Watching your favorite TV shows get old can be an enlightening and nostalgic experience – but the only thing better than watching them get old is rewatching them when you’re older! It’s always interesting to watch a TV series from a different era, as it helps to take you back to that time and also helps to realize how far we’ve come since then. However, a lot of us tend to forget how old some of our favorite TV shows actually are. Join us now as we take a look back through the years to find some of the most popular TV shows and find out which of them are celebrating important anniversaries this year.
America’s Funniest Home Videos – 30 Years
Watching your favorite TV shows grow up is a bit like watching yourself grow up. TV shows can hold so many memories for us over our lives, and walking down memory lane is always fun.
While websites like Youtube have largely come to dominate the world of silly home-video antics, America’s Funniest Home Videos still holds a place on our TV screens every year – and is still funny! Although maybe best-known as Danny Tanner on Full House, Bob Saget also hosts this hilarious show.
Coach – 30 Years
For a long time, sports were largely viewed as just being games that people would watch, enjoy, and then forget about once the event was finished. Even after sports had started being televised, the program would be largely be forgotten after it was done.
However, when Coach came out, it reminded people that there was so much more to each and every game. It showed so much back-story and analysis after the game that after the series, sports debates and player profiling became the new norm!
Saved By The Bell – 30 Years
Having to find out what high school is like the hard way is painful, slow, and depressing. Anyone who’s been through high school will know that, which is why Saved By The Bell was such a successful series when it was first released.
The show stood out because it was a show that was seemingly created for kids dealing with high school level issues and wound up inspiring a whole flurry of knock-off series that were similar in style.
Buck Rogers – 40 Years
Buck Rogers was Star Trek before Star Trek had happened – and if you’re a fan of the sci-fi genre, then there’s a pretty good chance that you managed to see this when you were growing up.
If you haven’t, there’s no better time than now! While much of the technology, dialogue, and action sequences will seem notably dated by today’s standards, the style and retro-future visions of this series make it a worthwhile watch and something you should definitely add to your DVD collection.
The Dukes of Hazzard – 40 Years
Everyone under the sun is pretty familiar with The Dukes of Hazzard. This show stole the hearts and minds of millions at the peak of its success and became a helpful tool in allowing people in the South to represent themselves as something other than ‘rednecks.’
The show is 40 years old and is still loved by fans to this day! We suppose that it has something to do with the slow-motion, flying cars, and high-speed four-wheel fury that really got people addicted.
Hart to Hart – 40 Years
Hart to Hart was a funny and thrilling series that would often have you gripping the edge of your seat and then laughing cooly with comfortable relief.
The show is just over 40 years old today, and while you can tell that it hasn’t aged that well, the unique writing and concept are so great that they carry the show quite easily. If you’ve ever wondered where the original crime-fighting power-couple came from, Hart to Hart probably has something to do with it.
Doogie Howser, M.D. – 30 Years
Neil Patrick Harris has gone on to become one of the most prolific actors of our time and he has a strong and loyal fan base. As an actor, he really made a name for himself on TV shows like How I Met Your Mother, but he got his first real acting break on a show called Doogie Howser, M.D.
Most people are only really aware of it these days because of NPH’s career, but this is where the star started.
Life Goes On – 30 Years
This show was a definite hit among viewers during the ’90s when it became most popular. The show was centered around the life of the Thatcher Family who lived in suburban Chicago.
They dealt with many of the same issues most families would go through, except that the producers introduced the idea of a character with special needs into everyday family life. In many ways, this set the show apart from others at the time and it was seen as being very ahead of its time.
The Pink Panther – 50 Years
Anyone who watched cartoons as a youngster will know The Pink Panther. Even if you grew up well after the show was originally aired on TVs back in the ’60s, there’s a highly likely chance that you stumbled across this show some time in your life.
The show was adapted from the Peter Sellers classic film that featured a candy-floss colored cat in one of the opening scenes. The Panther was created to market to kids and became an overnight success!
Monty Python’s Flying Circus – 50 Years
There’s still nothing quite like the excitement you get when watching anything by the Monty Python crew these days. As far as comedy went, this rowdy group was one of the best in the business.
When watching the silliness of a show like Monty Python’s Flying Circus, you realize how ahead of their time they really were. The jokes are all still legitimately funny and watching only one episode is simply not an option as binge-watching them becomes an easy addiction!
Benson – 40 Years
Benson was a much-loved show that had originally been a spin-off of the show Soap. Soap featured Robert Guillaume as a butler working for an otherwise dysfunctional family.
However, in Benson, we see Guillaume take on a more central role throughout the series as he eventually becomes the Lieutenant Governor. The show went on to win Guillaume an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor for his role in the show. Benson was a well-timed comedy that dealt with racial issues in a funny and clever way.
The Facts Of Life – 40 Years
This show holds the title of being one of the longest-running TV shows of the ’80s and was centered around Edna Garrett as she moves on to become the house mother of an all-female boarding school.
The show was originally created as a spin-off of Diff’rent Strokes and was centered around dealing with largely female issues through a female cast, which made the series quite forward-thinking for the time. The show is over 40 years old already and has aged pretty well.
Marcus Welby, M.D. – 50 Years
Marcus Welby, M.D. was quite ahead of its time for a medical drama and went to great lengths to create some of the now-familiar medical drama cliches that we see on TV these days.
The show was centered around an elderly, more experienced, and experimental doctor, Dr. Welby, who treated a variety of patients for different ailments while being pitted up against his younger coworker, Dr. Kiley, who would follow more regular, straight-laced procedures. The show ran for seven seasons and even had a TV film.
Trapper John, M.D. – 40 Years
Trapper John, M.D. is a series that originally ran on air from 1979 until 1986. The show was a spin-off of the highly popular series M.A.S.H. which involved the day to day lives of army doctors working in the field.
However, Trapper John, M.D. was nearly as popular as the original series itself and found success on its own. The show was a top 30 hit for most of its run on TV and has garnered a loyal following since then.
Red Dwarf – 30 Years
Red Dwarf was a show that was largely only aired on British TV during the time of its main run. The show ran from 1988 until 1999 – a pretty good run for a show in the sci-fi genre.
The show largely revolved around a group of space adventurers and their misadventures in deep space. The Red Dwarf is actually a mining craft and Dave Lister, a low-ranking technician onboard the ship, has just become the last human alive. The show is hilariously funny and the characters were well thought out.
Beavis and Butthead – 25 Years
Beavis and Butthead featured one of the funniest and strangest duos that has graced our TV screens in years. Every week, millions of people would tune in to watch these two goofballs get themselves into some of the strangest situations and their weird, muffled laughs became cultural symbols for an entire generation.
The show originally had seven seasons and ran from 1993 until 1997 – making Beavis and Butthead 25 years old this year already! The show was often praised as much as it was criticized for its crude humor.
Sesame Street – 50 Years
There’s a good chance that you might have watched a few episodes of Sesame Street when you were growing up as a kid, and even if you didn’t, many of the characters are instantly recognizable.
The show was the first of its kind to include educational goals and be based off an actual curriculum, making it responsible for the birth of educational TV for children. Today, it’s watched by over 120 million people and broadcast to more than 140 countries.
Scooby-Doo! Where Are You? – 50 Years
Scooby-Doo has to be one of our favorite childhood characters and many generations have grown up with the lovable pooch and his mystery-solving friends over the years.
The show has been on the air since 1969, making it 50 years old this year – as old as many of the early viewers are by now! The show has been syndicated many times, turned into countless books, TV movies, movies, and merchandise. Scooby has become a cultural icon for multiple generations.
The Brady Bunch – 50 Years
The Brady Bunch is a TV show that has gone on to mark a distinctive period in American TV history. The show was reasonably popular at the time of its release, but became more popular in the years that followed.
The show was based on a family that was comprised of two sets of children from two different marriages who were brought together by their mom and dad’s new marriage. The show ran for five years from 1969 until 1974 – making it 50 years old this year!
Baywatch – 30 Years
Baywatch is a show that has become legendary for a number of reasons – but we think watching ripped men and women running down the beach in revealing swimwear might have something to do with it!
Even though the show has become incredibly famous today, in 1989, it was canceled after only one season when the public didn’t receive it very well. After being revived by David Hasselhoff, the show ran until 2001 and gained in popularity as a result. In recent years, a movie was released celebrating the series.
Quantum Leap – 30 Years
Quantum Leap is a show that many have regarded as being highly groundbreaking for TV due to the type of writing that it allowed for. The concept of the show follows a scientist, played by Scott Bakula, who jumps through time to replace specific people in history and correct historical mistakes.
What made it so revolutionary was that each episode could take place in a totally different time and setting, which kept the show feeling exciting, new and highly popular for over four years of air time!
The Simpsons – 30 Years
The Simpsons are one of TV’s most loved families – and they aren’t even real! As far as TV shows go, The Simpsons has lasted a lot longer than most others have, with 30 years of consistent airing since 1989.
The famous animated family has become famous the world over and they have been turned into everything from comic books and games to merchandise and a top-grossing feature-length film! The Simpsons has even won an Emmy for every year it’s been on the air!
Seinfeld – 30 Years
Seinfeld is one of those shows that only seems to have become more popular after being off the air for a such a long time, and watching it today is still as rewarding as watching back then.
It’s also one of the few shows on TV that managed to finish in the number one place on the ranking list – but only after finishing in the top two spots from 1994 until 1998. The show has amassed a cult following and has been aired successfully as re-runs since it finished.
Svengoolie – 49 Years
Svengoolie is a style of show that has been around since the early ’70s and was considered quite novel at the time. The concept of Svengoolie is one that is still popular with audiences today, which is probably why the show is still running.
It revolves around screening classic horror films with a host who makes jokes about the film before screening it or is just funny in general. The show is almost 50 years old this year and still seems like it’s going strong.
The X-Files – 25 Years
The X-Files is a sci-fi show that became hugely influential during its time on the air. The show follows special agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully as they investigate scary and spooky alien mysteries over the course of the show, which aired originally from 1993 until 2002.
The show had a highly successful run on TV and gained a cult following over its nine-year run. In more recent years, the show has been remade, syndicated, and produced in a feature-length format as well.