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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?

Public broadcasting in the U.S. is divided into NPR for radio and PBS for TV. Both have been on the air for years and remain popular, amid recurring calls for government defunding. Here's why.

"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.

Although the NFL might seem particularly litigious, experts say the organization is just protecting itself from trademark infringement.

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?

Here's the math behind that stat, for all you cord cutters or would-be cord cutters.

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

Well, it depends on who else is showing commercials during the big game.

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!

The TV itself isn't the only thing that's changed over the last 65-plus years in the industry. Many things—some good, some, well, not so good—have contributed to America's obsession with the boob tube.

“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.

Cha-ching! Talk about cashing in. Most TV actors are well paid, and then there are these TV actors. Their comedies may have had us in stitches, but they were the ones laughing — all the way to the bank.

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.

Ever wonder how those crazy folks you watch on reality TV land on those shows? Are they related to the show's director or something? Nope. Reality TV producers use several methods to cast their shows.

It always happens. You, your mom, your neighbor and everybody else you know gets wrapped up in a new TV show, only to have the TV network cancel it. There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason as to which TV shows survive on air. Or is there?