Earlier today, we made a case for FX’s criminally underappreciated spy drama The Americans as the very best show on television. It seems particularly unfair that a series that good is fighting for its life (to get people other than TV critics to watch it), while these seven shows, miraculously, just won’t die.
How it’s survived: The same people who prefer Coldplay to Radiohead probably watch this instead of Cumberbatch’s Sherlock.
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How it’s survived: Apparently, Home Improvement just left so many unanswered questions about what modern manhood means, we’re still searching for answers.
How it’s survived: Channel surfers probably catch a glimpse of Daniel Dae Kim in Hawaii and mistake this show for a rerun of Lost.
How it’s survived: There are more Bud Light-drinking, plaid shirt-wearing dads in need of entertainment out there than you’d think.
How it’s survived: Every year, a whole new crop of vampire-loving girls turns 12 and discovers the CW.
How it’s survived: Speaking of vampires, David Boreanaz — best known for playing Angel on Buffy and its spin-off for roughly 37 years — remains the king of stretching a single role long past its logical expiration date.
How it’s survived: Fans of the good years (seasons 3 through 10) started having kids, propagating an endless cycle of Simpsons viewers.