Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe from the sitcom Friends) published an academic paper in neurology the same year that Friends debuted on TV.
CBS created a show called Kid Nation (2007), where 40 kids ages 8-15 spent 40 days without direct adult supervision in a ghost town where they had to create a sustainable community.
Mythbusters has saves lives: a woman trapped in her car as it filled with water recalled the episode with the Underwater Car Myth and waited until the pressure equalized to open the door.
Japan has a popular TV show called “My First Errand” where little kids are sent to do minor tasks for the family on their own while a camera crew secretly follows them.
In the early 1960s, The Price Is Right gave away prizes like an airplane, a submarine, a swimming pool, and a house in Florida.
M*A*S*H didn’t have a laugh track when it was broadcast overseas in the UK, this was how the show’s creator intended it. However, in the United States CBS required a laugh track because they had never produced a comedy without one.
The writers of “That 70’s Show” theme song get $70 each time the show airs. He refers to it as “That $70 Show”.
North Korea had a show called “Let’s trim our hair in accordance with the socialist lifestyle”.
There’s a TV show in Iceland called “Keeping up with the Kattarshians”. It’s a 24 hour live broadcast of cats in a tiny model house.
The show Deadliest Catch negatively impacts the entire Bering Sea crabbing industry by artificially lowering the operating costs of the boats on the show due to their subsidy from Discovery, allowing them to undercut the competition.