There are certain shows that come on TV and define not only the moment or the year, but a generation. And here at ShootingGallerySF, we love that sort of stuff. So, below we’ll share some of the most popular television shows when it comes to pop culture icons. This list will be added to regularly as we remember shows that we missed upon initial publication, and as new shows air that become a major part of the current pop culture in the United States.
The Handmaid’s Tale
Based off the Margaret Atwood book of the same name, this dystopian series on Netflix has really struck a chord with Americans in 2017 as a result of the political climate in the US. After the 2016 presidential election, this television show proves to be more relevant than ever expected as this point in American history. It’s first season concluded with a strong legion of viewers and it is scheduled for a second season on the streaming giant.
This Is Us
Considered by some to be the Thirtysomething for millenials, this show debuted with strong ratings and continues to have a strong following. Jack and his wife — who is very pregnant with triplets — have just moved into their new home in Pittsburgh. Successful and handsome television actor Kevin is growing increasingly bored with his bachelor lifestyle. Randall — who was abandoned at a fire station by his father as an infant — is a stylish New York-based businessman working to raise two daughters with his wife, Beth. These people are among a group, several of whom share a birthday, of seemingly random individuals whose lives intertwine in unexpected ways.
A huge part of pop culture when it was on the air, Friends has continued to remain popular with it’s release on DVD and streaming sites. It gives viewers a slice of life in the 90’s, and for some viewers being able to go back to that time (when America was thriving and there was no threat of ISIS) is what is making it a part of current pop culture as well.
Like Friends, this sitcom was a staple for people in the 90’s. It’s popularity now is for a lot of the same reasons, but unlike Friends, this show is scheduled for a reboot that brings it back on TV for viewers. It will be interesting to see if this pop culture icon of the 90’s can make a go of it for the second round, or if that nostalgia is better left to watching reruns.
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