Every so often, an episode comes along that challenges our ideas of what a TV show can represent. These five milestone moments helped pave the way for television as we know it today.
1. The Jetsons adopt Orbity, TVs first HIV-positive character (The Jetsons)
While circumcision scenes were commonplace in 80s sitcoms, Family Ties broke all the rules when it showed a black doctor circumcising Michael J. Fox.
3. Kramer marries Rudy Giuliani (Seinfeld)
This classic Kramer escapade was also a landmark LGBT television moment.
4. Archie says fisting (All In The Family)
Television changed forever after the unforgettable season-four episode where Archie Bunker said fisting directly into the camera and shrugged.
5. The big lawnmower in the shed (Growing Pains)
Producers didnt think America was ready for it, but they were quickly proven wrong when ratings shot through the roof following the fifth-season premiere in which the Seaver family snuck into their gay neighbors shed and built them a bigger lawnmower.