Why So Many ’90s Shows Became Totally Different After Changing Networks

For audiences, television is entertainment, but for the companies behind the scenes, TV is big business.

From the late ’20s through the early ’80s, American Broadcasting Company (ABC), National Broadcasting Company (NBC), and Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) had no lasting competition and they ruled the television landscape.

In their heyday, the big three produced loads of classics like “The Three Stooges,” “The Lone Ranger,” “Gunsmoke,” “Howdy Doody,” “The Ed Sullivan Show,” and “Bonanza,” just to name a few.

I’ve never seen an entire episode of any of those shows, but I recognize their names and know, generally, what they are about, which proves they have a firm foothold in popular culture.

Cementing such a place in entertainment history is something every television show hopes to do, but doing so got a lot harder in the ’90s.In the infancy of television, viewers had extremely limited choices, so

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