5. American Idol
The half singing competition half comedic endeavor, American Idol is in its final season after beginning in 2002. While the show hasn’t been successful in making a number of the show winners and finalists into financial successes, it dominated the airwaves for a number of years. It was also the prelude into a number of competition shows that used a similar format to that of American Idol.
While their track record isn’t great American Idol did help launch the careers of Kelly Clarkson, Adam Lambert, Carrie Underwood, and Scotty McCreery. More-so the show made FOX millions upon millions of dollars while entertaining fans throughout the duration of the show. From drama among the judges, to wondering which contestant would win the competition, and following the careers of those on the show – American Idol has a permanent place in American Pop culture history!