant Really Works

    Many people want to be on today's popular reality shows but don't necessarily know what being a contestant entails. Ready for sleepless nights and "creative" editing? See more »

  • How do game shows work?

    How do game shows work?

    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? See more »

  • How do talk shows work?

    How do talk shows work?

    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. See more »

  • How the DHARMA Initiative Works

    How the DHARMA Initiative Works

    If you're a big fan of "LOST," you're probably full of theories about the DHARMA Initiative and its relationship to other elements of the show. Learn about the DHARMA Initiative, its history and what might be going on at its island research center. Warning: Spoilers within. See more »

  • How Unsolved History Works

    How Unsolved History Works

    What really happened at the Boston Massacre? Are the conspiracy theories about JFK's death even possible? See how the crew of "Unsolved History" gets to the bottom of some the lingering mysteries of our past. See more »

  • If Only 'Lost' Were Real -- Wait, Is It?

    If Only 'Lost' Were Real -- Wait, Is It?

    Is the line between fiction and reality getting fuzzier? During commercial breaks in episodes of the science-fiction drama "LOST," ABC ran advertisements for the Hanso Foundation, a fictional (or is it?) organization tied to the show’s plotline. See more »

  • Inside "Drive"

    Inside "Drive"

    In Hollywood shorthand, what "Lost" is to "Survivor," "Drive" is to the "Amazing Race," but with much higher stakes. Learn about this new series that follows a diverse group of people coerced into competing in a secret, illegal cross-country road race. See more »

  • Inside 'Battlestar Galactica'

    Inside 'Battlestar Galactica'

    Splashy, stylish and very expensive for 1978, Battlestar Galactica was TV's answer to Star Wars. In 2005, Galactica came back with a re-imagining of the highly popular original. Find out what the cast and crew had to say about it. See more »

  • Inside 'Deadliest Catch'

    Inside 'Deadliest Catch'

    Don't think the cameramen who film "Deadliest Catch" aren't as gritty and daring as the show's subjects. When 800-pound crab pots are swinging onto a tilting and slippery deck, there's no time to baby-sit the Hollywood rookie. See more »

  • Inside 'Heroes'

    Inside 'Heroes'

    "Heroes" got Americans -- and fans in nearly 150 countries -- hooked on the adventures of an indestructible cheerleader, a Japanese time-traveler and an exotic dancer with a very split personality. And that was just the first season. See more »

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