Millenials think they’re invincible and know everything they need to know. However, most don’t know that some of their favorite sitcoms would never exist without the classic sitcoms of yesteryear. Here are five shows millenials should watch.
For Those Who Like: The Office, The Mindy Project, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Cheers was the foundation of NBC’s iconic Thursday night comedy lineup which has since weakened and ultimately disappeared. Cheers takes place at a bar where everybody knows your name. Aside from being hilarious, the show has left a long legacy. It spawned the careers of many including Woody Harrelson and Kelsey Grammar, one of the most successful spinoffs of all time- Frasier, and created the very first will they/won’t they relationship made famous by Ross & Rachel of Friends (Fact: Sam & Diane came first.).
The Cosby Show (1984-1992)
For Those Who Like: Modern Family, The Goldbergs, Black-ish
The Cosby Show was landmark television on many fronts. First, it was the first depiction of an upper-middle class black family with Cliff Huxtable as a doctor and Claire Huxtable as a lawyer (Bill Cosby initially wanted them to be a limo driver and carpenter). Second, it was the first sitcom to have well-written TV kids played by wonderfully talented kid actors. Malcom-Jamal Warner, Lisa Boney, and Keshia Knight scored Emmy nominations, Knight still holding the recorded as the youngest actor/actress to be nominated for an Emmy (she was six years old at the time).
The Golden Girls (1985-1992)
For Those Who Like: Sex and the City, New Girl, Getting On
NBC took a big gamble on creating a sitcom about older women instead of 20-something singles. The result is hilarious. the common-sense Dorothy, the overly-sexual Blanche, the dim-witted Rose, and the brutally honest Sophia have drastically different personalities yet they blend together as roommates. Any Betty White fans would get a kick out her performance. At 92 years old, she is the last remaining cast member alive.
Everybody Loves Raymond (1996-2005)
For Those Who Like: The Middle, The Goldbergs, Mom
Watching this sitcom is like watching a comedic play. Everybody Loves Raymond is more than a family sitcom, it tackles typical family problems in very funny ways (many of them involve yelling). What makes this show great are the brilliant performances from Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett, Doris Roberts, and the late Peter Boyle. There has never been as great as a sitcom on CBS as Everybody Loves Raymond.
Will & Grace (1998-2006)
For Those Who Like: Friends, Modern Family, How I Met Your Mother
Will & Grace paved the way for LGBT characters on television. The show follows two best friends, one being a straight interior designer and the other being a gay lawyer. With the addition of a rich, vulgar drunk and a flamboyant aspiring actor, you have the funniest foursome since The Golden Girls. This a show that also relies on a very talented cast. Debra Messing, Eric McCormick, Megan Mullally, and Sean Hayes showcase their best work. It’s a shame that Nick at Nite or TV Land haven’t wised up to air this show (yet).