The Cosby Show? Seinfeld? The Simpsons? Twitter Chooses the Most Influential TV Show Ever

By Chris Heller

In our June issue, we asked a panel of TV show runners, actors, and executives to pick the most influential show in TV history. Their answers varied from comedy classics (All In The Family) and contemporary cartoons (The Simpsons) to newsmakers (Walter Cronkite's "we are mired in stalemate" Vietnam broadcast) and cultural juggernauts (Saturday Night Live).

We posed the question to Twitter, too. This is a small collection of the best answers we saw.

NPR host Scott Simon (and many more) looked back to the early days of television.

Some considered how television affected their lives.

While others celebrated recent revolutionary ideas on the small-screen.

We even saw a few suggestions based on financial influence.

But naturally, nothing beats a classic.

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