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10 Unforgettable TV Shows That Turn 10 in 2017

From 'Mad Men' to 'Gossip Girl,' take a look back at all the shows that rocked pop culture ever since their premieres in 2007

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'Keeping Up with the Kardashians'

For Class of 2007 Week, Fuse is celebrating all the greatest things culture gave us exactly one decade ago. Enjoy all our coverage right here!

It's hard to wrap your head around the fact that the most polarizing family in pop culture actually used to be sort of unknown folks who comfortably resided in Calabasas, Calif. We didn't know what kind of roller coaster ride we were getting on once Keeping Up with the Kardashians first premiered on Oct. 14, 2007. At that time, Kim, Kourtney, Khloé and Rob seemed...normal! Well, save for Kim buying her parents a stripper pole for their anniversary, and that infamous Playboy episode. As for Kylie and Kendall Jenner? They weren't the beauty bombshells and models they are now. Instead, the youngest sisters barely had the spotlight reflected on their pre-teen faces. 

Kris Jenner's idea to transform Kim's infamous sex tape into a household TV show is one of the most brilliant Hollywood moves of all time. Say what you want about the Kardashians, but there is a reason why millions cannot stop watching 10 years later. Its 13th season is slated to premiere (watch the preview here) this March and gives some insight into Kim's Paris robbery. –Bianca Gracie

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'Mad Men'

The 1960s Madison Avenue pilot script that got Matthew Weiner a job on The Sopranos finally made it to real-TV-show status in '07. It gave us a slew of previously unknown/barely known performers like Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Christina Hendricks, January Jones and Vincent Kartheiser. Mad Men's art direction, costuming, writing and directing continually set the bar for auteur TV in its budding "golden age," and the contemplative, novelistic approach made all the thorny social issues, existential crises and family upheavals feel vividly real. –Zach Dionne

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'The Big Bang Theory'

Who knew, a decade ago, that this quirky sitcom about geeks would become one of the biggest television shows ever? Creator Chuck Lorre had already proven he had the juice by making shows like Grace Under Fire, Dharma & Greg and Two and a Half Men, and stars Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar Kunal Nayyar were charming from the start. The Big Bang Theory hit its second-biggest peak in last year's Season 9, reportedly averaging 20.4 million viewers per episode and landing as the No. 1 comedy on TV yet again. The show celebrated its 220th episode this month and has seven Emmys and 39 nominations. –Zach Dionne

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'Gossip Girl'

After The O.C. officially wrapped up in Feb. 2007, creator Josh Schwartz helped to fill the scandalous teen void that September with The CW's Gossip Girl. You couldn't flip a page of Us Weekly or get on an NYC train without seeing the naughty promotional ad campaigns that branded the teen drama as "mind-blowingly inappropriate," "every parent's nightmare" or simply "OMFG." 

The pilot episode drew in 3.5 million viewers who were intrigued to get inside the lives of Upper East Side elite, including frenemies Serena van der Woodsen and Blair Waldorf, Nate Archibald, Chuck Bass and the Brooklyn outsider Dan "Lonely Boy" Humphrey. Along with watching their drug and sex-fueled lives on the screen, Gossip Girl embedded its way into pop culture. Manhattan became even cooler for young tourists to visit and high-fashion designers yearned for their clothing to be featured on the show. From its season premiere on Sept. 19, 2007 to the series finale on Dec. 27, 2012, everyone wanted a taste of Gossip Girl's wickedly addicting potion. –Bianca Gracie

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'The Sarah Silverman Program'

Remember when Sarah Silverman totally owned Comedy Central with The Sarah Silverman Program? The sitcom, which ran from Feb. 2007 to April 2010, followed the fun adventures of the comedienne and her friends in Los Angeles. Despite being cancelled after only three seasons, the show received a lot of critical acclaim. It even led to Silverman being nominated for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 2009. –Bianca Gracie

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'Californication'

Five years after The X-Files ended (we thought), David Duchovny found his next big thing. For seven seasons, Californication dealt with alcoholic novelist Hank Moody's struggles in love, life and parenting. Fans of guitar-based music found rad references all along the way: SlayerQueenMastodon, Bob Seger. It also gave us some much-needed face time with all-star voice actor and Louis C.K. collaborator Pamela Adlon—so we at least have to thank Californication a little for one of our favorite new shows, Adlon's Better Things.
–Zach Dionne

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'I Love New York'

After Tiffany "New York" Pollard made a name for herself as the feisty and shady as hell HBIC of VH1's Flavor of Love, she got her own spinoff series aptly titled I Love New York. The relationship competition series followed a similar format to its predecessor, as New York put a group of men in a house as they battled for her heart. While it only lasted for two seasons to make way for even more spinoffs, the show gave us wild moments that earned their places in reality TV history. –Bianca Gracie

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'Human Giant'

If you blinked, you missed it, but this two-season, 14-episode MTV sketch comedy series gave us very-early-days material from future comedy mainstays Aziz Ansari, Rob Huebel (Transparent, Childrens Hospital) and Paul Scheer (The League, Fresh Off the Boat) —and they were just as funny then. –Zach Dionne

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'Greek'

Way before shows like The Secret Life of the American Teenager and Pretty Little Liars, ABC Family was bringing the drama with Greek. While the TV series had moments of comedy, it explored the complexities between members of fictional fraternities Kappa Tau Gamma and Omega Chi Delta, and sorority Zeta Beta Zeta. There was cheating, love triangle, gay characters that almost rivaled the intensity of its competition—Gossip Girl (almost). –Bianca Gracie

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'iCarly'

A show about a teen with a web series was pretty new stuff in 2007, just a couple years after YouTube's inception. But what would you expect from Nickelodeon visionary Dan Schneider, who previously gave us All That, The Amanda Show and Kenan & Kel? iCarly ran for a strong seven seasons in just over five years. Its star, Miranda Cosgrove, went on to do a solo album, two EPs and a voice-acting role as the Despicable Me movies' Margo. –Zach Dionne

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