Old or new, these are the series that made the best use of their place on the small screen. Today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Decade Defining TV Shows Of All Time. For the Top 10 Decade Defining Shows per Era, we picked series that spoke to the period in which they were made and set the standard for television during that time. These shows were chosen for how important they were in their respective era, regardless of when they started or finished.

Top 10 Decade Defining TV Shows Of All Time

10#9: “Survivor” (2000-)

It’s hard to imagine now, but reality shows once weren’t very popular on broadcast TV – that is, before this series came along and they blew up in the 2000s. Thankfully for us viewers, “Survivor” brought reality to the networks in a big way. It showcased contestants trying to outwit, outplay and outlast each other in desolate locales in order to win a million dollars. Every season introduced a compelling new cast of unpredictable competitors, and we loved watching them interact in gorgeous locales like the Australian outback.