After a long day of hard work there is nothing more soothing than a delicious family dinner and dessert eaten in front of the TV. With your feet up, a cozy armchair and your favorite TV show on, the relaxing cocktail is complete, and you can finally sigh with content. Indeed, many of today’s modern families prefer spending their free evening hours in front of the TV, and they even call it their “favorite leisure activity”. But when you think about it though, those people pulling the strings for higher and higher TV ratings probably love it more than those at home. For them, higher TV ratings don’t just mean they are crushing the competition; they fulfill every TV producer’s artistic dream of having a real flair for finding the best shows ever directed. Some of the best rated TV shows of all time will be briefly presented merely in order to recollect just how much they spiced up our childhood years or flavored our adult free time.
One of the most known and loved TV shows ever that first aired in 1966 on NBC is Star Trek, also later known as Star Trek: The Original Series. The original idea for the show belongs to Gene Roddenberry who claimed that he was inspired by a popular Western series of that time entitled “Wagon Train to the Stars”. Privately, Roddenberry told his friends that the Start Trek idea actually came to him after reading Jonathan Swift’s “Gulliver’s Travels”. Each episode that he created served to the public a double layered science fiction show that ultimately gained ground as both an adventure story and a morality tale. Following the lives of humans and aliens who enrolled and work for the so-called Starfleet – a peacekeeping armada of the United Federations of Planets – the TV show allegorically addresses political and cultural issues of the 1960’s. Some of the most common themes Roddenberry approached are: war and peace, racial and sexual discrimination, religion, economics and social organization forms (authoritarianism, imperialism). In many ways, it is fair to say that he supported, encouraged and actively militated for the emerging youth movements of the 1960’s which were defending human rights and fighting for a righteous society. Even Gene Roddenberry himself admits it: “[…] a new world with new rules, I could make statements about sex, religion, Vietnam, politics, and intercontinental missiles. Indeed, we did make them on Star Trek: we were sending messages and fortunately they all got by the network.”
Seinfeld is the most famous American sitcom produced in the 1990’s that aired on NBC. Actually, in support of this allegation, TV Guide’s “50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time” list published in 2002 officially named Seinfeld “the greatest television program of all time”. To get an idea of the competition Seinfeld was up against in this race, the top ten also included “The Sopranos”, “Saturday Night Live”, “Late Show with David Letterman”, and “60 Minutes”. The sitcom was created by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, the latter also starring as himself. Several critics agree that the philosophy behind the hilarious Seinfeld episodes is based on nihilism and absurdism. Thus, its characters are portrayed as making constant efforts to find meaning in life and ultimately failing, or as they deny that life has any value at all, while hope, love, intimacy, compassion and other aspects of the human condition are overly mocked or comically treated as inadequate.
One of the top-rated American serial dramas of the 1990’s was Twin Peaks – a TV show that aired its 2 seasons on ABC. Created, directed and produced by world renowned filmmaker David Lynch and his collaborator Mark Frost, Twin Peaks illustrated and conveyed some of Lynch’s favorite themes and leitmotivs. With an almost surrealist atmosphere, the show disturbs and intrigues the audience while luring its attention further into the intricate story of the murder of popular teenager Laura Palmer. Twin Peaks features elements from the horror movie genre, but stands out with the “show-in-a-show” narrative technique randomly applied; the bizarre double lives its characters are revealed to lead adds to the quirkiness of their portrayal. Overall, the show’s outline is marked by the “Lynchian” weird humor and sense of morality.
The 90’s was one of the best decades in television. It wasn’t common to switch the channel and find a vampire or a werewolf on the screen. Everything was different back then, from the color quality to the humor. Read on to find out what made the 90’s a great decade for the entertainment industry.
“Boy Meets World” started airing in 1993. It followed the life of Cory Matthews, an eleven year old boy in Philadelphia. The last episode aired in 2000, so you can imagine just how many real life issues were discussed on the television show, especially for viewers who were the same age as the characters. What makes this TV show special is the values it taught not just for the younger fans but for all the fans in general. It was one of those shows that the whole family could enjoy.
“Full House” aired from 1987 to 1995. It was a big hit in 90’s. It was one of those shows where we would just sing along to the opening credits. I bet a lot of you still remembers the song. The best part about the show is that we could all relate to the characters somehow. It’s been close to two decades since the show last aired, but the Tanner family is probably still one of America’s best known TV families.
“The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” has one of the most catchy theme songs ever written for any television show. The song was performed by Will Smith himself, who was the main character on the show. The series was not as family oriented and child friendly as the first two shows on this list, but it was a great comedy for teenagers and older audiences. It shows how people of different backgrounds relate to one another.
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“Early Edition” aired from 1996 to 2000. What made this TV program so unique was its concept. It was about a man who received a copy of the newspaper Chicago Sun-Times a day in advance, every single day. This meant he knew all the big things that were to happen before they even happened. They certainly don’t make fantasy drama like this anymore.
“Dawson’s Creek” was what high school students of the 90’s used to watch. It didn’t air until the later part of the decade, and it ran until 2003, but it was in 1998 and 1999 when it had its most dedicated viewers. The TV show centered on the lives of friends who helped each other overcome different challenges. Unlike the common TV drama shows today, this show was set in a small town, which made the characters feel familiar to a lot of the fans.
The first season of “All That” aired in 1994 but in ran until 2005. “All That” was a variety show that catered to younger audiences. The sketches were quite short and the humor was wholesome. Unlike other sketch comedy variety shows, this was the kind of program that you could watch with your children.
“Melrose Place” showed what life was like for young adults in the 90’s. The plot was a bit on the heavy side, so it wasn’t something that the really young children could have enjoyed. However it was one of the TV shows that defined the 1990’s. It showed different people from different walks of life and how they dealt with situations that were familiar to the viewers. The series ran from 1992 to 1999.
A lot of us grew up watching “Beverly Hills 90210”. The show ran from 1990 to 2000. It followed a group of wealthy students from high school until college. What made a lot of people love the show was how realistic the issues were. Even if not all American teenagers could actually afford the characters’ lifestyles, the problems that they faced were certainly ones that we could all see ourselves going through.
“3rd Rock From The Sun” was a sitcom about aliens who went to planet Earth to observe human behavior. To fit in, they posed as a family of four. It was a fun show with just the right kind of humor. The characters were quite lovable, and it was interesting how they really tried to adapt to life on Earth no matter how different our habits were from theirs. It aired from 1996 to 2001.
The sitcom “Friends” wasn’t just the best series of the 90’s. It’s also probably the best TV show of all time. The characters had such different personalities that just gave them so much chemistry. That probably also contributed to the show’s humor. To this day, it’s still one of the funniest TV shows ever. There was also just enough drama and romance in the series to balance it out. The series ran from 1994 to 2004.
We all know what a good TV show does to us. Our eyes get glued to the screen, our bottoms stick to the couch, and our ears start to tune out every sound in the room that’s not coming from the speakers. It doesn’t help that there are so many lovable men on screen these days! So to satisfy your craving, here are six of TV’s sexiest, most charming male characters.
He sometimes goes by different aliases but to us he needs no introduction. He’s Barney Stinson, and he’s our favorite womanizer. Barney is famous for always wearing a coat and tie. He loves the females as much as the show’s female fans love him. He’s opinionated, manipulative, witty, and attractive. It’s a lethal combination and we love it. And just when we thought we knew everything there was to know about him, he got engaged to a stripper named Quinn. Barney never fails to surprise us but we love him just the same. Catch Neil Patrick Harris (playing Barney Stinson) in “How I Met Your Mother.”
Many girls who were once addicted to wizards and vampires are now women who are hooked on kings and warriors. “Game of Thrones” is a TV series that we all love. We’re sure you already know Jon Snow as Lord Eddard Stark’s bastard. And we’re sure that you swoon whenever you watch him fighting with a sword or just being his sexy self on the small screen. If you don’t know him yet, he’s portrayed by Kit Harington. You won’t miss his dark locks and expressive eyes! We warn you, though. You might not be able to pay much attention to anyone else on the show when he’s on.
A man who can defend himself is sexy. A man who can defend himself and others is even sexier. Harvey Specter is a senior partner at Pearson Hardman. He’s handsome, competitive, and fierce. Because he’s a talented lawyer and he knows it, he’s respected by many but is not really easy to like. Female viewers, however, love his personality. You must also love him for being such a great mentor to Mike, his associate at the firm. Gabriel Macht stars as Harvey Specter in the TV show “Suits.”
The word “bazinga” probably doesn’t make sense to you if you haven’t already met TV’s favorite geek. Sheldon Cooper is the average man. He became Sheldon Cooper, Ph.D. at the age of 16 and is popular for being sarcastic and extremely hygienic. He’s also a great prankster and he can’t part with his comic books…okay so maybe he’s not so average after all. But we love him because of that! Jim Parsons portrays Sheldon Cooper, B.S., M.S., M.A., Ph.D., Sc.D. Watch him and his equally intelligent friends as they live their lives on “The Big Bang Theory.”
When it comes to men – there’s boyfriend material, and then there’s boy-friend material. Nick, played by Jake Johnson, is irresistible to the female population because he’s smart and he can take care of himself, or at least try. We find that cute, don’t we? He’s an all-around nice guy, and he attracts female viewers because he’s the boy-next-door type (literally and figuratively). Catch him and his roommates Jessica, Schmidt, and Winston in “New Girl”.
Who doesn’t love a strong man? Dean Winchester fights ghosts, demons, monsters, and basically anything evil. His good looks and great sense of humor make him one of the most appealing characters on the small screen. Portrayed by Jensen Ackles in a TV series called “Supernatural”, this bad boy is someone who attracts two things: danger and hot women. What makes him sexy though is the fact that he cares about his friends and family more than anything in the world. You can say he’s a toughie with a soft heart. What more can you ask for?
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10 Most Popular Asianovela Addiction sometimes can be so alarming, but not with this one. Up to this date hundreds of television dramas has come out like you’ve never imagine, and the Asians prove to have conquer not only inside their continent but also on the other side of the globe. Dubbed or subtitled, it doesn’t matter so long as you’re updated on what’s new in the “asianovela” world. Here are only some of the best and most franchised dramas from the east that will come to you in familiarity and some you’ll be interested in. Take a quick look of 10 most popular Asianovela and enjoy the addiction.
You’re Beautiful was aired year 2009 in Korea’s SBS channel that wowed not only the nation but also has high rating in its first franchise in the Philippines. A story of a female who transformed herself and pretended to be a man particularly his brother due to some contract on a recording agency and the band named A.N.Jell , then eventually found love interest on her way. Some interesting fact about this series is during the television run lots of car companies offered to have their cars used for promotional purposes and people became addicted not only to the drama itself but also with the soundtrack that sold 20,000 copies on its first week. The drama lasted for 16 episodes which is the normal running time for most “koreanovela”
Lovers in Paris is at second place on most popular Asianovela. It was aired on June 2004 and run for 20 episodes, Lovers in Paris is the first and the most popular of the LOVERS trilogy that capture the hearts of most Asian viewers including Korea itself, Japan, Singapore and Philippines. It also has a Filipino remake adopting the same title and same plot of a struggling woman who falls in love with a rich business man. Typical as it seem but the acting is superb that you can’t wait to watch the next chapter. Most of the scenes were filmed in Paris and South Korea.
Based on Japanese Manga published in Japan titled ‘Boys Over Flowers’, Meteor Garden is only one of its famous adaptaion. It was made and aired in Taiwan from April 2001 to December 2002 and comes with 2 parts. It is the first adaptation and people from Indonesia, Philippines and Hong Kong were amongst the few countries that loved the said drama. The story centers on a poor teenage girl and became a student in a University for rich people. There she met four popular, rich and handsome boys that are called F4. Hate then love exist with her and the leader of F4 and then on their journey to their love survival began.
Boys Over Flower from Korea adopt the same name from the Manga series and was the shortest among the 3 adaptation but considered to be the most popular. It is also the last following the Hana YoriDango from Japan. It aired in Korea on January 2009 to March 2009 with 25 episodes and followed airing in 20 more countries including Asia, United States and other part of South America. In North America, it has also a DVD released in 2009. This series creates another Korean wave throughout Asia and made the actors at their super-stardom.
Hana YoriDango was the second produced series by Japan the origin of the original Manga. This one is more likely to be similar with the one from Korea and has capture audiences in Asia. It was known in Japan to be one of the most popular drama on the year it was made and the actors earn lots of awards.
Secret Garden is a 2010 Koreanovela that became a hit again not only in its nation but also in the United States and other 12 countries. The acting has also been rewarded by numerous awarding bodies. It is considered to be one of the most popular fantasy drama and lasted for 20 episodes. The plot centers of a stuntwoman whose envied by lots of actresses whom she work for because of beauty and body and an arrogant and eccentric CEO. They both have denials on how they feel with each other until a strange sequence of events happen resulting in swapping of their boddies.
Endless Love comes with 4 parts with 4 different story and each one are tearjerker. The first one aired on 2000 and the last was on 2006 and never failed to amaze the viewers. It has reach viewers from Philippines which also made a remake on their own on each of the 4. They also conquer Indonesia and Puerto Rico.
Endless Love 1 (Autumn in My Heart)
Endless Love 2 (Winter Sonata)
Endless Love 3 (Summer Scent)
Endless Love 4 (Spring Waltz)
Coffee Prince is another story of a tomboyish girl who pretends to be a man. It contains “pseudo-homosexual” elements, because the man does not initially know of the tomboyish woman’s true gender that made it more interesting because it shows how true love works. It was aired on 2007 in Korea and has a lot of franchise in other countries. It has also a remake by Philippines and Thailand.
Full House was aired last 2004 and lasted for 16 episodes. The title came from the house the female lead character lived in, while on vacation her two friends sold the house to a famous actor and that where their love story begins. Simple story but comes with great actors and setting will surely make you stuck into it.
Dong-Yi is on number eight on our list of 10 most popular Asianovela. Dong- Yi is a historical drama based on the life of a Royal Noble Consort or a King’s wife/concubine. The story focuses on how a palace maid became a wife of a King and reached the second highest rank next to queen. It is really heart-warming and exciting because it does not only come with a love story but also the thrills in her quest to survive being a low born child. It will surely mark on your heart how she manage to be tough, wise, sincere and warm all at the same time. Somehow it will inspire you to aspire higher even if you came from the poor. It receives different awards and had reached 14 countries around the globe.
Another historical drama, this one chronicles the life of Queen Seondeok of Silla, the first Queen ruler in Korea. Deokman was born to be a princess and with a twin but separated due to a threat from a royal concubine and eventually sent afar to be protected. As she grows, and learned about her origin, she managed to retain her thrown and became the first female ruler in Korean dynasty; however the man whom she loves was the one who opposes her thrown the most. It was considered to be one of the most expensive drama in Korea but pays off because of the awards and international broadcasts turnbacks.
Finally on the most popular Asianovela’s List is Dae Jang Geum, which is about “The Great Jang Geum”, the first female royal physician of the Joseaon Dynasty in Korea. It is another story of a struggle from rags to becoming known and with great deeds. It is considered the first successful historical drama in Korea and gain extensive success in 11 other Asian countries and 17 countries outside the continent. This only proves that Asianovela or Asian series can be consider one of the most watched series all over the world and that never stops from this 10 favorites.
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