It's hard to imagine a time when the television airwaves weren't filled with mind-numbing, superficial reality TV shows. However, there was a time when the boob tube wasn't so bad. Over the past 50+ years we've been able to watch pioneering programs that have deeply affected American culture and the media industry as a whole. Who knows where'd we be without their inflluences? Some say we're worse off because of the envelope it pushed while others praise them for revolutionizing the way we think and behave. Take a look and let us know what you think. See our picks after the jump!