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A Conversation With the Man Behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch

His name is Caroll Spinney, and he's been bringing these beloved 'Sesame Street' characters to life for nearly 50 years.

The Wild Back and Forth of Netflix's 'Wild Wild Country'

Netflix's hit docuseries has it all: cult leaders, sex, biowarfare and illegal wiretapping. The one thing it's missing: a happy ending.

King of the 'Hill Street': How Much Do You Know About TV Icon Steven Bochco?

Few people have had the impact of Steven Bochco, whose long-game storylines and gritty characters redefined TV dramas. Take our quiz to learn more about this famous small-screen writer and producer.

Were the Flintstones Neanderthals?

"The Flintstones" were a modern Stone-Age family, but were they early predecessors of Homo sapiens or Neanderthals?

Why Are Popular TV Shows Splitting Seasons?

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.

Why Comedians Name Their Characters and Shows After Themselves

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

How 'The Simpsons' Works

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

How 'Schoolhouse Rock!' Works

"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.

40 Years Later, Slim Goodbody Is Still Encouraging Kids to Make Healthy Choices

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

People Are Spending Two Months In Jail for a Reality Show

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

5 Things You Didn't Know About Mister Rogers

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

5 Things You Didn't Know About 'Sesame Street'

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

50 Years and Counting: 'Star Trek' Writers Explain Its Serious Staying Power

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.

10 Secrets of Filming Reality TV Shows

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?

Predicting the Next Death on 'Game of Thrones'

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

10 Most Fun TV Shows About Science

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!

10 Canceled TV Shows That Came Back

“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.

10 Spin-off TV Shows That Made It Big

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.

10 Cooking Shows That Changed the Way We Eat

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.

10 Surprisingly Canceled TV Shows

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.

10 of the Most Binge-watched TV Shows

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.

What is the longest-running TV show of all time?

"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.

Why are singing shows so popular?

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?

10 British TV Shows That Crossed the Pond

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.

10 TV Shows That Pushed the Limits of Censorship

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?


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