Television Shows, That Inspired Other Shows

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1.
Lost (2004 TV Series)
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The survivors of a plane crash are forced to work together in order to survive on a seemingly deserted tropical island. (44 mins.)
“ Many shows that followed were obviously inspired by Lost, like Surface, the Nine, Once Upon a Time, Terra Nova, Alcatraz for example. ” - jwoehr
 
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The X-Files (1993 TV Series)
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Two FBI agents, Fox Mulder the believer and Dana Scully the skeptic, investigate the strange and unexplained, while hidden forces work to impede their efforts. (45 mins.)
“ Supernatural, Grimm, Fringe followed. ” - jwoehr
 
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997 TV Series)
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A young woman is forced to fulfill her destiny of fighting vampires and demons with the help of her friends all the while struggling to live a normal teenage life of heart break and drama. (44 mins.)
“ Sorry Twilight, but this show inspired all those writers that gave us humans in love with vampires! Am sure Vampire Diaries wouldn't even be on now if this show wasn't on first. ” - jwoehr
 
4.
Alias (2001 TV Series)
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Sydney Bristow is an international spy recruited out of college and trained for espionage and self-defense. (42 mins.)
“ Am sure you can say Mission Impossible the show inspired Alias, but this series reawakened the spy genre on television. Look what followed, Chuck, The Undercovers, Covert Affairs.. ” - jwoehr
 
5.
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000 TV Series)
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An elite team of police forensic evidence investigation experts work their cases in Las Vegas. (60 mins.)
“ Many shows just like it followed. NCIS, Bones, Crossing Jordan ” - jwoehr
 
6.
Smallville (2001 TV Series)
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A young Clark Kent struggles to find his place in the world as he learns to harness his alien powers for good and deals with the typical troubles of teenage life in Smallville, Kansas. (60 mins.)
“ Follwed by Birds of Prey, Heroes and the Cape. ” - jwoehr
 
7.
Miami Vice (1984 TV Series)
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Resplendent with authentic 1980's music, fashion and vibe, "Miami Vice" follows two undercover detectives and their extended team through the mean streets of Miami. (48 mins.)
“ Inspired Lethal Weapon? If not, it was the start of gritty buddy cop shows and obviously inspired FastLane. ” - jwoehr
 
8.
The Simpsons (1989 TV Series)
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The satiric adventures of a working-class family in the misfit city of Springfield. (22 mins.)
“ Dude, would be no Family Guy if this show wasn't around first. Who knows if South Park would even be around or Beavis and Butthead. ” - jwoehr
 
9.
Batman: The Animated Series (1992 TV Series)
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The Dark Knight battles crime in Gotham City with occasional help from Robin and Batgirl. (23 mins.)
“ Set the tone for a lot of cartoon shows in the 90's. ” - jwoehr
 
10.
The Smurfs (1981 TV Series)
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The Smurfs are little blue creatures that live in mushroom houses in a forest inhabited mainly by their own kind. The smurfs average daily routine is attempting to avoid Gargomel, an evil man who wants to kill our little blue friends. (30 mins.)
“ Followed by Gummi Bears, the Snorks and other similar series. ” - jwoehr
 
11.
Married with Children (1987 TV Series)
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Al Bundy is a misanthropic women's shoe salesman with a miserable life. He hates his job, his wife is lazy, his son is dysfunctional (especially with women), and his daughter is dim-witted and promiscuous. (22 mins.)
“ How many shows were inspired by this disfunctional family? Too many to list. ” - jwoehr
 
12.
American Idol (2002 TV Series)
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Twelve finalists and/or future singers (six men and six women) who were selected from America, compete... (42 mins.)
“ Inspired all those song and dance shows...I don't watch! ” - jwoehr
 
13.
24 (2001 TV Series)
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Jack Bauer, Director of Field Ops for the Counter-Terrorist Unit of Los Angeles, races against the clock to subvert terrorist plots and save his nation from ultimate disaster. (44 mins.)
 
14.
Sesame Street (1969 TV Series)
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On a special inner city street, the inhabitants, both human and puppet, teach preschool subjects with comedy, cartoons, games and songs. (55 mins.)
 
15.
I Love Lucy (1951 TV Series)
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A daffy woman constantly strives to become a star along with her bandleader husband and gets herself in the strangest situations. (30 mins.)
 
16.
Gunsmoke (1955 TV Series)
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Marshal Matt Dillon keeps the peace in the rough and tumble Dodge City. (60 mins.)
 
17.
All in the Family (1971 TV Series)
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A working class bigot constantly squabbles with his family over the important issues of the day. (30 mins.)
 
18.
Saturday Night Live (1975 TV Series)
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A famous guest host stars in parodies and sketches created by the cast of this witty show. (90 mins.)
 
19.
Seinfeld (1989 TV Series)
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The continuing misadventures of neurotic New York stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld and his equally neurotic New York friends. (22 mins.)
 
20.
The Sopranos (1999 TV Series)
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New Jersey mob boss, Tony Soprano, deals with personal and professional issues in his home and business life, which affects his mental state and ends up seeking professional psychiatric counseling. (55 mins.)