Quiz: Changing the TV Game
by Staff
Do you know how the TV programs you love, hate and love to hate came to be? Take this quiz to learn more about some of the shows and TV phenomena that changing the face of television forever.

Which of the following dramas was the first to pull a plot through an entire season, rather than tying a neat bow on the bad guys every 60 minutes?

  • "Dragnet"
  • "CHiPS"
  • "Hill Street Blues"

Which pioneering comedy show is responsible for masterpieces including "wink-wink, nod-nod," "The Lumberjack Song" and "The Parrot Sketch"?

  • "Saturday Night Live"
  • "Monty Python's Flying Circus"
  • "The Carol Burnett Show"

Which kids' show talked on air about the real-world death of one of its main characters?

  • "The Electric Company"
  • "Schoolhouse Rock"
  • "Sesame Street"

What's the longest-running American prime-time entertainment series, past or present?

  • "Gunsmoke"
  • "The Simpsons"
  • "Cheers"

Which non-sporting television event earned the most viewers?

  • The "Who Shot J.R.?" episode of "Dallas"
  • The "M*A*S*H" series finale
  • The Beatles' appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show"

Which of these was the longest-running sitcom with primarily African-American characters?

  • "The Jeffersons"
  • "The Cosby Show"
  • "Family Matters"

What was the first song broadcast by MTV?

  • "Video Killed the Radio Star"
  • "Like a Virgin"
  • "Uptown Girl"

What was the average cost of a 30-second TV commercial during the 2010 Super Bowl?

  • $1 million
  • $3 million
  • $10 million

Which influential drama was known for its long, strolling, one-shot scenes?

  • "Mad Men"
  • "Friday Night Lights"
  • "The West Wing"

Whose famous sign-off was the phrase, "Take care of yourself, and each other."

  • Walter Cronkite
  • Paul Harvey
  • Jerry Springer