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Can You Name the Most Popular TV Shows of All Time?

Can You Name the Most Popular TV Shows of All Time?

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Can you guess the titles based on these clues?



Before there were memes, there were iconic TV quotes.


Actually, scratch that. Some of today’s funniest memes are still based on TV dialogue or hilarious onscreen moments. If anything, this long-standing presence of entertainment series in our lives––even where our television screens aren’t concerned––is a testament to just how much we’ve been shaped by the shows we watch growing up, after a long day of work or over the weekend.


So the question remains: have you been watching the right stuff? While we wouldn’t go as far as claiming that there’s a wrong way to watch TV, there are definitely some programs every present-day viewer ought to cross off their to-watch list. They’re hilarious, comforting, dramatic, cynical––each deserving of their iconic status one way or another.


Have you watched the most popular TV shows of all time? Take the quiz below to find out!


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1. Which show’s opening theme is this snippet from?

Correct! Wrong!

The correct answer is B. If you don’t associate this particular fountain and sofa combo with the iconic Friends opening theme, please hear us out: you’re due for a rewatch.

2. A shoe-obsessed writer, a prim and proper perfectionist, a headstrong PR maven, a cynical badass bitch. Which show are we talking about?

Correct! Wrong!

The answer is A. Who else would we be talking about if not Carrie and the gals?

3. “I love you. In a really, big really big pretend to like your taste in music, let you eat the last piece of cheesecake, hold a radio over my head outside your bedroom window, unfortunate way that makes me hate you... love you. So pick me. Choose me. Love me.” Where’s this tearjerker of a quote from?

Correct! Wrong!

Answer: C. Arguably one of the highlights of the entire series, this quote from Meredith’s plead to McDreamy had us all reeling in front of our TV screens back in 2005.

4. “Winter is coming.”

Correct! Wrong!

Answer: A. Come on, this one was a dead giveaway.

5. Which show is the guy in this meme (and its countless iterations) from?

Correct! Wrong!

The answer is C. Where would we be without Dwight Schrute’s words of wisdom?

6. Welcome to Sunnydale High School, where you’ll find a mystical portal and quite possibly meet…

Correct! Wrong!

The correct answer is B. Below this unassuming high school is an evil-attracting hellmouth. Needless to say, all sorts of action went down here across Buffy’s 7 seasons.

7. And which family will you find in Springfield?

Correct! Wrong!

Answer: B. It’s everybody’s favorite family of troublemakers!

8. An oldie but goodie: where is this iconic duo from?

Correct! Wrong!

The correct answer is D. It’s Mulder and Scully of The X-Files!

9. Picture this: a bespectacled high school chemistry teacher out in the desert, with no pants and a pistol in hand. What show are we talking about?

Correct! Wrong!

The answer is A, Breaking Bad. How could anyone possibly forget such a vivid image of a gun-slinging man in his tidy whities?

10. Which TV show’s characters takes Halloween a little too seriously?

Correct! Wrong!

Answer: D. At the Nine-Nine, the stakes are understandably high every time Halloween rolls around. After all, who wouldn’t want to be called an Amazing-Detective-Slash-Genius?

Can You Name the Most Popular TV Shows of All Time?
If you got everything right…

Congratulations! You’re a certified TV buff. From the classics of the decades past to the very best of Netflix’s current lineup, rest assured you’re the person your friends can turn to for a good ol’ plot refresher. You’d fare fine at an entertainment-themed quiz night!
If you scored 7 to 9 correctly...

Nice! You may not have gotten everything right, but one thing’s for certain: you know your stuff, and are pretty much in the loop with the iconic TV shows any well-informed viewer needs to be familiar with.
If you got 3 to 6 correct answers…

While we can’t call this much of a success, we all start somewhere, don’t we? This quiz is essentially a run-down of all the titles you should watch, so this is it: this is your starting point. Get out there and get watching!
If you answered less than 3 questions correctly…

You see this gif? We are Chandler in this gif (he’s the guy yelling “No,” in case you haven’t watched Friends). Consider this a formal invitation to start binge-watching some of the titles we name-dropped above. There’s a whole world waiting to unfurl in your screen, so how about blocking off some time this weekend for a binge sesh?

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