List Of 100 Influential TV Shows

In a new article, Adweek explores the 100 most influential TV shows and how they changed pop culture. At the top of the list is "The Milton Berle Show" followed by "The Ed Sullivan Show." Adweek used a photo of Elvis with Milton Berle to illustrate how these variety shows impacted modern media.

Elvis appeared on "The Milton Berle Show" twice and on "The Ed Sullivan Show" three times. During Elvis' second appearance on "The Milton Berle Show" on June 5, 1956, his sensuous performance of "Hound Dog" disgusted the press and some adult viewers. Kids in the audience, however, loved it and the controversial performance only seemed to fuel Elvis' unstoppable popularity. 

Source: Elvis.com / Updated: Apr 6, 2011 

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Jamie (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 10, 2011report abuse
Hello Andy_2, I'm absolutely with you on this - Elvis's physical performance of 'Hound Dog' on that Milton Berle Show - the one featured in 'This Is Elvis' - is phenomenal. He's light years better than any other popular singer ever without having any of the intensive dance and performance coaching that contemporary musicians undergo. In conservative, 1950s America he went on national tv, tore the place up, broke down the segragation between white and black music forever, and was a lightning rod for a new thing we now accept unthinkingly as teen culture. Surely, this is the Elvis Presley we should be putting out there rather than the 1970s caricature. A genius in his prime...the real Elvis.
samcra (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 7, 2011report abuse
My first exposure to Elvis was 'The Dorsey Bros. Show' early 1956. ( first time on National TV ) So it was most important to me. I've never forgotten it. Needless to say, I've been hooked ever since. Was it one of the most Influential TV Shows ? I don't know. But it definately was for me.
Jerome (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 7, 2011report abuse
How about Celine Dion on Oprah Winfrey?..
Andy_2 (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 6, 2011report abuse
The performance of Hound dog on the 2nd Milton Berle show has to be the most important performance in Rock history. Here's where rock n roll started for me. Why didn't he perform like this again. As much as i love the ed sullivan shows there's too much self parady in his performances. On the Milton berle show this is the real thing.
Brian Quinn (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 6, 2011report abuse
Nice one and justified.
FM (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 6, 2011report abuse
Who better than a picture of uncle Miltie with The King at #1

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