Every year has a TV show that defines it.
When you watch a certain show – or a certain season of a TV show – you can’t help but think about where you were when it aired, and what people were saying about it.
There are some shows that dominated pop culture so much that you associate them with a certain time in your life, even if you’ve never seen an episode. “Lost” premiered in 2004 and instantly took over the small screen (and the water cooler), so even people who never saw it knew it.
We took a look back at the past 17 years in TV and selected the most iconic show from that year, from “The O.C.” to “Big Little Lies.”
Here’s the most iconic TV shows every year since 2000: