The must see TV motto was a part of NBC's advertising campaign, which lasted through the 80s and 90s of the 20th century. This must see TV advertising campaign was aimed at attracting large viewer audiences to spend the Thursday night with the NBC channel, watching its special lineup of four comedies and one drama. Such Thursday NBC's lineup was very popular among the young working population of the United States of America all through the last two decades of the 20th century, as at different times they consisted of such high rating and popular shows and programs, as Friends, Seinfeld, Will & Grace, ER, Just Shoot Me!, Frasier, The Cosby Show, A Different World, Cheers, L.A. Law, and Caroline in the City. Thus, in this article, we will take a closer look at some of the above mentioned shows, which were advertised through the must see TV Thursday NBC campaign and which made this Thursday night lineup so popular among the channel's viewers.
Here is an example of one classic four comedies and one drama must see TV Thursday NBC lineup: 8:00 Friends, 8:30 Scrubs, 9:00 Will & Grace, 9:30 Coupling and 10:00 ER. Friends is a typical TV Sitcom genre show. Its original network was NBC and it received its first TV, running from September 22 of 1994 through May 6 of 2004 on that same channel. As a whole, the Friends sitcom has two hundred and thirty six episodes with every episode of some twenty two minutes of duration time. This sitcom eventually ended up being the most popular sitcom of the United States and had reruns on numerous channels and TV networks in the US and in many other countries of the world. Friends were created for the NBC, US, by Kevin S Bright/Marta Kauffman/David Crane Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television and for over a decade stayed on the NBC's Thursday lineups.
Scrubs is another NBC Thursday night lineup sitcom. It was originally launched on October 2 of the year 2001 and still runs on that channel. Scrubs has one hundred and seventeen episodes with twenty two minutes duration of each of them. However, this sitcom differs by some aspects from other NBC sitcoms. First of all, it is a single camera setup and it does not have a laugh track in it, though the majority of other USA sitcoms do. In addition, it differs by the numerous and quite notable well-known actors' cameo appearances.
Will&Grace is a one hundred and ninety four episode NBC sitcom with every episode approximately of twenty three minutes duration. The show's premier on the NBC was on September 21 of 1998 and it ran till May 18th of 2006 in the network's Thursday night lineup. Although this show was pretty popular, its ratings have gradually declined by the eighth season. Nonetheless, the final episode of the last eighth season gathered the audience of over eighteen million viewers.
Coupling is a UK sitcom, written by Steven Moffat and produced by the Hartswood Films for the BBC. The sitcom received its first airing on the BBC2 in the May of 2000. Nevertheless, later the show was adapted for the NBC's Thursday night lineup. The NBC has planned to make it a replacement of Friends, though the show became severely criticized way before it was premiered on the channel.
ER is an NBC drama, broadcasted on its must see TV Thursday night lineup. It was premiered on September 19th of 1994 and runs till the present time. By the May 18th of 2006 it had had some two hundred and sixty seven episodes with the sixty minute duration of each of them.