Here’s a brief look at our favorite TV and film milestones of
Jan. 25, 2002:A Walk to Remember (15 Years)
While fans are crying over Mandy Moore’s Golden
Globe-nominated performance on NBC’s hit new series This Is Us, it was just 15 years ago that they cried over her
performance in the weepy adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ book about a girl with
cancer who falls in love with a rebellious classmate.
Let’s not also forget that 2002 gave us Naomie Harris in 28 Days Later, Barbershop, Ryan Gosling
in Murder by Numbers, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Sweet Home Alabama and Ryan Reynolds in Van Wilder.
Feb. 22, 2007:The O.C. (10 Years)
While majority of this list is focused on premieres and
debuts, we must bow our heads for the end of The O.C., which gave us party girl Marissa Cooper
(Mischa Barton); the troubled teen with a heart of gold, Ryan Atwood (Benjamin
McKenzie); the nerdy but lovable Seth Cohen (Adam Brody) and the fast-talking,
superficial Summer Roberts (Rachel Bilson).
This year also marked the end of several long-running shows,
including the MTV staples Celebrity
Deathmatch, Pimp My Ride, Punk’d
and Road Rules, 7th Heaven, Gilmore Girls
(which returned to Netflix in 2016), The
Sopranos and Veronica Mars.
March 10, 1997: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (20 Years)
Yes, sharpen those stakes for the 20th anniversary of the
debut of Buffy the Vampire Slayer on
The WB (remember that network?!) and our
formal introductions to the long-running careers of creator Joss Whedon (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Angel, The Avengers and Dollhouse)
and star Sarah Michelle Gellar (Cruel
Intentions, The Grudge, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Ringer and Scream 2).
Other notable TV debuts in 1997 include Ally McBeal, Behind the Music, Daria, Oz, South Park andThe View.
March 23, 1987:The Bold and the Beautiful (30 Years)
It’s almost hard to believe, but the Forrester family -- including
Eric (John McCook) -- has been influencing fashion and causing drama for three
decades, becoming one of the most watched daytime soap operas in the world.
Lasting for 11 seasons, Married...
went on to become the longest-running live-action sitcom on FOX before it ended
on June 9, 1997. The family comedy also made stars of Ed O’Neill (Modern Family), Katey Sagal (Sons of Anarchy) and Christina Applegate
With so much excitement around the new Star Wars installments, it's hard not to appreciate the original -- later renamed Star Wars: Episode IV:A New Hope -- that launched the careers of Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and the late Carrie Fisher and introduced a world of fans to a galaxy far, far away.
Let's not also forget that 1977 gave us Annie Hall, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Julia, Saturday Night Fever and Smokey and the Bandit.
This movie had everything: Whoopi Goldberg as Deloris Van
Cartier in disguise as Sister Mary Clarence, Maggie Smith, Kathy Najimy, a
choral version of “I Will Follow Him,” a character named Joey, lots of God puns
and an angry mobster played by Harvey Keitel.
In addition to Sister
Act, 1992 also gave us Aladdin, The
Bodyguard, Basic Instinct, Batman Returns, A Few Good Men, Malcolm X, The
Mighty Ducks, My Cousin Vinny, Reservoir Dogs and Wayne’s World.
June 2, 2002: The Wire (15 Years)
The crime drama quickly became regarded as one of TV’s
greatest shows of all time thanks to its realistic portrayal of urban life in
Baltimore. Its gritty appeal never earned it any major awards or stellar
ratings, but it’s the show that any TV critic will tell you to watch. It also
happens to be President Barack Obama’s favorite TV show.
Other notable TV debuts of 2002 include Barefoot Contessa, MTV’s short-lived Clone High, Monk and The
When it comes to the ’90s, it’s hard to ignore the box
office power of Julia Roberts. But there was a brief moment from 1994 to 1996
when she starred in a few duds, including Mary
Reilly and Woody Allen’s Everyone
Says I Love You. However, the moment was so brief it’s often overlooked
because by 1997, she was back on top again with My Best Friend’s Wedding. The now-classic romantic comedy became a
global box office success, even being remade by China in 2016. Roberts then
finished out the ’90s with Conspiracy
Theory, Stepmom, Notting Hill and Runaway Bride before earning an Oscar in 2001 for Erin Brockovich.
July 19, 2007: Mad Men (10 Years)
Created by Matt Weiner, Mad
Men introduced audiences to the world of Don Draper (Jon Hamm) and his fellow
employees of the Sterling Cooper advertising agency set in 1960s New York. While
initially released in the summer, it quickly became water cooler fodder and a
hotly debated show. By the time it ended in 2015, it had won 16 Emmy Awards and
was thought of as one of the greatest TV shows of all time.
Other notable TV debuts include The Big Bang Theory, Damages, Dirty Sexy Money,Private Practice and The Tudors.
Everyone had the time of their life in the summer of 1987
thanks to this teen romance film starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. Set
in the 1960s, the film followed a decade-long trend of nostalgia for the ’50s
and ’60s that included American Graffiti, Christine, Grease, The Outsiders, Porky’s and Stand by Me. Although it never spawned a sequel, a re-imagining, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, was
released in 2004 and a TV remake is set to air on ABC in 2017.
In addition to Dirty
Dancing, 1987 also gave us Adventures
in Babysitting, Fatal Attraction, Full Metal Jacket, Good Morning, Vietnam, Lethal
Weapon, Moonstruck, The Princess Bride, Three Men and a Baby, The Untouchables,
Wall Street and Witches of Eastwick.
Sept. 19, 2007:Gossip Girl (10 Years)
While adults got Mad
Men, teens got Gossip Girl. Much
like its predecessors (Beverly Hills,
90210, Dawson’s Creek, The O.C. and Popular),
the show paired twentysomething stars with the dramatic setting of high school.
While it’s easy to write off as another provocative show, season one was damn
near perfect. And just like Mad Men,
there was plenty of boozing, cheating, plotting and New York in the background.
It should also be noted that 2007 is the same year that gave
us Greek (July 9) on ABC Family. The
college drama is set to return with Greek:
The Reunion, a TV movie on Freeform.
Oct. 17, 1997:I Know What You Did Last Summer (20
Following the breakout success of Scream, which came out the year before and revitalized the horror
genre, screenwriter Kevin Williamson gave fans a new franchise starring
Jennifer Love Hewitt. The film also starred Gellar, in what turned out to be a
breakout year for the actress, Ryan Phillippe and Freddie Prinze Jr. While the
film franchise didn’t have the lasting power of Scream, it did give fans Hewitt twirling in the street, yelling at
the sky, “What are you waiting for, huh?”
Nov. 9, 2007: No Country for Old Men (10 Years)
The Coen brothers’ neo-thriller about 1980 West Texas became
a box office and awards season hit largely due to standout performances by
Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin and Javier Bardem, who won the Oscar for Best
Supporting Actor for his portrayal of hired hitman Anton Chigurh. But really,
all anyone can remember is Bardem’s horrible haircut, which was a precursor for
some curious hair seen on the actor in Love
intheTime of Cholera, Skyfall, The Counselor and the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean sequel, Dead Men Tell No Tales.
Other notable films released in 2007 include Atonement, Gone Baby Gone, I Am Legend, Knocked
Up, Ratatouille, Superbad, Transformers, There Will Be Blood and Zodiac.
Based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name about a
dystopian future about a reality show on which prisoners attempt to escape
death, The Running Man was Arnold
Schwarzenegger’s second box office hit of the year, following Predator, which came out on June 12.
While Predator launched a
long-running franchise and earned its place alongside Alien as one of the most popular sci-fi action films, it’s Running Man that’s reached a unique
milestone in 2017. This year is the same as when the film took place. It seems
the dystopian future it predicted didn’t quite come true, but Schwarzenegger is
now the centerpiece of another reality show: Celebrity Apprentice.
Dec. 19, 1997:Titanic (20 Years)
Remember when Leonardo DiCaprio wasn’t a household name?
It’s almost inconceivable at this point. But in 1997, DiCaprio was still a
budding star, coming off the success of 1996’s Romeo + Juliet with Claire Danes and the Oscar-nominated Marvin’s Room. Of course, the actor
would become an international sensation thanks to the massive success of Titanic, which earned over $2 billion
worldwide. It was also Kate Winslet’s biggest film at the time, earning her a
second Academy Award nomination.
Other notable film releases in 1997 include Air Force One, As Good as It Gets, Con Air,
Contact, Face/Off, The Fifth Element, The Full Monty, Good Burger, Good Will
Hunting, Men in Black, Romy and Michele's High School Reunion and Soul Food.
Dec. 21, 1967:The Graduate (50 Years)
During what was a classic year in film, 1967 not only gave
us the Mike Nichols dramedy starring Michael Douglass and Anne Bancroft, but it
also gave us Bonnie and Clyde, The Dirty Dozen, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, In
the Heat of the Night, The Jungle
Book and Valley of the Dolls.