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Television In 2003 Vs. 2013

The more TV changes, the more it stays the same.

1. 2003: We’re totally into a show about privileged women sent to live and work in uncomfortable circumstances, to hilarious effect.

FOX

2. 2013: We’re totally into a show about a privileged woman who is sent to live and work in uncomfortable circumstances, to hilarious effect.

Netflix

3. 2003: The West Wing represents our biggest hopes for what government could be.

NBC

4. 2013: House of Cards, Scandal, and Veep represent our biggest nightmares about how government actually is.

Netflix

HBO

ABC

 

5. 2003: Bryan Cranston is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor for Malcolm in the Middle …and loses.

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To Brad Garrett for Everybody Loves Raymond.

6. 2013: Bryan Cranston is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor for Breaking Bad …and loses.

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To Jeff Daniels for The Newsroom.

7. 2003: We aren’t patient enough to wait for Netflix, so we go rent shows on DVD from Blockbuster.

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Blockbuster has 40% of the rental market. It calls online rentals “a niche business.”

8. 2013: We aren’t patient enough to go all the way to Blockbuster, so we binge watch everything on Netflix.

Netflix alone is 30% of all U.S. internet traffic, Blockbuster closes the last of its stores.

9. 2003: You and over 10 million other people watched in shock as Madonna kissed Christina and Britney during the VMAs.

MTV

MTV

 

10. 2013: You and over 10 million other people watched in shock as Miley twerked on Robin Thicke at the VMAs.

11. 2003: You were murderous when Pacey ended up with Joey, because then what was the point of the whole show?

Sony

12. 2013: You were murderous when Dexter ended up becoming a lumberjack, because then WHAT WAS THE POINT OF THE WHOLE SHOW?

Via Showtime

13. 2003: The U.K. version of The Office ends, and you never want to see David Brent again.

BBC

14. 2013: The U.S. version of The Office ends, and everyone cries when Michael Scott comes back.

NBC

15. 2003: The girls struggling to grow up and figure things out were Lizzie McGuire and her friends.

16. 2013: The girls who are struggling to grow up and figure things out are the girls from Girls.

17. 2003: Famous married couple Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson document their most stupid behavior for national TV.

MTV

18. 2013: Famous married couple Teresa and Joe Giudice try to hide stupid behavior from national audience, get caught anyway.

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19. 2003: You agonized over whether Ryan and Marissa from The O.C. would get together.

FOX

20. 2013: You agonized over whether Nick and Jessica from New Girl would get together.

FOX

21. 2003: Buffy spends a lot of time fighting vampires.

Warner Bros.

22. 2013: The vampires spend of a lot of time fighting the humans, the werewolves, and each other.

Warner Bros.

HBO

Warner Bros.

 

23. 2003: Arrested Development premieres on Fox. It surprises everyone with how brilliant it is, but it struggles to maintain America’s attention.

FOX

24. 2013: Arrested Development premieres on Netflix. It surprises everyone with how mediocre it is, and no one can stop talking about it.

Netflix

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