Was TV Better 20 Years Ago?


My look into the 1990s pop culture continues.  I’m going to stay focused on the year 1993, EXACTLY 20 years ago, and compare it to today’s trends.  It’s not music, movies, or video games this time…  Today we’re going to look at television.  Take a look at the 10 biggest shows of today, and compare them to the 10 biggest shows from this week in 1993.  Which era do you think has better TV?


Top 10 TV Shows Week of 1/28/13*


  1. NCIS, CBS
  2. The Big Bang Theory, CBS
  3. NCIS: Los Angeles, CBS
  4. American Idol, Fox
  5. Person of Interest, CBS
  6. Two and a Half Men, CBS
  7. Blue Bloods, CBS
  8. Vegas, CBS
  9. Elementary, CBS
  10. CSI: New York, CBS


Top 10 TV Shows Week of 2/11/1993

  1. Home Improvement, ABC
  2. Roseanne, ABC
  3. ‘Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In’ 25th Anniversary, NBC
  4. Cheers, NBC
  5. 20/20, ABC
  6. Coach, ABC
  7. 60 Minutes, CBS
  8. Seinfeld, NBC
  9. Jackie Thomas, ABC
  10. Northern Exposure, CBS

*For the sake of this blog, I have omitted sports broadcasts.  Also, shows that are more than once weekly are only represented by their highest chart position.