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15 Reasons Why The 2004-2005 TV Season Was The Greatest Year of TV Ever

Updated June 14, 2019 1.6k votes 229 voters 7.7k views15 items

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In 2017, TV hit a historic peak, with around 500 original scripted shows on air and critical acclaim at an all-time high. Once a mere serialized alternative to the glamor of movies, the medium transformed itself into a chaotic hive of creative minds, inventive premises, successful comedians, and mind-blowing drama, all of which have contributed to the greatest era in the history of television. It's up to TV historians to determine how exactly this second Golden Age of television came about (maybe the Internet and generations of kids raised by TV, not parents, has something to do with it), but it's not difficult to pinpoint one pivotal year as the greatest TV year of all time.

If you remember anything about the 2004-2005 television season, it might be the end of Frasier, The OC at its peak, or The Sopranos tearing up the TV drama landscape. Beyond that, there were so many classic shows that premiered and quickly became inextricable parts of the entertainment landscape and, in retrospect, a mini-Golden Age in the art of the sitcom. The ripples from these shows have continued to extend outwards, and are responsible for some of TV's greatest achievements of all time. 

Scroll through to discover exactly why 2004-2005 was the greatest TV season ever, and have your say about the best shows and seasons in TV in the comments section.