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.
Most Influential TV show? #BigQuestion Lucy invented sit-com. JFK assassination coverage invented living history through TV-- Scott Simon (@nprscottsimon) May 23, 2013
Answer has to be Twilight Zone: revolutionized TV writing and inspired a generation of scientific exploration and scifi writers #BigQuestion-- Gregory Winger (@ghwinger) May 23, 2013
Most influential TV show lasted 1 ep: Nixon's Checkers speech. Saves him on Ike's ticket, changes next 20 years #bigquestion-- Justin Miller (@justinjm1) May 23, 2013
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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