Some would have it that TV is no more than a glorified idiot box sent to sanitise and dupe the masses. Those people are either academic cultural theorists or have obviously watched nothing more than Loose Women. Or both.
Back in the real world, however, we know different. Television is right up there with music, films and books when it comes to being cool. How could you watch Monty Python, The Simpsons or The Wire and think differently? Exactly.
So, herewith are the 50 coolest TV programmes of all time. The shows that changed the way we think, the way we dress and how we watch TV itself.
Think differently? Let us know below. We know you will anyway…
(Images: All Star, Rex Features, YouTube)