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30 Most Talked About Moments from Classic TV

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Today, we’re bombarded with a lot of stuff on our television. Sometimes, there’s so much surprising stuff that it’s actually hard to watch. Viewers, if they stick through the series, may be forced to take a break between episodes. From time to time, the episode is so bad that some people can’t even finish watching!

In fact, we have whole shows based on questionable content. Some of these shows wouldn't even exist a few decades ago due to the content. It may handle each case and the situations in a proper manner, but audiences thought it was far too surprising.

Then there are the new horror shows. One, in particular, focuses on every dark part of humanity you can think about shoved into one season. It gets rough when you realize that there’s a total of eight seasons! That’s a lot of stuff that wouldn't even be on TV back in the ‘60s.

Well, classic TV isn’t so innocent either. Writers and creators of the show tackled tough issues in a few of their episodes. Some of the series handled these discussions in a proper way – sitcoms dropped the laugh track and funny jokes to approach it in a serious manner. Others left in the laugh tracks and tried to make light of the situation. Either way, we know that classic TV wasn’t as sweet and innocent as it portrayed itself. These are 30 of the most talked about moments that ever happened in classic television.  

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Did you know...

  • In the summer of 2007, Joh Hamm became a household name when Mad Men premiered to critical acclaim and strong ratings. Just over a year and a half later, Ellie Kemper stole America's hearts (and Dwight's and Andy's) when she became the new receptionist on The Office. Before they were famous, Hamm was Kemper's high school drama teacher!
  • Jennifer Aniston's star-defining role on friends started a hair craze in the 90s that even lasted into the early 2000s. Called "The Rachel," Aniston's shoulder-length haircut had grown-out bangs and highlights styled to perfection. A hairdresser in Detroit noted that at the peak of its popularity, 40% of her business was devoted to recreating "The Rachel." Too bad that it was notoriously difficult to maintain on your own at home.
  • Björk created a media sensation when she wore her iconic white swan dress to the 2001 Oscars. At the time, many derided it as hideous and a publicity stunt, but it has since gone down as one of the most memorable dresses of all time—even if it isn't exactly beloved. She says David Bowie was the inspiration behind the dress.
  • In February 2020, Jeff Bezos bought the most expensive property in California: a $165 million mansion. It was designed for Jack Warner (the former president of Warner Bros. entertainment company). It took a decade to construct (spanning the 1930s and 40s). It comes complete with 9 acres of Beverly Hills land, a main house, a guest house, a tennis court, a golf course, and terraces.
  • Paris Hilton not only lives in a mansion, she also built a doghouse mansion for her Chihuahua. It's 300 square feet and includes air conditioning and heating. It comes decked out with designer furniture, a chandelier, a pink paint job, second-floor balcony, and enclosed "yard." It's not enough for you to live in luxury. Your dog must, as well.